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Trump admin. suing California over sanctuary laws

Jeff Sessions.
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The Department of Justice is suing the State of California, alleging "obstruction of federal immigration enforcement," Politico reports.

Why it matters: The Trump administration has been battling California over sanctuary laws and immigration enforcement for months now. Just last month, Trump said he would consider pulling Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials out of the state because they were getting no support.

  • Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said: "California has chosen to purposefully contradict the will and the responsibility of the Congress to protect our homeland .... I appreciate the efforts of Attorney General Sessions and the Department of Justice to uphold the rule of law and protect American communities.”
  • Per Politico, the three laws the lawsuit mentions, are:
    • SB 54 — which keeps state and local officials from "sharing information with immigration authorities under certain circumstances and...bars transfers of certain immigrations to federal custody."
    • AB 450 — keeping private employers "from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement at the workplace."
    • AB 103 — seeking "to regulate contract detention facilities used to hold federal immigration prisoners."

What to watch for: Per Politico, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to California on Friday, to "tout the new a speech to law enforcement officials."

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DOJ eyeing tool to allow access to encrypted data on smartphones

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

The Justice Department is in "a preliminary stage" of discussions about requiring tech companies building "tools into smartphones and other devices" that would allow law enforcement investigators to access encrypted data, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This has been on the FBI's mind since 2010, and last month the White House "circulated a memo...outlining ways to think about solving the problem," officials told the Times. Both FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, support finding ways for law enforcement to access data without compromising devices security.

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Media tycoon Barry Diller talks #MeToo

 IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller
IAC & Expedia, Inc. Chairman & Senior Executive Barry Diller. Photo: Cindy Ord / Getty Images for Yahoo

Barry Diller, chairman of mega-media and Internet company IAC, told the New York Times he thinks "all men are guilty," when it comes to "the spectrum" of the #MeToo movement.

"I hope in the future for some form of reconciliation. Because I think all men are guilty. I’m not talking about rape and pillage. I’m not talking about Harveyesque. I’m talking about all of the spectrum. From an aggressive flirt. Or even just a flirty-flirt that has one sour note in it. Or what I think every man was guilty of, some form of omission in attitude, in his views."

Why it matters: The #MeToo movement has rocked Hollywood and the media industry. Diller told the Times he sees the effects of this "in our companies, where the relationships between people are changing."