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Google is engaged in a bitter dispute with the U.S. Labor Department over allegations that the Internet giant pays its female employees less than their male counterparts

"We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce," Labor Department regional director Janette Wipper testified in court on Friday, according to a Guardian report.

Google denies it pays women any less than men and challenged the Labor Department to provide evidence to the contrary.

"We vehemently disagree with Ms. Wipper's claim," the company said in a statement. "Every year, we do a comprehensive and robust analysis of pay across genders and we have found no gender pay gap. Other than making an unfounded statement which we heard for the first time in court, the (Labor Department) hasn't provided any data, or shared its methodology."

The Labor Department sued Google in January, seeking access to employee records and pay documentation. Google, for its part, has maintained the government has given no justification for its effort to get the contact information and other records for thousands of employees.

On Tuesday, which was Equal Pay Day, Google tweeted that it had completely closed the gender pay gap globally and also eliminated an race-based pay disparity in the U.S.

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GOP operatives accused of funneling Russian cash to Trump

Jesse Benton, spokesman for the Ron Paul campaign, speaking to reporters in the spin room after the CNN Debate on January 1, 2012. Photo: Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images

A former senior aide to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul was indicted this month for allegedly funneling $25,000 from a wealthy, unnamed Russian to former President Trump's reelection efforts.

The big picture: The Justice Department alleges that Jesse Benton, 43, the husband of Paul's niece and a veteran Republican staffer, orchestrated a scheme to conceal the illegal foreign donation with another GOP operative, Doug Wead.

Biden to raise refugee admissions cap to 125,000

Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport after being evacuated from Kabul. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Biden administration will raise the refugee admissions cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year beginning in October, the State Department confirmed in a statement Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes as the U.S. contends with resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees stateside, and as the world faces "unprecedented global displacement and humanitarian needs," the department wrote.

Wall Street's wobble disrupts record stock market boom

People walk by the New York Stock Exchange earlier this month. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Monday interrupted a stretch of calm amid the historic stock market boom underway since March 2020.

Driving the news: Jitters were apparent nearly everywhere.

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