Nov 1, 2018

Google staff walkout protests sexual harassment

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Groups of Google employees are staging walkouts around the globe today to protest how the company has handled sexual harassment and misconduct, per the New York Times.

Why it matters: Within the last week, Google’s leadership has been on the defensive about its handling of accusations of harassment or misconduct by executives.

The demands, as posted by organizers on social media, include "An end to Forced Arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination. ... A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity. ... A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report."

The big picture: Staff at some Silicon Valley companies have become increasingly involved in activism in recent months, and some of their campaigns are accomplishing their goals — as when Google canceled its Pentagon AI drone project.

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Trump's clemency spree

Rod Blagojevich in 2010. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

President Trump announced Tuesday that he commuted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year prison sentence for extortion, bribery and corruption — as well as issuing full pardons for former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik and financier Michael Milken.

The big picture: The president's clemency spree largely benefitted white-collar criminals convicted of crimes like corruption, gambling fraud and racketeering, undercutting his message of "draining the swamp."

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Trump's improbable moonshot

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NASA is unlikely to meet its deadline of sending astronauts to the surface of the Moon by 2024, even with a large influx of funding.

Why it matters: The Artemis mission to send people back to the Moon is the Trump administration's flagship space policy, and its aggressive, politically-motivated timeline is its hallmark.

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Justice Department says U.S. attorneys are reviewing Ukraine information

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Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) Tuesday informing him that the U.S. attorneys for the Eastern District of New York and the Western District of Pennsylvania are reviewing "unsolicited" information from the public related to matters involving Ukraine.

Why it matters: Nadler had requested an explanation for the "intake process" that Attorney General Bill Barr stated had been set up in order to receive information that Rudy Giuliani had obtained about the Bidens in Ukraine.