Oct 29, 2019

Jeff Sessions ponders a run for his old Senate seat in Alabama

Mike Allen, author of AM

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Well-wired Republicans tell Axios that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making calls in Alabama, and will decide soon whether to enter the Republican primary to take back his old Senate seat from Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.

What we're hearing: Sessions could lose the primary. Trump, who soured on Sessions amid the Mueller probe, can be expected to attack him. "He couldn't help himself," an outside adviser said.

The context: Politico calls Jones, who won in the deep-red state against the disgraced Roy Moore, "the Senate's most vulnerable incumbent."

  • Sessions would upend an already competitive primary that includes U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, Moore and others. (AP)

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Private companies cut 2.8 million jobs in May

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Private companies shed 2.8 million U.S. jobs last month, according to a report from payroll processor ADP and Moody’s Analytics.

Why it matters: It's way less than the nearly 9 million private sector jobs economists estimated would be lost in May, suggesting layoffs during the coronavirus crisis could be slowing sooner than Wall Street expected.

The growing focus on environmental justice could influence Biden's platform

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The killing of George Floyd in police custody and protests against systemic racism are prompting many green groups to declare their support for racial justice, and one thing to watch now is how this all might influence Joe Biden's platform.

Driving the news: Even before the recent mass upheaval in response to Floyd's death, Biden said he was expanding outreach and eyeing wider plans around environmental justice, or the disproportionate pollution burdens facing poor communities and people of color.

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The slippery slope of protest surveillance

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President Trump's call to treat antifa supporters like terrorists could be a green light for high-tech surveillance of dissidents.

Why it matters: It's unlikely the Trump administration can designate antifa as a terrorist group in any legally meaningful way, but the declaration gives law enforcement tacit approval to use a plethora of tech tools to monitor protesters and left-leaning activists.