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⚡ Breaking: Ride-hailing drivers in more than a dozen cities plan to strike [today] ahead of Uber's highly anticipated Wall Street debut." (CNN)
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Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, one of the country's most progressive prosecutors, told "Axios on HBO" that he is "very close" to implementing a policy that would relax the penalties for drug possession laws.
How it would work: The Philadelphia policy has not been finalized, and there is no timeline yet for rolling it out. The plan is for a diversion system, which means anyone arrested or charged for having small amounts of illicit substances would not face incarceration or a criminal record.
Philadelphia's policy would not shield offenders from federal law enforcement agents, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Widney Brown, managing director of policy at Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for decriminalization in the U.S.
Between the lines: Krasner said the criminalization of drug possession makes it harder for people to get educational loans, buy homes and get a job.
The big picture: Marijuana legalization is being increasingly debated, and now — amid the opioid crisis — the conversation is starting to turn to new ways to handle all illegal drug possession.
Pregnancy-related deaths are rising in the U.S. and the main risk factor is being black, AP's Mike Stobbe and Marilynn Marchione report:
"An American mom today is 50% more likely to die in childbirth than her own mother was," said Dr. Neel Shah, a Harvard Medical School obstetrician.
Donald Trump’s businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings — ran up $1.17 billion in losses from 1985 t0 1994, the N.Y. Times' Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig report.
The data seen by The Times includes printouts of Mr. Trump's "official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts," with the figures from his 1040 for 1985 to 1994.
Why it matters: The report "represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view."
Two students opened fire inside the STEM K-12 charter school they attend in an affluent suburb of Denver, killing a teenager, wounding eight and spreading terror before they were taken into custody, AP reports.
"The male suspects, an 18-year-old and a juvenile, were taken into custody by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies within two minutes of a 1:53 p.m. report of shots fired," per the Denver Post.
President Trump's longtime friend and close adviser, David Bossie, is, for now at least, a persona non grata in Trumpworld, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.
Two days after Axios published an investigation of Bossie's fundraising, the president personally authorized the Trump campaign to issue an extraordinary statement that, without naming Bossie, effectively called for the authorities to investigate Bossie's group, the Presidential Coalition.
President Trump’s campaign condemns any organization that deceptively uses the President’s name, likeness, trademarks, or branding and confuses voters.
There is no excuse for any group, including ones run by people who claim to be part of our "coalition," to suggest they directly support President Trump’s re-election or any other candidates, when in fact their actions show they are interested in filling their own pockets with money from innocent Americans’ paychecks, and sadly, retirements.
We encourage the appropriate authorities to investigate all alleged scam groups for potential illegal activities.
Axios revealed in Sunday's Sneak Peek that Bossie used Trump's name to raise $18.5 million for the stated purpose of supporting Trump-aligned candidates. But just $425,442 (or 3%) of the $15.4 million it spent during 2017 and 2018 went to supporting candidates.
After we published the story — including quotes from elderly Bossie donors saying they thought they were giving to Trump — a number of people close to the president reached out to say they were disgusted with what Bossie did.
Shot: The White House "stepped in to stop Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel, ... from handing over documents subpoenaed by House investigators because Mr. Trump may want to assert executive privilege," per the N.Y. Times.
Chaser: "Watchdog Probes FBI Reliance on Dossier ... Justice Department official looks at handling of Christopher Steele’s dossier in applications to surveil Carter Page." (WSJ)
On today's one-year anniversary of the U.S. pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, Iran ratcheted up tensions with Washington by saying it had started scaling back its commitments under the deal, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: Paul Pillar, a Georgetown professor and former CIA officer, told Bloomberg the Trump administration "will argue that Iran's moves support the administration’s assertions that Iran is still trying to build a nuclear weapon."
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion bills into law, setting "the stage for a legal battle that the legislation’s critics hope will spill over to the polls in 2020," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Why it matters: "Georgia’s law is one of several moving through Republican-run state governments across the country with the express purpose of challenging the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision."
Google is speeding up Google Assistant for smartphones with more AI processing, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried reports:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai writes in a N.Y. Times op-ed: "[P]rivacy cannot be a luxury good offered only to people who can afford to buy premium products and services."
James Bond's shiny silver sports car — with its JB007 rotating license plate — greets visitors in the lobby of the new, improved International Spy Museum, which opens Sunday at L'Enfant Plaza in D.C., AP's Deb Riechmann writes.
Visitors can climb inside a replica "stress position" interrogation box that's too narrow to sit down in and too low to stand up in.
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