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Gary Jones, then the newly-elected president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), speaking in Detroit in June 2018. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Former United Auto Workers (UAW) President Gary Jones was sentenced Thursday to 28 months in federal prison and will be forced to repay thousands of dollars after he pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy in 2020 for plotting to steal $1.5 million in union dues, according to AP.

Why it matters: Jones' crimes, and other corruption cases within the union, have significantly hurt the UAW's credibility and its members’ confidence.

What they're saying: “I failed them. I failed the UAW that elected me as president," Jones told U.S. District Judge Paul Borman on Thursday before his sentencing, according to AP.

Context: The federal investigation into Jones undermined UAW's General Motors members' massive auto strike in 2019.

  • Jones resigned in November 2019 after the union's executive board accused him of falsifying expense reports and took steps to remove him under its bylaws.

The big picture: Eleven union officials since 2017 have pleaded guilty for crimes uncovered by a federal corruption probe, according to AP.

  • Jones spent the stolen money on golf clubs, vacation homes, alcohol and lavish meals.

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Twitter's suspension of fired Florida data scientist marks a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis

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Twitter suspended the account of Rebekah Jones earlier this week — a win for Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Washington Post reports.

What happened: Jones, a fired health department worker whom the state recognized as a whistleblower last month, had her account suspended for violating "spam and platform manipulation" rules.

Former federal judge appointed to review materials from FBI Giuliani raid

Former federal Judge Barbara Jones. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken on Wednesday appointed former federal Judge Barbara Jones as a "special master" to review materials seized by the FBI from Rudy Giuliani's New York City apartments as part of a federal investigation into his dealings in Ukraine, according to AP.

Why it matters: Jones is now responsible for reviewing the sensitive materials, which include multiple cellphones and computers, and ensuring that attorney-client privilege is protected during the examination, a process that could take months.

Chris Cuomo accuser: On-air "hypocrisy" spurred report

Journalist Chris Cuomo. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."