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Week in Review

By Jana Slavina Farmer
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

President Trump Hired Lawyer With Impeachment Experience

President Trump retained Emmet T. Flood, who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment. Flood will replace attorney Ty Cobb, who previously advised Trump on cooperation with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III during the first year of the investigation. Back in March 2018, Trump denied via Twitter the intent to retain another lawyer after the New York Times reported that Flood interviewed for the job.



Iowa's Governor Signs The Nation's Strictest Abortion Statute Into Law

Iowa's governor, Kim Reynolds, signed into law the nation's strictest law on abortion. Abortion is now outlawed in the state at the point at which doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat, which typically occurs at six weeks. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland vowed to challenge the new law in court.


Stormy Daniels Sues President Trump For Defamation

Stormy Daniels filed suit in New York federal court last Monday. She alleged defamation against President Trump over his tweet in which he dismissed and disparaged a composite sketch that Daniels claims depicted a man who threatened her in 2011 to stay quiet about her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.


U.S. May Limit Access For Chinese Researchers

The White House, concerned with the rise of China's technological prowess, is considering strict measures to block Chinese citizens from performing sensitive research at American universities so as to prevent China from acquiring America's intellectual secrets. American officials fear that China's alleged recent tests of cloaking technology for fighter jets are tied to the work of a Chinese researcher at a
Duke University laboratory in 2008.


U.S. Delays Tariffs On European Union, Canada and Mexico

The Trump administration announced that it would delay for another 30 days the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The extension is said to reflect the Trump administration's concern of possible retaliation by the European nations and its need for more time to resolve the trade disagreements with China.


Hungary's Judicial Chief Accused Of Interfering With The Judiciary

Following the recent re-election in Hungary of Viktor Orban, a far-right prime minister, multiple judges resigned in quick succession. Last Wednesday, a panel of senior judges accused the President of the National Judiciary Office, Tunde Hando, of interference with the hiring and promotion of judges. Hando is also one of Prime Minister Orban's oldest friends and allies.



Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into Entertainment, Art, Sports, and Media


Ex-Employee Sues Weinstein; Allegations May Be Of Interest To The Manhattan District Attorney

Alexandra Canosa, a producer on the Netflix show "Marco Polo" and former employee of Harvey Weinstein, filed a lawsuit against him alleging repeated sexual assault and rape spanning years. Three of the claimed incidents are alleged to have taken place in Manhattan in 2010 and 2012. While many complaints previously asserted against Weinstein occurred too long ago to be prosecuted, some speculate that Canosa's claims might qualify as more serious sex crimes that have no statutes of limitation.


Epic Games, Inc. Is Suing A Teenager For Cheating

Epic Games, Inc., the maker of the popular "Fortnite" video game, is suing a teenager for copyright infringement. Epic Games claims that popularizing and publishing cheat codes violates the user agreement. The teenager and his mother are defending the claim by arguing that the end-user license agreement and terms of service were not valid, as the player was a minor and the company did not seek parental consent. Epic Games argues that the agreements are valid, pointing out that the teenager agreed to be bound by its user agreements 14 times, i.e. each time he created a new game account after prior accounts were taken down for alleged cheating.


Roman Polanski And Bill Cosby Expelled From The Movie Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to expel Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from its membership. Harvey Weinstein was expelled last fall.


Art and Cultural Heritage

National Endowment For The Arts Chairwoman To Step Down In June

The current chairwoman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Jane Chu, announced that she would step down from her post in June. President Trump, who tried to eliminate the NEA twice, will now appoint the new chairperson.



U.S. Returns Smuggled Artifacts To Bagdad

The U.S. returned to Iraq 3,800 ancient artifacts that had been smuggled into the United States and shipped to Hobby Lobby, a nationwide arts and crafts retailer. Cuneiform tablets, seals, and a bull were falsely labeled as tile samples for Hobby Lobby and were intercepted by customs agents. Last year, Hobby Lobby settled a civil lawsuit with the U.S. government, agreeing to forfeit thousands of Iraqi artifacts, among other concessions.


Atlanta Experiencing Film-Making Boom Following Favorable Tax Law

Back in 2008, Georgia's governor signed a new tax law, which allowed for up to 30% of film production spending to be transferred into tax credits as long as a Georgia vendor is used. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia has become one of the top filming locations in the world. About 40 major movies and network television shows are being filmed in the state.


Collector Banned From Exhibiting Art In An Industrial District of Berlin

Berlin authorities banned art collector Axel Haubrok from hosting art exhibitions in a complex occupied by tradespeople and artists in the district of Lichtenberg, an industrial area of eastern Berlin, citing zoning violations.


The British Museum In The Spotlight Over Benin Artifacts Looted From Nigeria

After the Victoria and Albert Museum offered to return Ethiopia's looted Maqdala treasures to the country on long-term loan, the British Museum is coming into the spotlight as it houses a large collection of Benin bronzes, looted from Nigeria under similar circumstances as the Maqdala artifacts. The Benin punitive expedition took place in 1897 to avenge the massacre of several British citizens. The royal palace was plundered as a result. The British Museum previously resisted repatriation efforts, stating that "there is great value in presenting the Benin collection in a global context, alongside the stories of other cultures". The museum's stance may change, however, as an initiative by a group of European museums and Nigerian parties, the Benin Dialogue Group, is encouraging the museum to return of some Benin objects to Nigeria on long-term loan.


Russia Warns That Its Presence At The Architecture Biennale In Venice May Bring About Protests

Vladimir Aristarkhov, the deputy culture minister of Russia, issued a warning that the country's exhibition at the Russian Pavilion of the Architecture Biennale in Venice, which opens this month, may be a target for protests or "provocations."


Scotland Yard Joins Efforts To Repatriate Looted Pharaonic Artifacts

Scotland Yard is collaborating with the British Museum and the governments of Egypt and Sudan in creating a public database of 80,000 pharaonic artifacts that have passed through the trade or have been in private collections since 1970. While inclusion in the database does not mean that an artifact was looted, the database is meant to assist law enforcement officials in tracking down provenance.


As Americans Argue Over The Prom Dress, Chinese Wonder Why

Keziah Daum, who posted photographs of herself wearing a Chinese-style dress to her high school prom, was subjected to a volley of social media outrage by Asian-Americans for cultural appropriation and disrespect to the Chinese culture. On the other hand, many residents of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan view Daum's choice of dress as a victory for Chinese culture.



49ers Safety Who Knelt During National Anthem Files Grievance Against the National Football League For Retaliation

Eric Reid, the San Francisco 49ers safety, was one of the players who knelt during the national anthem for the past two seasons of the National Football League (NFL) games, protesting against social injustice and police brutality against African-Americans. He has now filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that he was "blackballed" because of his actions.


A Sweeping Overhaul Is Taking Place At Nike

Following multiple complaints by women alleging harassment and a toxic work environment and a string of recent departures of top male executives, Nike has begun a comprehensive review of its human resources operations, making management training mandatory and revising many of its internal reporting procedures.


Russian Doping Whistle-Blower Sues Three Olympic Athletes and The Nets Owner

Grigory Rodchenkov, the whistle-blower who publicly detailed Russia's alleged Olympic doping schemes, responded to a defamation lawsuit against him by counterclaiming against three former Olympic athletes and taking aim at Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the controlling owner of the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets, who reportedly is partly financing their legal fight.



Three Women Sue Charlie Rose For Sexual Harassment

Three women sued Charlie Rose and CBS, claiming that the former anchorman sexually harassed them and that the network failed to stop the behavior. The lawsuit follows a recent exposé published by the Washington Post, detailing the newspaper's investigation into Rose's behavior.



Time Warner And AT&T Merger Is Awaiting Judicial Approval

Arguments closed on Monday in the courtroom battle over the proposed Time Warner and AT&T merger. The Justice Department argued that the merger will harm the consumers by lessening competition. The proponents of the merger claimed that it would benefit consumers, as it would allow Time Warner and AT&T to compete more effectively against companies like Google and Netflix. Judge Richard J. Leon of United States District Court for the District of Columbia is expected to rule on the case on June 12th.


Cambridge Analytica To File For Bankruptcy

Cambridge Analytica announced its intent to cease operations and to file for bankruptcy protection after facing a data-harvesting scandal involving the private data of approximately 87 million Facebook users. The harvested data may be sold to the highest bidder in bankruptcy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/us/politics/cambridge-analytica-shut-down.html; http://www.businessinsider.com/cambridge-analyticas-data-may-be-sold-to-the-highest-bidder-in-bankruptcy-2018-5

Montgomery's Top Newspaper Confesses Careless And Dehumanizing Prior Coverage Of Lynchings

Following the recent opening of a memorial honoring lynching victims in Montgomery, Alabama, the city's largest newspaper, The Montgomery Advertiser, admitted in an editorial and a news article that its own prior coverage of the black victims was dismissive and dehumanizing, and blamed the victims for the alleged crimes without any evidence of guilt.


Thousands Protest Internet Censorship In Russia

The Russian government's recent effort to block Telegram, a messaging app, was met with protests that morphed into anti-Putin rallies. As the effort to shut down Telegram also resulted in blocking several top websites, including the Russian equivalents of Google and Facebook, the business sector vocally opposed the government's efforts as well.


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