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Week in Review

By Nick Crudele
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

U.S. and China Suspend Trade Tariffs

The United States withdrew its threat to levy $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods after China agreed to buy massive amounts of additional agricultural products from the U.S. and ease other barriers and tariffs imposed on U.S. goods. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: "Both parties have agreed to suspend the tariffs [but] the president can always put tariffs back on."


Trump Cancels North Korea Summit, North Korea Stilling Willing to Meet

President Trump abruptly canceled his much-anticipated summit with North Korea amid North Korea "Hostility." Trump said it was possible the summit could still take place though. North Korea said it was still willing to meet with the President. The president had been pressing his aides and allies about whether he should move forward with his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung-un. The President was surprised and angered by North Korea's statement that it would never trade away its nuclear weapons capability.



Trump Demands Investigation into FBI, Department of Justice Surveillance on His Campaign

President Trump made a demand, via Twitter, into the FBI's and Department of Justice's (DOJ's) infiltration and surveillance of his 2016 presidential campaign. His tweet came after reports that a man who met with Trump's campaign aides was an FBI informant. The DOJ's inspector general, who is already investigating the FBI and DOJ's surveillance practices on Trump's former campaign advisor Carter Page, will expand its review to include tactics used against other campaign aides and advisors.


Congress Roles Back Dodd-Frank

Two months after the Senate, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would roll back banking rules put in place after the financial crisis. Although the reform gives relief to alleviates some of the burdensome and costly rules imposed on small and mid-sized banks under Dodd-Frank, it decreases consumer protections.


Supreme Court Delivers Win for Employers

The Supreme Court ruled that companies can use arbitration clauses in employment contracts that bar workers from taking legal action over workplace issues. The majority opinion cited federal law favoring arbitration and court precedents.


Neighbors and U.S. Reject Venezuela's Sham Election

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro used food and other incentives to get the starving people of his country to re-elect him to another six-year term. Venezuela's neighbors however, refused to recognize the results, and the U.S. slapped more sanctions on the troubled country. Sanctions included barring U.S. companies and citizens from buying debt or accounts receivable from the Venezuelan government or government-owned entities. Maduro retaliated by kicking out two American diplomats.


American Falls Ill in China After "Abnormal Sounds"

An American government employee in China showed signs of a possible brain injury after reporting hearing disturbing sounds and sensations. This drew parallels with ailments that struck diplomats in Cuba.


Trump Denies ZTE Deal

President Trump denied accusations that he made a deal that would spare Chinese technology firm ZTE from sanctions. ZTE's fate hangs in the balance. If Trump puts tariffs on the company, it may not be able to buy the much-needed American components for it phones.


Environmental Protection Agency Bars Three Reporters From Meeting

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) barred reporters from CNN, the Associated Press, and the energy and environment publication E&E News from a meeting about water contamination at EPA's headquarters. The EPA said it was a room capacity issue.


Underwood Becomes First Female New York Attorney General

Barbara Underwood became the first woman to serve as attorney general in New York, replacing Eric Schneiderman, who resigned earlier this month over allegations of sexual assault.


Kushner Given Security Clearance

Jared Kushner has been given a permanent security clearance. His security clearance was downgraded in February when Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered all officials with interim clearances to be cut off.


Want to Manage Your Digital Privacy? Don't Ignore Privacy Notices

With the implementation of GDPR in Europe, many companies are emailing alerts regarding their new privacy policies, flooding users' inboxes. Ignoring them, however, is not wise, as they may contain important information about managing your digital privacy. European leaders have been pushing other countries to adopt similar privacy laws in a push to make GDPR the de facto privacy law for the world.



Tibetan Man Gets Five Years in Prison For Protesting Chinese Policy Against Tibetan Language

A Tibetan businessman who campaigned to preserve the Tibetan language was sentenced to five years in prison. Tashi Wangchuk, in a New York Times video and article, warned that the Chinese government's policy of making Mandarin Chinese the language of schooling and government threaten the survival of the Tibetan language.


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Weinstein Turns Himself in For Rape Charges in New York

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to Manhattan police on charges of raping one woman and forcing another to perform oral sex on him. Weinstein posted $1 million cash bail and agreed to wear a monitoring device as part of a negotiated bail package.


#MeToo Movement Helps Low-Paid Women

The #MeToo movement and related initiative Time's Up Legal Defense Fund started to make good on promises to help vulnerable women outside Hollywood. This included supporting low paid women in their legal battles against workplace sexual harassment with corporations such as Walmart.


R. Kelly Sued for Sexual Battery and False Imprisonment

An ex-girlfriend of singer R. Kelly sued him for sexual battery, false imprisonment, and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease. R. Kelly faced years of accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse of underage girls, all of which he denied.


Son Defends Woody Allen Against Sexual Assault Allegations

Moses Farrow, the adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, defended his father against sexual assault allegations brought by his sister in
1992. Farrow, in a personal essay, said that his mother was inflicting "fatal dysfunction" on the family and accused her of mental, verbal, and physical abuse, as well as brainwashing him and his sister. He also alleges his sister Dylan, who accused Woody Allen of molesting her, of being coached by their mother to make the accusations against Allen to get back at him during a messy divorce.


Morgan Freeman Denies Assault Allegations

Actor Morgan Freeman denied allegations by eight people who accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, saying that his actions didn't equate to sexual assault or abuse in the workplace. Sixteen people interviewed by CNN said they were victims of or witnessed harassment or inappropriate behavior by Freeman.



Lawsuit Filed Against Robert Indiana's Caretaker

In a federal lawsuit, filed a day after artist Robert Indiana died, a company that owns the rights to some of his works argued that Indiana's longtime caretaker isolated him from his friends and supporters, forged some of Indiana's most recognizable works, and exhibited the fraudulent works in museums. Indiana, famous for his LOVE sculpture, became reclusive and didn't speak with close friends and family in the years before his death. One of Indiana's last pieces, at least according to caretaker Michael McKenzie, is a tribute to bratwurst, commissioned by Johnsonville Sausage. However, some don't believe Indiana created the work, because the sculpture didn't have his famous tilted letter and Indiana has spent years trying to separate himself from the commercial arts scene. McKenzie insists that the BRAT sculpture is the work of Indiana.



Lawsuit Alleges Abuse Cover-Up by U.S.A. Swimming

2012 Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors filed a lawsuit against U.S.A. Swimming alleging that the organization knew about sexual abuse by her coach Sean Hutchison and failed to stop it. A 2010 investigation by the Washington Post reported on U.S.A. Swimming conerns about an inappropriate relationship between Hutchison and an "unnamed swimmer." U.S.A. Swimming issued a statement saying that during a 2010 investigation, both Kukors and Hutchison, as well as Kukor's family, denied the existence of a romantic relationship.


Tribes Stake Their Claim to Sports Betting

Now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for sports betting, the next battle will be between the states and American Indian Tribes. Federal legislation allows tribes to operate casinos, but agreements between each state and local tribes govern issues such as exclusivity of games and revenue sharing. Now that sports betting is allowed, these agreements will be looked to, and fought over, to determine who gets a piece of the sport betting proceeds.


National Football League Changes National Anthem Policy

National Football League team owners approved a new national anthem policy requiring players on the field to stand and fining players who show disrespect for the anthem, including by kneeling. However, players are no longer required to leave the locker room for the anthem. Teams will be fined if players protest on the sidelines.


FIFA Ends Russia Doping Inquiry

FIFA closed its doping investigation into the Russian soccer team, clearing the way for it to play in the World Cup hosted by Russia next month. FIFA said that there was "insufficient evidence" of wrongdoing.


Texans Cheerleader Sues Team

A Houston Texans cheerleader sued the team in federal court claiming she and others have been paid below the state and federal minimum wages. The suit claims that the cheerleaders were not paid for services as part of their employment, including tweeting every 48 hours in the offseason, and going to the gym and tanning before games.


Illegal Hit Puts Japanese Football, Culture in Spotlight

An illegal hit in a football game in Japan has put the spotlight on the violence of American football and a culture of "power hara" or harassment by those in power who force underlings to do things against their wills. The hit, which has played on-loop throughout Japan, led to the offending player to apologize, and blame his coaches for his actions.


States Pushing to Limit Federal Regulations on Sports Gambling

States and private entities linked to sports gambling are lobbying to keep the federal government out of it. After the Supreme Court's decision last week to allow sports gambling, all sides of the debate have tried to stake their claims, including state government and sports leagues.


Congress Holds Hearing on U.S.A. Gymnastics Abuse Scandal

Congress held a hearing on U.S.A. Gymnastics and its failure to stop Dr. Larry Nassar from abusing hundreds of athletes.


Jack Johnson Pardoned By President

President Trump pardoned boxer Jack Johnson for a racially motivated conviction 50 years after the boxer's death. In 1913, Johnson was convicted for transporting a white woman across state lines.



Lawyer to Stars Fights Facebook Like the Tabloids

Celebrity lawyer Paul Tweed, whose made his name by fighting the likes of CNN, Forbes, and The National Enquirer for defamation and privacy law on behalf of his famous clients, is going after Facebook and other social media sites using the same tactics. Tweed argues that the sites are more than just platforms, and that they should be responsible for the content put on them.


Sandy Hook Families Sue Conspiracy Theorist Over Lies

The family of Sandy Hook victims and an FBI agent involved in the investigation are suing right-wing conspiracy theorist and Trump loyalist Alex Jones for defamation for his "persistently perpetuated a monstrous, unspeakable lie." Jones, creature of InfoWars website, has called the families of those killed in the massacre "gun grabbers" who made up the massacre as part of an elaborate hoax.


Trump Can't Block Twitter Followers

A federal judge ruled that President Trump cannot block users on his Twitter feed. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said in her ruling that Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by preventing certain Americans from viewing his tweets on @realDonaldTrump and called the social media platform a "designated public forum."


Boston Globe Has its #MeToo Moment

The Boston Globe announced that it was investigating a suggestion on Twitter that editor Brian McGrory sent an inappropriate text to a former employee. McGrory denies harassing the former employee or anyone else. This comes a year after the newspaper published a note to its readers about forcing out another reporter over allegations of sexual harassment.


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