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Week In Review

By Angela Peco
Edited by Elissa D. Hecker

Below are articles of interest in Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Media, and General News:

Entertainment

New York Attorney General's Office Wants to Prevent Anna Sorokin from Profiting from Netflix Show

New York's attorney general filed a request in State Supreme Court to block a $70,000 payment that Anna Sorokin/Delvey is expected to receive for a deal she negotiated with Netflix. Netflix bought the rights to a New York magazine story about the fake heiress and plans to turn it into a television show. The attorney general's request invokes the "Son of Sam" law that prevents felons from profiting from their crimes (and from the publicity that surrounds their crimes). Sorokin was convicted of several grounds of grand larceny and sentenced to 4-12 years in prison.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/nyregion/anna-delvey-sorokin-netflix.html

Rapper Meek Mill Is Granted a New Trial

Meek Mill's decade-old conviction for drugs and firearm possession was thrown out after new evidence of alleged police corruption. Following that conviction, the rapper served 8 months in prison and was then placed on probation for 10 years. In 2017, following 2 other arrests that did not lead to convictions, he was sentenced to up to 4 years in prison for violating his parole. The sentence drew outcry and was ultimately challenged by his legal team, who argued that the judge had become overly involved in the case and was no longer impartial. His appeal for a new trial was also based on information that a former police officer who testified at his trial had resigned from the department after he was found to have committed theft (prior to Meek Mill's trial), which he then lied about during an internal affairs investigation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/arts/music/meek-mill-new-trial.html

A$AP Rocky is Charged with Assault in Sweden

The American rapper was charged with assault causing bodily harm following a street brawl in Stockholm last month. He has been in custody for a few weeks and maintains that he acted in self-defense. According to the Swedish Prosecution Authority, he could face a maximum of 2 years in prison, or a fine based on his daily earnings.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/arts/music/asap-rocky-charged-sweden.html

Rapper Tay-K Sentenced to 55 years in Prison for Murder

The 19-year-old, famous for his song "The Race", was found guilty of murder for his role in a 2016 armed robbery/home invasion.

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/07/24/us/ap-us-rapper-convicted-home-invasion.html

Strip Club Dancers Are Fighting to Reform Labor Practices

The strip club industry brought in $7 million of revenue in 2018. The estimated 4,000 strip clubs that operate across the country are governed by laws that vary by state and city. A wave of dancers and their allies are challenging both the dancers' employment status and other labor practices in the industry to put an end to sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/style/strip-clubs.html

Hollywood and the Frequency of On-Screen Abortions

Research from the University of California, San Francisco has tracked how abortion is characterized onscreen, noting that there are now more instances of matter-of-fact abortions on television. These portrayals depart from how abortion was depicted in 1980s and 1990s, where the procedure often led to psychological or physical problems, or death. The sociologist leading the research noted that, halfway through the year, there were about 2 dozen characters in streaming shows, movies, and television who have had or talked about having abortions. Nine of the 11 people credited with writing the relevant episodes were women.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/arts/abortion-hollywood.html

Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Roman Polanski's New Film, "J'accuse"

Polanski's new film about the Dreyfus affair will compete for the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival. The director fled the U.S. in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for statutory rape and was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/arts/venice-film-festival-roman-polanski.html

Arts

Art Workers Are Unionizing and Fighting for Better Pay Across the Country

Museum workers are taking steps toward unionizing to challenge, among other things, their institutions' wage structures. Salary concerns at museums nationwide prompted the creation of a spreadsheet that employees are circulating among themselves to self-report their salaries and compare them to pay packages of museum leaders to highlight the pay gap between executive and staff pay.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/arts/museum-pay-unions.html

Four Foundations Team Up to Buy Ebony's Photo Archive for $30 Million

The winning bid came from four major foundations that say they have agreed to donate the archive to major museums and to keep it in public view. Ebony's archive is considered the most significant collection of photography depicting African-American life in the 20th century. The auction was part of bankruptcy proceedings for Chicago-based Johnson Publishing, which founded both Ebony and Jet magazines in the 1940s and 1950s.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/ebony-photographs-sale.html

Removing Donors' Names from Museums is Fraught With Legal Risk

While the Louvre Museum took down the Sackler name following an outcry over the family's connection to the opioid crisis, the New York Times reports that other museums are unlikely to follow suit because of legal concerns. While several U.S. museums are no longer accepting donations from the family, the Sackler name remains on art wings, galleries, and buildings. That is partly because museums may be contractually obligated to keep the name, given that many granted naming rights in perpetuity, as is the case with the Smithsonian and its Sackler Gallery. Some museums are revising their gift policies to limit naming rights to 20 years or until the space undergoes significant renovation again. Inevitably, museums also look at what a particular move might signal to prospective donors, which is important for institutions that depend on fundraising.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/arts/sackler-family-museums.html

Neil deGrasse Tyson Keeps Museum Post Following Investigation

The American Museum of National History, where Tyson heads the Hayden Planetarium, has closed an investigation into sexual misconduct accusations against the astrophysicist. Tyson was accused of behaving inappropriately with 2 women, the first a colleague, and the second his assistant on the television series "Cosmos".

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/arts/design/neil-degrasse-tyson-keeps-job.html

Warren Kanders Resigns from the Whitney Museum's Board

The vice chairman stepped down after months of protests over his company Safariland's sale of tear gas and other law enforcement and military supplies. The campaign against him started following reports that linked his company to the tear gas grenades that were used against migrants at the United States-Mexico border. The protest was the latest in a wave of concerns over "toxic philanthropy" in the museum sector that also led to the departure of the CEO of the Serpentine in London.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/arts/whitney-warren-kanders-resigns.html

Looted Painting "Vase of Flowers" Returns to Italy

The painting is the work of Jan van Huysum, a popular still-life artist in the 18th century. It returns to the Pitti Palace 75 years after having been stolen by a German soldier and shipped to Germany. The soldier's heirs made several overtures to Italian officials to sell the painting back, including a recent offer to the Uffizi, at which point Italian prosecutors opened an investigation on a charge of attempted extortion.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/19/arts/italy-looted-painting.html

Sports

National Basketball Association Will Open Investigation Into Free-Agency Process and Potential Salary Cap Violations

The National Basketball Association's (NBA) investigation will focus on whether inappropriate inducements were offered to free agents to circumvent the salary cap. Players themselves had reportedly made unconventional requests as well, allegedly asking for houses and guaranteed sponsorship money. The NBA is also looking at ways it can better enforce its anti-tampering rules, which, among other things, prohibit a team from commenting about another play currently under contract with another team. Owners suspect that these rules were violated, given the flurry of deals completed and announced within hours of the start of free agency. Though the investigation may not lead to any formal punishments, it could trigger rule changes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/sports/nba-free-agency-investigation.html

Nike Files Countersuit Against Kawhi Leonard Over the "Klaw" Logo

Nike has filed a countersuit against NBA star Kawhi Leonard in a dispute over a logo that Leonard says he created and that was used during his time as part of the Jordan brand. Nike shared Leonard's sketch of the logo alongside the final version that the company says its team of designers created, saying that Leonard is conflating the two. The suit goes on to point out that Leonard has continued to use and reproduce the Claw Design without Nike's authorization, on non-Nike apparel.

https://www.expressnews.com/business/article/Nike-slaps-Kawhi-Leonard-with-counter-suit-over-14105546.php

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27217677/nike-files-countersuit-kawhi-logo

Tyreek Hill Will Not Face Suspension Following National Football League Investigation into Child Abuse Reports

Hill had been suspended since April, while the National Football League (NFL) conducted a 4-month investigation of child abuse reports relating to the player's 3-year-old son. An audio recording was released earlier this year of an argument between Hill and his fiancée, in which he denies causing injures to his son and threatens his fiancée. No criminal charges were filed in the case. Critics of NFL's personal conduct policy see this case as an illustration of inconsistent disciplinary responses on the part of the league, saying that any criticism that is leveled against the personal conduct policy should not be based on arguments that the policy is too harsh, or too soft, but rather that it is too arbitrary.

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27221490/nfl-discipline-wr-hill-abuse-claims

American Lilly King and USA Swimming Lose Disqualification Appeal

The sport's governing body, FINA, disqualified Lilly King for a "non-simultaneous touch" at the first turn of her heat at the world championships in South Korea. USA Swimming appealed the decision, but FINA upheld the disqualification shortly before the finals began.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2019/07/25/lilly-king-swimming-star-loses-dq-appeal-world-championships/1824472001/

Chicago White Sox Unveil Extended Protective Netting

A series of fan injuries caused by foul balls have prompted some Major League Baseball teams to install protective netting that, like in the case of the White Sox, extends from behind home plate to each foul pole. Research found that nearly 14,000 more foul balls were hit last season than 20 years ago, and that "the hardest hit balls are reaching seats that are not protected in most stadiums". The commissioner has left the decision to install extended netting to individual teams. The White Sox responded with both pole-to-pole netting and additional ground rules that umpires consider fairly straightforward: "treat the new netting like a wall; if a foul ball hits the net, the play is dead; if a fair ball hits it, the play is live."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/sports/baseball/chicago-white-sox-netting.html

The Pain of a Foul Tip to the Catcher's Mask

The New York Times reports about how vulnerable catchers and umpires are to head injuries caused by foul tips that strike their masks. Unlike other major league players who can leave the game for assessment and treatment before returning, there is no protocol in baseball that allows a catcher to leave the game for medical examination, with the option of returning to the field. The status quo is especially concerning when head trauma experts say that a player is exponentially more susceptible to a severe concussion and long-term injury after an initial blow. Perhaps a new free substitution rule for catchers is needed.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/sports/baseball/catchers-foul-tips-concussions.html

Swimmer Sun Yang Faces Protests at the Podium Over Alleged Doping

Six-time Olympic medalist Sun Yang of China just won the World championship in the 400-meter freestyle. His win, however, is marred by allegations of doping and the disdain of his fellow competitors. Also attracting attention was his refusal to provide a sample to antidoping test collectors last September (by smashing the vial of blood with a hammer) because the collectors had filed to provide the proper validation papers required to draw blood under the international standards governing the practice. His refusal to cooperate is now before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/sports/sun-yang-swimming-doping.html

UEFA Supported Paris St.-Germain in its Financial Fair-Play Case, Calling into Question the Governing Body's Ability and Willingness to Enforce Financial Fair-Play Rules

French soccer club Paris St.-Germain (PSG) came under investigation following exorbitant spending in the summer of 2017. To level the playing field, UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules require clubs to balance their spending with revenue. There was initially no evidence for how PSG had offset its high-profile signings that summer without sales of similar value or sponsorship revenue. The lead investigator, however, cleared PSG of any wrongdoing and closed the case.

The investigative report was sent to the chairman of a UEFA panel that enforces FFP rules. The chairman deemed the decision to close the investigation "manifestly erroneous" and rejected the accounting rules that allowed PSG to fall just within the ratio of UEFA's accepted losses. PSG took its case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In what many see as a total capitulation, UEFA sided with PSG and asked to have the investigator's decision stand. Given the number of similar investigations that are underway, UEFA's position puts into question its ability and willingness to enforce its financial regulations.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/sports/psg-uefa-ffp.html

Russian Boxer Maxim Dadashev Dies After Suffering Brain Injury in the Ring

The 28-year-old died after suffering several blows to the head during his fight against Subriel Matias in Maryland. The Russian Boxing
Federation says that it will investigate responsibility for his death.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/sports/maxim-dadashev-dead-boxer.html

Media

Justice Department Approves Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint

T-Mobile will pay $26.5 billion in an all-stock transaction to acquire Sprint. As part of the agreement, which allows the merger of the third and fourth largest carriers in the U.S., T-Mobile will sell off some of Sprint's assets to satellite-TV provider Dish Network so that it can create a new wireless network.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/business/media/sprint-tmobile-merger.html

Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative and Mainstream Websites Published It

Flattering articles and news releases at National Review, Forbes.com, and HuffPost were part of an image-rehabilitation campaign following Epstein's 13 months in county jail in 2009. The articles describe Epstein as a forward-thinking philanthropist and a "science funder". It turns out that at least one of these articles was written by a public relations firm and attributed to a contributing writer at Forbes.com. HuffPost also explained that a 2017 article praising Epstein was published under a discontinued model that allowed outside writers to post freely, with no editorial review.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/21/business/media/jeffrey-epstein-media.html

General News

Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Use Pentagon Money to Build Border Wall

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the court will allow the government to tap into $2.5 billion in Department of Defense money to begin construction of the border wall. A trial judge had initially ordered an injunction that blocked the transfer of military funds to wall construction. A second court heard the administration's appeal but refused to stay the trial judge's ruling while it considered the matter. The Supreme Court's decision now means that construction can proceed while litigation continues. In his dissent, Justice Breyer wrote that he would have allowed the administration to pursue preparatory work but not construction, which would be hard to undo if the appellate court rules against the government.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/us/politics/supreme-court-border-wall-trump.html

Justice Department to Resume Executions for Federal Inmates on Death Row

Attorney General Barr has directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule the executions of five death row inmates. Barr announced that he has reinstated a 2-decades long dormant policy to resume the federal government's use of the death penalty. The federal government has only executed 3 inmates since it reinstated capital punishment in 1988. The last execution was in 2003. Along with this announcement comes a new protocol that replaces the 3-drug cocktail used in lethal injections with a single drug, pentobarbital.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/politics/federal-executions-death-penalty.html

Congress Passes Extension for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

The legislation ensures that the Fund is financially stable for the next 7 decades to cover medical claims from emergency personnel who worked in Lower Manhattan following the September 11th attacks. In the last 8 years, about 22,400 claims have been awarded, about 45% of which were granted for cancer-related treatment.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/politics/9-11-first-responders-fund-bill.html

Trump Administration Expands Fast-Tracked Deportations for Undocumented Immigrants

The administration announced this week that it would speed up the deportation of undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they have been in the country for more than 2 years. These fast-track (i.e. without a hearing) deportations were previously carried out on individuals who had been in the U.S. for a few weeks and were still within 100 miles of the southwestern border.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/us/politics/trump-immigration-deportations.html

Federal Judge Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Rule Banning Asylum Claims for Central American Migrants

Under the rule, Hondurans and Salvadorans would have to apply for, and be denied, asylum in the first safe country they arrive in, like Guatemala or Mexico. Only then would they be eligible to apply for asylum in the U.S. A district court judge in San Francisco issued the injunction and stated that the rule is inconsistent with existing asylum laws, describing the government's decision as "arbitrary and capricious". A federal judge in Washington heard a separate challenge to the rule but upheld it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/us/asylum-ruling-tro.html

Top Border Official is Reassigned Amid Concerns About Conditions in Migrant Facilities

Aaron Hull, the highest-ranking immigration official in the El Paso region, will be transferred to Detroit to oversee the U.S.-Canada border. Customs and Border Protection attributes the move to a routine shuffle of multiple senior staff members, saying the assignment is temporary. The El Paso region, one of 9 enforcement areas for Border Patrol, saw the largest increase in unauthorized crossings in the past year and is home to the controversial Clint, Texas facilities where migrant children are being detained.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/border-patrol-hull-el-paso.html

U.S. Senate Confirms Mark Esper as New Defense Secretary

Esper, a former Army infantryman, replaces Jim Mattis, who resigned last December, and takes control of the country's 1.2 million active duty troops. His confirmation ends the longest period that the Pentagon had been without a permanent leader.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/politics/mark-esper-secretary-defense.html

Special Counsel Mueller Defends Inquiry and Warns of Russian Sabotage

The special counsel testified at a House hearing last week about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, and warned lawmakers that Russia remains a threat to the 2020 election. Speaking about the decision not to subpoena the president, he stated that a battle over a presidential interview could have unnecessarily prolonged the investigation, adding that the president could still be charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves office.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/us/politics/trump-mueller-testimony.html

Mueller Testimony Deepens Democratic Divide on the Issue of Impeachment

Democrats are still divided on whether they should seek President Trump's impeachment, with some lawmakers pushing to begin impeachment hearings soon. The latest impetus for their position - Mueller's 7-hour testimony, which they believe establishes presidential obstruction of justice. House Speaker Pelosi maintains her position that Democrats should continue with their "slow, methodical approach."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/politics/impeach-trump-pelosi-nadler.html

House Democrats Seek Mueller's Secret Grand Jury Evidence

In its court filing, the House Judiciary Committee says that it is seeking access to grand jury evidence collected by Robert Mueller because it is investigating whether to recommend impeaching the president. Given how divided the party is on this issue, signaling that the committee is conducting this inquiry might have staved off a House vote on whether to formally declare that it is opening an impeachment inquiry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/us/politics/donald-trump-impeachment.html

Senate Advances Bill to Make Election Hacking a Crime

The Justice Department would have the ability to investigate and prosecute those who seek to manipulate elections systems equipment under the Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act. The bipartisan bill seeks to secure U.S. cyberinfrastructure and moves to the House next for consideration.

https://homelandprepnews.com/stories/34898-senate-advances-bill-to-make-election-hacking-a-federal-crime/

House Passes 2-Year Budget Deal That Would Raise Spending by $320 Billion

The House voted 284-to-149 in favor of a budget deal that raises spending by $320 billion over existing caps and allows the government to keep borrowing to pay its debts.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/us/politics/budget-deal.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/politics/budget-spending-deal.html

Army Colonel Accuses Top Military Nominee of Sexual Assault

An Army colonel is accusing General John Hyten of sexual assault. Hyten is nominated to be the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He denies the allegations. The matter was previously investigated, and the court-martial convening authority determined there was insufficient evidence to support findings of misconduct.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/us/politics/hyten-assault-joint-chiefs.html

Bill Wehrum, Former Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality Chief, Faces New Ethics Inquiry

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general will investigate allegations that Wehrum's efforts to weaken climate change and air pollution standards may have benefited former clients of his from his days as a lawyer and lobbyist for the oil, gas and coal industries.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/climate/william-wehrum-epa-inquiry.html

Attorney General Barr Revives Encryption Debate, Calls on Tech Firms to Allow for Law Enforcement

Barr said end-to-end encryption turns devices into "law-free zones insulated from legitimate scrutiny," urging technology firms to help the government access information on electronic devices. The confrontation between law enforcement and tech companies was best illustrated by the 2016 conflict between the FBI and Apple, after investigators obtained a court order to force Apple to unlock an iPhone recovered after the San Bernardino mass shooting.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/politics/william-barr-encryption-security.html

Justice Department Opens Antitrust Review of Big Tech Companies

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Facebook's business practices, while the Justice Department announced a broader scope of review that will look into potential anti-competitive behavior by the world's biggest technology companies. Though it did not name specific companies, the Justice Department said that it will look into concerns about search, social media, and retail services.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/technology/justice-department-tech-antitrust.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/technology/facebook-ftc-antitrust-investigation.html

The FTC Fines Facebook $5 Billion for Privacy Violations

This latest settlement is the result of an investigation following reports that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had gathered information on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission, access that was facilitated by Facebook's deceptive disclosures and settings. Under the terms of the settlement, Mark Zuckerberg will have to personally certify his company's compliance with privacy programs. False certifications could expose him to civil or criminal penalties.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/technology/ftc-facebook-privacy-data.html

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook's Settlement with the FTC

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a motion to intervene in the FTC case against Facebook. The public interest research group wants to block automatic approval of the $5 billion settlement, arguing that it fails to ensure consumer privacy because it grants Facebook immunity from thousands of outstanding consumer complaints on issues related to children's privacy, health privacy, and facial-recognition technology. If the court grants the hearing, a judge could require the FTC to review outstanding customer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/technology/facebook-ftc-epic-privacy.html

Equifax to Pay $650 Million in Largest Data Breach Settlement

Settlement documents filed in federal court in Atlanta show the credit bureau agreeing to pay $275 million in fines to two federal agencies. The settlement also resolves investigations by 48 state attorneys general and covers every American consumer whose data was stolen in the 2017 breach.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/business/equifax-settlement.html

Four Automakers Strike Deal with California, Rejection Environmental Protection Agency Pollution Rule

Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, and Honda have struck a deal with California regulators to produce more fuel-efficient vehicles. In essence, they negotiated rules that are slightly less restrictive than the Obama-era standards, but that would apply to vehicles sold nationwide. Since the Trump administration is expected to eliminate the Obama-era regulations, and some states have vowed to keep enforcing the stricter rules, the agreement would enable the companies to meet both federal and state requirements with a single national fleet of cars.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/climate/automakers-rejecting-trump-pollution-rule-strike-a-deal-with-california.html

President Trump Sues New York State and Congress to Shield His State Tax Returns

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington and seeks to prevent state officials and the House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining Trump's state tax returns under New York law. The administration previously rejected an argument that the IRS has an obligation to provide taxpayer information under the federal tax code.

The recently enacted New York law requires state tax officials to hand over tax returns to the chairman of one of three congressional committees. The test is whether the chairman has demonstrated a "specific and legitimate legislative purpose" for making the request. No committee chairman has yet requested state officials to hand over documents pursuant to the New York measure.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/politics/trump-tax-returns-new-york.html

Puerto Rico's Governor Resigns Following Weeks of Protests

Ricardo Rossello announced his resignation after the Puerto Rican legislature made it clear it was ready to launch impeachment proceedings against him. The legislature alleged that he illicitly used public resources for partisan purposes and allowed government officials and contractors to misuse public funds. Members of his administration were hit with corruption charges before his resignation and Rossello himself was further discredited by leaked messages that showed him using homophobic and misogynist language.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/us/puerto-rico-protests-politics.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/us/puerto-rico-rossello-profile.html

Two Opposing Political Parties Sue New York State Leaders Over Fusion Voting

In separate, but parallel, lawsuits, two ideologically opposed parties allege that the state's Democratic leaders conspired to eliminate fusion voting through a special commission that can make binding recommendations. Fusion voting allows candidate to run and collect votes on multiple party lines. Any group that gets 50,000 votes in an election for governor is guaranteed a ballot line for the next 4 years.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/nyregion/fusion-voting-lawsuit.html

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Abortion Law

The ruling temporarily blocked 3 new abortion restrictions in Arkansas, including a ban on the procedure after 18 weeks, and another that could threaten to close the state's only surgical abortion clinic. Judge Baker found that the record established that Arkansas women seeking abortion "face an imminent threat to their constitutional rights ... [and] will suffer irreparable harm without injunctive relief."

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/us/abortion-arkansas-laws.html

North Carolina Reaches Settlement on Bathroom Bill

A federal judge in North Carolina approved a settlement that prohibits the state government from banning transgender people from using bathrooms in state buildings that match their gender identity. The lawsuit was first launched after North Carolina passed House Bill 2, which required transgender people in government and public buildings to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate. The issue of whether people can claim damages from earlier enforcement of House Bill 2 is on hold until the Supreme Court rules on whether a federal ban on sex discrimination protects gay and transgender people.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/north-carolina-transgender-bathrooms.html

Tulsi Gabbard Sues Google for $50 Million Over Alleged Censorship

The former Democratic presidential candidate alleges that Google suspended her campaign's advertising account, therefore obstructing its ability to fundraise and infringing on her free speech. Gabbard alleges that her campaign emails ended up in spam folders on Gmail at a "disproportionately high rate" when compared to those of other Democratic campaigns. The representative's arguments have found bipartisan support because they echo previous concerns raised about Google tilting search results against conservative viewpoints.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/technology/tulsi-gabbard-sues-google.html

Michael Flynn's Associate is Found Guilty of Secretly Lobbying for Turkey

The former national security adviser's associate, Bijan Kian, was convicted of violating lobbying laws and failing to register as a foreign agent. Kian was also implicated in a scheme to influence the U.S. government and prompt the extradition of a Turkish dissident living in the U.S.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/politics/bijan-kian-guilty-flynn.html

President Trump Welcomed Pakistani's Prime Minister in Washington

This was the first face-to-face meeting of the two leaders and part of a push to mend relations, with the President offering to mediate the Indian-Pakistani conflict in Kashmir. The U.S. is aiming to persuade Pakistan to pressure the Taliban into striking a peace deal with the Afghan government, which has the potential to expedite the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/world/asia/trump-pakistan-afghanistan.html

Trump Administration Wants China Stripped of Its "Developing Country" Status Under World Trade Organization Rules

President Trump's proclamation says that China should no longer be classified as a "developing nation", adding that the U.S. will use all available means to secure changes to a provision that allows countries to decide whether they qualify for a status that gives them preferential treatment in trade deals. The proclamation follows up on an American proposal submitted to the World Trade Organization earlier this year to exempt countries from "developing country" status if they are members of the OECD or are among the G20's most advanced economies.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/us/politics/trump-wto-china.html

Trade War Leads Chinese Spending in U.S. to Plunge

Reports say that Chinese investment in the U.S. has plummeted by nearly 90% since President Trump took office. The drop has been acutely felt by Silicon Valley start-ups, the Manhattan real estate market, and state governments. The decrease may also be attributed to stricter capital controls in China that have made it more difficult for Chinese investors to buy American, partly in retaliation against American tariffs on Chinese goods.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/21/us/politics/china-investment-trade-war.html

U.S. Sanctions Venezuelan Officials for Alleged Corruption Scheme

President Maduro is the subject of a new round of sanctions following allegations that he, acting alongside family members and business partners, siphoned off government money, mostly from the country's state-run food program, for his own profit. Under this arrangement, Venezuelan officials bought lower-quality food or less food than budgeted, and contracted business partners to launder money by importing food or packaging supplies.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/world/americas/venezuela-food-corruption-scheme.html

Los Angeles Preacher, James Hart Stern, is Fighting to Control a Neo-Nazi Group

A strange leadership battle between a black former Baptist preacher and a long-time member of a neo-Nazi group has spurred both infighting and hope that the group will be rendered ineffective under new leadership. Stern made a prison "alliance" with an elderly KKK leader and left prison with power of attorney over that man's estate. Stern legally disbanded the KKK chapter that the man once led and intends to do the same with the National Socialist Movement. Stern's control of this second group, and its website domain, is being challenged by a long-time member that registered the group in Florida.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/national-socialist-movement-james-hart-stern.html?searchResultPosition=1

New Algorithm Can Identify Individuals Using Anonymous Data Sets

Computer scientists have developed a method to identify individuals from any anonymous data set using as few as 15 attributes. According to the scientists, the software code was posted online to alert data vendors and encourage them to secure future data sets that prevent people from being re-identified.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/health/data-privacy-protection.html

Neil Armstrong's Family Received $6 Million Secret Settlement

Armstrong's family alleged that incompetent post-surgical care at an Ohio hospital cost the astronaut his life. The alleged mistake was a decision to bring Armstrong to a catheterization lab, rather than an operating room, after complications with the removal of his pacemaker in 2012. News of the settlement comes on the 50th anniversary of Armstrong's walk on the moon.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/23/us/neil-armstrong-wrongful-death-settlement.html

Hong Kong Protesters Thwart Police Cameras and Facial Recognition Technologies

Demonstrators in Hong Kong have begun wearing masks in public gatherings to avoid being identified by police. They fear that Chinese-style surveillance, including facial recognition technology, is being deployed to identify and track them.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/26/technology/hong-kong-protests-facial-recognition-surveillance.html

China Hints at Using Troops to Quell Hong Kong Unrest

Following weeks of protests over a proposed extradition law, China is signaling that it may be ready to mobilize its army to retain Beijing's control in the territory. A recently-released document outlining China's defense strategy and public comments by an army official have brought attention to a law that allows the Chinese military to intervene, when requested by Hong Kong's leaders, to maintain order.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/world/asia/china-military-hong-kong-taiwan-protests.html

Boris Johnson Succeeds Theresa May as U.K. Prime Minister

A former mayor of London, Boris Johnson also served as the Brussels correspondent for the Daily Telegraph in the early 1990s, where he was credited with creating an atmosphere of skepticism toward the European Union in Britain. He has maintained a hard-line stance on Brexit, stating that the U.K. will leave the E.U. with or without a deal on October 31st.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/24/world/europe/britain-johnson-may-prime-minister.html

Tragedy in the Mediterranean: 150 Migrants Drown off the Coast of Libya

Up to 150 people are feared drowned after several boats capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Some rescued migrants were transferred to a detention center near Tripoli, which the U.N. does not consider to be safe after it was hit by an air strike earlier this month.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/world/middleeast/migrants-shipwreck-libya.html

Shinzo Abe Wins Another Term as Japan's Prime Minister

Shinzo Abe's conservative coalition won a majority of seats in the upper house of Parliament. Abe has been serving as prime minister since 2012.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/21/world/asia/japan-elections-2019.html

India's Moon Launch Succeeds on Second Try

India's space agency successfully launched Chandrayaan-2, scheduled to touch down on the Moon in September.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/world/asia/chandrayaan-india-moon-launch.html

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