Two Attorney Generals Are Suing Trump Over Conflict of Interest
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Secret Sessions: Yesterday, June 13, the Senate Intelligence Committee grilled Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his connections to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Trump campaign. Sessions had dragged his feet on the hearing, canceling two scheduled appearance and using former FBI Director James Comey's testimony as an excuse.
A whole lot of nothing came from the hearing. Shady Sessions evaded questions about his meetings with Kislyak saying he "could not recall," which he repeated so many times it should be made into a drinking game. He was able to confirm bits and pieces of Comey's testimony without completely throwing President Trump under the bus.
Back in March, Sessions recused himself from any investigations into the campaign's collusion with Russia and despite claiming to innocent of any wrongdoing in Tuesday's hearing we're all looking at him with the side.
The fruit doesn't fall far from the Tree: Apple is known for its innovation and must-have products, but the company is also doing more to support the environment. This is badly needed given its mixed environmental track record. This week the company jumped headfirst into a fight against climate change and issued a $1 billion bond to come with green products and missions. The money Apple is borrowing will be put toward developing renewable energy, such as solar and wind farms, as well as sustainable architecture. Very soon your new iWatch or iPhone could be completely made from recycled materials, which is a big departure from business as usual. Back in 2016, Apple issued another green bond for eco-conscious projects.
Throw in the towel already: President Trump has been fighting several losing battles, but the most recent one is another strike out for his travel ban on Muslim-majority countries. After being shut down yet again by the Fourth Circuit Court in Richmond, VA the President when back to the drawing board to soften the xenophobic language. Apparently, it wasn't good enough and the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court in San Francisco chopped the ban in pieces in some legal kung-fu. The administration is trying to get the travel ban before the Supreme Court for a review, which might be necessary to end this battle once and for all.
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Arrivederci: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt could ironically careless about the environment. This is the guy who advocated for Trump to back out of the Paris Climate agreement, has denied scientific evidence on climate change, and in the past has even sued the EPA (which he now runs) over environmental protection regulations. Pruitt was in Italy for a climate conference on Sunday, but dipset after only spending half a day at the two-day event. The meeting is an annual roundup of environmental officials from the G7 international big ballers. The biggest thing on the agenda was how to hit the goals of the climate agreement, so it's kind of obvious why Pruitt may have chucked the deuces and left early.
Turning it up: Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and DC Attorney General Karl Racine have just served Trump with a lawsuit that basically cites conflicts of interest over foreign affairs and business. The suit accuses Trump of ignoring the constitutional prohibition that says the president isn't allowed to take money from foreign governments. Since Trump has yet to reveal all his tax returns it's unclear whether or not he may be reaping unlawful benefits of the presidency. An activist group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has also sued the president for "countless conflicts of interest," which goes to show that people are extremely concerned about what's going on behind closed doors at the White House. We'll see what happens next.
Cleaning out the boys club: Uber has been plagued with accusations of sexual harassment and has developed a bad reputation for its bro-ey culture, but shake-ups are underways. Uber has placed four women in top executive positions. Salle Yoo is now the chief legal officer, Frances Frei is the new SVP of leadership and strategy, Bozoma Saint John is the new chief brand officer and Wan Ling Martello now sits on the board. The new hires and are partly to change the company's image but also because these women are highly qualified and represent more than just a quota. Also, the CEO of Uber recently resigned and one of these women could potentially take over the role which could steer the company in a whole new direction.