“Save Our Tips,” the Campaign Against D.C.’s Minimum Wage Hike, Is Run by a Trump Consultant

THE RESTAURANT LOBBY IS making a masked pitch to kill Initiative 77, a ballot measure designed to gradually raise the minimum wage in Washington, D.C., for bartenders, waitstaff, and other “tipped” employees, to $15 an hour by 2025.The current federal floor for “tipped” workers — defined as employees who receive at least $30 a month in tips — is $2.13 per hour. Tipping, originally embraced by Reconstruction-era Americans as a way to avoid paying salaries to newly freed slaves, now supports a two-tiered system in which tipped workers experience some of the lowest pay of any industry. (Waitresses are twice as likely to use food stamps than the general population).But you’d never glean any of that from the restaurant lobby’s pitch.

Source: “Save Our Tips,” the Campaign Against D.C.’s Minimum Wage Hike, Is Run by a Trump Consultant

1,358 Children and Counting — Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Border Policy Is Separating Families at Staggering Rates


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S intensifying border crackdown has seen as many as 2,000 cases involving children separated from their parents, according to an estimate by a lead attorney litigating a high-profile class-action lawsuit challenging the practice. Hundreds of new incidents of children being separated from their parents have emerged in the last month alone. “I think it’s between 1,500 and 2,000,” Lee Gelernt, a veteran attorney with American Civil Liberties Union, told The Intercept on Thursday, referring to the ballooning total of separation cases. Gelernt based the figure on recent testimony from U.S. officials and government disclosures, arguing that the total reflects the emerging scale of a practice that will have lasting impacts on a generation of kids who happened to arrive in the U.S. at this particular moment.

Source: 1,358 Children and Counting — Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Border Policy Is Separating Families at Staggering Rates

She Was Kidnapped by Guerrillas and Forced to Work. That Qualifies as Material Support for Terrorism, According to Immigration Ruling

THE HIGHEST U.S. immigration administration authority ruled this week that cooking and cleaning for terrorists, even when done under threat of death, qualifies as providing material support and justification for deporting someone. The immigration court’s catch-all interpretation of material support aligns with how it has been used in federal criminal cases, where the law has allowed prosecutors to charge people for vague, often nonviolent offenses related to terrorism.

Source: She Was Kidnapped by Guerrillas and Forced to Work. That Qualifies as Material Support for Terrorism, According to Immigration Ruling

Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning’s Home with Guns Drawn — in a “Wellness Check”


Video obtained by The Intercept shows police officers pointing their guns as they searched Chelsea Manning’s empty apartment.

Source: Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning’s Home with Guns Drawn — in a “Wellness Check”

San Diego Comic-Con Petitions Judge To Have Salt Lake Comic Con Pay Its Attorney’s Fees, Bar It From Calling Itself A ‘Comic Convention’ | Techdirt

It will be interesting to see how Judge Battaglia rules on the assertion that SLCC’s defense of itself warrants its paying SDCC’s attorney’s fees. What exactly was SLCC supposed to do, not try to defend itself in the best way possible? One also wonders if SDCC would be petitioning for attorney’s fees had the jury found that SLCC’s infringement was not willful, resulting in the paltry $20k award. Perhaps, perhaps not. What this sure looks like is the SDCC realizing that this “win” came at the cost of a hilariously large amount of money and it is attempting to mitigate that loss.SDCC also petitioned the court to bar SLCC from using its trademarks. That sort of thing would be par for the course except for two things. First, again, this trademark is ridiculous. It’s purely descriptive. Second, hammering home that fact, SDCC doesn’t want SLCC to even be able to properly describe the type of event it is.

Source: San Diego Comic-Con Petitions Judge To Have Salt Lake Comic Con Pay Its Attorney’s Fees, Bar It From Calling Itself A ‘Comic Convention’ | Techdirt

Michael Jackson Estate Turns The ‘Fair Use’ Tables on Disney – TorrentFreak


The Michael Jackson Estate is suing the Walt Disney Company and ABC for using dozens of its copyrighted works without permission. According to Disney, no harm has been done, since including these works in “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” documentary is “fair use.” The Estate clearly disagrees and notes that Disney’s argument would make even the founders of Napster pause.

Source: Michael Jackson Estate Turns The ‘Fair Use’ Tables on Disney – TorrentFreak

Trump’s Gag Rule Would Pressure Medical Providers to Withhold Information on Abortion and Birth Control


THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION launched its latest attack on women’s rights this week, introducing a so-called domestic gag rule for providers that receive Title X family planning funding. The rule would encourage providers to withhold potentially life-saving medical information from their patients and bar them from referring patients to an abortion provider. It also seeks to cut the single largest provider of Title X services, Planned Parenthood, from participating in the program altogether.

Source: Trump’s Gag Rule Would Pressure Medical Providers to Withhold Information on Abortion and Birth Control

Arizona state education standards see evolution deleted | Ars Technica

In Arizona, the state’s superintendent of public instruction has led a campaign to remove evolution from the state’s science education standards. Diane Douglas has taken the standards, written by educators, and selectively replaced instances of the word “evolution” with euphemisms like “change over time.” The alterations come less than a year after Douglas publicly advocated for introducing religious ideas into biology classrooms. Arizona residents still have roughly a week to submit comments on the changes.

Source: Arizona state education standards see evolution deleted | Ars Technica

Medicines were tainted with pesticides in sloppy drug facility, FDA warns | Ars Technica

A drug manufacturer used the same uncleaned equipment to make pesticides as it did several human drugs, according to a warning letter released by the Food and Drug Administration. The result was that at least two medicines were contaminated with pesticides, the agency noted.The FDA’s sternly worded letter charged that drug manufacturer Product Quest MFG, LLC of Daytona Beach, Florida, and its manufacturing facility, Ei LLC in Kannapolis, North Carolina, committed “significant violations.” It also noted that the firm’s response to the problems so far were “inadequate” and that its investigations into the extent of the problems were “not thorough and scientifically sound.” The agency levied legal threats if the issues weren’t fixed pronto.

Source: Medicines were tainted with pesticides in sloppy drug facility, FDA warns | Ars Technica

US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years • The Register


The US Congress is looking to extend copyright on some sound recordings to a staggering 144 years – making it the twelfth time copyright rules have been extended since the 1970s.

Source: US Congress mulls extending copyright yet again – to 144 years • The Register