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Google and Facebook Hit With $8.8 Billion in Lawsuits

Accusing Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Instagram of "intentionally" violating Europe's strict new privacy rules that officially went into effect on Friday, Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems filed four lawsuits against the tech companies arguing they are still "coercing users into sharing personal data" despite rolling out new policies ostensibly aimed at complying with the new regulations.  Read more.
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DNC Chief Tom Perez Endorses Cuomo Ahead of NY Primary

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez, who said just two months ago that the national party shouldn't be "anointing candidates" in primary races, was widely rebuked by progressives for his decision this week to endorse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose reelection bid is being challenged by longtime activist and actress Cynthia Nixon.  Read more.

The Unbearable Whiteness of NFL Ownership

ON WEDNESDAY, 31 out of 32 NFL team owners voted to appease President Donald Trump by banning any form of on-field protest or demonstration during the pregame singing of the national anthem. One team owner abstained: Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers, the former home of Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, two players who’ve effectively accused the league of banning them in part because of their involvement in on-field protests.  Read more.

US Lets Public Housing Developments Crumble as a Prelude to Privatization

When the US government's first public housing development was created in 1935, the Roosevelt administration saw it as "an initial step in the program for slum clearance and low-cost housing." At least that's what the plaque in front of New York City's aptly named First Houses -- declared a landmark in 1974 -- proclaims.
But ask 81-year-old Ivy about what it's like to live in the development, and she has a long list of gripes.  Read more.

Goons in Gucci: The Corporate Royalists of the 21st Century

In the fierce labor wars of the last century, industrial barons employed Pinkertons and other goons to bloody the heads of laborers or simply gun down those struggling for a share of economic and political power. It was brutal, but organized workers persevered and eventually gained a share of economic and political power. From their sweat and blood, America's middle class flowered.  Read more.

Stacey Abrams Is the Future for a Democratic Party in Crisis

If you had to describe the state of the Democratic Party in 2018, you could pretty well capture it in two wildly contrasting vignettes from the past two days. Cut to Tuesday evening in Atlanta, Georgia: In a jam-packed and jubilant ballroom, 44-year-old Stacey Abrams – who's running to become the first black female governor in American history – celebrated a landslide victory in the state's Democratic primary. Abrams is the sort of candidate the Democratic Party would never have recruited to run for governor of any state, much less a Southern one. If her race and gender didn't mark her as a sure "liability" in the eyes of the consultants, her unabashed liberalism would have. But despite vigorous (white) opposition, 76 percent of Georgia Democrats decided otherwise.  Read more.

Weapons Manufacturers Use Israel's Massacres of Palestinians as Testing Grounds

NFL Owners Rebuked for Announcing Fines for Teams If Players #TakeAKnee

National Football League (NFL) team owners were widely rebuked Wednesday for a new policy to penalize professional football teams whose players exercise their right to protest after athletes across the league locked arms, raised fists, or knelt during the national anthem the past two seasons to support a movement against racial injustice started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  Read more.

Trump to Rescue Chinese Telecom as Beijing Funds Major Trump Project

"This affair is a screaming violation of the U.S. Constitution's emoluments clause."

That was how Robert Weissman of Public Citizen described President Donald Trump's efforts this week to negotiate a "sweetheart deal" for the failing Chinese telecom giant ZTE just after news broke that a Chinese government-run entity dumped a $500 million loan into a major development project in Indonesia, which will reportedly include a Trump-branded hotel and golf course.  Read more.