Democrats want to ban mandatory arbitration at work. Senate Republicans are listening.

Democrats want to ban mandatory arbitration at work. Senate Republicans are listening.

A wonky legal issue is gaining (some) bipartisan support. It’s starting to look like Republicans and Democrats in Congress may actually reach a deal on something. Not on health care, or immigration, or any other topic dominating the headlines, but a deal on a wonky legal loophole that bars millions of Americans from getting their day in court. Senate Republicans held a committee hearing Tuesday on corporate America’s alarming use of mandatory arbitration clauses, a…

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Senate Republicans have officially gone ‘nuclear’ in order to confirm more Trump judges

Senate Republicans have officially gone ‘nuclear’ in order to confirm more Trump judges

It’s a win for Republicans in the near term, but Democrats could also capitalize on the update in the future. Senate Republicans have officially gone nuclear again this week. Once more, they’ve changed Senate rules so they can confirm President Donald Trump’s nominees more expeditiously — a string of actions first kicked off by Democratic leader Harry Reid in 2013. It marks the third time in less than a decade that the Senate majority has…

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Google’s brand-new AI ethics board is already falling apart

Google’s brand-new AI ethics board is already falling apart

One member resigned and two more are under fire. It’s only a week old. Just a week after it was announced, Google’s new AI ethics board is already in trouble. The board, founded to guide “responsible development of AI” at Google, would have had eight members and met four times over the course of 2019 to consider concerns about Google’s AI program. Those concerns include how AI can enable authoritarian states, how AI algorithms produce…

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Biden responds to allegations of touching: I’ll respect people’s ‘personal space’

Biden responds to allegations of touching: I’ll respect people’s ‘personal space’

The former Vice President says his past behavior has been about “connecting” with people. Former Vice President Joe Biden — who is expected to announce a 2020 presidential bid soon — says he’s ready to respect people’s “personal space” after new attention came to allegations he had acted inappropriately with women. “I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’ Whether they are women,…

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