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Supreme Court Deals Blow to Workers' Rights in 5-4 Decision Against Collective Action
Author: mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

In a major blow to workers’ rights, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 Monday that employers can use arbitration clauses to prohibit workers from banding together to challenge violations of federal labor laws in class-action lawsuits. Arbitration is often confidential. Many workers may agree to mandatory arbitration clauses without even being aware of it when they sign a contract with their employer. In a rare show of public displeasure, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, calling the majority opinion “egregiously wrong” and saying, “The court today holds enforceable these arm-twisted, take-it-or-leave-it contracts—including the provisions requiring employees to litigate wage and hours claims only one-by-one. Federal labor law does not countenance such isolation of employees.” For more, we speak with Terri Gerstein, former labor bureau chief for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

"We Are Lurching Toward Plutocracy": Rep. Ellison on Rollback of Key Dodd-Frank Banking Regulations
Author: mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

In a rare bipartisan effort Tuesday, House lawmakers voted 258 to 159 to exempt banks with less than $250 billion in assets from many of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act regulations, even though banks’ profits are soaring. The Dodd-Frank Act was passed after the 2008 economic crisis, which was provoked by years of risky lending by Wall Street banks. Thirty-three Democrats joined their Republican counterparts in voting for the financial regulation rollback, which, if signed into law, would leave less than 10 banks in the U.S. subject to stricter federal oversight. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison. He is the first Muslim member of Congress and the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, or DNC.

DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison: The Democratic Party Should Stay Out of Primaries, Let Voters Decide
Author: mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

Voters in Georgia, Texas, Arkansas and Kentucky headed to the polls Tuesday to determine a number of key primaries, and it was another big night for female Democratic candidates. In Georgia, Stacey Abrams made history by becoming the first African-American woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor in the U.S. If Abrams wins in November, she will become the first African-American governor in the Deep South since Reconstruction. Meanwhile in Houston, Texas, Lupe Valdez made history by becoming the first openly gay and first Latina candidate to win a major-party nomination for Texas governor. For more, we speak with Minnesota Democratic Congressmember Keith Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Headlines for May 23, 2018
Author: mail@democracynow.org (Democracy Now!)

NYT Politics

Trump Repeats Unconfirmed Claims of Spies Inside His Campaign
Author: EILEEN SULLIVAN
Mr. Trump departed from his previous language about the possibility the government deployed a spy inside his campaign. Instead, he stated it as fact.
5 Key Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primaries
Author: ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN
A viral video star propelled herself to victory. A teacher unseated an establishment candidate. And Stacey Abrams won a commanding victory.
On Washington: Usually Reliable and Cooperative, Centrist House Republicans Rebel
Author: CARL HULSE
With their political survival at stake in the November midterm elections, frustrated moderates are rising up to demand an immigration vote that they say is long overdue.

Oregon Local News

Family of man fatally shot by police in Portland homeless shelter files federal lawsuit
The suit alleges police stormed into the shelter and used excessive force against Elifritz, who his family says was experiencing a mental health crisis and posed no threat to the officers after he burst into the CityTeam Ministries shelter on Southeast Grand Avenue, armed with a knife. Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive http://connect.oregonlive.com/user/mabernst/index.html

Portland News

Family of man fatally shot by police in Portland homeless shelter files federal lawsuit
The suit alleges police stormed into the shelter and used excessive force against Elifritz, who his family says was experiencing a mental health crisis and posed no threat to the officers after he burst into the CityTeam Ministries shelter on Southeast Grand Avenue, armed with a knife. Maxine Bernstein | The Oregonian/OregonLive http://connect.oregonlive.com/user/mabernst/index.html

Portland Tribune

Restive short-term-rental hosts unite, form trade group
Author: Steve Law
Host2Host enables home-based landlords to learn from eachother, gain independent voice dealing with city, Airbnb, HomeAway

Debi Hertert and hundreds of other Portland short-term rental hosts have banded together to form their own trade group, seeking an independent voice as Portland officials weigh two new taxes and listing companies plot other ...

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