News from Around the Web for Jan 9, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 Biden Administration to Unveil Contractor Rule That Could Upend Gig Economy - Daniel Wiessner and David Shepardson Reuters
The Biden administration will release a final rule as soon as this week that will make it more difficult for companies to treat workers as independent contractors rather than employees that typically cost a company more, an administration official said. The U.S. Department of Labor rule, which was first proposed in 2022 and is likely to face legal challenges, will require that workers be considered employees entitled to more benefits and legal protections than contractors when they are "economically dependent" on a company. A range of industries will likely be affected by the rule, which will take effect later this year, but its potential impact on app-based services that rely heavily on contract workers has garnered the most attention. Shares of Uber Technologies Inc (UBER.N), Lyft Inc (LYFT.O), and DoorDash (DASH.O) all tumbled at least 10% when the draft rule was proposed in October 2022...
#9 Yes, the Left Will Go Nuts. Will We Be Ready? - Paul Gottfried for Blaze Media

It’s ridiculous to believe our problems will be solved by offering another Republican caretaker government that serves out its term before the left comes back to wage unholy war. Rich Lowry bestowed on a recent column this provocative title: “Brace Yourselves: The Left Will Roil the Country Again If Donald Trump Beats Joe Biden.” No kidding! For Trump’s enemies on the left, Lowry pointed out, “saving democracy doesn’t mean upholding the rules no matter what and letting the voters decide the election and the fate of the next president. No, it means blocking Trump by any means necessary, regardless of the consequences for the rule of law, democratic politics, or faith in our system of government...”

#8 Nikki Haley Cancels Iowa Event; Video Shows Empty Room - Hannah Bleau Knudsen for Breitbart

Nikki Haley’s campaign reportedly canceled an event at the last minute to avoid what her critics describe as embarrassment, as the video showed a relatively empty room and a few pro-Haley signs hanging on a wall.
“If you look around me, technically, this is an event that was supposed to start in the last few minutes, and of course, it’s empty,” a reporter on the scene said. “You got empty chairs, stuff packed up in the corner, and signs just hanging on the wall — the only way you’d know that Nikki Haley was supposed to be here,” she said, noting that Haley’s team canceled the event “just a few minutes ago,” suggesting that no one actually showed up...

#7 Top JPMorgan Strategist Predicts When Biden Will Drop Out of 2024 Election - Allison Anton for The Western Journal
It seems like no one is gung-ho about President Joe Biden’s re-election prospects. In the financial service company’s lengthy “Eye on the Market: Outlook 2024” report, Michael Cembalest, chairman of market and investment strategy for J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, listed 10 “surprises” for the year. One of them is that Biden will withdraw from the presidential race for “health reasons sometime between Super Tuesday and the November election.” Cembalest suggested the party’s nomination would be passed to a “replacement candidate named by the Democratic National Committee...”

#6 Nevada Felon Again Faces Judge He Viciously Attacked, This Time the Outcome Was Much Different - Sister Toldjah for Red State
The video of Judge Mary Kay Holthus being attacked last Wednesday by a three-time felon whom she was just about to sentence for an April 2023 baseball bat assault is not something you can unsee. In an update to this story, Redden appeared at the Clark County District Courthouse Monday once again to get the sentence that was delayed due to his attack on the judge. Unlike the first appearance, there reportedly was a courtroom full of marshals. Redden was also decked out in attire that was more befitting a violent repeat felon, including orange mitten restraints, chained handcuffs, and a spit guard...

#5 Gabriel Attal Becomes France's Youngest Prime Minister as Macron Seeks Reset - By Elizabeth Pineau and Yiming Woo for Reuters

Gabriel Attal promised to be bold and act fast to help the middle class with the rising cost of living after President Emmanuel Macron, seeking to breathe new life into his second term, on Tuesday made him France's youngest-ever prime minister. The appointment of Attal, 34, a popular and media-savvy rising star of French politics, signals a desire by Macron to move beyond divisive reforms and improve his centrist party's chances in the European... Parliament elections in June...

#4 Mayor Johnson Argues Gov. Abbott is Intentionally 'Attacking' Leaders of Color' by Bussing Migrants - Alexander Hall for Fox News

Democrat Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson condemned Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, in a recent MSNBC appearance, arguing he has been "attacking" cities run by Black leaders with waves of migrants. In an effort to show the seriousness of the border crisis, Republican governors like Abbott have sent buses of asylum seekers to Democrat-controlled states and sanctuary cities. Republicans have argued the action is necessary to show the rest of the country what border states are dealing with due to the surge of migrants.  Ummmm they are called Sanctuary Cities for a reason, no?

#3 Discredited Claims about Clinton, Trump Mentioned in Latest Batch of Epstein Docs - James Hill and Aaron Katersky

A new round of court records from a lawsuit related to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was released Monday, which include photos from an accuser as well as an exhibit that mentions discredited allegations she made about Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and Richard Branson. At least 17 documents were unsealed. More than 200 documents have been released since Wednesday. The records are part of a defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Epstein, against his longtime companion Ghislaine Maxwell that the two settled in 2017. Epstein died by suicide in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

#2 Will the Feds Block a Grocery Megamerger? Kroger and Albertsons Will Soon Find Out - Alina Selyukh  for NPR

Will America's two largest grocery store chains get to become one? That's the question before U.S. regulators, who are deciding whether to block Kroger's $24.6 billion purchase of Albertsons. Several state attorneys general, too, have signaled they might sue to halt the deal. At stake is a shakeup of the U.S. grocery landscape, where the companies say they face stiffening competition from Amazon, Walmart, Costco, and even dollar stores. Employees, state officials and some lawmakers have argued the tie-up would reduce options for shoppers and workers, farmers, and food producers.

#1 Appeals Court Judges Skeptical of Trump's Immunity Appeal in Election Interference Case -  Lawrence Hurley and Daniel Barnes for NBC News

The case is one of four criminal prosecutions Trump faces as he fights on multiple legal fronts while remaining the presumptive front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. With Trump running for office again, whether the Washington trial originally scheduled for March can take place ahead of the election continues to hang in the balance. Special counsel Jack Smith has asked the court to move quickly in a bid to keep the trial on schedule. The all-woman three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is hearing the case on an expedited schedule, so a ruling could come quickly, possibly in time to allow Trump’s trial to begin as scheduled.


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