House Democrats discuss tougher antitrust law, some Republicans agree

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel discussed ways to tighten antitrust laws on Thursday, with two Republicans on the Democrat-dominated panel indicating potential support for some changes.

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The antitrust subcommittee, chaired by Representative David Cicilline, is expected to release a much-anticipated report into the four big tech companies — Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O, Facebook Inc FB.O, Apple APPL.O and Alphabet’s Google GOOGL.O — as soon as Monday.

In the hearing, Cicilline said the tech companies used strategies such as self-preferencing and predatory pricing to grow. “These once-scrappy, underdog startups have grown into the kinds of monopolies we last saw more than a century ago,” he said.

One witness, Bill Baer, who headed the Justice Department Antitrust Division during the Obama administration, argued to the committee that successive court rulings over the years have made it harder to block a merger.

“If courts are unwilling to step back from this overreach, legislation may well be needed to re-set the boundaries,” he said.

Representative Ken Buck, a Republican, appeared swayed by calls for tougher antitrust law, including giving more funding to the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission.

“We also need to seriously consider increasing scrutiny on big tech companies, including shifting the burden of proof required for a market dominant company to prove that a merger is not anti-competitive,” he said.

Representative Kelly Armstrong, a Republican, said he agreed with Buck on the need for “more money, more resources, (and) more enforcement.” He indicated he would be interested in discussing “tweaks” to antitrust law.

Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, repeated his concern that Big Tech firms were “out to get conservatives.”

The Justice Department is also probing the big four tech platforms, and is expected to file a lawsuit against Google next week.

Facebook and Amazon also face inquiries by the FTC, while U.S. state attorneys general are looking at Facebook and Google.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Additional reporting by Nandita Bose; editing by Richard Pullin

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C12 invited to discuss COVID-19 and positive economic outlook at the White House

C12 invited to discuss COVID-19 and positive economic outlook at the White House

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SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 1, 2020

CEO Members of C12 met with the Vice President and top economic advisors about the ongoing post-COVID-19 U.S. economic resurgence.

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On September 21st, seven C12 CEO members representing diverse industries and workforce contexts met with top economic advisors and policy-makers at the White House. These CEOs were invited to share their perspectives and concerns regarding the country’s post-COVID-19 recovery strategy and to help shape the policies that will affect all Americans over the next 6-12 months. Topics of conversation included bolstering the economy, supporting American jobs, production of the vaccine, and continuing to safely re-open the American economy.

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“It was both an honor and a humbling experience to meet face-to-face with the top leaders of our country and discuss perhaps the most critical issue of our generation,” said Dave Taylor, CEO of PASLIN and C12 Member. “It was apparent to me that these leaders feel real pain for the losses incurred as a result of the coronavirus, are tirelessly working around the clock to defeat the virus and are doing everything in their power to protect the American people. This experience has strengthened my resolve to pray for and support our country’s leaders so that America can lead the way to heal the rest of the world.”

C12 was invited to the White House as a prominent voice of American businesses operating with both excellence and strong values for people and communities. The organization encourages leaders to steward their civic responsibility by engaging with our government, advocating on behalf of others, and leaning into uncertainty.

“The White House’s pandemic response and recovery efforts impact millions of people. Regardless of person or political party preferences, business leaders have perspective, influence, and a responsibility to care for the people we lead. I’m grateful the COVID Task Force policy team is pursuing voices from the marketplace, and it is a privilege for CEOs from across C12 to be those voices,” said Mike Sharrow, CEO of the C12 Group.

Representing more than 2,600 Members and over 700,000 employees of C12 companies, these CEOs embodied stewardship with dignity, compassion, and boldness.

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Garden City officials hold a meeting to discuss gun violence and possible solutions



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Officials of Garden City held a meeting to discuss gun violence and possible solutions. In the past year,  officials said they’ve had 27 shootings and five deaths. 

They want to get this under control.  

“To ensure a safe community in which we can live in, to ensure a safe community our children can play in, and a community in which our elders can feel safe in,” said Reverend Monroe. 

Officials said they want to go to when they didn’t worry about crime in Garden City and people didn’t feel scared. 

“They’re concerned because young kids are losing their lives. They’re scared because bullets are flying,” said Councilwoman Natalyn Morris. 

Reverend Monroe presented “Operation Protect” to the council today. This includes a 10 point plan on how to address crime. He gave ideas such as installing more home security cameras, gated communities and having more officers on duty. 

Councilwoman Marsha Daniels urged those in the crowd to tell council if they see something. If they don’t want to tell them, call Crime Stoppers. 

They said one shooting is one too many and they want to take action immediately. 

Chief Ballard of the Garden City Police Dept. said they’re beginning to install cameras throughout the city and they want to grow this quickly so they can put a dent in criminal activity.

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Interior minister, IOM envoy discuss boosting cooperation



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Amman, Sep.9 (Petra) — Interior Minister Salama Hammad on Wednesday discussed with head of the International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) mission to Jordan, Tajma Kurt, aspects of bilateral cooperation, especially those related to limiting the ramifications of refugee crises facing the Kingdom.

During the meeting, Hammad stressed that Jordan will continue to provide health, educational and social support for the refugees across the Kingdom, indicating that the multiple waves of refugees have strained the country’s infrastructure and natural resources, mainly water and energy.

The minister also praised the level of relations between Jordan and the IOM, saying that Jordan is ready to enhance cooperation and coordination with the organization and support it to carry out its humanitarian role.

For her part, Kurt valued Jordan’s cooperation with the organization in addressing difficulties resulting from immigration issues and the protection of migrants and refugees’ rights, despite economic, health and educational difficulties.

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