Scott Rodd Stateline.org Published 12:04 AM EDT Mar 25, 2019 Sacramento, Calif. It started with installing some red and green LED lights. Then came the disco balls, neon eyeglasses and a gold Bluetooth karaoke microphone. Daniel Flannery had transformed the car he drives for Uber and Lyft into a party on wheels. “You put everything together, and it encourages people to loosen up,” he said. “Sometimes, I have people call me up and say, ‘We don’t want to go anywhere – we just want to drive around and sing.’” Flannery, who drives to supplement his retirement income, said he loves the freedom that comes with it – setting his own schedule and adding his own flair to what he dubs his “Swag Rides.” Much of that freedom comes from being classified as an independent contractor. But a 2018 California Supreme Court decision could change the nature of working in the gig economy while providing a model for other states. The … [Read more...] about Gig economy workers gain security, but at what cost?
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WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional panel said on Monday that it has served document requests on 81 government agencies, entities and individuals as part of an investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other abuses by President Donald Trump and others.Among those targeted by the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee are the president's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, WikiLeaks, White House aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former White House counsel Doug McGahn."We have seen the damage done to our democratic institutions in the two years that the Congress refused to conduct responsible oversight. Congress must provide a check on abuses of power," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.Among the committee's aims is determining whether Trump may have obstructed justice by ousting perceived enemies at the … [Read more...] about US House panel issues 81 document requests in Trump obstruction probe
By Michael Graham | PUBLISHED: March 2, 2019 at 7:27 pm | UPDATED: March 3, 2019 at 6:14 am In a single sentence in his CPAC speech on Saturday, President Trump laid out the entire 2020 campaign. Trump couldn’t have made his message more clear if he’d stood on stage and literally hugged the American flag. “We believe in the American Dream, not the socialist nightmare.” And there it is. But he hugged the flag anyway, just for good measure. I was doing post-speech analysis on CBSN and the host, Tonya Rivero, asked if Trump’s strategy could work. Could he really convince Americans that their only choice in 2020 is re-electing the chaos that is Trump or facing the real threat of a socialist president? It’s a good question. And I don’t know if even the Donald can make that sale. But you know who can? Sen. Bernie Sanders. It’s hard to accuse Republicans of trying to smear Democrats as Soviet-style socialists when the current front-runner … [Read more...] about Socialist Bernie Sanders is Trump’s dream Democrat
Bill Barrow and Rachel La Corte, Associated Press Updated 4:09 am PST, Friday, March 1, 2019 In this photo taken July 23, 2018, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo on the beach near his home on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Inslee is adding his name to the growing 2020 Democratic presidential field. The 68-year-old is announcing his bid Friday, March 1, 2019, in Seattle after recent travels to two of the four early-nominating states. less In this photo taken July 23, 2018, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo on the beach near his home on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Inslee is adding his name to the growing 2020 Democratic presidential ... more Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 In this photo taken July 23, 2018, … [Read more...] about Washington Gov. Inslee joins Democratic presidential field
By The Washington Post | January 26, 2019 at 8:31 pm The Washington Post · Mike DeBonis WASHINGTON – Nancy Pelosi’s first showdown with President Donald Trump began with him publicly questioning her political viability. It ended with the House speaker winning an unmitigated victory and reviving her reputation as a legislative savant. Trump’s capitulation – agreeing to reopen the federal government after a 35-day standoff without funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall – generated rave reviews for Pelosi from fellow Democrats and grudging respect from Republicans who watched as she kept an unruly party caucus united in the face of GOP divide-and-conquer tactics. Pelosi, D-Calif., emerges from the shutdown as a stronger leader of her party – and more popular with the public, by early measures – as Democrats eye aggressive efforts to counter Trump’s agenda through ambitious legislation and tough oversight. That suggests the … [Read more...] about Pelosi’s stock soars on victory in standoff