Vox: Why the US government is suing Google

Vox: Why the US government is suing Google. “The Department of Justice and 11 states filed the lawsuit against Google in a federal court, accusing Google of using money it makes from its dominant position in search to pay other companies to help maintain its lead and block out competitors. Google pays Apple billions each year to be the default browser on Safari, for example, and search comes preloaded on devices using Google’s Android operating system.

Government Executive: Trump Administration Has Cut the Number of Federal Personnel Deployed in COVID-19 Fight by 60%

Government Executive: Trump Administration Has Cut the Number of Federal Personnel Deployed in COVID-19 Fight by 60%. “At the peak of pandemic response efforts, the Trump administration had deployed more than 50,000 federal employees around the country for various initiatives and projects, according to a Health and Human Services Department spokesperson. That number dropped to fewer than 20,000 as of Sept. 28, according to an updated count from the Department of Homeland Security, marking a decline of more than 60%.”

US Department of State: Launch of Website on Federally Funded Language Programs

US Department of State: Launch of Website on Federally Funded Language Programs . “The website provides a resource for Americans seeking to learn a foreign language by serving as a one-stop platform for U.S. government language programs. Americans can visit Languages.State.Gov to take a quiz to identify language programs that fit their goals and explore U.S. government scholarships and other resources. The website will categorize the language programs offered by the U.S. government by several criteria, including course length, location, and audience.”

Washington Post: Hope Hicks returned to the White House to pull Trump across the finish line. Then coronavirus hit.

Washington Post: Hope Hicks returned to the White House to pull Trump across the finish line. Then coronavirus hit.. “The Russia investigation that she had been caught up in was over, the impeachment had just ended and the headlines about her personal life were largely forgotten. With a new title and a bigger office, she was set to be the main liaison between the White House and the Trump reelection campaign, charged with interpreting a volatile boss and keeping him focused on a message about the thriving economy. Two days later, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic.”

Politico: No Democrats expected to join Trump’s DOJ in suing Google

Politico: No Democrats expected to join Trump’s DOJ in suing Google. “The Justice Department is likely to file its long-awaited antitrust suit against Google early next week, but without the sign-on of any Democratic attorneys general, four people familiar with the case said Friday — upending the Trump administration’s hopes to enlist bipartisan support for its fight against the internet giant.”

New York Times: As Virus Spread, Reports of Trump Administration’s Private Briefings Fueled Sell-Off

New York Times: As Virus Spread, Reports of Trump Administration’s Private Briefings Fueled Sell-Off. “On the afternoon of Feb. 24, President Trump declared on Twitter that the coronavirus was ‘very much under control’ in the United States, one of numerous rosy statements that he and his advisers made at the time about the worsening epidemic. He even added an observation for investors: ‘Stock market starting to look very good to me!’ But hours earlier, senior members of the president’s economic team, privately addressing board members of the conservative Hoover Institution, were less confident.”

The Verge: FCC will move to regulate social media after censorship outcry

The Verge: FCC will move to regulate social media after censorship outcry. “On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said that the agency will seek to regulate social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter at the behest of the Trump administration’s executive order signed earlier this year.”

BuzzFeed News: State Health Officials Say They Aren’t Getting Contact Tracing Information From The White House

BuzzFeed News: State Health Officials Say They Aren’t Getting Contact Tracing Information From The White House. “As the nation’s capital reeled with news of one high-profile presidential aide after another testing positive for COVID-19, officials in local health departments in several jurisdictions said the White House has complicated efforts to identify and contract trace anyone whom the president and his entourage may have exposed to the coronavirus during his recent travels.”

A Former Pence Aide on His COVID Task Force: “It Is Everything That Horrifies You” (Slate)

Slate: A Former Pence Aide on His COVID Task Force: “It Is Everything That Horrifies You”. “As part of the White House coronavirus task force, Olivia Troye had a front-row seat to the federal government’s pandemic response—and its many failures. Troye was a homeland security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence and saw firsthand how the Trump administration hid the truth about the COVID-19 crisis and prioritized the election over public health. She left the White House in August. On Thursday’s episode of What Next, I spoke to Troye about her role on the task force and why she’s speaking out now. Our conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity.”

The Daily Beast: White House Quietly Told Vets Group It Might Have Exposed Them to COVID

The Daily Beast: White House Quietly Told Vets Group It Might Have Exposed Them to COVID. “On the same day President Donald Trump acknowledged contracting the coronavirus, the White House quietly informed a veterans group that there was a COVID-19 risk stemming from a Sept. 27 event honoring the families of fallen U.S. service members, the head of that charitable organization told The Daily Beast.”

Politico: Millions of workers face jobless benefits cliff with lifeline set to expire

Politico: Millions of workers face jobless benefits cliff with lifeline set to expire. “…the U.S. is inching closer to a Dec. 31 deadline when several key federal jobless aid programs created under the March CARES Act will be cut off entirely. If the government doesn’t pass legislation, more than half of those receiving unemployment benefits — about 13.4 million people — stand to be left with no income.”

New York Times: 8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up

New York Times: 8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up. “The number of poor people has grown by eight million since May, according to researchers at Columbia University, after falling by four million at the pandemic’s start as a result of an $2 trillion emergency package known as the Cares Act.”

New York Times: An Arms Dealer, an Ex-N.F.L. Player and Huge Federal Contracts for Medical Gowns

New York Times: An Arms Dealer, an Ex-N.F.L. Player and Huge Federal Contracts for Medical Gowns. “The Defense Department distributed more than $1 billion in federal contracts last month to companies for disposable medical gowns to protect those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 100 large and midsize companies, many with track records of successfully completing federal procurement contracts, bid for the work. But the majority of the awards ultimately went to a handful of unexpected and inexperienced companies that now find themselves on the hook to produce hundreds of millions of gowns in a matter of months.”

NBC News: Wife of Trump’s labor secretary, who was at Barrett Rose Garden event, tests positive for Covid-19

NBC News: Wife of Trump’s labor secretary, who was at Barrett Rose Garden event, tests positive for Covid-19. “Trish Scalia, the wife of President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, has tested positive for Covid-19, the Labor Department said Tuesday night.”