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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump meets with DOJ officials to expand probe into FBI informant

  • Syrian government regains full control of Damascus for 1st time since 2011

  • Supreme Court rules employers can force arbitration

  • Australia convicts Catholic archbishop of sexual abuse cover-up from 1970s

  • Andy Warhol's Interview magazine is folding

President Trump on Monday met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and asked the Justice Department to expand its investigation to "include any irregularities with the FBI's or Justice Department's tactics concerning the Trump campaign." On Sunday, Trump initiated an inquiry into a report that an American academic working as an FBI informant met with several members of his 2016 campaign in the early days of the agency's investigation into Russian election meddling. Trump demanded that the Justice Department look into whether Obama administration officials coordinated surveillance of his campaign for political reasons. Reports on the matter said there was no evidence the informant was embedded in the Trump campaign, as Trump suggested.

Source: The Washington Post, Reuters

The Syrian military said Monday that after fighting for a month, it has captured an area of southern Damascus from the Islamic State, and the capital is now, for the first time since the country's civil war began in 2011, under full government control. They were able to take back the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk and the Hajar al-Aswad district, and will now focus on the territory held by rebels in southern Syria. A monitoring group said that 1,600 people, including hundreds of ISIS militants, left southern Damascus on Saturday and Sunday, and went toward the eastern desert after agreeing to a deal with the Syrian government.

Source: The Associated Press

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 along ideological lines Monday that employers can prevent their employees from banding together in class-action lawsuits by requiring them to go through individual arbitrators instead. The ruling is a "big win for businesses" and "a major blow to workers," New York's Cristian Farias tweeted. Arbitration is often less expensive for employers, and Justice Neil Gorsuch said that the "law is clear" that employers can require it. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the ruling was "egregiously wrong" and stripped workers of their right to "take concerted action for their mutual aid or protection."

Source: Bloomberg

On Tuesday, a magistrate judge in Australia convicted Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson of covering up a priest's sexual abuse of minors in the 1970s, a charge that carries up to two years in prison. Wilson, 67, was released on bail until his June 9 sentencing. He is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse anywhere in the world. Two former altar boys testified they told Wilson in the mid-1970s that a priest, Jim Fletcher, had abused them. Wilson pleaded not guilty and said he had no recollection of being told about Fletcher's abuse at the time. Fletcher was convicted of nine counts of child sexual abuse and died of a stroke in prison in 2006.

Source: The New York Times, The Associated Press

Interview magazine, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, is shutting down, several staff members confirmed Monday. The magazine featured celebrities interviewing one another, and covered art, entertainment, pop culture, and fashion. Editor Ezra Marcus told CNNMoney that the magazine is "folding both web and print effective immediately," with employees finding out during a meeting that the company is filing for bankruptcy. In 1989, billionaire Peter Brant purchased Interview from Warhol's estate. The past several months were tumultuous for the magazine, with its former editorial director suing for back pay and the fashion director resigning after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Source: CNNMoney
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