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

  • Pompeo threatens to 'crush' Iran with new sanctions, military force

  • Supreme Court rules employers can force arbitration

  • Obama to produce films, series for Netflix

  • 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

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Iran with a string of new demands in a Monday speech, following President Trump's recent decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal. To deter Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Pompeo said, the U.S. will impose "the strongest sanctions in history" and create military pressure. "We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them," said Pompeo. America's top diplomat added that the U.S. would eventually be willing to lift Iranian sanctions if Tehran ended its nuclear weapons program and stopped its "destabilizing activities in the region."

Source: Bloomberg, CNN

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. Justice Neil Gorsuch called the ruling a "big win for businesses," while critics called it a "major blow to workers." Arbitration is often less expensive for employers, and 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

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have "entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix," the streaming service announced Monday. The content will "potentially" include "scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features." The Hollywood Reporter notes that the move is "unprecedented in media" and that "no previous former president has ever made such a deal," with post-White House productions typically limited to autobiographies. In a statement, Obama said he and Michelle "hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world."

Source: The New York Times, Netflix

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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