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California | July 27, 2021

Hasbro Suspends Critical Race Training Whistleblower, Says Report ‘Mischaracterizes Our Values’

California | July 27, 2021

Hasbro has reportedly suspended a whistleblower who leaked an internal training session at the company that claimed children as young as 2 years old can harbor racial biases. The toy-making giant claimed that the leaked information “mischaracterizes” the company’s values.

The training material was shared with and published by Project Veritas, a nonprofit undercover journalist outfit known for exposing anti-conservative bias in media and tech companies, by using what founder James O’Keefe has called “guerrilla journalist” tactics. The Conscious Kid, a California-based organization that describes itself as “dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth,” provided the training for Hasbro.

The recorded training session, echoing the claims of the quasi-Marxist critical race theory (CRT), instructed Hasbro employees that racist behavior could be found in their youngest customers…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Utah | July 9, 2021

36 States Sue Google over Alleged Anticompetitive Practices in Play Store

Utah | July 9, 2021

State attorneys general of 36 states and the District of Columbia filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google on Wednesday alleging the company engaged in anticompetitive practices in its Play Store for Android.

The complaint argues Google holds and unlawfully maintains a monopoly in the market of “Android app distribution,” using anticompetitive tactics such as blocking competitors from accessing the Play Store, discouraging the creation of competing app stores, and acquiring smaller app developers. The complaint also alleges Google charges app developers up to a 30% commission when customers purchase their products through the Google Play Store.

“Google has taken steps to close the ecosystem from competition and insert itself as the middleman between app developers and consumers,” the plaintiffs argue.

The plaintiffs claim that Google’s size and anticompetitive tactics have made it so app developers have no choice but to use Google’s software, which puts developers at the mercy of Google’s policies and fees.

“Google Play Store distributes over 90% of all Android apps in the United States. No competing Android app store has more than 5% of the market,” the complaint reads.

The complaint also argues that Google’s practices harm consumers. The plaintiffs claim the tech giant’s policy requiring all Play Store apps sell digital in-app content through Google’s billing service creates a monopoly on in-app payment processing, which the company can then abuse…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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Pennsylvania | July 7, 2021

Pennsylvania Senate Chairman Initiates Forensic Probe of 2020, 2021 Elections

Pennsylvania | July 7, 2021

Pennsylvania senator announced on July 7 that he has triggered a forensic investigation of the 2020 and 2021 elections.

State Sen. Doug Mastriano, a Republican, issued letters to several counties requesting information and materials that he said would enable an investigation.

“It’s distinct from an audit or forensic audit. It’s a big deep dive, like we saw in Arizona, but even deeper,” Mastriano told The Epoch Times.

“It takes a hard look at software, machine, scanners, in addition to looking at all the ballots themselves to see if they were hand-filled in or copied by a machine. So a scientific approach to get to the bottom of what happened, what went right, what went wrong in an election. It takes out all bias.”

Philadelphia County received a letter, as did two that lean Republican: York and Tioga counties….

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

 

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California | June 18, 2021

San Francisco’s shoplifting spike is devastating for small businesses

California | June 18, 2021

Brazen thieves in San Francisco are undeterred by uniformed security guards, surveillance cameras or customers filming on their cellphones. And corner markets and drug stores are the hardest hit. In one recent incident at a Walgreens, the shoplifter rode in on a bike, packed a trash bag of items, and rode out the front door. All of it was caught on camera. The thief hasn’t been arrested.

Jalal Haydari, owner of Limoncello Italian Market and Deli, said his store in tony Pacific Heights is targeted day and night. His 32 cameras catch criminals in the act all the time. In one video, a thief is seen breaking through a window and making off with cash and the electronic tablets needed to take delivery orders…

(Excerpts from Yahoo News)

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District of Columbia | May 28, 2021

Just Six Percent of Small Businesses Have Fully Recovered Pandemic Losses, Poll Shows

District of Columbia | May 28, 2021

Just 6% of small businesses that were negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic have fully recovered their losses, a Job Creators Network survey showed.

The vast majority of U.S. small business owners continue to “claw their way out” of the hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the poll commissioned by small business advocacy group Job Creators Network (JCN) and shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation. While 6% of small business owners that suffered losses related to the pandemic said they have recovered, 43% believed they would be fully recovered within six months.

The poll also showed that small business owners – who listed taxes as a top overall concern moving forward – are worried about President Joe Biden’s economic policies. More than half of respondents said they disapproved of the White House’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate.

Just 35% of those polled believe Biden’s economic and tax policies will help small businesses. Forty-two percent said the president’s policies will hurt them…

(Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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District of Columbia | May 17, 2021

Cafe Owner Seeks to Temporarily Block Admin From Prioritizing Certain Groups for Grants

District of Columbia | May 17, 2021

A Texas cafe owner is asking a federal court to temporarily block the Small Business Administration (SBA) from prioritizing its grants for certain business owners.

Philip Greer, the owner of Greer’s Ranch Cafe, has filed a temporary restraining order seeking to immediately stop the SBA from prioritizing women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners for its $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Greer argued in a motion, filed by America First Legal (AFL), the SBA has already received 147,000 applications from women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged business owners who requested a total of $29 billion in relief funds. This means the funds will be depleted before other groups can be considered for relief…

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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