Trump campaign sues CNN for libel over Russia opinion piece

first_imgAfter referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election. Noble wrote: “The Trump campaign assessed the potential risks and benefits of again seeking Russia’s help in 2020 and has decided to leave that option on the table.”The campaign said it has “repeatedly and openly disclaimed any intention to seek Russian involvement in the 2020 election,” and has never made statements suggesting otherwise.It also said CNN was “well aware” that Noble’s statement was untrue when published, and the piece reflected its “systematic pattern of bias” against the campaign. The campaign used identical language in the Times and Post lawsuits.Noble’s piece was titled “Soliciting dirt on your opponents from a foreign government is a crime. Mueller should have charged Trump campaign officials with it.”Trump’s battles with CNN have included the White House’s brief revocation in November 2018 of correspondent Jim Acosta’s credentials, after Acosta questioned him about Russia and about a migrant caravan traveling through Mexico.The campaign is represented by Charles Harder, who is also known for suing Gawker on behalf of Hulk Hogan, after the news website published a video of the former professional wrestler in a sexual encounter.Hogan won a $140 million judgment that bankrupted Gawker. He later settled for $31 million. Topics : US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign sued CNN for libel on Friday, over an opinion piece that said the campaign had left open the possibility of seeking Russia’s help in the 2020 election.The lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Atlanta was the campaign’s third in 10 days accusing major media outlets of libel, following cases against The New York Times and the Washington Post.All three lawsuits focused on opinion pieces published in 2019 that, according to the campaign, suggested it has had improper ties with Russia. CNN had no immediate comment. A person familiar with the matter said CNN had yet to review the lawsuit.Trump has throughout his presidency battled news media he believes demonstrate bias against him. The Republican president often brands CNN, a unit of AT&T Inc as “fake news.”Legal experts have said the libel lawsuits might be tough to win because the law affords broad protection to opinion writers who express their views about public officials like Trump.Friday’s lawsuit objected to a statement in a June 13, 2019 opinion piece by Larry Noble, a CNN contributor and former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission.last_img read more

Powerful German union backs plans to boost second-pillar pensions

first_imgIG Metall, Germany’s largest trade union, has expressed support for government proposals for industry-wide pension plans, although it has placed a strengthening of the first pillar at the heart of its recently unveiled reform proposal.   It set out its stall on reform of the country’s pension system last week, presenting its proposals in Berlin.The German government is trying to see through reform before major parliamentary elections next year.Industry-wide pension plans, also referred to as the social partner model, have been on its agenda for some time.  As Germany’s largest trade union, IG Metall’s position on pension reform carries weight, according to Klaus Stiefermann, chief executive at aba, the German occupational pension association. “The prospects of success for the social partner model, both with respect to its becoming law and then its implementation, depend on the trade unions and employer associations,” he told IPE.“The metal industry is an important one, so it’s important that IG Metall is behind the project.” The trade union for the metal industry is mainly calling for a strengthening of the first pillar, but it also lent its support to efforts to boost workplace pension provision, as a supplement to the state pension system.The third pillar is not up to the task of ensuring adequate retirement income in old age, according to the union, which believes the drive to boost private pension coverage, via the take-up of state-subsidised pension schemes (Riester-Rente), has failed.Setting out the trade union’s reform proposal, Jörg Hofmann, president of IG Metall, said occupational pensions should be available for all employees and that any second-pillar reform needed to include making mandatory the financial participation by employers.He said the trade union was “in favour of and supports” the proposal from Andrea Nahles, the minister for labour and social affairs, for industry-wide pension providers.The collective bargaining parties should have the option to create industry-specific arrangements to be treated preferentially under law, he added.He also mentioned ways of making occupational pension provision more attractive, such as increasing the tax relief on funding requirements.last_img read more

USG passes election code for next semester, diversity fund

first_imgSen. Shayan Kohanteb’s (far right) proposal to allow senators to endorse specific candidates in the next USG election was voted down at Tuesday’s meeting. (Krystal Gallegos | Daily Trojan)The Undergraduate Student Government voted Tuesday to approve next semester’s elections code. Senators will be required to remain neutral on candidates running for open positions, and an amendment proposed prohibiting all USG members from endorsing candidates failed to pass.Sen. Shayan Kohanteb first proposed an amendment that would have allowed senators to endorse candidates in the next USG election. Kohanteb argued that senators lend a valuable perspective to USG elections since they know the inner workings of the Senate better than anyone else. Sen. Michaela Murphy was the first to raise issue with Kohanteb’s amendment, arguing that allowing senators to endorse candidates would contribute to nepotism within the Senate. She said that favoritism has been a problem in the past. “USG reached a point not many years ago where internal nepotism … had seemed to spiral so out of control that a [School of Cinematic Arts] student literally made a documentary about internal nepotism in the organization and how it impacts USG elections,” Murphy said.Several people from the Senate and gallery expressed concern that senate aides have an unfair advantage if senators are permitted to endorse candidates.Last year was the first year USG broke precedent, allowing senators to endorse candidates in an informal agreement among sitting senators. Sophomore Truman Fritz, USG’s associate director for marketing, said that this may have produced a fairer election than those in past years.“There were six senate aids last year who were elected — there were also three who weren’t,” Fritz said. “I would like to argue that that was because of their platforms and not because they were senate aides.” He also said that experience within USG is not a necessary prerequisite for holding office as a senator, as long as the candidate can properly represent the student body.Sen. Max Geschwind claimed that senate endorsements could actually increase voter turnout.“I think we should have faith that students will vote intelligently,” Geschwind said. “We shouldn’t think that just because a certain senator adds their name to a particular candidate … [students] won’t blindly vote.”After confirming the elections code, the Senate unanimously voted to confirm an amendment to USG’s diversity fund, which would allow for the creation of an oversight board democratically elected by USG’s cultural assemblies. There will now be a process for individuals or organizations to apply for access to the diversity fund through the new oversight board. Murphy and former USG director of community affairs Mai Mizuno authored the amendment and Senators Manda Bwevervu and Meagan Lane co-sponsored it.Before the amendment was passed, the executive board of USG decided who would receive access to the diversity fund and there was no formal application process, according to Murphy.“If we use the belief system that … where we put our money is a reflection of our values, then that is a very strong statement to make to the USC administration to say that what we value is diversity-based initiatives,” Murphy said at a USG meeting about the diversity fund in October.last_img read more