DOJ Expected to File Antitrust Action vs. Google

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Headline Wealth

The Justice Department is expected to bring an antitrust action against Google in coming weeks, focusing on its dominance in online search and whether it was used to stifle competition and hurt consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Thursday.

The department also is examining Google’s online advertising practices, said the person, who could not discuss an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Antitrust officials at the department briefed state attorneys general Thursday on the planned action against Google, seeking support from states across the country that share concerns about Google’s conduct.

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DOJ and state attorneys general likely to bring antitrust lawsuits against Google

The Justice Department and some state attorneys general are reportedly likely to file antitrust lawsuits against Google focused on how it has used its search dominance in the online advertising business.

The Justice Department will likely bring a case as soon as this summer, and some state attorneys general will likely file a case in the fall, according to the Wall Street Journal. The states will be led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican. DOJ Attorney General William Barr has been leading the Google probe and has considered it a top priority.

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JPMorgan Chase Confirmed as Target of Metals Price Rigging Prosecution

By Clint Siegner, Money Metals News Service – Re-Blogged From Headline Wealth

The U.S. Department of Justice investigation of criminal activity in the precious metals markets has taken an interesting new turn.

According to Bloomberg, prosecutors are targeting the bank itself and not just the individual traders involved in rigging prices. If convicted, the bank as an institution could be held accountable for years of structured and pervasive cheating.

The DOJ investigation of JPMorgan’s metals trading desk began more than two years ago. It came on the heels of a guilty plea by Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Bank copped to spoofing prices and agreed to turn state’s evidence. DB then handed over hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, along with chat logs and voice recordings which featured traders gleefully conspiring with one another to cheat clients and other market participants.

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DOJ to Sue California to Strike Down ‘Sanctuary’ Laws as Unconstitutional

By Ian Mason – Re-Blogged From Breitbart

Update: DOJ filed its complaint, motion for preliminary injunction, and supporting exhibits shortly after 9 PM Eastern Tuesday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will speak Wednesday about his Department of Justice’s (DOJ) first-of-its-kind lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of three of California’s “sanctuary” laws, Breitbart News has learned.

Relying on both federal statutes and the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, DOJ will ask the U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern California to issue a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of these laws intended to protect illegal aliens by preventing cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. DOJ will also seek declaratory judgement that these laws are unconstitutional – “preempted” by federal immigration law – when it files late Tuesday night.

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Trump’s DOJ Ends Obama’s Highly Controversial ‘Operation Choke Point’ Program

By Julio Rosas – Re-Blogged From Independent Journal Review

“Operation Choke Point” — a program started by the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the Obama administration — will no longer continue under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Republicans have claimed the goal of “Operation Choke Point” was to pressure the banks to cut off legitimate companies from using their services. In particular, critics said the program was used to specifically target gun sellers.

The DOJ announced the discontinuation of the program Wednesday in a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte. In the letter, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd called “Operation Choke Point” a “misguided initiative conducted during the previous administration”:

We share your view that law abiding businesses should not be targeted simply for operating in an industry that a particular administration might disfavor. Enforcement decisions should always be made be based on facts and the applicable law.

“All of the Department’s bank investigations conducted as part of Operation Choke Point are now over, the initiative is no longer in effect, and it will not be undertaken again,” Boyd added.

Boyd also stated because of subpoenas, some criminal activity had been discovered, adding “the Department continues to pursue those ancillary investigations, none relates to or seeks to deter lawful conduct.”

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When Internet Explorer Ruled the World

Microsoft announced this month that it was finally taking Internet Explorer out behind the woodshed, officially ending its two decade reign as the king (and then later the court jester) of web browsers. The main focus of media coverage has been how IE was outcompeted by Firefox, Safari, and Chrome — not to mention mobile apps that are rapidly overtaking traditional computer programs as a share of Internet browsing. But once upon a time, Internet Explorer ruled the World Wide Web. Continue reading