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Millennial Review – Daily Review, Thursday, August 25th

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Thursday, August 25th

1. Abortion bans take effect in Idaho, Tennessee, and Texas.

2. Judge orders affidavit used to secure Trump search warrant unsealed.

3. NLRB finds Starbucks illegally withheld raises from union workers.

4. Cop faces no discipline for allowing his dog to mail a detainee

5. Ghoul Brooke Jenkins reinstates cash bail in San Francisco

1. Abortion bans take effect in Idaho, Tennessee, and Texas.

The post-Dobbs nightmare continues as abortion bans take effect in Idaho, Tennessee, and Texas. Each state’s ban is slightly different but all are a disgusting and dangerous violation of people’s rights. The Idaho ban has carveouts for life of the pregnant person, rape, and incest. However a federal court has found Idaho’s medical carveout lacking and restricted the state’s ability to regulate abortion when there are significant health issues as well. Tennessee’s law does not have a carveout for rape or incest at all. And Texas made performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to life in prison. These are just the latest turns in the ongoing draconian effort to stamp out abortion in red states. We’ve reported many of the horror stories these bans create and today as three go into effect it’s sure to bring more. 

2. Judge orders affidavit used to secure Trump search warrant unsealed.

Days after the FBI raided Donald Trump, his team, the Department of Justice, and the federal magistrate who approved the warrant, all agreed to unseal the warrant itself. The warrant didn’t say much but it did make clear that Donald Trump is being investigated for violations of the Espionage Act among a few other federal crimes. The affidavit is the document prepared by the FBI that shows the judge there is probable cause that Donald Trump violated the Espionage Act (and other federal statutes) and has to show in a particularized manner what documents they intend to seize the prove that. The judge who will unseal the warrant stated earlier this week that the affidavit suggested for release by the DOJ was redacted as to be totally unhelpful in explaining why this happened to the public. So it’s a wait and see game until the affidavit is actually released and we can tell whether it actually provides any new information or not.  

3. NLRB finds Starbucks illegally withheld raises from union workers.

The NLRB has accused Starbucks of illegally withholding raises and benefits from union workers. We didn’t need the NLRB to tell us this, but the complaint against the company is welcome. The NLRB is seeking back pay, and requiring Howard Shultz to read a statement about his wrong doing. Back pay is the base minimum, and reading a statement sounds like a disciplinary measure more appropriate for a child, when Starbucks is threatening workers’ rights, and endangering their health and livelihoods. Major pecuniary punishment would be needed to make this illegal activity not worth it to Starbucks’ bottom line. Of course, the NLRB is constrained by a democratic center that would never accept such action, and what they are doing is remarkable given those conditions. The point is that this isn’t going to stop Starbucks from engaging in their disgusting union busting activity. Better would be the squad backed bill introduced in the house that would end any federal subsidies to companies that engage in union busting. Plus a whole lot else.The workers who are fighting Starbucks tooth and nail deserve nothing but solidarity because Starbucks is pulling out all the stops to beat them.

4. Cop faces no discipline for allowing his dog to mail a detainee

The Vallejo Sun is reporting that in Solano County, the Benicia police officer was not disciplined after he left a hatch open in his patrol car, allowing his police dog to escape and maul a man who was detained last year, despite the findings of an outside investigator that the officer had violated department policy. Solano County has received national attention for its atrocious record on police brutality. And as the Vallejo Sun continual reports, they continue to operate with impunity. This is the case for police departments around the country as well and instead of defunding or at least more oversight, Biden has done the exact opposite and pumped billions of dollars into local police forces. 

5. Ghoul Brooke Jenkins reinstates cash bail in San Francisco

In a statement announcing the reinstatement, Jenkins acknowledged the racist and classist reality of the policy. This rolls back one of Chesa Boudin’s achievements in which he ended all cash bail in the city. Jenkins will now enforce it as permitted by the law. Jenkins has to rely on a legal basis, because there is no moral one much less a justified one – cash bail doesn’t increase safety, and it only penalizes and further criminalizes poverty. Jenkins will increase the permissible time that pre-trial detention can be enforced. Cash bail is one of the most egregious aspects of the U.S. criminal punishment system and it directly punishes poor people and forces them to remain in pre-trial detention, before a guilty verdict has even been rendered. This follows the recent revelations that Jenkins was paid by the Boudin recall, when she previously told he public she had ‘volunteered.’ 

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