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Uber's newest scandal

1.Uber is under fire, again. This time it’s for a sexual harassment scandal. Engineer Susan Fowler wrote a detailed blog post exposing several sexual harassment incidents, including being propositioned on the first day. According to Fowler, rather than addressing the situation, the HR department gave her two options: leave the team or stay on the team and possibly receive a negative performance review. Fowler left the team, but her HR reports didn’t stop. At one point, her harassment reports affected her positive performance review so much so she was no longer eligible fro Stanford CS graduate program sponsored by Uber. She left the company in January 2015.

2. This isn't Uber’s first ethical scandal and it’s affecting Uber's reputation as innovative tech company  In 2014, Uber was accused of spying on customers. Senior vice president of business, Emil Michael suggested finding and spreading personal information of a female journalist. CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from Trump’s business advisory council. Uber also broke a taxi work’s strike against immigration polices in New York. Uber hired former attorney general Eric Holder to investigate Fowler's allegations of sexual harassment.

3. So, is Uber making change for the better?

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Is that even ethical?

1. The Republican-held Congress is pretty busy.  In an 119-74 vote, the House GOP voted to gut Congress' external ethical watchdog. Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte’s proposal would bar the Office of Congressional Ethics from reviewing congressional member’s violation of criminal law. That means any complaint would be turned over the House’s Ethics committee or a federal law agency. This committee would have the right stop any investigation at any point. The committee could also bar the ethics office from making any public statements on investigations. The cherry on top? The ethics office can’t accept any outsider tips. Actually, the cherry on top is that this was decided behind closed doors on a federal holiday. 

2. The independent Office of Congressional Ethics was set up in 2008 after a lobbyist pled guilty to trying to bribe members Congress. The office investigates corruption allegations and then releases findings to the public. Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy opposed the proposal. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ripped the GOP a new one. She noticed  " the night before the new Congress gets sworn in, the House GOP has eliminated the only independent ethics oversight of their actions. Evidently, ethics are the first casualty of the new Republican Congress."

3. What happened to draining the swamp?

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President Obama designates 2 national monuments

1. President Obama designated two new national monuments in southern Nevada and Utah. The Bears Ears National Monument will protect 1.35 million acres in Utah. The Gold Butte National Monument will protect 300,000 acres in Nevada. Both areas have substantial rock art, archaeological sites, and sacred Native American lands. There’s been an increase of vandalism, grave robbing, and looting in the parks. The President’s executive action is in line with the 1906 Antiquities Act, which grants the power to establish or expand national monuments.

2. Some in Nevada and Utah aren’t too happy about it. There has been years of back and forth between the federal government, states, and land-owners over how much federal government regulates land in the West. Bundy brothers staged their armed standoff in Nevada two years ago. The protection would limit mining, oil and gas production in the area. According to officials, federal-regulated lands have slowed economic growth in the area. 

3. Is the Aniquities Act an old relic? Is enviromental and historic perservation just as important as ecnomic growth?

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