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Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial Begins Today

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The second impeachment trial of 45 (Trump) is set to begin today, continuing through at least next week in a tedious schedule.  The basis of the trial is due to 45’s incitement of the violent and deadly January 6th attack on the Capitol.

What We Know:

45 is the first United States President to be impeached twice leading to this second impeachment trial.  Resolution ALB21257 was passed on Monday with bipartisan agreement between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  He was acquitted in his first impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction, with charges of inciting a riot in this second impeachment trial.  The majority of Republican representatives are against the impeachment trial and plan to debate the constitutionality of the trial today.

The Schedule:

(All times are in Eastern Standard Time)

Tuesday 1 PM:

Begins with four hours of arguments regarding the constitutionality of the trial.  If the majority of Senators vote “nay,” then the impeachment charges will be dismissed.  If the majority vote “yea,” which is expected, then the trial will continue as scheduled.

Wednesday: 

9 AM – Deadline for motions to be filed by House Representatives and 45, “with the exception of motions to subpoena witnesses or documents or any other evidentiary motions.”

11 AM – Deadline for responses to filed motions

12 PM – Arguments on filed motions begin with each side having the freedom to select how many people present their arguments.  The Senate will then vote on any motions as necessary.  If motions are filed, the House of Representatives’ arguments will begin following the handling of said arguments.

If no motions are filed, the House of Representatives will begin arguments at 12 PM, with up to 16 hours of arguments allowed across two days, with eight hours allowed per day.

Thursday – Sunday:

Arguments continue with 45 and his team beginning their 16-hour window of allotted argument time after the House of Representatives concludes their arguments.

Due to a religious exception request by a member of 45’s legal team, no arguments will extend beyond Friday at 5 PM and will reconvene at 2 PM Sunday.  The religious request was approved but withdrawn and may cause schedule adjustments as needed.

Next Monday (Potentially Sooner) – Who Knows!:

Senators have four hours to question both parties, after which one hour is provided to both sides to argue on the matter of subpoenaing supporting witnesses or documents.  The Senate will then vote on this matter after the arguments from both sides.

If the “yeas” have it, witnesses and documents will go through a deposition, or preliminary out-of-court testimony and swearing-in, process.  Another resolution will then be required if either party is permitted to subpoena witnesses or documents in order to allow for “provisions for the admission of evidence, issuance of subpoenas, arrangements for depositions, other appropriate discovery, testimony by witnesses.”

If no witnesses are to be subpoenaed, the House of Representatives will submit and argue for materials to be admitted into evidence for the Senate to vote on.  After this is complete, 45 and his team will have an opportunity to do the same.

After this process is complete, if no further action or motions are required, each party will get two hours each for concluding arguments upon which the Senate will vote on the article of impeachment.

What’s needed for Conviction?

For 45 to be convicted, potentially losing the ability to run for president again as well as other post-term benefits, two-thirds of the Senate must vote “yea.  In other words, 17 Republicans must join Democrats in voting for impeachment conviction.

Who’s Presiding?

Chief Justice John Roberts opted not to preside over the trial as he did the first impeachment trial since 45 is no longer a sitting president.  In his absence, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy will preside over the trial.

Where Can I Watch/Listen?

Here of course!  We will stream the impeachment trial every day in the Black News Alerts and BossFM apps.

To listen live, click here or watch live in the BNA app or here. We will also keep you updated with more information each day following the trial.

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Tiffanie Lanelle is a Managing Editor at Urban Newsroom, writer, social and criminal justice advocate, and in executive management at UnmutedCo. As a graduate of Spelman College, she's passionate about the growth and development of the black community, black women and black people.

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The European Commission Will Begin Antitrust Probe into Google’s Advertising Unit

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The European Commission believes Google favors its own display ad technology services. If the European Commission’s claims are true, this means Google breached antitrust rules.

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  • The Commission’s Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager announced her intentions in a tweet. The probe will investigate Google’s restrictions on accessing data about user identity and behavior; usually, Google places these limitations on advertisers, publishers, and other third parties.

  • The Commission will also investigate complaints on Google not allowing competitors to broker ad buys on YouTube. Furthermore, Officials will examine if the corporation blocks user-tracking technologies on their platforms.
  • Google quickly responded to the claims via email. A spokesperson for Google wrote that thousands of European businesses use Google’s advertising products daily for their competitiveness and effectiveness. In addition, the spokesperson declared the tech company would “engage constructively” with the European Commission to answer their questions.
  • This is Google’s second investigation in one month. On June 7, CNBC reported that the French completion authority fined the tech giant €220 million, or $268 million, for abusing its market power in the ad industry. Google chose to pay the fine and also revealed it would give publishers more choice and better results when using its platforms.
  • Additionally, the European Commission already found Google guilty of breaching antitrust rules in 2019. Officials determined that Google imposed restrive clauses in contracts with third-party websites. The limiting sections prevented Google’s competitors from placing search ads on these pages. As a result, the Commission made Google pay €1.49 billion, or $1.77 billion.
  • The Commission does not know when it will finish its investigation on the tech titan.

Alongside Google, the European Commission also placed fines and punished other corporations such as Facebook for violating antitrust laws over the years.

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The Supreme Court Unanimously Rules the NCAA Cannot Bar Education-Related Benefits, Says It Violates Federal Antitrust Laws

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) specifically ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cannot enforce limits on Division I basketball and football players’ college-offered educational benefits.

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  • Current NCAA rules state that colleges cannot pay student-athletes. In addition, institutions must cap scholarship amounts to the cost of attendance. The association implemented these rules because officials felt that if they paid athletes, fans would begin to criticize the players’ amateur statuses. This, in turn, would result in fewer admirers.
  • However, SCOTUS rejected their claims; the Justices unanimously ruled that the NCAA cannot restrict relatively modest payments to their players based on amateurism. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the court’s opinion, citing that doing so violates antitrust laws.

“The NCAA is not above the law,” wrote Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

  • This case has been around for a while now. Last year, former players, including West Virginia football player Shawne Alston, sued the NCAA for their unfair laws. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco determined the collegiate association could not limit educational benefits. This decision permitted payments for things such as musical instruments, scientific equipment, postgraduate scholarships, tutoring, study abroad, academic awards, and internships.
  • Despite this, the appeals court did not allow the NCAA to provide athletes with a salary. Therefore, Alston and others took the case to SCOTUS.
  • The unanimous ruling did not directly imply if institutions can now compensate their players. Instead, Monday’s verdict permits those playing Division I men’s or women’s basketball or Bowl Subdivision football to receive cash/cash-equivalent awards based on their academics or graduation. Universities can now offer scholarships for students to complete undergraduate or graduate degrees. Students may also partake in paid internships once they complete their collegiate sports eligibility.
  • SCOTUS will not require schools to provide the benefits. Alongside this, conferences can impose prohibitions on the benefits if the member school chooses to. However, a conference cannot limit or prevent said assets.
  • With the new, multi-level, victory, the athletes feel ready to challenge other aspects of these rules. One lawyer, Steve Berman, already opened another case against the NCAA related to this one. He will ask for the courts to prevent the NCAA from maintaining rules that restrict the amount of name, image, and likeness (NIL) payments available to athletes.

Berman will also seek “unspecified damages” based on the share of television-rights money and social media earnings plaintiffs could have received if NIL compensation limits did not exist.

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Olympians Must ‘Avoid Unnecessary Forms of Contact’ During Games

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Athletes participating in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics must avoid anything that may provoke another COVID-19 wave across Japan, including engaging in sexual activities.

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  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) continuously emphasized last week that Olympic village citizens must observe social distancing guidelines. If someone does not obey the rules, they may face fines, disqualification, or deportation. After the information’s release, Japanese organizers began wondering if this meant they cannot distribute their 160,000 condoms throughout the village.
  • The issuing out of contraception became a tradition in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Officials wanted to motivate Olympians in the village to practice safe sex. Oftentimes, athletes tend to sleep with each other, or with natives.
  • Several companies and people expressed their concern over the new rules. Mountaineer Ken Noguchi said he “could not comprehend” why organizers can’t just hand out the condoms and ask the owners to “keep them under wraps”. Alongside this, four Japanese condom manufacturers expected to market their “specialty, ultra-thin” prophylactics; the contraceptives, made of polyurethane, are meant to heighten the pleasure of sex.
  • In light of the IOC’s declaration, Tokyo Olympics organizers stated they do not intend on passing out condoms for use inside the village. Rather, they want athletes to take the contraceptives home as a souvenir. Organizers claim that athletes can return to their nations and raise awareness on HIV and AIDS with the condoms.
  • The IOC’s warning stands despite the fact that 80% of Olympic and Paralympic athletes will be fully vaccinated by the time the games start on July 23. Additionally, officials placed extreme measures on athletes’ interactions outside of competitions. For example, although organizers intended on providing meals in “vast dining halls,” participants must now eat and sleep alone.

The IOC and Japan intend on minimizing any possible damage to the host country. Recently, Japan curbed its coronavirus rate and dropped restrictions. Japanese officials also ensured they will take precautions if numbers jump during the Olympics; this includes putting their state of emergency back into effect in the middle of the Games.

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