Some powerful New Yorkers are trying to get Amazon to bring back HQ2.The New York Times reported Thursday that an open letter will be published in the Times on Friday that asks Amazon to reconsider its decision to walk away from its plan to build a 25,000-employee campus in Long Island City, Queens.The company pulled the plug on the project, dubbed HQ2, following vocal and persistent opposition to the plan after it was announced three months ago.The letter was signed by the CEOs of Mastercard, Warby Parker, Goldman Sachs, Tishman Speyer and Jetblue, among others.The presidents of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and state AFL-CIO, which were expecting thousands of construction jobs to come from the project, also signed, as did US Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Carolyn Maloney."We know the public debate that followed the announcement of the Long Island City project was rough and not very welcoming," the letter stated.
Nearly 80 New York City leaders in public office, business, and the community have sent an open letter to Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider building an Amazon headquarters in Queens.In a full page ad in the New York Times, a number of officials, including a former Mayor of New York City and a number of elected representatives, said: “A clear majority of New Yorkers support this project and were disappointed by your decision to not proceed.”The ad states that the headquarters would have brought “25,000 permanent jobs, 11,000 union construction and maintenance jobs, and $28bn in new tax revenues”.Among those who signed the letter were a former New York City mayor, chief executives of both Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, the presidents of both New York University and Cornell University, and Congress representative Hakeem Jeffries.In their bid to urge Amazon to reconsider its decision to pull out of New York, the signatories said that governor Andrew Cuomo “will take personal responsibility” and work with mayor Bill de Blasio to “ensure that the Amazon campus will be a tremendous benefit to residents and small business in the surrounding communities”.Both Cuomo and de Blasio were supportive of the plan, but while Cuomo hopes Amazon will consider, de Blasio has moved towards being critical of the company following its decision to abandon the proposals.
On Wednesday, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) hosted a Rocket League tournament in Congress, pitting members against each other in 2v2 matches.The ESA paired up with Congress’ Future Forum caucus to teach members about the e-sports and gaming communities.A whole slate of members picked up the game and faced off head-to-head, teaming up with staff members.The two-hour event was streamed on Twitch and featured Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Katie Hill (D-CA), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Jimmy Gomez (D-CA).The event included everything from professional commentary to post-game interviews and minor trolls from the chat calling for lawmakers to learn how to use their boosts.“SOMEONE TELL THEM THE BOOST KEY PLEASE,” one person in the chat wrote.
Ugly Gerry is a new, free font created by a pair of activists apparently fed up with the US government’s practice of gerrymandering voting districts.Every letter in the font is composed of images of gerrymandered US voting districts.A font created by your congressional districts.Log on to and use the font to tell congress how happy you are that your vote doesn't matter.— Gerry (@UglyGerry) July 23, 2019The font’s creators, Ben Doessel and James Lee, made it to raise awareness and provide a method for disenfranchised voters to protest partisan gerrymandering.
Apparently you’d shared some photos you didn’t own on the internet a while ago, and now someone – possibly an artist, possibly a copyright troll – can file for damages of up to $30,000 (£23,328).Unfortunately for you, those copyright infringement proceedings were real, and you’d had 60 days to “opt-out” of them and go on about your day.Now you have 90 days to file an appeal with a judge in federal district court, but the law behind this makes it extremely unlikely that the judge will rule in your favour, and anyway, you’ll probably need to hire an attorney.This is a scenario, at least, which critics of the US Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act) foresee.The bill passed America's House of Representatives last week and next moves to the Senate.The CASE Act, sponsored by Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, would spare you the previously prohibitive costs by establishing an out-of-court tribunal under the US Copyright Office to handle “small claims,” with no attorney required.
Photo by Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images On Monday, congressional leaders unveiled their massive spending and coronavirus relief measure, including a handful of controversial copyright measures civil liberties activists fear could penalize internet users for everyday online behavior. Congress is expected to vote on the package as early as Monday. Congress’ $2.3 trillion spending and relief package includes controversial measures previously introduced as the CASE Act, the Trademark Modernization Act, and a felony streaming proposal — all significantly expanding the rights and powers of intellectual property owners. Most controversially, the CASE Act would create a quasi-judicial tribunal of “Copyright Claims Officers” who would work to resolve infringement claims. As outlined in... Continue reading…
Congress also made streaming pirated works a felony.
The newly sworn-in 117th Congress voted Sunday to re-elect Nancy Pelosi to another term as speaker of the House of Representatives.
During the Capitol attack, rioters broke windows and vandalized offices. Taxpayers will likely pay the cost due to a lack of building insurance
"She's very effective, as are many other members in our caucus that the press doesn't pay attention to," Pelosi said in a "60 Minutes" interview.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York Jeffries said Owens couldn't lecture about patriotism because he had voted to overturn the 2020 election results.
There were no imminent signs of a progressive revolt in the House of Representatives after some parts of the stimulus were changed in the Senate.
WSJ writer Jon Hilsenrath pointed out the cartoon skunk's unacceptable "grabbing and groping," and said, "Maybe it's time for Pepé Le Pew to beat it."
"Lauren Boebert is a mess. Matt Gaetz is a mess. Marjorie Taylor Greene is a mess," Jeffries said. "Clean up your mess, Kevin. Sit this one out."
Lawmakers want to make House staffers eligible for PSLF, which forgives the loan balance after 120 monthly payments. Too bad it doesn't really work.
"The American people get to decide and work for a democracy that reflects the voices of all Americans, not just a certain segment," Jeffries said.
The bills would make it easier to break up tech companies, and block them from merging with or disadvantaging their competitors, Politico reported.
Well, it's a start The US House Judiciary Committee this week approved half a dozen major bipartisan antitrust bills aimed at clamping down on the growing power of Big Tech and its monopolization of some markets.…
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries told MSNBC House Minority Leader McCarthy has "quite a collection of characters to choose from" for the Capitol riot committee.