Jurist: U.S. Department of Justice Sues to stop Penguin Random House publisher from acquiring Simon & Schuster.
Showing the Biden administration’s interest in regulating corporate consolidation, the complaint accused this deal of giving Penguin Random House “outsized influence” in the industry. The lawsuit says this acquisition would create a monopsony. This would hurt the authors, which would then hurt consumers.
Publishing houses compete against one another to acquire the rights to authors’ works. This competition leads to greater advances for authors—often their only payment—and superior editorial, production and marketing services from the top publishers.
Reuters: Judge delays construction on parts of big power line in Wisconsin.
AL.com: Alabama judge removed from bench for racist behavior and sexually inappropriate conduct. (Other than that, he's great.)
"This Court finds that Judge Jinks did display sexually inappropriate conduct when, for example, he showed a subordinate a sexually explicit video in the workplace.”
Slate: The new alliance that controls the U.S. Supreme Court.
There is a new 6–3 supermajority at the Supreme Court, one that agrees on the answer to existential questions about the authority of the court itself. Its position is this: It is unified around the idea of preserving its own power.
BuzzFeed: Minneapolis voters reject proposal to overhaul police department.
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