Monday’s Mini-Report, 5.21.18

Updated

Today’s edition of quick hits:

* Gorsuch wrote the ruling: “The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that companies can use arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues. The vote was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative justices in the majority. The court’s decision could affect some 25 million employment contracts.”

* On a related note, Helaine Olen stressed an important point: “This ruling is a significant blow to the #MeToo movement, as well as to people attempting to combat wage theft and on-the-job discrimination. ‘It drastically tilts the playing field in favor of employers,’ Ceilidh Gao, a staff attorney with the National Employment Law Project, told me. ‘It is a backdoor way to repeal workplace laws.’”

* I have a hard time relating to how this White House thinks: “The White House refers to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as ‘Supreme Leader’ on a challenge coin made for the upcoming peace talks between President Donald Trump and Kim, several reports revealed Monday.”

* A potentially interesting case: “How have FBI staff fared since James Comey was fired as director last year? The Trump administration doesn’t want the public to know. A new lawsuit is seeking to force the administration to release the results of the FBI’s February-March 2018 ‘climate survey,’ an anonymous annual review that takes the temperature of worker morale at the agency.”

* The RNC does it again: “The Republican National Committee paid nearly half a million dollars to a law firm that represents former White House communications director Hope Hicks and others in the Russia investigations, according to a new federal filing.”

* Good for him: “Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has been calling for action over the string of mass shootings in the United States. But when that shooting happened at a high school close to his city on Friday, Acevedo said he’s had enough and wrote a Facebook post that quickly went viral because it seems to express the frustration many people feel at the lack of action from political leaders every time there is a new mass shooting.”

* An eventful interview: “Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative and ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday he is ‘prepared’ to be indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation if that’s where the probe leads.”

* It took 15 months for Trump to nominate someone: “President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Admiral Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, as U.S. ambassador to South Korea ahead of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled next month but since called into question by Pyongyang.”

* Brexit reverberations continue: “Nicola Sturgeon will consider another vote on Scottish independence when Westminster offers greater certainty on Brexit, she said Sunday.”

* And White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders believes Democrats are waging a “war against women in the Trump administration.” Whether anyone is supposed to take such an argument seriously is unclear.

Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.

Monday's Mini-Report, 5.21.18

Updated