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Monday Morning Scoop: They’re Baaaack

Plus, what really went on during the Starbucks anti-bias training?

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Welcome to the Morning Scoop for June 4, 2018. Lawmakers are back in D.C. with some serious issues looming. Here’s hoping the business of democracy will overshadow all that White House drama. 

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Congress Returns to a Mountain of Work 

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi returns to face some critical issues. (Image: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

Congress returns from a week-long break today and prepares to tackle an issue that could have serious implications on the upcoming midterm elections: Immigration and Dreamers.

Most observers agree that what Republicans and Democrats agree on will be a decisive factor for voters in November, an election that will determine control of Congress and likely set the agenda for the second half of President Trump’s term.

There are also pressing issues around a huge farm bill and funding for both the FAA and the Pentagon.


Facebook Gave Apple and Samsung Access to User Data

Facebook established agreements with at least 60 phone and device makers that allowed them to access vast amounts of its users’ personal information in their effort to become the world’s dominant social media site.

The New York Times reports, “The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, “like” buttons and address books.”

These partnerships, which were not previously reported, have raised concerns about Facebook’s privacy protections. Just two months ago, Facebook came under fire when political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook users’ private information.


A Barista’s Inside Scoop: Starbucks Racial Bias Training

In a College Media Network exclusive, Starbucks barista — and CMN Senior Correspondent — Erin Whitten was at one of the nearly 14,000 Starbucks locations that closed for an unprecedented racial bias training.

Go inside the training session with her reflections in this insightful CMN piece. 


Today in a Tweet: Benedict!

We thought we did some good things this weekend, but um, never mind… 

Last But Not Least: FBI Agent’s Gun Discharges When he Dances too Hard

An off-duty FBI agent unintentionally shot a man at a bar in Colorado over the weekend, when his gun fell from his holster while doing a backflip while dancing. The man was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Someone in the bar caught the whole thing on video (of course). 


Monday’s Morning Scoop was compiled from contributions by Natalia KolenkoErin WhittenHannah Demissie, and the CMN Staff. Anyone else getting REALLY tired of the rain? 

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