On Monday, Portland, Oregon, brought a lawsuit against the app-based ride hailing service Uber for operating without the consent of the city. But this wasn't Uber's biggest domestic legal headache in a week in which the company was sued by two California district attorneys for misleading customers about background checks, a driver in Chicago was investigated for rape, and a former driver was charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of a 6-year-old girl in San Francisco.
from Mark Jones:
US called out foreign regimes as CIA used same torture methods http://t.co/E3nML3F2Kp
from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:
The market’s gyrations are a bit more than many people want to handle this time of the year, but it’s a time when stupid stuff happens, and lack of liquidity combined with concerns about the world economy are raising questions that, essentially, seem like the same question: Has this equity-market surge come too far, and are we due for the “big” Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man-sized thing that everyone has been anticipating since, well, more than two years now?
from The Great Debate:
So the CIA doesn’t consider “waterboarding” -- mock execution by near drowning -- to be torture, but the U.S. State Department does.
from Mark Jones:
Will cheap gas last? The answer and nine other predictions for 2015 http://t.co/SHlcEpYSgd
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pushed the envelope as far as he could last week, saying a review early next year would decide whether money-printing to buy government bonds was needed. He said he didn’t need unanimity within the ECB to force it through.