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Barack Obama not ready to endorse ‘friend’ Hillary Clinton

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

US President, Barack Obama is not ready to support the candidature of Hillary Clinton for presidency due to the possibility of other hopefuls including some “friends” also appearing for the post, according to his spokesperson.

According to Efe news service, Josh Earnest, White House spokesperson said that Obama is yet to show support towards Clinton’s presidential nomination for 2016.

“Obama and Clinton have become friends, but there are other people who are friends of the president also who might decide to enter the race so, the president has not offered any sort of endorsement at this point,” Earnest said.

Though the spokesperson did not identify who those “friends” are, Vice President, Joe Biden could predictably be among them if he finally decides to compete for the Democratic nomination.

Earnest emphasized that it will be “the responsibility of Democratic voters to decide who should be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.”

He added that once the process is conducted, whoever receives the party’s nomination “can be confident to enjoy the support of President Obama in their campaign.”

However, according to Earnest, the chief message of Clinton’s campaign – the idea that US economy favors the richest over middle class largely coincides with the concerns expressed by Obama, over the past few years.

In fact, the kickoff for Clinton’s campaign coincides with a week in which Obama will focus on his economic ideas for aiding the middle class. He has events planned for Tuesday, and Thursday at White House, and on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Earnest said, “This focus on economy is something we have long envisioned, making around Tax Day.”

He added that the plan was decided “prior to the announcement of any of the candidates.”

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US Government Begins Probe into Google Over its Labour Practices

"Four of our colleagues took a stand and organised for a better workplace. This is explicitly condoned in Google's Code of Conduct, which ends: 'And remember... don't be evil, and if you see something that you think isn't right -- speak up.' When they did, Google retaliated against them," the employee activist group wrote in the blog post

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The US government has launched a probe into Google over its labour practices following a complaint from four employees who have been fired by the tech giant.

The four workers who filed a lawsuit against the company last week, claimed they were fired from Google for engaging in legally protected labour organizing, reports CNN Business.

The National Labor Relations Board has begun a formal probe into the complaint.

The tech giant has been accused of “union busting” and retaliatory behaviour after it sacked four employees for allegedly violating the company’s data security policies.

In a statement, Google said it dismissed four individuals who were engaged in intentional and often repeated violations of its longstanding data security policies.

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“No one has been dismissed for raising concerns or debating the company’s activities,” said the company on Monday.

Google is in the midst of controversy over its strained relationship with employees.

In an earlier blog post on Medium, an employee activist group, “Google Walkout for Real Change”, said that the company is illegally retaliating against prospective union organisers.

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“Four of our colleagues took a stand and organised for a better workplace. This is explicitly condoned in Google’s Code of Conduct, which ends: ‘And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right — speak up.’ When they did, Google retaliated against them,” the employee activist group wrote in the blog post.

The new CEO of Alphabet Sundar Pichai faces extreme challenges as Google stares at several high-profile external probes into its alleged anti-trust market and data practices — from the US to the European Union regulators — including internal tensions with staff over discrimination at work and HR transparency. (IANS)