Breakfast Briefing: Amazon heads off critics by raising minimum wage

Plus: Elon Musk is still tweeting. And the reason why UB40 was trending on Twitter last night.

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Amazon is planning to raise the minimum wage for U.S. employees to $15 an hour amid criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and labor unions about low pay. The salary bump, which will also benefit temporary and seasonal workers and Whole Foods employees, is set to go into effect at the start of next month.

Former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said while testifying in court on Monday that he has confidentiality agreements with two women, according to Bloomberg. One of the agreements involves a 24-year-old female employee at a company that worked on the chain’s advertising. Schnatter did not say what matters are covered by the confidentiality agreements.

Elon Musk’s $20 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission means there’s less of a chance of a criminal prosecution by the federal government, experts told The Wall Street Journal. Despite everything, Musk is still tweeting, leaving investors scratching their heads over what appears to be a reference to the Naughty by Nature song "O.P.P."

"Brand U.S.A." is taking a hit under President Donald Trump. Pew Research Center found that consumers around the globe have less confidence in Trump than his Chinese and Russian counterparts. The U.S.’ image is also down from last year in countries including Germany, France, and Canada.

You may have wondered why UB40 was trending on Twitter last night. Long story short, in the mid-1980s, Brett Kavanaugh supposedly confused another man for the singer of the British reggae band. Angry words were exchanged, a small fracas broke out, and ice and and a glass were thrown before Kavanaugh was questioned by police, according to The New York Times.

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