Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Politics by Kristine Phillips by Kristine Phillips Email the author April 14 at 4:58 PM Email the author Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a recent closed-door meeting in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP) More than 200 former Justice Department employees are urging Congress to “swiftly and forcefully respond” should President Trump fire Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, … [Read more...] about Congress should ‘forcefully respond’ if Trump fires Mueller, 245 former DOJ officials say
Congress has plenty of questions for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who will testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday and Wednesday about the company's ongoing data-privacy scandal and how it failed to guard against other abuses of its service.Facebook is struggling to cope with the worst privacy crisis in its history — allegations that a Trump-affiliated data mining firm may have used ill-gotten user data to try to influence elections. Zuckerberg and his company are in full damage-control mode, and have announced a number of piecemeal technical changes intended to address privacy issues.But there's plenty the Facebook CEO hasn't yet explained. Here are five questions that could shed more light on Facebook's privacy practices and the degree to which it is really sorry about playing fast and loose with user data — or just because its practices have drawn the spotlight.QUESTION: You've said you should have acted years ago to protect user privacy and guard against other abuses. Was that … [Read more...] about 5 questions for Mark Zuckerberg as he heads to Congress
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Business by Kristine Phillips by Kristine Phillips Email the author April 8 at 4:48 PM Email the author Two days before Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress for the first time, one Republican lawmaker said the scandals plaguing the social media giant might be “too big” for it fix alone. Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) hinted Sunday that he might be in favor of regulating Facebook amid revelations that “malicious actors” used the tech giant’s search tools to collect data on most of its 2 billion users worldwide. Facebook announced … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg is about to face Congress — but Facebook scandal may be out of his control, lawmaker says
It’s been a time-tested Democratic attack line: Republicans are going to take away your Medicare, or maybe your Social Security. We gave a variant of the line our 2011 Lie of the Year.Now the talking point has re-emerged, in a March 29 tweet, from Oregon’s Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee:https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/tulsaworld.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/6/06/6064442a-161f-5565-b0e6-0e2f7b3a02cf/59d287b938c4b.image.png"#TrumpTax was only the beginning. After giving massive tax giveaways to wealthy & powerful shareholders, Republicans in Congress are plotting to take away Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security."In reality, the notion that congressional Republicans are scheming to "take away" Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security is inaccurate.🚨 #TrumpTax was only the beginning. After giving massive tax giveaways to wealthy & powerful shareholders, Republicans in Congress are plotting to take away Medicare, … [Read more...] about PolitiFact: Do Republicans in Congress want to take away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid?
The United States’ 18.4-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline and 24.4-cent tax on diesel hasn’t changed since 1993. Despite this, the opinion that it should be hiked as a way of funding public works was nowhere near the White House’s official infrastructure strategy. But Donald Trump isn’t averse to the idea. In fact, he proposed a 25-cent increase to senators during a Wednesday meeting as a possible funding solution.White House officials claim the president says “everything is on the table” in terms of finding a solution for America’s growing infrastructure problems. But how serious the rest of the Trump administration is about raising the fuel tax is debatable. Delaware senator Tom Carper, who attended a meeting between the president and lawmakers, told Reuters he hadn’t expected a tax hike to even be an option during Wednesday’s discussion.“To my surprise, President Trump, today in our meeting, offered his support for … [Read more...] about White House At Least Considering Increasing Gas Tax, Needs to Consult Congress