Policy Executives at Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to Testify at Senate Hearing on Algorithms

Next week, policy executives from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter will testify at a Senate Judiciary hearing on algorithmic amplification, Politico reports. Social media recommendation algorithms have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, and Democratic lawmakers have voiced concerns about how they can fuel…Read more...
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Trump's campaign still hasn't paid the $211,000 it owes the city of Albuquerque. Now debt collectors are calling Mar-a-Lago, mayor says.

President Trump holds a Make America Great Again campaign rally in Winston-Salem, on September 8, 2020 Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The city of Albuquerque is still trying to get the Trump campaign to pay a $211,000 bill from 2019. Officials sent the bill to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and referred it to a debt collections agency. At least 15 cities have struggled to get the Trump campaign to pay its bills. See more stories on Insider's business page. City officials in A...
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Everything Old is New Again...

...or, "There is nothing new under the sun." (Although the opinions seen as publishable in The Atlantic have definitely swung a hundred and eighty degrees.) From June of 1896:  "But it is not alone that the presumption regarding the immigrant of today is so widely different from that which existed regarding the immigrant of thirty or fifty years ago. The immigrant of the former time came almost exclusively from western and northern Europe. We have now tapped great reservoirs of population then...
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Regulators wrestle with terms for Huntington Beach desalination plant

Ensuring that a desalination plant proposed for Huntington Beach adequately compensates for killing millions of small marine organisms poses the latest hurdle for Poseidon Water’s controversial project. The Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board spent most of its daylong hearing Friday, April 23, taking testimony and wrestling with how to incorporate mitigation guarantees into the permit that Poseidon is seeking from the agency. There was no resolution by 8 p.m. and speakers were still d...
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Parsons on the Romantic and the Methodical

...the dominant character structure of modern Germany had been distinguished by a striking dualism between "A: an emotional, idealistic, active, romantic component which may be constructive or destructive and anti-social," and "B: an orderly, hard-working hierarchy preoccupied, methodical, submissive, gregarious, materialistic" component.In the traditional pre-Nazi German society it is overwhelmingly the B component which has become institutionalized. The A component arises from two principal in...
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Sacramento DA Anne Marie Schubert Reportedly Considering Run For California Attorney General

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert will make a major announcement Monday about her future in the state. Schubert is reportedly considering running for California Attorney General in 2022, potentially against Democrat Rob Bonta who was sworn in Friday as the state’s first Filipino attorney general. “She’s actively exploring it at the moment,” said Dave Gilliard, a consultant to Schubert, who added, “all the T’s are being crossed and I’s are being dotted.”...
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A Democratic congressman faces $5,000 fine after Capitol police say he flouted the Capitol's metal detector security protocol

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images House Majority Whip James Clyburn faces a $5,000 fine after Capitol Police said he bypassed metal detectors. If he doesn't appeal, Clyburn would be the first Democrat to be fined for violating the security protocols. Metal detectors were installed at the Capitol following the January 6 riots. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Democratic co...
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Democrats worry Biden's hesitation on health care will doom campaign pledges

White House press secretary Jen Psaki further stoked those fears on Thursday when she listed health care as separate from the...
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Investigation clears Pasadena’s cannabis permitting process of bias

A probe into the city’s retail cannabis permitting process found no evidence that it was tilted to disadvantage applicants vying for the highly coveted right to operate in the area, according to city documents obtained this week. But it also suggested that the city’s Planning Department could have better communicated with businesses over a key requirement that fueled allegations of unfairness. At the core of the probe was whether city planning officials were influenced by a representative for on...
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Arizona judge suspends Republican vote 'audit' being conducted by Cyber Ninjas, a Florida company led by a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist

Officials unload election equipment into the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the state fairgrounds, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Phoenix. Maricopa County officials began delivering equipment used in the November election won by President Joe Biden on Wednesday and will move 2.1 million ballots to the site Thursday so Republicans in the state Senate who have expressed uncertainty that Biden's victory was legitimate can recount them and audit the results. AP Photo/Matt York A state judge ...
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30% of 18- to 29-year-olds say history will judge Trump as 'the worst president ever'

50% more young people say they are politically active today than did in 2009, according to the Harvard poll. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters Thirty percent of Americans between 18 and 29 years old believe history will judge Trump as the "worst president ever," according to a new Harvard poll. 56% of young people said history will judge Trump as "bad," "terrible," or the "worst president ever." Just 56% of young Republicans said they want Trump to "play a key role in the future of Republican pol...
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Weekend Today’s Kristen Welker shares sweet family announcement

Kristen Welker, NBC's Weekend Today co-host and chief White House correspondent,...
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Biden tells Turkish leader he plans to recognize Armenian genocide

By Kevin Liptak | CNN President Joe Biden told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday he plans to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as a genocide, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Readouts from the White House and Turkish presidency did not mention the issue. The call was described by the person familiar as “tense.” Bloomberg was first to report that Biden told Erdoğan of his intentions. CNN previously reported Biden was preparing...
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The week in 12 headlines

This week, the White House sought to push forward its climate goals. Meanwhile, Derek Chauvin's murder conviction energized the fight for police reform on Capitol Hill.
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Biden will allow US embassies worldwide to fly Pride flag, reversing a Trump administration decision

The US flag and an LGBTQ pride flag on the front facade of the US Embassy in Moscow. Valery Sharifulin/Getty Images Secretary of State Antony Blinken has given US embassies the greenlight to fly the Pride flag. This reverses a decision from the Trump administration, which rejected requests to fly the flag. The Biden administration is not making this mandatory, but allowing diplomats to decide. See more stories on Insider's business page. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has authorize...
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White House To Provide ASL Interpretation At Congressional Address For First Time

It seems to be a "historical first for the White House," said the head of the National Association of the Deaf.
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Gov. Newsom Seeks To Ban Fracking In California By 2024

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he will halt all new fracking permits in California starting in 2024, using his executive authority to take on the state’s powerful oil and gas industry in a year he will likely face voters in a recall election. Fracking – short for hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting oil and gas embedded in rock deep underground – accounts for a small portion of the state’s oil and gas production each year. But environmental advocates have long s...
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The DOJ is reportedly investigating if Matt Gaetz was illegally influenced to push pro-cannabis legislation

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) awaits the State of the Union address in the chamber of the House of Representatives on February 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Federal investigators are looking into whether Matt Gaetz was illegally influenced to support loosening cannabis regulations, CNN reported. They're specifically probing whether a 2018 Bahamas trip he took with several women was part of the illicit effort. The focus is part of a broader inquiry into whether Gaetz bro...
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Zandile Gumede: ‘Most want (graft-accused) Mama’

Zandile Gumede won’t step aside from being nominated ANC regional chair in KwaZulu-Natal The post Zandile Gumede: ‘Most want (graft-accused) Mama’ appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Some Democrats Push for Permanent Expansion of Unemployment Benefits

Democrats on Capitol Hill are pushing the White House to propose more generous and long-lasting jobless benefits on a permanent basis as...
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India coronavirus crisis 'demonstrates risk of what can happen' if pandemic isn't controlled, Zients says

White House officials on Friday warned that the current coronavirus crisis in India is an example of what could happen elsewhere should...
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Putin foe Navalny to end his prison hunger strike

By Daria Litvinova | Associated Press MOSCOW — Imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Friday he is ending his hunger strike after getting medical attention and being warned by his doctors that continuing it would put his life at risk. In a message posted to his Instagram account, Navalny said he will continue to demand a visit from his doctor to address numbness in his legs and arms -– his main demand. But he said he would halt the strike on its 24th day after having been examined by d...
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Average Daily Coronavirus Vaccinations Drop, Rate Expected to ‘Fluctuate’

The vaccination rate will change as the process moves from those most eager to get the shots to other groups, White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients said.
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Biden, Erdogan in First Phone Call Agree to Meet at NATO Summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden spoke on Friday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the White House said, the first direct...
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New York cannabis gold rush

A CPlant employee organizes a box of hemp for export at the company's farm on the outskirts of Tala, Uruguay, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico Welcome to Insider Cannabis, our weekly newsletter where we're bringing you an inside look at the deals, trends, and personalities driving the multibillion-dollar global cannabis boom.Sign up here to get it in your inbox every week.Programming note: Join us on Thursday, April 29 at 1 pm Eastern. Yeji and I will be chattin...
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Biden wants to hit wealthy Americans with new tax hikes to fund childcare and education. Here's what it could mean for you.

President Joe Biden. AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File Biden wants to levy new taxes on wealthy Americans to fund sweeping childcare and education programs. The vast majority of US households - 98%, by Penn Wharton's calculations - isn't likely to experience a tax hike. The top marginal income tax could be raised, along with the capital gains tax. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden is preparing to unveil a new set of tax hikes on the richest Americans to f...
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Massachusetts Praised for Efforts to Ramp up Vaccine Shots

Massachusetts was one of several states to receive a shout-out from the White House for its efforts to vaccinate as much of the adult population as possible.
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Biden to visit UK in June for first overseas trip as president

Biden to attend G7 in Cornwall before going on to BrusselsAnnouncement regarded as win by British diplomatsJoe Biden will make his first foreign trip as president to the UK, attending the G7 summit in Cornwall in June before traveling to Brussels, the White House has confirmed.The announcement is regarded as a win by British diplomats, although the UK hosting Biden’s first presidential venture overseas relies in part on luck in holding the G7 chair in his first year in office. Continue reading.....
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Biden’s pledge to slash US emissions turns spotlight on China

World leaders will be unable to halt climate breakdown without strong action from biggest emitterThe US, the world’s second biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is now committed to halving emissions this decade.President Joe Biden’s announcement, at the White House virtual climate summit, has thrown the spotlight clearly on the world’s biggest emitter: China. Continue reading...
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White House brushes off Thursday stock market drop after reports of Biden push for capital gains tax hike

President Joe Biden's plan reportedly seeks to increase the tax on capital gains to 39.6% from 20% for Americans earning more than $1 million.
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