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4 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of the Capitol insurrection

A unit of the DC National Guard outside the Capitol. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Four Democratic members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since the Capitol insurrection last Wednesday. Lawmakers were forced to shelter together in a secure location for hours. Several Republican representatives were caught on video refusing to wear masks. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey was the first lawmaker to announce a positive test on Monday, followed by Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washing...
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The Capitol insurrection seems to have caused a superspreader event among lawmakers. Some Republicans refused to mask up.

Members of Congress evacuate the House chamber as protesters attempt to enter during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Three members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 following the Capitol insurrection. When the mob invaded the building, lawmakers — some of them maskless — had to shelter together in a secure location for hours. Some representatives now consider that lockdown a superspreader event, an instance in which an inf...
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Coronavirus updates: Feds expand vaccine eligibility to speed up rollout; negative test required to fly into US; Rep. Jayapal infected

Hundreds of maskless Alabama fans celebrated their victory Monday. Feds want states to speed up vaccine rollout. Latest COVID news.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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COVID fears grow in Capitol as three lawmakers test positive

By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — Within a span of about 24 hours, three House Democrats have announced they tested positive for COVID-19, prompting concern that last week’s insurrection at the Capitol has also turned into a super-spreader event threatening the health of lawmakers and their staffs. Those who have tested positive were among the dozens of lawmakers whisked to a secure location when pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Some members of Congress huddled for h...
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Rep. Brad Schneider becomes 3rd member of Congress to test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege

Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL). Samuel Corum/Getty Images Rep. Brad Schneider has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Tuesday. "Today, I am now in strict isolation, worried that I have risked my wife's health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and our staff," Schneider said. The Illinois Democrat is the third member of Congress to contract the ...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Congress, Washington, Trends, House, New Jersey, Illinois, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Capitol, Schneider, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brad Schneider


3 members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering together during the Capitol insurrection

A unit of the DC National Guard provides a security presence at the US Capitol in Washington. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Three Democratic members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 since the Capitol insurrection and riots on January 6.  Lawmakers were forced to shelter together in a secure location for hours. Several Republican representatives were caught on video refusing to wear masks.  Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey was the first lawmaker to announce a positive test on ...
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Third lawmaker in lockdown tests positive for COVID-19

By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — A third Democratic member of the House who was forced to go into lockdown during last week’s violent siege at the U.S. Capitol has tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., said on Twitter that he tested positive Tuesday morning. He said he is not feeling symptoms but expressed dismay at the spate of positive test results and blamed Republican members of Congress who declined to wear a mask when it was offered to them during the lockdown. “Toda...
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Coronavirus updates: Feds want vaccine rollout to speed up; maskless Alabama fans celebrate; Rep. Jayapal latest lawmaker to test positive

Hundreds of maskless Alabama fans celebrated their victory Monday. Feds want states to speed up vaccine rollout. Latest COVID news.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Rep. Jayapal Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Sheltering With Unmasked GOP Colleagues

Pramila Jayapal lambasted Republican lawmakers for refusing to "simply wear a damn mask" during the Capitol lockdown.
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Second lawmaker in lockdown tests positive for COVID-19

By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Democratic member of the House who was forced to go into lockdown during last week’s violent siege at the U.S. Capitol has tested positive for COVID-19. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said she has tested positive and criticized Republican members of Congress who declined to wear a mask when it was offered to them during the lockdown. “Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone ar...
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal revealed she contracted COVID-19 and says 'Republicans who cruelly and selfishly refused to wear masks' during the Capitol siege are to blame

Rep. Pramila Jayapal called for "serious fines to be immediately levied on every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol." Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Pramila Jayapal announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering in place in a room with more than 100 people — some not wearing masks — for hours during the Capitol riots. "Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many R...
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rejects left-wing calls to force Pelosi to hold a Medicare for All vote in exchange for her vote for the Speaker

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (L) performs a ceremonial swearing-in for US House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, (C) and family at the start of the 116th US Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2019. SAUL LOEB/Getty Images A handful of outspoken left-wing activists are pressuring progressive lawmakers to refuse to vote for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she holds the first floor vote on single-payer healthcare. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is publ...
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California Sen. Kamala Harris Becomes First Black Woman, South Asian Elected VP

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Kamala Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VP

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Kamala Harris made history Saturday as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more than two centuries. The 56-year-old California senator, also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, represents the multiculturalism that defines America but is largely absent from Washington’s power centers....
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Belgian regulator finds fault with business practices of Google, rivals in adtech market: Reports

Business practices of Google and other players in the digital advertisement market are reportedly under the lens of the Belgian privacy regulator. The country’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has found that the consent-seeking mechanism with which these companies collect personal data of users is not compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch reported. The Belgian DPA had been acting complaints about the use of personal ...
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Microsoft Is Now the 'Adult In the Room' Among Big Tech, Says Seattle Congresswoman

As Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google are being targeted by the House Judiciary Committee for abusing American antitrust law, one major company has managed to escape the glare: Microsoft. That's because they are now "the adult in the room in some ways on this issue," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), a Democratic member of the House Antitrust subcommittee, which has been diving into Big Tech's practices for the last 16 months. Yahoo Finance reports: Jayapal's Seattle district includes Amazo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Congress, Tech, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Bezos, Congressional, Yahoo Finance, House Judiciary Committee, Pramila Jayapal, Facebook Amazon Apple, Jayapal, House Antitrust


US authorities probing if Google is bundling products to block competitors: Report

The US government is investigating whether Google engages in “tying” — the practice of bundling different products together to block out competitors — reported Bloomberg on Thursday. The investigation is part of a larger antitrust case the US government’s Department of Justice is building against Google. Bloomberg reported that authorities have asked executives of Google’s rival companies about pricing and operations of Google’s network division. The inquiries reportedly focus on establishing wh...
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Biden’s convention: Left and Not-So-Left unite against Trump

By STEVE PEOPLES NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden introduced the breadth of his political coalition to a nation in crisis Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, giving voice to victims of the coronavirus pandemic, the related economic downturn and police violence and featuring both progressive Democrats and Republicans united against President Donald Trump’s reelection. In taped excerpts released before the convention opening, former first lady Michelle Obama, wife of the nation’s first Bl...
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Bernie Sanders Lost Again, but This Time He’ll Deliver a Victory Speech

Progressive candidates are winning. The pandemic increased support for “Medicare for all.” What does Mr. Sanders make of it? “He may feel a little bit like Moses.”
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Bernie Lost Again, but This Time He’ll Deliver a Victory Speech at DNC

Progressive candidates are winning. The pandemic increased support for “Medicare for all.” What does Mr. Sanders make of it? “He may feel a little bit like Moses.”
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Google wants to be only destination for Search and digital advertising: 14 key takeaways from Pichai’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

Given that Google earns more than $100 billion, there is “a fundamental conflict of interest between serving users who want to access the best and most relevant information and Google’s business model, which incentivises Google to sell ads and keep users on Google’s own sites,” David Cicilline (D-RI), the chair of the subcommittee, said at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here). But Google CEO Sundar Pichai clarified that ads ar...
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Facebook bought, copied, threatened competition: 11 key takeaways from Zuckerberg’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

In his introductory remarks at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here), Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg conveniently gave a skewed picture of Facebook’s dominant position. “In many areas, we’re behind our competitors. The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage. The fastest growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is that of Amazon. The largest ads pl...
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Amazon targeted sellers, investees, AWS clients with anti-competitive practices: 9 key takeaways from Bezos’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

On questioning by Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO), who is also the vice-chair of the subcommittee on antritrust, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos conceded that Amazon accounts for 40% of “online retail sales in the e-commerce market stream”. In his prepared testimony, Bezos had said, “Amazon accounts for less than 1% of the $25 trillion global retail market and less than 4% of retail in the US”, characterising retail as everything — including restaurants, bars, gas stations, Neguse pointed out...
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'People were sick to their stomachs with his fake sincerity': Frustrated Amazon sellers slam Bezos for claiming his retail platform empowers small businesses

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos joined the leaders of Apple, Facebook, and Google on July 29 to testify before Congress on antitrust issues.  For Bezos, how Amazon competes with its third-party selling business comprised quite a bit of the questioning.  Bezos maintained that Amazon elevates small business owners like its third-party sellers. But some Amazon sellers don't agree.  Amazon did not respond to a request for comment for this story.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Ama...
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Newly surfaced emails show how ruthlessly Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google built their businesses and ate up smaller companies

New documents surfaced through a Congressional investigation into Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook show how the companies pursued acquisitions and fought off perceived competitors.  The documents provide a rare glimpse into the actions taken by top executives including Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs at crucial moments for their company. Lawmakers said the documents are evidence that companies engaged in anticompetitive behavior, but CEOs defended their companies' actions and said they conti...
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These 3 moments from Big Tech's blockbuster antitrust hearing could come back to haunt the companies, according to Wall Street analysts

The CEOs of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google were grilled during a five-hour congressional hearing on Wednesday. The hearing followed an antitrust investigation into the power and size of the Big Tech companies. Analysts at Wedbush identified the three moments from the hearing most likely to come back and bite the companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Over the course of five hours on Wednesday, the CEOs from the world's four biggest tech companies were grilled by ...
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos 'Can't Guarantee' Policy Against Using Seller Specific Data Hasn't Been Violated

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: At the "Online Platforms and Market Power" virtual antitrust hearing today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos spoke about a policy that is meant to prevent the company from using seller specific data to help it determine what products it should manufacture and sell itself. "What I can tell you is, we have a policy against using seller specific data to aid our private label business," Bezos said. "But I can't guarantee you that that policy has never been ...
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Bezos ‘can’t guarantee’ no anti-competitive activity as Congress catches him flat-footed

At today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bungled attempts to assuage concerns that the company poaches ideas from its competitors, taking sustained fire from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and others. Faced with testimony from employees that there is “nobody enforcing” policies, resulting in “a candy shop” of seller data, Bezos admitted to what amounts to ignorance or complicity. Jayapal’s interrogation was one of precious few substantive exchanges in a hearing dominat...
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Mark Zuckerberg was grilled over whether Facebook copied and threatened rivals, but the CEO says the social media giant just 'adapted features' (FB)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has "adapted features" from competitors during Wednesday's big tech antitrust hearing. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, asked Zuckerberg whether Facebook had copied features from rivals as part of its competitive strategy. Jayapal pressed Zuckerberg on conversations that occurred during Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, asking whether the company threatened to copy Instagram's features while it attempted to buy it. The exchange was ...
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In antitrust hearing, Zuckerberg admits Facebook has copied its competition

At the House Antitrust Subcommittee hearings this afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was directly questioned about his company’s strategy of copying competitors’ app and features, and even threatening to do so as a negotiation tactic amid M&A discussions. In his response, Zuckerberg was forced to admit the obvious: that Facebook, he said, has “certainly adapted features that others have led in.” However, he denied any characterization claiming Facebook used such tactics in an anti-compet...
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