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FTC Commissioners Are Upset About Section 230; Though It's Not At All Clear Why (techdirt)

Another day, another bunch of nonsense about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The Senate Commerce Committee held an FTC oversight hearing yesterday, with all five commissioners attending via video conference (kudos to Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter who attended with her baby strapped to her -- setting a great example for so many working parents who are struggling with working from home while also having to manage childcare duties!). Section 230 came up a few times, though I'm perpl...
Tags: Facebook, News, Fcc, Congress, Ebay, Senate, Doj, Committee, Ftc, Trump, Mike Masnick, Chopra, Thune, Ajit Pai, Simons, Schatz


We need more liberty, less politics: Richard Boddie

Back in 1990 when I was running to become the 1992 nominee for president as the Libertarian Party candidate, and again when I actually ran for the Senate in California against Dianne Feinstein and John Seymour in 1992, and then against “DiFi” again and Michael Huffington in 1994, reporters would often ask me, “How many Libertarians are there”? My late friend and mentor David Bergland, the 1984 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, used to often tell reporters, “Most Americans are libertarian...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Soccer, United States, Biden, Fdr, Dianne Feinstein, Trump, Libertarian Party, Rochester New York, Southern California News Group, John Seymour, Opinion columns, Richard Boddie


Inadequate, Unworkable, and Unlawful: The Trump Unemployment Aid Program

        President Trump’s effort to relieve the pressure he and Senate Republicans have been feeling over the expiration of enhanced unemployment benefits is a failure on every level.  It provides too little in aid.  It will miss many families in need.  It will expire very soon.  It likely cannot be implemented in some states.  And it is transparently unlawful.  Unemployment Assistance in the Recession      The CARES Act that Congress enacted in March did many things, including provide the A...
Tags: Pua, Congress, Senate, White House, House, Fema, Treasury, Nancy Pelosi, Branding, Trump, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Mark Meadows, Dua


Sidestepping Congress, Trump Signs Executive Measures for Pandemic Relief

President Trump signed the directives after two weeks of stalemate with Democrats over a recovery package, using legally dubious measures to try to restore lapsed benefits.
Tags: News, Senate, House Of Representatives, Relief, Nancy, Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, Charles E, Donald J, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Coronavirus Aid, and Economic Security Act (2020, Congress Trump Signs Executive Measures


We need a smarter approach to post-prison reentry: Bob Hertzberg

During this unprecedented national reckoning, it is up to us now to seize this moment, at the very time we are in the midst of a world pandemic, to make real and meaningful improvements for communities that have been severely neglected for far too long. This is why I introduced Senate Bill 369 to establish the California Reentry Commission. “Reentry,” as it is called, is really just the process of our law enforcement system releasing those who have paid their debts to society. Then it is our res...
Tags: California, Opinion, Washington, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Ohio, Bill, California Department of Corrections, CDCR, Bob Hertzberg, Guest Commentary, Anti Recidivism Coalition, COVID, California Reentry Commission, Statewide Reentry Council


Trump Signs Flurry Of Executive Orders With Lowered Weekly Unemployment Benefit

President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders Saturday afternoon, a move he telegraphed from a Friday press conference from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. The orders, Trump said Saturday, centered on reinstating unemployment insurance benefits (though at a lower level), deferring the federal payroll tax, extending the eviction moratorium and deferring student loan payments and forgiving interest. The text of the executive orders has not yet been released. Many of th...
Tags: News, Republicans, Congress, Senate, White House, Unemployment, House, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Medicare, Nancy Pelosi, Executive Order, Donald Trump, Trump, Pelosi, Schumer


Joe Arpaio Loses Sheriff Bid In Arizona GOP Primary: ‘Last Time I Run For Office’

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Donald Trump who became the face of aggressive crackdowns on illegal immigration, lost in a Republican primary race to win back his sheriff’s seat in Maricopa County — a race that he said was his last. Arpaio lost Tuesday’s Republican primary to his former chief deputy Jerry Sheridan by roughly 6,300 votes, according to the latest count from the Maricopa County Elections Department on Saturday morning. Sheridan will take on current...
Tags: News, Senate, Joe Biden, Cnn, New York Times, Arizona, The New York Times, Republican, Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump, Trump, Phoenix, Arizona Republic, Arpaio, Sheridan, Jerry Sheridan


Trump vs. the U.S. Postal Service: Democrats demand investigation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s cost-cutting and investments

President Donald Trump's hand-picked Postmaster General Louis DeJoy launched a major overhaul of the U.S. postal mail service. Among the changes, the two top executives overseeing day-to-day operations have been let go and replaced with DeJoy's new picks, according to a reorganization memo released Friday. “The shake-up came as congressional Democrats called for an investigation of DeJoy and the cost-cutting measures that have slowed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary electi...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, Senate, Post Office, Mail, House, Usps, Nancy Pelosi, Postal Service, Donald Trump, Trump, Sabotage, Calif, U S Postal Service


Will He Go?: An Interview with Lawrence Douglas

I recently spoke with Lawrence Douglas (Amherst) about his new book, Will He Go? Trump and the Looming Election Meltdown in 2020 (Twelve Books, 2020). JB: Why did you write this book? LD: Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, I began writing contributing opinion pieces for The Guardian. My very first piece was about Trump’s claim that three to five million illegal voters had robbed him of a popular vote victory over Hillary Clinton. At the time I wrote, “that same script could be called upon...
Tags: New York, Congress, Senate, White House, Court, Georgia, Gop, Hillary Clinton, US Postal Service, House, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Jim Crow, Litigation, Branding, Guest Blogger


State lawmakers seek delay in effort to lift statewide eviction ban

State legislative leaders are seeking more time to craft a bill protecting as many as 1.5 million California renters from eviction during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a letter sent Wednesday to state Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Senate and Assembly leaders asked her to postpone an end to the statewide eviction ban for at least three weeks. The state Judicial Council put a freeze on most court eviction proceedings in April, effectively protecting tenants who stopped paying their ren...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Senate, California News, Sport, Soccer, Rent, California Apartment Association, Legislature, Assembly, U S Census Bureau, LA County, Tani Cantil Sakauye


DNI Warns For The First Time That Russia Wants To Damage Biden In The 2020 Election

The Russian government is supporting efforts to damage Joe Biden and boost President Trump, counterintelligence chief William Evanina said on Friday. The statement from Evanina also says that China”prefers” for Trump to lose re-election to Biden. The new announcement comes two weeks after Evanina released a similar, but less specific statement warning of interference by Russia, China, and Iran in the November elections. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly chastised Evanina las...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Congress, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Joe Biden, Iran, Ukraine, Beijing, House, Moscow, Nancy Pelosi, Kremlin, Biden


Biden vs Trump 2020 Election: Live Updates

A Republican lawmaker in a Virginia House race elicits sharp criticism for selling masks describing the virus as “Made in China.” Tennessee’s Senate race will pit a Trump-backed Republican against a Democratic environmental justice activist.
Tags: News, Senate, China, Virginia, Tennessee, Biden, Trump, Presidential Election of 2020


Stimulus bill talks hit another dead end after 2 weeks of negotiations

Congressional Democrats and White House leaders didn't solve anything during a Friday meeting meant to hammer out the next CARES Act, closing out a second week of negotiations with next to nothing to show for them.The main problem, CNN's Phil Mattingly reports, is that Democrats don't have the votes to support any bill under $2 trillion and Republicans won't accept anything over it. Those sticking points led to what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called a "disappoi...
Tags: News, Republicans, Senate, White House, Time, Cnn, House, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Trump, Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mark Meadows, Phil Mattingly, Steven Mnuchin, Calif Treasury


History Is on the Side of Republicans Filling a Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020

If a Supreme Court vacancy opens up between now and the end of the year, Republicans should fill it. Given the vital importance of the Court to rank-and-file Republican voters and grassroots activists, particularly in the five-decade-long quest to overturn Roe v. Wade, it would be political suicide for Republicans to refrain from filling a vacancy unless some law or important traditional norm was against them. There is no such law and no such norm; those are all on their side. Choosing not to fi...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, White House, Court, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Democrats, United States, House


Dems Paint Meadows’ Positions As ‘Hardened,’ Say COVID Compromise Offer Rejected

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that they offered to take the topline of their relief package down $1 trillion if the White House negotiators would offer an additional $1 trillion in their proposals. The compromise, Schumer said, was rejected by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin with “vehemence.” “The Speaker made a very fair offer — let’s narrow each — and you should’ve seen the vehemence,” Schu...
Tags: News, Senate, White House, Unemployment, Democrats, House, Treasury, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Tea Party, Trump, Pelosi, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Meadows, Mark Meadows


US intelligence warns of election meddling by Russia, China and Iran – live

ODNI says foreign trio trying to ‘sway voters’ preferences’ US added 1.8m jobs in July as states grapple with Covid-19 resurgenceTrump claims Biden is ‘against God’Karen Bass: progressive congresswoman could be Biden’s vice-presidentSign up to our First Thing newsletter 8.22pm BST The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee have issued a joint statement in support of the new ODNI warning on election interference. Acting committee chairman Marco Rubio and vice chairma...
Tags: Hong Kong, Putin, Obama Administration, Senate, China, Russia, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Iran, Ukraine, Beijing, United States, US politics, Moscow


US Postal Service announces cost-saving changes amid vote-by-mail fears

Measures will not result in immediate reduction of workforce, USPS said amid reports of severe mail delays across USThe United States Postal Service (USPS) is implementing cost-saving measures, including a management hiring freeze , the US postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, announced on Friday, amid reports of severe mail delays across the US and concern that Donald Trump is maneuvering to weaken the agency to make it difficult to accommodate an expected influx of mail-in votes.The changes will no...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Senate, US, Pennsylvania, United States, US Postal Service, House, Usps, Philadelphia, Michigan, Nancy Pelosi, Postal Service, Donald Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Patrick


Marquita Bradshaw on Her Tennessee Primary Victory: ‘I Could See the Momentum’

Ms. Bradshaw, an environmental justice advocate, is the first Black woman to be nominated for the Senate by a major party in Tennessee. “Working people showed that my viability was different,” she said.
Tags: News, Senate, Tennessee, Bradshaw, Marquita Bradshaw


The jobs report was good. The US economy is still a mess.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here. QUOTE OF THE DAY "I'd like to say this is some good and necessary trouble,"— , the Georgia high school student who was suspended after posting photos of North Paulding High School's crowded hallways on social media. The school rescinded Waters' suspension today following widespread criticism.  WHAT'S HAPPENING This weekend's Sturgis motorcycle rally is expected to attract 250,000 people. Most of the 7,000 ...
Tags: Twitter, Hong Kong, National Weather Service, London, Microsoft, Obama, Washington, Senate, White House, Singapore, US, America, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Fbi


California Supreme Court ruling ends the pension-reform game – for now

SACRAMENTO – Every football fan has experienced this many times. Your team is in the hunt – down but not out after a grinding game. It puts together a drive that could lead to victory. As weary players march down field, the quarterback tosses an interception. You can see the pained look on the coach’s face that instant he realizes it’s over. I don’t usually use sports metaphors, but after the California Supreme Court’s latest ruling in a much-anticipated pension case, I couldn’t resist. Some pen...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, NFL, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, San Diego, California Highway Patrol, San Jose, Jerry Brown, California Supreme Court, Brown, Legislature, Gray Davis


Live 2020 Election Updates: Biden vs

A Republican lawmaker in a Virginia House race elicits sharp criticism for selling masks describing the virus as “Made in China.” Tennessee’s Senate race will pit a Trump-backed Republican against a Democratic environmental justice activist.
Tags: News, Senate, China, Virginia, Tennessee, Biden, Trump, Presidential Election of 2020


Live 2020 Election Updates: Biden vs Trump

A Republican lawmaker in a Virginia House race elicits sharp criticism for selling masks describing the virus as “Made in China.” Tennessee’s Senate race will pit a Trump-backed Republican against a Democratic environmental justice activist.
Tags: News, Senate, China, Virginia, Tennessee, Biden, Trump, Presidential Election of 2020


It’s Friday. Will The White House Blink On Its Threat To Walk Away From COVID Negotiations?

As recently as Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that he’s “extremely doubtful” the head negotiators will be able to broker a COVID-19 relief package if a deal isn’t hammered out by Friday.  Now, the view from Friday morning is bleak. A three-hour Thursday night session seems to have yielded few concessions. “We’re very far apart,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said afterward. “It’s most unfortunate.” “We’re still a considerable amount apart in terms of a comp...
Tags: News, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, America, Unemployment, House, Usps, Treasury, Ohio, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Trump, Donald J Trump, Oval Office


COVID aid talks on brink of collapse, sides ‘very far apart’

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Washington talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money are teetering on the brink of collapse after a marathon meeting in the Capitol generated lots of recriminations but little progress on the top issues confronting negotiators. “There’s a handful of very big issues that we are still very far apart” on, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He talked of impasses on aid to states and local governments and renewing supplemental unemployment benefits in ...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, US, America, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Gop, House, Social Security, Treasury


Biden vs. Trump: Live Updates on the 2020 Election

The decision to shorten the census collection period could make polls less reliable. Tennessee’s Senate race will pit a Trump-backed Republican against a Democratic environmental justice activist.
Tags: News, Senate, Tennessee, Biden, Trump, Presidential Election of 2020


The Postal Service’s Routine Reforms Are Recast as the Latest Plot to Help Trump’s Reelection

Prominent Democrats have pushed a conspiracy theory that the Postal Service is implementing cost-cutting changes to its service in order to bolster President Trump's reelection prospects, despite the agency's insistence that a recommitment to “existing operating plans” will not affect its ability to meet the 2020 election demand.Last week, Barack Obama claimed during a eulogy for the late congressman John Lewis that “those in power” are “undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an...
Tags: Post, John Lewis, News, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, United States, Usps, New York Times, Postal Service, Trump, National Review, Chuck Schumer, Government Accountability Office


Stimulus bill stalled ahead of Friday deadline. What are Congressional leaders saying?

Senate Republicans introduced the second stimulus bill last week.
Tags: News, Senate, Congressional


Joe Lieberman’s Son Is Running For Senate. He Also Wrote A Book Filled With Racist Tropes.

The president of the Georgia NAACP called the novel disturbing, and said Matt Lieberman should drop out of the contest.
Tags: News, Senate, Joe Lieberman, Georgia NAACP, Matt Lieberman


Stimulus negotiations: Self-imposed deadline arrives with no sign of a deal

This was deadline day, the day that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer were aiming to have a topline agreement.
Tags: Senate, White House, Cnn, House, Treasury, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mark Meadows, Steven Mnuchin


Biden vs. Trump: Live 2020 Election Updates

A Trump-backed candidate won the Republican Senate primary in Tennessee. The decision to shorten the census collection period could make polls less reliable.
Tags: News, Senate, Tennessee, Biden, Trump, Presidential Election of 2020