September 22, 2020
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After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News
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After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it would no longer allow political ads on its service, in an implicit response to Facebook’s policy of allowing political ads even if they contain false information. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey in a series of messages Wednesday. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons. A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions. Internet political ads present entirely new challenges to civic discourse: machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes. All at increasing velocity, sophistication, and overwhelming scale.”
Senate turns back challenge to short-term health insurance extensions – Star Tribune
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Senate turns back challenge to short-term health insurance extensions – Star Tribune

The Senate defeated a resolution Wednesday that would have overturned a Trump administration rule that lets states extend short-term health insurance policies for up to three years as a substitute for traditional coverage. The short-term policies do not cover pre-existing conditions and require no minimal protections and place no limits on deductibles or copays. Fifty-two senators, all Republicans, voted to leave the rule in place after a debate over how it would affect Americans. Only Maine Sen. Susan Collins broke ranks with her party.
Near party-line vote expected on impeachment ground rules – Middletown Press
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Near party-line vote expected on impeachment ground rules – Middletown Press

Democrats have set the stage for certain House approval of the ground rules lawmakers will use when they consider impeaching President Donald Trump as the chamber braced for its first showdown over the inquiry. There was no doubt that the Democratic-controlled body would approve the eight pages of procedures on Thursday, with each side likely to lose a handful of defectors, if any. "As much as this president flaunts the Constitution, we are going to protect it," House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern, D-Mass., said Wednesday as his panel debated the procedures.
GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk
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GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone – WBAP News/Talk

Key Republican senators told CNN the Senate should conduct a fulsome trial of President Donald Trump — assuming the House soon sends over articles of impeachment, as expected — and not try to jam through a motion that would allow them to dismiss the case quickly on a partisan vote. A motion of dismissal was attempted in the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton when his Democratic allies in the Senate, led by the powerful institutionalist Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, tried and failed to get that case dismissed. Even though Byrd rounded up some support from Republicans who controlled the chamber, his effort fell short and the trial went on for about three more weeks before Clinton was acquitted.
Kamala Harris 2020 campaign cutting costs and realigning staff in major shakeup – CBS News
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Kamala Harris 2020 campaign cutting costs and realigning staff in major shakeup – CBS News

Senator Kamala Harris is significantly curtailing and reshaping her presidential campaign in a bid to cut costs and boost her standing ahead of the the first-in-the-nation state of Iowa. A memo sent Wednesday to campaign staffers and top donors and obtained by CBS News outlines plans to slash salaries, reduce staff size at the campaign's national headquarters in Baltimore and
Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times
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Georgia Plans to Purge 300,000 Names From Its Voter Rolls – The New York Times

Those voters had received a notice asking them to confirm that they still lived at their addresses, and they were given two additional election cycles to respond. Next week, those who have failed to do so will receive a final notice along with a card they must return to avoid being purged. If they do not respond, their names will be removed. Fair Fight Action, an advocacy organization founded by Ms. Abrams, said Georgia’s removal of registered voters who had not cast recent ballots was wrong. “Voters should not lose their right to vote simply because they have decided not to express that...
‘Scrutiny and double standards’: Katie Hill’s downfall splits Democrats – POLITICO
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‘Scrutiny and double standards’: Katie Hill’s downfall splits Democrats – POLITICO

“I’ve only been here for 10 months, but it’s unbelievable, the kind of scrutiny and double standards that I’ve seen,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), said in an interview, adding that it is particularly difficult for a woman or a person of color. “This place can be extremely defeating. You’re coming as your unapologetic self. You’re coming as a real person,” Tlaib added. “They’re not ready for people like Katie and I, for people who are different... We needed Katie here and I hope she changes her mind.”
House Foreign Affairs Committee passes Spanberger bill to build national 5G strategy – Augusta Free Press
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House Foreign Affairs Committee passes Spanberger bill to build national 5G strategy – Augusta Free Press

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission announced its intention to place greater restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE due to widespread security concerns. According to a 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization report, Huawei’s growing influence as a leading supplier of 5G technology could be exploited by China to engage in espionage, monitor foreign corporations and governments, and support Chinese military operations. The Spanberger-led Secure 5G and Beyond Act would require the administration to develop an unclassified, national strategy to protect U.S. consumers and assist allies in maximizing the security of their 5G telecommunications systems. The strategy would also identify additional ways to spur research and development by U.S. companies in a way that maintains access for all Americans.
Privacy advocates express concerns over neighborhood-police partnerships as doorbell cams proliferate – SecurityInfoWatch
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Privacy advocates express concerns over neighborhood-police partnerships as doorbell cams proliferate – SecurityInfoWatch

.....Amazon's Ring app (and others like it) and the idea of law enforcement joining the “real-time crime and safety alerts” community is raising concerns about privacy, profiling, less than transparent public-private partnerships and what critics see is another step closer to a Big Brother police state. Among the worries of some critics is video captured by Ring and other security systems being stored online by Amazon and other companies, adding to the mass of personal information being collected from all of us. “If people (want to) have alarm systems, that’s fine. A centrally-connected alarm system beyond property and on driveways and streets into Amazon’s cloud, that’s different than on your property or door,” said Chris Gilliard, a Macomb Community College professor.
House passes bill banning future Grand Canyon uranium mining – Arizona Public Media
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House passes bill banning future Grand Canyon uranium mining – Arizona Public Media

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 236-185 to pass a bill banning the construction of new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. The proposal sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva would make permanent a 20-year ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. "This bill is a critical safeguard for the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic landscapes in the world and the vital Colorado River watershed that supplies drinking water for communities throughout the
Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA
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Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA

Former Ala. Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore announced Wednesday he will be filing the necessary paperwork to qualify to run for the U.S. Senate. Moore said he will file the paperwork with the Alabama Republican Party on Thursday. He officially announced his intent to run in June. He lost the senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones in a 2017 special election.
Virginia Beach Human Rights Commissioner Kenick El announces resignation following anti-LGBTQ Facebook posts – Metro Weekly
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Virginia Beach Human Rights Commissioner Kenick El announces resignation following anti-LGBTQ Facebook posts – Metro Weekly

A member of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission has announced he’ll step down tomorrow following outcry over comments he made on Facebook disparaging the LGBTQ community. Brother LaKendrick Coburn El, also known as Kenick El, took to Facebook to share a story about a transgender sex offender, calling being transgender a “mental illness.” He accused the LGBTQ community of “promoting” homosexuality to children, adding that homosexuality is a “mental illness” and an “abomination to the Human Race.”
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Trump Rally in Mpls Stirs Passion on Both Sides – KDUZ/KARP Radio

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(Learfield News Service/Mpls, MN) “Thank you Minnesota, this is a great state, we are going to win this state in a very short period of time, thank you.” And with that, President Donald Trump began what would be a 90-plus minute rally speech Thursday night at Target Center to thousands of supporters.

Trump said draining the swamp has “energized” him. And he said in the coming 2020 election”the Democrats brazen attempt to overthrow the government will produce a backlash at the ballot box the likes of which they have…

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Senate confirms Arizona’s Barbara Barrett as next Air Force Secretary – AZCentral

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Barbara Barrett as the next secretary of the Air Force.

The Senate voted 85 to 7 on her nomination, delivering bipartisan support for President Donald Trump’s pick of the nation’s 25th Air Force secretary. Barrett is a longtime Arizona businesswoman and former diplomat who has a long history in aviation and politics.

Barrett suggested that she will bring a Western perspective to her new office.

“We think often that decisions in Washington are made with an East Coast perspective,” Barrett told The Arizona Republic shortly after the vote.

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