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Lawmakers want to question Facebook about the privacy of groups

“Lawmakers are looking to question Facebook about its privacy practices after allegations that the service revealed sensitive health information in groups” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. Now, a letter from lawmakers on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is questioning whether Facebook users were “potentially misled” about what data they would reveal by joining a closed group.In a Federal Trade Commission complaint, filed last month and publicly released yesterday, a security researcher and health advocates said the company was failing to keep sensitive data secure. Source: theverge.com

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Florida health agency challenges ruling on medical marijuana dispensaries

“The 2017 law has spawned a series of lawsuits, including another case at the 1st District Court of Appeal that challenges a ban on smoking medical marijuana” writes Jim Saunders for sun-sentinel.com. Gievers sided in the case with the medical-marijuana firm Trulieve, finding that the limit on dispensaries violated a 2016 constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.Ron DeSantis demanded that lawmakers eliminate the smoking ban and threatened to drop the appeal if they do not act.As lawmakers weigh changes to the state’s medical-marijuana laws, the Florida Department of Health…

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McCabe says he told lawmakers about opening an investigation into Trump, and ‘no one objected’

“McCabe has said he believes he was fired because he opened the investigation into Trump” writes National Security Reporter for washingtonpost.com. Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday that officials briefed a bipartisan group of lawmakers after the bureau opened an investigation into President Trump in May 2017, and that no one in the room pushed back. “That’s the important part here, Savannah,” McCabe said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today” show. “No one objected. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Facebook is a ‘digital gangster’ that urgently needs more regulation, UK lawmakers say

“Facebook “intentionally and knowingly” violated U.K. data privacy and anti-competition laws and urgently needs to be regulated and investigated, a scathing new report by British lawmakers said” writes Matt Mcclain for cnbc.com. The committee accused Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of showing “contempt” toward U.K. parliament for declining to testify in front of lawmakers.The final report issued Monday by the U.K.’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee concluded an 18-month investigation into Facebook and other social media companies for their role in spreading “fake news” and disinformation.”Companies like Facebook should not…

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Trump to speak from the Rose Garden about border security; expected to sign budget bill, then declare national emergency

“Trump will speak Friday morning in the Rose Garden about border security, the White House said” writes Catherine Lucey for sun-sentinel.com. In a surprising development, McConnell said he would support Trump’s emergency declaration, a turnabout for the Kentucky Republican, who like many lawmakers had opposed such action. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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Amazon cancels HQ2 in New York after backlash

“Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had both been proponents of the deal and worked together to court Amazon” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. The plans for Amazon to move into Queens were largely hashed out in secret, without input from local lawmakers.There was immediate backlash after the deal was announced, in part because of the major concessions that New York agreed to give Amazon to entice the company to move in. Source: theverge.com

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Lawmakers demand Nielsen punish top DHS official

“According to the inspector general, Ciccone is demanding through her attorney that she be able to review internal documents before sitting for an interview” writes Andrew Desiderio for politico.com. The lawmakers said internal documents showed that Hook, who also serves as a top policy adviser to Pompeo, “engaged in gross acts of retaliation against career State Department employees.”.  Source: politico.com

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EPA Vows To Regulate Cancer-Causing ‘Forever Chemicals’…

“Capito was one of 20 senators who wrote to Wheeler demanding ceilings on two phased-out types of PFAS chemicals” writes Ellen Knickmeyer for detroitnews.com. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., also called for legal limits and said if EPA balked, Wheeler “didn’t deserve” to run the agency.With the Senate considering whether to confirm him as EPA chief, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have pressed Wheeler to establish mandatory limits for PFAS in public water systems. Source: detroitnews.com

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Top T-Mobile and Sprint executives defend merger to Democrats

“The big picture: Democrats’ concerns about the impact of the merger ran the gamut” reports axios.com. What’s next: The House Judiciary Committee had planned a hearing with the executives, but that was postponed — raising the prospect the executives will face another grilling from lawmakers in the future.The bottom line: Congress has no say in merger approvals.Details: T-Mobile CEO John Legere was aggressive in maintaining that costs would not go up for consumers and that the company would not employ fewer people after the merger than the two do now. Source:…

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Trump suggests he’s open to border deal as lawmakers try to resolve late snags

“The deal would include a total of $23 billion in funding for ICE and the Customs and Border Protection agency, a figure Trump has begun touting. [Why immigration detention beds became a new issue in Trump border wall fight] Rep” writes National Reporter Leading for washingtonpost.com. But Trump would also likely pursue an executive order to reallocate additional federal funds to barrier projects, the official said, in addition to signing legislation. Source: washingtonpost.com

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