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Far-right senator punches teen after being egged

“An Australian senator who blamed the New Zealand terror attack on Muslim immigration has punched a 17-year-old boy after he was egged at an event in Melbourne” writes Guardian Staff for theguardian.com. Video footage recorded at the event appears to show Fraser Anning, a far-right independent Queensland senator, halfway through a press conference when the teenager cracked an egg over his head while filming with a mobile phone.Anning was criticised on Friday after trying to seek attention by saying the mosque attack highlighted a “growing fear over an increasing Muslim…

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U.S. senators seek probe of Trump admin nuclear energy talks with Saudi Arabia

“They also asked the GAO to review executive branch negotiations with Saudi Arabia on nuclear energy since 2009, when Democrat Barack Obama was president” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has had quiet talks with Saudi officials, including his friend, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih, on nuclear power.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic U.S. senator and his Republican counterpart on Friday asked Congress’ investigative arm to probe Trump administration talks with Saudi Arabia over sharing nuclear power technology. Source: 95kqds.com

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Key senator says federal privacy bill should be as strong as California’s

“She expressed strong support for the California privacy law, noting it will go into effect next year” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Richard Blumenthal, one of several U.S. lawmakers drafting online privacy legislation, said on Tuesday that he wanted to see California’s privacy law, which takes effect next year, to be the basis for a federal bill. Feinstein appeared to be leaning toward an “opt-in” mechanism, where companies require users to agree to having their data collected.California’s data privacy law, passed last year, imposes fines…

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US senator Elizabeth Warren elaborates on her plan to break up Apple because of the App Store

“The Verge pressed Warren about how Apple would distribute apps without running the App Store, especially with the App Store serving as one way Apple is able to secure the iPhone ecosystem” writes Mophie Wireless Qi for 9to5mac.com. In an interview with The Verge at SXSW this weekend, Warren elaborated on her plan to break up Apple, explaining how the company can’t both run the App Store and sell apps on the App Store.On Friday, US senator Elizabeth Warren announced a wide-reaching new plan to break up big tech companies,…

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Why small-dollar donors are Democrats’ new powerhouse

“The Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren went further when she announced her campaign was swearing off private fundraisers and one-on-one meetings with big donors” writes Lauren Gambino for theguardian.com. The challenge for Democrats now will be standing out in a crowded field of candidates targeting similar donors.California senator Kamala Harris raised $1.5m from 38,000 online donors on the first day after announcing her presidential campaign.Three years later, Sanders raised a remarkable $10m from more than 350,000 donors in the week after launching his 2020 presidential campaign. Source: theguardian.com

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Move the capital out of Tallahassee, Boca state senator says

“Kevin Rader wants Florida to look into the idea of moving the state capital from Tallahassee to Orlando, introducing a bill this week that would study the costs and impact of moving the capital 259 miles down the road” writes Steven Lemongello for sun-sentinel.com. Tallahassee was first named Florida’s capital in 1824, when legislators from the two biggest cities in the territory, Pensacola and St.A referendum in 1853 failed, and the governor vetoed a plan to move the capital to Gainesville in 1881. Source: sun-sentinel.com

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U.S. senator wants criminal investigation of military base landlords

“(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal called on Thursday for a criminal fraud investigation of private landlords who operate housing on U.S. military bases, following Reuters reports that showed how thousands of U.S. military families were subjected to serious health and safety hazards in on-base housing” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines unveiled a proposed tenant bill of rights on Wednesday that would hand more power to military families facing housing hazards. Source: 95kqds.com

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GOP senator cites Trump’s love of family as possible explanation for hush money payments

“Mike Rounds, R-S.D., suggested Wednesday that President Trump may have directed hush money payments to women because he loves his family” reports washingtonexaminer.com. During an interview on CNN, Rounds was asked to comment on Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen producing checks to the House Oversight Committee that he said were reimbursements from Trump for hush money payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump. “I honestly think this president loves his family, and I think it has as much to do with trying not to have…

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Nevada Senator takes on racial ad targeting in new data privacy bill

“Data privacy has become an increasingly urgent topic in Congress, as members tackle difficult issues of consumer data control and federal preemption” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. The DATA Privacy Act would empower the Federal Trade Commission to put in place specific definitions for what is considered discriminatory behavior in targeted ad and data practices.Last April, Cortez Masto signed onto a letter with over a dozen other senators, including presidential hopefuls Sens.The House and Senate held their first hearings on the issue this week, speaking with both industry and consumer…

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