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Congress Again With the Big Tech Questions

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The Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week tried again to get a handle on whether the nation’s big social media companies are some sort of threat to the greater good. They also tried again to figure out just what it is these companies, that …

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Carbon Emissions Tax Proposal Coming in Congress

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A South Florida Republican congressman plans to introduce legislation aimed at stalling dramatic climate change by creating an escalating tax on carbon emissions, while pausing certain federal regulations, an energy and environment website reported this week. U.S. Rep. Carlo Curbelo plans to introduce the measure next week, according to E&E …

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Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Facial Recognition

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Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus. In a lengthy blog post about the potential and the risks of facial recognition, Bradford L. Smith, the company’s president, compared the technology to …

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Now Congress Scrutinizing Alphabet and Apple

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In the wake of last week’s Google scandal around third-party apps accessing user information, top Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to both Alphabet and Apple. The top Republican leaders asked Larry Page about the third-party access to user email, while checking in with Tim …

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Senate-passed Farm Bill Includes Hemp Legalization

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The wide-ranging agriculture and food policy legislation known as the Farm Bill, passed by a vote of 86 – 11 on Thursday, contains provisions to legalize the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp. The move, championed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would also make hemp plants eligible for crop insurance. …

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Legislation Aimed at Opioids Filed

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A measure introduced in Congress Tuesday would prohibit marketing that suggests opioids aren’t addictive and create criminal liability for pharmaceutical executives at companies found to have contributed to the nation’s opioid painkiller addiction epidemic. The bill was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Reuters reported. Sanders, who ran as a Democrat …

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