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7 of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s most inspirational speeches

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Since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was elected to Congress, she’s brought a refreshing and powerfully passionate energy to Washington, DC.

When she isn’t mastering the art of the Twitter takedown, sharing her social media skills with fellow Democrats, or answering interview questions as candidly as possible, the 29-year-old is making insightful speeches that effectively communicate her personal beliefs and challenge the American people to rethink our power structures and national priorities.

Whether she’s at a protest or on the House floor, Ocasio-Cortez never shies away from expressing her opinions, no matter how bold. She delivers her messages calmly and succinctly, and though she’s only been on the job for a few months, she’s already made several memorable — and quotable — speeches. Read more…

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Why a top antitrust lawmaker thinks it’s time to break up Facebook

When the newly-minted chair of a congressional antitrust committee calls you out, it’s probably time to start worrying. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Rhode Island Representative David N. Cicilline has called on the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook’s behavior for potential antitrust violations, citing TechCrunch’s own reporting that the company […]

Bipartisan bill proposes oversight for commercial facial recognition

On Thursday, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz and Missouri Senator Roy Blunt introduced a bill designed to offer legislative oversight for commercial applications of facial recognition technology. Known as the Commercial Facial Recognition Privacy Act, the bill would obligate companies to inform consumers about any use of facial recognition and proposes limiting companies from freely sharing […]

Congress saw some Nickelback hot takes on the House floor

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It’s absolutely wild that in the year 2019, calling Nickelback bad still sparks a spicy discussion. But it’s true: Just ask U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan and Rodney Davis. 

We elect our representatives to be the voice of the people. As legislators, they vote on bills, forge a path for justice, and … debate about decades-old pop rock. 

Wisconsin Democrat Pocan stated on Thursday that only four out of 77,000 constituents wanted to keep a particular voting rights provision as part of the Democrats’ H.R. 1 bill. He compared that paltry number to “the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band.” Read more…

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Donald Trump Jr. and Eric are rage-tweeting Michael Cohen’s testimony — except for one key moment

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The Trump boys are back… on Twitter, that is.

On Wednesday morning, as Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, testified before Congress, two of Trump’s sons decided to stand up for their dear old dad on social media.

As Cohen discussed several allegations against the president — from racist comments he’s made in private to his connections with Russia — the boys furiously rage-tweeted to defend their father’s honor.

It seems Trump Jr.’s been glued to his TV from the start, comparing Cohen’s testimony to a “break-up letter” and quote-tweeting the GOP. Read more…

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Chrome extension also sends your tweets to Congress

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Firing off a political tweet and want your representative to see it too? There’s a Chrome extension for that. 

It’s called ePluribus, and with a click you can also send your supportive (or angry) message off to Congress without having to type it again.

Before you can send anything, the extension requires you to enter your address to find the right people, plus your phone number — if it’s required by your representative. 

Once you’re logged in, you’ll be presented a list of reps when you tweet or post to Facebook. The extension is also added on the end of U.S. news sites like CNN, the New York Times, among other sites. Read more…

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A new Congress means a new opportunity for consumer privacy protections

Debra Berlyn Contributor Share on Twitter Debra Berlyn is the president of Consumer Policy Solutions and the executive director of Project GOAL, a project to raise awareness of both the benefits and challenges of innovative new technologies for the aging community. The 2018 mid-term elections, for the first time in U.S. history, resulted in a […]

Congress flaunts its ignorance in House hearing on net neutrality

It’s amazing, and yet should surprise no one, that this country’s elected representatives can be either so cynical or so ignorant that two decades into the net neutrality debate, the basics still elude them. Today’s hearing in the House saw Members of Congress airing musty arguments and grandstanding generically as if they had just been informed of the internet this week.