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Wired – Al Franken Just Gave the Speech Big Tech Has Been Dreading

Follow up to previous posting – Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections via Wired – Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) delivered some of the sharpest criticism yet about the dangers of tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon during a speech on Wednesday, encouraging regulators, as well as lawmakers… Continue Reading

DavisPolk Posts Updated Tax Bill Navigator Tool

Tax Reform and Transition Blog: “An updated version of the Tax Bill Navigator is now available, which reflects the draft House bill, including all amendments adopted by the House Ways and Means Committee as of the morning of November 8th, 2017.  You can find the updated Tax Bill Navigator here. We have also generated a PDF comparison… Continue Reading

Equifax says it owns all its data about you – really!

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing – Protecting Consumers in the Era of Major Data Breaches – November 8, 2017: “…“Massive data breaches have touched the vast majority of American consumers,” said [Senator John] Thune [R- S.D.]. “When such breaches occur, urgent action is necessary to protect sensitive personal information. This hearing will give the public the… Continue Reading

Brief Preliminary Distributional Analysis of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”

“The Tax Policy Center has produced preliminary distributional estimates of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as introduced on November 3, 2017. We find the legislation would reduce taxes on average for all income groups in 2018 and 2027. The largest cuts, in dollars and as a percentage of after-tax income, would accrue to higher-income… Continue Reading

EFF – Here’s How Congress Should Respond to the Equifax Breach

“There is very little doubt that Equifax’s negligent security practices were a major contributing factor in the massive breach of 145.5-million Americans’ most sensitive information. In the wake of the breach, EFF has spent a lot of time thinking through how to ensure that such a catastrophic breach doesn’t happen again and, just as importantly,… Continue Reading

Testimony by Cater Page to House Intel Committee

The Hill: “Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee for nearly eight hours on Thursday [November 2, 2017], revealing previously undisclosed details in the ongoing probes into Russian election meddling. Read Page’s full testimony here:” Continue Reading

GPO and LC release digitized version of Congressional Record 1891-1911

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1891-1911 on GPO’s govinfo ( This release covers the debates and proceedings of the 52nd through the 61st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: The final two years… Continue Reading

After Sutherland Springs, Cornyn Announces Bill to Strengthen Background Check System

The New York Times – Air Force Error Allowed Texas Gunman to Buy Weapons – “The Air Force admitted that it didn’t enter Devin P. Kelley’s domestic violence court-martial into a database that could have prevented him from buying a gun.” News release: “‘As each new detail emerges from what is still an ongoing investigation,… Continue Reading

Twitter’s list of 2,752 Russian trolls

Follow up to previous posting – Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections see Recode: “As the U.S. Congress continues to investigate Russian efforts to meddle in last year’s presidential election — in favor of Donald Trump — it has released a list of 2,752 now-deactivated Twitter accounts that… Continue Reading

HR 1 – Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017

115th Congress 1st Session, H.R. 1 [released on November 2, 2017] PDF 429 pages Section-by-section summary House GOP outline JCX-46-17 (November 02, 2017) Estimated Revenue Effects Of H.R. 1, The “Tax Cuts And Jobs Act,” Scheduled For Markup By The Committee On Ways And Means On November 6, 2017 Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget… Continue Reading

America’s Most and Least Popular Senators

Along with President Donald Trump’s declining support across the country, approval ratings for nearly all senators went down in their home states during the third quarter. The period overlapped with several unsuccessful Republican-led attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. According to Morning Consult’s latest Senator Approval Rankings – compiled from a poll of 255,120… Continue Reading

Reports – Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

SIGAR released its thirty-seventh Quarterly Report to Congress, highlighting lessons from America’s 15-year experience in Afghanistan, at a time of a new U.S. security commitment requiring the Afghan government take strong action against corruption. SIGAR released its second lessons learned report examining how the U.S. government developed and executed programs to build, train, advise, and… Continue Reading