Month: February 2018

The FCC just voted to end net neutrality. We can get Congress to overrule them.

Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.

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SCOTUS: DACA Recipients Can Stay for Now

KNOCKING AWAY A cornerstone of President Donald Trump’s immigration plan, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the president’s request to go forward with the deportation of children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

After at least two days of deliberation, the high court refused to overturn a lower-court ruling which stops Trump from repealing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – an Obama-era federal program allowing those children and young adults to legally stay in the country under certain conditions.

By denying the request for an emergency ruling, the justices likely have kept Trump from meeting next week’s deadline to begin deporting DACA recipients, whose fates now hinge on the twin lawsuits civil rights advocates filed after the president announced he would undo DACA. The high court also gave the young people a big reprieve of sorts: It could take between several months and as long as a year for the court cases to be resolved.

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US forces reportedly killed more than 100 Russian mercenaries inside Syria

Aleksandr Ionov, a Russian businessman working in Syria offering security and other services, said he estimated after conversations with associates in several private military organizations that more than 200 Russians might have been killed.
Mr. Ionov said not all those killed were Russian: Some of the paid fighters came from other countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. “More than 200 is the current estimate, we cannot know the exact number yet, but most of them were Russian,” he said in a telephone interview.

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.Res.741
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 4) to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 326) expressing the sense of the House […]
  • H.R.2534
    Insider Trading Prohibition Act (12/05/2019 legislative day)

RSS US Senate Activity Excerpt

  • PN1055
    Richard Ernest Myers II, of North Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, vice Malcolm J. Howard, retired. (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • H.R.2486
    FUTURE Act (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • PN1173
    Sherri A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States District Judge for the District of South Carolina, vice A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr., elevated. (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • PN185
    Robert M. Duncan, of Kentucky, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2025. (Reappointment) (12/05/2019 legislative day)
  • PN1167
    Patrick J. Bumatay, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit, vice Carlos T. Bea, retiring. (12/05/2019 legislative day)