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Name: Laser Haas
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About Me

Love BB, Laser Tag, Poker (Tournaments only). Work with Occupy camps. Willing to help you in your fight for justice (let's discuss it).

Journal Archives

FTC probing Facebook for use of personal data: report

Source: The HILL

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly launching an investigation into Facebook over whether it violated terms of consent in the wake of reports a data firm harvested information from millions of profiles.

Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that the investigation relates to whether Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica, the data firm used by the Trump campaign, to obtain some Facebook users' personal data in violation of its policies.

Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica from the platform on Friday after reports it had not fully deleted data it obtained from Cambridge University professor Aleksandr Kogan.

The professor reportedly harvested more than 50 million Facebook profiles from his app, which required a Facebook login, despite only 270,000 having given permission for their data to be harvested.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/379273-ftc-probing-facebook-for-use-of-personal-data-report?amp&__twitter_impression=true

British lawmakers call on Zuckerberg to appear before parliament

Source: The HILL

British lawmaker on Tuesday called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before parliament to respond to reports that Cambridge Analytica, the data firm used by the Trump campaign, harvested data from millions of people without their permission.

Damian Collins, chairman of parliament's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, wrote to Zuckerberg that it's time for a Facebook executive to address concerns over users' data security, The Independent reported.

"Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to 'fixing' Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you," he wrote.

Meanwhile, the British Information Commission is planning to conduct an on-site investigation of Cambridge Analytica's offices following a report that showed the company's CEO speaking on a recording that his firm used bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/379270-uk-to-raid-cambridge-analytica-investigate-facebook-breach?amp&__twitter_impression=true

GOP leaders back second special counsel

Source: The HILL


House GOP leaders are starting to come out in strong support of a second special counsel to investigate conservative allegations of bias and abuse at the FBI.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said Monday he backs the appointment of another special counsel to look at how law enforcement has handled the Russia probe. Scalises statement echoed similar calls from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) over the weekend.

The moves align the No. 2 and No. 3 House GOP leaders with President Trump, who could be a factor in a future leadership race between the two friendly rivals.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/379228-gop-leaders-back-second-special-counsel?userid=216387

Several possible reasons for doing this.

1. Undermine Mueller by

a. Demand copy of everything Mueller has
b. Have team in place when Mueller is fired
c. 2nd prosecutor brings 1st case and grants deal

Link to video


Facebook security chief denies reports he's leaving company

Source: The HILL

Facebook's chief information security officer is denying a Monday report that he's leaving the company over its handling of disinformation during the 2016 election.

Alex Stamos said on Twitter that contrary to "rumors" he's "still fully engaged" at Facebook.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/technology/379211-facebook-security-chief-denies-leaving-company-over-differences-on?amp&__twitter_impression=true


Senate tees up Yemen vote for Tuesday

Source: The HILL

The Senate has formally teed up a vote on ending U.S. military involvement in Yemen for Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), wrapping up for the Senate for the evening, asked consent that supporters of the resolution be able to call up the measure once the Senate reconvenes on Tuesday, with up to four hours of debate before a vote.

If all debate time is used up a vote is expected at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Senate GOP cloakroom. The Senate is expected to vote on tabling, or effectively pigeonholing, the resolution.

The resolution-spearheaded by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)-would require any U.S. forces not involved in fighting al Qaeda or related groups to be out of the country within 30 days.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/379234-senate-tees-up-yemen-vote-for-tuesday?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Senate GOP: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed

Source: The HILL

Senate Republicans on Monday dismissed the need for legislation to protect Robert Mueller, downplaying the chances that President Trump will fire him, despite Trump's recent attacks on the special counsel.

"I don't think that's going to happen, so I just think it's not necessary and obviously legislation requires a presidential signature and I don't see ... the necessity of picking that fight right now," said Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, asked about legislation limiting Trump's ability fire Mueller.

He added that he believes Trump's public criticism of Mueller is "unhelpful" and agrees with his colleagues who have said firing the special counsel "would be a mistake and produce all sorts of unintended consequences."

Cornyn declined to say what the potential consequences would be.

Read more: Senate GOP: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed

Mississippi's only abortion clinic sues over nation's most restrictive abortion

Source: The HILL

.Mississippi's only abortion clinic sued state officials within an hour of the governor signing the country's most restrictive abortion ban into law, The Associated Press reported Monday.

The Jackson Women's Health Organization, along with one of the physicians that works for the clinic, sued in federal court over the ban, claiming that the measure is unconstitutional.

"Under decades of United States Supreme Court precedent, the state of Mississippi cannot ban abortion prior to viability, regardless of what exceptions are provided to the ban," the complaint reads.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed the ban into law earlier Monday.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/379235-mississippis-only-abortion-clinic-sues-over-nations-most-restrictive?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Trump lawyers give Mueller documents as they seek to limit scope of interview: report

Source: The HILL

President Trump's lawyers are seeking to limit the scope of a potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, fearing a lengthy talk could leave the president vulnerable, according to a new report by The Washington Post.

They are doing so by providing certain documents to Mueller's team, including summaries of internal White House memos and emails relating to the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and other events that are being investigated by the special counsel.

In doing so, Trump's legal team hopes to cut down on the subjects that Mueller could ask Trump about.

Trump, who has gone on the attack against Mueller in recent days, has previously suggested he is open to an interview

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/379189-trumps-lawyers-hand-over-documents-to-mueller-report?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Illinois rep fires aide after alleged encounter with teenager

Source: The HILL

Illinois Rep. Randy Hultgren (R) fired one of his top aides after police reportedly found him in a car with a 17-year-old boy, Politico reported Monday.

According to documents Politico obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request, the incident happened in October 2017 in McHenry, Ill.

The aide, Nick Provenzano, 56, was fired over the weekend. Hultgren hired him in 2016 as his deputy district director.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/379227-illinois-rep-fires-aide-after-alleged-sexual-encounter-with-teenager?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Michael Cohen: Stormy Daniels payment was not about the campaign

Source: The HILL

President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen said in an interview published on Monday that the payment to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels quiet about her alleged affair with Trump was not about the 2016 presidential campaign.

"People are mistaking this for a thing about the campaign," Cohen told Vanity Fair.

"What I did defensively for my personal client, and my friend, is what attorneys do for their high-profile clients. I would have done it in 2006. I would have done it in 2011. I truly care about him and the family - more than just as an employee and an attorney," he said, referring to Trump.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit earlier this month to void a nondisclosure agreement that she says prevents her from speaking publicly about her alleged affair with Trump, which took place over ten years ago.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/379225-michael-cohen-stormy-daniels-payment-was-not-about-the-campaign?amp&__twitter_impression=true

"You know what?" Cohen said. "The more I'm thinking about it, I might even take an extended vacation on her dime."
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