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House approves measure to present Willie O'Ree, the first Black player in the NHL, with the Congressional Gold Medal. O'Ree broke the NHL color barrier in 1958 with the Boston Bruins. Scored 4 goals and ten assists in 45 games over 3 seasons.
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NEW — Kevin McCarthy has made a big anti-big tech push in the era of Trump. Tech insiders and lobbyists say behind closed doors he remains supportive of and friendly to the industry. politico.com/news/2022/01/19… via @birnbaum_e and @Hailey_Fuchs
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"By 2020 Brookside made more misdemeanor arrests than it has residents. It went from towing 50 vehicles in 2018 to 789 in 2020 – each carrying fines. That’s a 1,478% increase, with 1.7 tows for every household in town."
I really hope you guys will read this. I’ve been working on it a while. It really shows – in a sort of shocking microscopic way -- what inevitably happens when you incentivize criminalization of people for profit. (1/12) al.com/news/2022/01/police-i…
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New w @ashleyrgold: The digital ad lobby IAB, which counts Big Tech giants as big members, is launching campaign to defend targeted ads amid D.C. crackdown — Democrats yesterday debuted a new bill that would "prohibit targeted advertising" axios.com/ad-lobby-campaign-…
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Programming Alert: Next week we return to Hungary for important reporting. Get ready!
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Reupping this because it was a brutal data lift and I need at least three-figure RTs to validate the 72 hours I spent slogging through constantly freezing spreadsheets
New: Since 2016, more than 250 current and former members of Congress have used official—ie taxpayer—money to pay political consultants that have also worked for their campaigns, per our analysis of campaign finance and House expenditure records axios.com/political-consulta…
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NEW: Israeli spyware maker @NSOgroup in December hired lobbyist DAVID TAMASI (a top TRUMP fundraiser) for $50k/mo. (with a $100k retainer). The hiring came weeks after the US blacklisted NSO GROUP because the firm's Pegasus spyware was being used against journalists & activists.
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New: Since 2016, more than 250 current and former members of Congress have used official—ie taxpayer—money to pay political consultants that have also worked for their campaigns, per our analysis of campaign finance and House expenditure records axios.com/political-consulta…
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Those funds have gone to more that 100 different firms, with congressional client lists ranging from a single member to scores of them. Together, they raked in nearly $39 million in taxpayer money over five years axios.com/political-consulta…
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Many of these consulting firms have DBAs and corporate alter egos that make it it difficult to trace the full extent of the overlap between House members’ official and campaign spending. These totals are likely even higher than our analysis shows axios.com/political-consulta…
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Rubio and Tenney sent a letter to House and Senate officials who oversee lobbying registration questioning Hikvision’s allegations of disclosure violations by IPVM
Sen. Rubio and @RepTenney sent a letter to House and Senate ethics officials following reports that Hikvision, a #CCP state-controlled company, attempted to use congressional offices to silence American publisher @ipvideo. Read more 👇 rubio.senate.gov/public/inde…
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Co-written by Weird Al!
Daniel Radcliffe is going to play 'Weird Al' in a new biopic. nbcnews.to/3A8VSoa
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Stepping back, one way to think of this is that nearly 10% of the House of Representatives elected in 2020 has decided they don't want to serve there after 2022. More than 10% if you add in Biden's appointees (Fudge, Haaland, Richmond), plus Nunes and Stivers resigning early.
Another update to the ol' House Retirement Big Board with the double announcements from Jim Langevin and Jerry McNerney. 28 Dems and 13 Republicans not seeking reelection so far.
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The website to order free tests, limited to four per household, is now live. "Orders will ship free starting in late January," it states. special.usps.com/testkits
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If Germany had built additional nuclear reactors in the 2010s, instead of closing the reactors it had, the German chancellor could be snapping his fingers under Putin's nose right now.
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Shoutout to the folks at Morrison & Foerster LLP for locking down and sticking with the domain mofo dot com
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