A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

Robert Mueller's Work Is Done. Now It's Congress's Turn

During close to six hours of Mueller’s testimony before two committees, House Democrats learned the hard way that you can lead a special counsel to an impeachment hearing, but you can’t make him testify.

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

A Preview of Mueller's Testimony, an Electric Ford F-150, and More News

Robert Mueller visits Congress tomorrow, the most popular vehicle in America is going electric, and the youths are fueling a Snapchat comeback. Don't, however, expect any shattering new details—if we know anything about Robert Mueller, it's that he's probably going to stick pretty close to the book.

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

Elon's Brain Computer, Big Tech's Big Day in Congress, and More News

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Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Under Trump, the Fight Against Cybercrime Has Waned

Though the White House has not opposed specific legislation coming out of Congress—the president has signed all the cybersecurity bills sent to his desk—it also has not demonstrated an overarching strategy necessary to combat this pressing issue.

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Regulators in Europe are worried that Libra could become a systemic risk to the global financial system and rival central banks; a member of the US Congress called for Facebook to halt development until it answers questions about privacy; officials elsewhere have expressed fears that any cryptocurrency may help users evade global sanctions or launder money.

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

"They’re saying it can be hard to figure out what is an abstract idea, what is a law of nature, what do we mean when we say ‘natural phenomena’?” This bill creates a clarified legal test for how patent evaluators should determine those things in place of Supreme Court precedence.

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

Most directly called for a moratorium on government use of facial recognition systems until Congress can pass legislation that adequately restricts and regulates the technology and establishes transparency standards.

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: As US attorney general Bill Barr faces censure from Congress for his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report , the Department of Justice's defensive position got a little extreme.

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Trump's Bank Lawsuit Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Whatever the reason, the Trumps filed suit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One early last week, in an attempt to prevent Congress from seeing what was going on inside his financial dealings. What Happened: Speaking of that Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week, how'd attorney general Bill Barr do broadly?

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

Megan Molteni covers biotechnology, medicine, and genetic privacy for WIRED.DHS officials say the pilot is just a small-scale evaluation to see if the technology can help root out cases of criminal fraud, including human trafficking and “child recycling.” Last month, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a congressional committee that the agency had discovered multiple incidences of young people being passed around, or “recycled,” to help migrants gain illegal entry.

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Why Barr Will Deliver the Mueller Report to Congress on CD

Assume Barr distributes the report as a PDF, and another point of comparison becomes useful: the heavily redacted FISA application for surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page , which weighs in at a healthy 412 pages.

While You Were Offline: Is Homeland Security Being Purged?

While You Were Offline: Is Homeland Security Being Purged?

What Really Happened: Amidst all manner of suspicion over how he'd handled—and potentially, subverted—Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between Russians and the Trump campaign of 2016, Attorney General Bill Barr appeared before Congress last week across two days (in theory, to talk about the Department of Justice's budget, although the reality was very different) for what was perhaps one of the most anticipated pieces of political theater in recent memory.

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News. Lest you think the Weather Channel is old school, check out their epic graphics capabilities .

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

Candace Owens, a conservative commentator with the group Turning Points USA, told the House Judiciary Committee that the real hatred is coming from Democrats and gave tech companies cover for their role in stoking hate.

While You Were Offline: Mueller Report or Bust

While You Were Offline: Mueller Report or Bust

What Really Happened: As it happened, authorizing the subpoena-ing of the Mueller report was the least of the president’s information-request-related worries midweek, thanks to another Congressional investigation development—something both unexpected and which people had literally been waiting months for.

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his 675-day probe —the most politically charged investigation in American history—with a profoundly unsatisfying conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice: Maybe .The answer came in a convoluted four-page letter to Congress from newly installed Attorney General Bill Barr, who spent the weekend sorting through Mueller’s final report with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Kushner Used WhatsApp, a Very Bad Database Leak, and More Security News This Week

Kushner Used WhatsApp, a Very Bad Database Leak, and More Security News This Week

The lawyer told Congress, according to Cummings, that Kushner “took screenshots of the communications and sent them to his official White House account or the National Security Council,” in order to comply with those laws.

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

The Last Place Big Tech Wants to Be Is on the Defense

Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York has already begun to prepare his Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of David Cicilline of Rhode Island, to probe anti-competitive consolidation in the tech industry, building on Nadler’s earlier observation that companies like Facebook “cannot be trusted” to regulate themselves.

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before the the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Even before they became a Trump-era norm, conspiracy-minded Congressional hearings were something of an American political tradition.

Michael Cohen's Credibility Has Never Been More Certain

Michael Cohen's Credibility Has Never Been More Certain

The day did not reflect Congress’s best as a fact-gathering body providing oversight: After the blockbusters in his morning prepared remarks, Cohen made little news, as both Democrats and Republicans seemed to fumble their way through questioning the decade-long fixer for Donald Trump.

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here

Live: Watch Michael Cohen Testify Before Congress Right Here Longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen will testify before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday at 10am ET. John Taggart/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Wednesday, longtime Trump fixer Michael Cohen is set to publicly testify before the House Oversight Committee.

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone

HTC Goes All-In on Easy-to-Use VR, But Not For Everyone Ahead of Mobile World Congress, the company announced the Vive Focus Plus, a new headset that seems to have it all—but is aimed squarely at the enterprise market.

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Republicans in Congress Are Talking Net Neutrality, at Least

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Republicans said during the hearing that the Obama FCC's net neutrality regime led internet providers to decrease their investment in broadband infrastructure.

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

On Wednesday, SDNY reached a deal with National Enquirer publisher AMI that explicitly states that the Cohen payments were intended to prevent a story about Trump's alleged affair with Karen McDougal from "influencing the election."The court filings contain growing signs, too, that Mueller could be building not just a case around conspiracy during the 2016 campaign, but also about “expansive obstruction.” A case like that could include the possible coordination of lies following Russia revelations, such as Cohen’s in front of Congress.

Congress Blew Its Hearing With Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Congress Blew Its Hearing With Google CEO Sundar Pichai

The rhetorical tennis match left precious little time for committee members to explore in any detail the urgent questions around Google's interest in building a censored search engine for China, the company's bulk data collection practices, its recent security breaches, or issues related to competition and antitrust regulation.Like earlier House hearings with tech leaders, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the day proved heavy on theatrics and light on substance—complete with audience appearances by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Roger Stone, the conservative provocateur who now finds himself at the center of the Russia probe.The hearing was more than a missed opportunity for both lawmakers and members of the public.

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

5 Questions Congress Should Ask Google's Sundar Pichai

At the time, Google's support page claimed that "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored." After the AP report was published, the company updated the language to say, "Your settings for other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device, are not changed." This impacts Android users and iPhone users who have the Google Maps app.Google said it collects this data to "improve people’s experience" and allows people to delete this history whenever they want.

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Congress Races to Pass a Self-Driving Car Law By Year's End

Those politicians, including Dianne Feinstein of California and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, have argued that the proposed rules do not give regulators sufficient oversight of self-driving car safety.Time to get everyone in line, though, is running out: If legislators don’t pass this bill by the end of the year, both the House and Senate will have to start over from scratch in the new Congress.

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling GotUS President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee in March.Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesThough sporadic hacker intrusions and phishing campaigns targeted political entities in the lead-up to November's midterm elections, things seemed pretty quiet overall on the election-meddling front in the US.

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