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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.