Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday faced the Senate over accusations of anti-conservative bias. But Google, who was originally expected to attend, was absent. In response, Cruz said the committee will hold will conduct a separate hearing focused specifically on Google and political bias.Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Facebook was represented by Neil Potts, the social network's public policy director, who also testified in the hearing on Tuesday. Twitter sent Carlos Monje, Jr., director of public policy and philanthropy for the US and Canada. Google had offered to send Max Pappas, the search giant's head of conservative outreach, but a source familiar with the situation said the committee rejected his appearance. Cruz said Pappas was rejected because he didn't meet the committee's requirements for proper seniority at the company.This is a developing story...The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz says Senate will hold Google-specific hearing on political bias
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Presidential candidates in the United States raise millions of dollars to fund their campaigns. What happens to leftover money once the campaign ends? JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images Former Florida governor Jeb Bush finished a disappointing fourth in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary last month, winning just 7.8 percent of the vote. That same evening, Bush announced that he was dropping out of the race, ending a quest to win the office that his father and brother previously had held. Bush wasn't the first GOP candidate to bomb out in 2016 — 13 others had quit before him — but his failure was even more ignominious because of the gigantic amount of money that contributors had shelled out in hopes of putting him in the Oval Office. According to the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website, as of January 31, Bush's campaign organization and outside groups that supported his candidacy had raised about $152 million. To grasp the enormity of that … [Read more...] about What Happens to Failed Presidential Candidates’ Unspent Campaign Money?
On Tuesday, the NRA blared that they’d dropped Montana Sen. Jon Tester’s rating to a “D” solely because he voted against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, along with every other member of his party except Joe Manchin. Tester is locked in a tight race for re-election, with polling showing him leading his opponent, Republican Matt Rosendale, by single digits. So Rosendale, who’s aligned himself closely with President Trump—and earned his signature, boilerplate endorsement—quickly seized on that news. Many Democrats would tout that D-rating as something to be proud of, in the same way that gun-wild Republicans like Ted Cruz tout their A-rating like a badge of honor. But this is Montana, a state that went for Trump by 20 points in 2016. So Team Tester’s response was to remind the voters that sure, the senator voted against Kavanaugh, but he’s also made a living killing the hell out of cows. He’s shot and killed … [Read more...] about Democratic Senator’s Response to NRA Hit Job Is to Remind People He Likes to Murder Cows
Ted Cruz is predicted to hold on to his Senate seat. The unexpectedly tight victory brings an end to a race that captured the nation’s attention, both as a reflection of a changing political landscape in Texas and a proxy for the nation. In the week between the start of Early Voting in Texas and Tuesday’s Election Day, Cruz held on to a slimming advantage over O’Rourke, a progressive congressman from El Paso who captivated the national media with his charisma, boyish looks (truly, a moratorium on any comparisons to Kennedy should now be in place), progressive values, and profuse sweating. A poll released a week before Election Day showed Cruz with a 10-point lead over O’Rourke; another poll published just few days later estimated that lead was more like 3 points. The weekend before, Change Research released a poll that had O’Rourke and Cruz “dead even.” “We’ve polled a lot in Texas the past few months, and this marks a notable shift … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz Holds on to His Senate Seat For Now
Consultants working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign exploited the personal Facebook data of millions. Last month, The New York Times and the UK's Guardian and Observer newspapers broke news the social networking giant was duped by researchers, who reportedly gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users and then may have misused it for political ads during the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook said it was investigating the reports, which involved data consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Over the past three-plus weeks, the situation has snowballed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington this week to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, the number of accounts affected has risen to 87 million from initial reports of 50 million. Separately, Facebook said it was purging pages linked to a Russian troll farm that's known for creating fake online identities and posting on both sides of politically divisive issues.Cambridge Analytica … [Read more...] about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and data mining: What you need to know