I saw the 1984 sci-fi movie Ice Pirates. I'm wondering if US senator Ted Cruz watched it, too. It wasn't a documentary.Cruz, a Republican from Texas, alluded to space pirates in opening remarks on Tuesday for a hearing on "The Emerging Space Environment: Operational, Technical, and Policy Challenges" before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space. Cruz referenced how the ancient Greeks and subsequent nations have called on naval forces to "protect water-borne travel and commerce from bad actors." "Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space," Cruz said. "In this same way, I believe we, too, must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration." Space Force begins Trump's Space Force: Here's what you need to know Trump's Space Force is coming, but not as originally planned The Trump administration has been working to make Space Force a reality as its own branch of the … [Read more...] about Ted Cruz warns of space pirates, says Space Force is the answer
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Congress rarely agrees on anything. Except that it should regulate the tech industry. But a year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal upended Facebook, Capitol Hill is still unable to step up to the plate.Lawmakers this week oversaw six hours of hearings in the House and Senate judiciary committees to discuss the spread of extremism and concerns about censorship on the internet. By the end, after testimony from victims, advocates and even policy people at Facebook, Twitter and Google, there were no major revelations.And there was no agreement about how to move forward. Bupkis.That's even after a year of screwups that exposed the intimate data of hundreds of millions of people, including what they "liked" on Facebook, their Social Security numbers, passport information and home addresses. It's even after a year of continued harassment campaigns, punctuated by an attempted attack on a predominantly black church in Kentucky and killings at a Pittsburgh synagogue.It's gotten so bad that … [Read more...] about Social media is broken, and Congress is wasting our time
Over the past few years, services run by Facebook, Google and other tech giants have become home to increasingly more vocal and violent extremists. And now Congress wants to understand what they're doing about it.On Tuesday, Facebook and Google will send representatives to Capitol Hill to discuss this issue before the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing will be attended by Neil Potts, who oversees Facebook's content policy team, and Alexandria Walden, a counsel for free expression and human rights at Google.The hearing was prompted by last month's massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which a terrorist attacked two mosques, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. What made the attack more shocking was that the shooter livestreamed the killings on Facebook, prompting people to download copies and spread them across the internet. The video's spread -- and Facebook's, Google's and Twitter's seeming inability to stop it -- raised questions about … [Read more...] about Facebook, Google to testify to Congress over white nationalism: Watch live
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?
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