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    Biden DOJ halts Trump admin lawsuit against Calif. net neutrality rules

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 8 February, 2021 - 22:32 · 1 minute

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The Biden administration has abandoned a Trump-era lawsuit that sought to block California's net neutrality law. In a court filing today, the US Department of Justice said it "hereby gives notice of its voluntary dismissal of this case." Shortly after, the court announced that the case is "dismissed in its entirety" and "all pending motions in this action are denied as moot."

The case began when Trump's DOJ sued California in September 2018 in US District Court for the Eastern District of California, trying to block a state net neutrality law similar to the US net neutrality law repealed by the Ajit Pai-led FCC . Though Pai's FCC lost an attempt to impose a blanket, nationwide preemption of any state net neutrality law, the US government's lawsuit against the California law was moving forward in the final months of the Trump administration.

The Biden DOJ's voluntary dismissal of the case puts an end to that. "I am pleased that the Department of Justice has withdrawn this lawsuit," FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said today. "When the FCC, over my objection, rolled back its net neutrality policies, states like California sought to fill the void with their own laws. By taking this step, Washington is listening to the American people, who overwhelmingly support an open Internet, and is charting a course to once again make net neutrality the law of the land."

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    Parler’s ownership offer to Trump and possible Russian ties probed by Congress

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 8 February, 2021 - 21:25 · 1 minute

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A congressional oversight committee is investigating whether Parler has financial ties to Russian entities, citing reports that the right-wing social network "allowed Russian disinformation to flourish" before the election and hosted calls for violence before a Trump-incited mob stormed the Capitol on January 6. The committee's chairwoman sent a letter to Parler COO Jeffrey Wernick today, demanding documents on Parler's ownership, potential ties to Russian individuals or entities, and reported negotiations between Parler and the Trump Organization.

"Parler reportedly allowed Russian disinformation to flourish on its platform prior to the November 2020 election, facilitating Russia's campaign to sow chaos in the American electorate," US Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, wrote in the letter to Wernick. "Although similar disinformation was removed by other social media platforms, it was allowed to remain on Parler. When US hosting services cut ties with Parler for repeatedly failing to moderate content advocating violence, Parler re-emerged on a Russian hosting service , DDos-Guard, which has ties to the Russian government and counts the Russian Ministry of Defense as one of its clients."

Maloney also cited a BuzzFeed report that said, "The Trump Organization negotiated on behalf of then-president Donald Trump to make Parler his primary social network, but it had a condition: an ownership stake in return for joining." Parler offered Trump's company a 40 percent ownership stake but negotiations "were ultimately derailed by the events of January 6," the report said.

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    Joe Biden ne veut plus que Donald Trump reçoive d'informations confidentielles

    news.movim.eu / HuffingtonPost · Saturday, 6 February, 2021 - 08:19 · 1 minute

Joe Biden (dans le Bureau Oval, à la Maison Blanche le 25 janvier 2021) juge que Donald Trump ne devrait plus recevoir les informations confidentielles communiquées par les agences américaines de renseignement

ÉTATS-UNIS - Ce serait une rupture avec la tradition américaine. Joe Biden a jugé ce vendredi 5 février que son prédécesseur Donald Trump ne devrait plus recevoir les informations confidentielles communiquées par les agences américaines de renseignement, comme c’est habituellement le cas pour les anciens présidents, en raison de son comportement “imprévisible ”.

“Je pense qu’il n’a pas besoin de recevoir les briefings des renseignements. Quel sens cela a-t-il de lui donner un briefing des renseignements? Quel impact a-t-il encore, au-delà du fait qu’il pourrait déraper et dire quelque chose ?”, a déclaré le nouveau président démocrate lors d’une interview à la chaîne CBS.

Attaque du Capitole à Washington

Joe Biden a justifié sa position par “le comportement imprévisible” du milliardaire républicain, citant “l’insurrection” du 6 janvier. Les partisans de Donald Trump avaient alors envahi le Capitole à Washington, après avoir assisté à l’un de ses discours véhéments pour contester sa défaite lors du scrutin du 3 novembre. Les violences, intervenues au moment où le Congrès devait certifier la victoire de Joe Biden, ont causé cinq morts.

Les anciens présidents ont traditionnellement accès à ces notes du renseignement, mais certains critiques ont émis des craintes concernant Donald Trump, s’inquiétant qu’il ne puisse révéler des informations importantes pour la sécurité du pays.

Trump sera jugé au Sénat à partir de mardi pour “ incitation à l’insurrection ”, après avoir été mis en accusation en janvier par la Chambre des représentants, à majorité démocrate, dans le cadre d’une procédure de destitution. Il risque l’inéligibilité s’il est condamné par les sénateurs.

À voir également sur le HuffPost: Pour la première fois, Kamala Harris fait basculer un vote du Sénat chez les démocrates

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    A look at all of Biden’s changes to energy and environmental regulations

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 22 January, 2021 - 00:58 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, left, looking on. (credit: Bloomberg/Getty Images )

The series of executive orders signed by Joe Biden on his first evening in office included a heavy focus on environmental regulations. Some of the high profile actions had been signaled in advance—we're back in the Paris Agreement! The Keystone pipeline's been put on indefinite hold!

But the suite of executive orders includes a long list that targets plenty of the changes Trump made in energy and environmental policies, many of which will have more subtle but significant effects of how the United States does business. Many of those make major changes, in some cases by eliminating policies adopted during the Trump years, a number of which we covered at the time. So, we've attempted to take a comprehensive look at Biden's actions and their potential impacts.

Laws, rules, and policies

Environmental and energy regulations are set through three main mechanisms. The first is by specific laws, which would require the cooperation of both houses of Congress to change. Next are also more general laws, like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. These enable regulations to be put in place via a formal rule-making process run by the agencies of the executive branch. This process involves soliciting public feedback, incorporating economic considerations, and so on, a process that typically takes anywhere from eight months to over a year. Finally, the executive branch can set policies to cover details not spelled out by the law or the rule, such as how to handle things like deadlines and enforcement details.

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    Aux États-Unis, les élus démocrates appellent à mieux réguler les Gafa, voire à les démanteler

    eyome · Sunday, 17 January, 2021 - 14:53

(Article datant du 07/10/20)

A voir l’empressement des GAFAMs à supprimer ou restreindre les comptes de Trump, à supprimer Parler de leur magasin en ligne, ou couper l’accès des serveurs (d’Amazon pour Parler), on peut se demander s’ils ne donnent pas la pa-patte aux démocrates…

Mais ça, c’est si on est complotistes et qu’on voit le mal partout !

#France, #politique, #fr, #Trump, #gafam, #Parler.

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    What motivates the motivated reasoning of pro-Trump conspiracists?

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 16 January, 2021 - 18:54 · 1 minute

A white pickup truck is decorated in pro-Trump paraphernalia.

Enlarge / January 7, 2021 - St. Paul, Minn. — Trump supporters gather at the Minnesota Governor's Residence after a "Storm The Capitol" event at the Minnesota State Capitol. (credit: Chad Davis / Flickr )

Motivated reasoning is the idea that our mental processes often cause us to filter the evidence we accept based on whether it's consistent with what we want to believe. During these past few weeks, it has been on display in the United States on a truly grand scale. People are accepting context-free videos shared on social media over investigations performed by election officials. They're rejecting obvious evidence of President Donald Trump's historic unpopularity, while buying in to evidence-free conspiracies involving deceased Latin American dictators.

If the evidence for motivated reasoning is obvious, however, it's a lot harder to figure out what's providing the motivation. It's not simply Republican identity, given that Trump adopted many policies that went against previous Republican orthodoxy. The frequent appearance of Confederate flags confirms some racism is involved, but that doesn't seem to explain it all. There's a long enough list of potential motivations to raise doubts as to whether a single one could possibly suffice.

A recent paper in PNAS, however, provides a single explanation that incorporates a lot of the potential motivations. Called "hegemonic masculinity," it involves a world view that places males from the dominant cultural group as the focus of societal power. And survey data seems to back up the idea.

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    Ruffin qui dépasse la tête du lot

    eyome · Tuesday, 12 January, 2021 - 21:29

Evidemment, il faut lui couper la tête... On n'aime pas les têtes qui dépassent chez les progressistes.

#France, #Politique, #Fr, #Ruffin, #JavoueQuIlADuCran, #Trump, #Establishment, #LaPuissanceDuCampDuBienEstEffroyable, #LachezLesChiens

  • François Ruffin on Twitter

    “Samedi j'estimais "scandaleux" que Trump soit évincé de Twitter, soulevant l'indignation. Y a des fois où ces critiques minent de l'intérieur. Et d'autres fois où déplaire, même à ses amis, ne gêne pas. C'est mon cas, en ce moment. Thread sur la liberté de parole. https://t.co/rRQP22dI0X”

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    Big ISPs pause donations to 147 Republicans who tried to reverse Biden’s win

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 12 January, 2021 - 18:14

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Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon say they have suspended political donations to the 147 Republican members of Congress who voted against certifying Electoral College results, but the companies left the door open for resuming campaign contributions to those lawmakers in the future.

"We will be suspending contributions in 2021 to any member of Congress who voted in favor of objecting to the election results," a Verizon spokesperson said, according to Light Reading . We asked Verizon if the suspension of donations will last throughout 2021 and will update this article if we get a response.

"The peaceful transition of power is a foundation of America's democracy," Comcast said in a statement yesterday. After "the appalling violence" at the US Capitol last week, "our focus needs to be on working together for the good of the entire nation. Consistent with this view, we will suspend all of our political contributions to those elected officials who voted against certification of the Electoral College votes, which will give us the opportunity to review our political giving policies and practices."

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