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The Daily Countable: Libel Laws, Surveillance & the Census

by Countable | 1.11.18

Greetings, Folks.

One Big Thing

The House voted today to reauthorize the government's surveillance authorities under FISA Section 702 for six years. The bill now heads to the Senate where it faces a filibuster threat.

On the Radar

President Donald Trump said, "Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace and do not represent American values or American fairness." Now that you know what Trump said, it's your turn—tell us what you think about libel laws here.

Under the Radar

The Department of Justice wants the Census Bureau to ask about citizenship during the 2020 census. What would this mean? And why are we talking about the 2020 census now? Find out here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will lead a prison reform roundtable in the afternoon.
  • Later in the afternoon the president will meet with his national security team.

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to reauthorize surveillance under FISA Section 702 for six years.

The Senate: In Session

  • Voting on the confirmation of Michael Brown to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern DIstrict of Georgia.
  • Cloture & possible confirmation vote on the nomination of Walter Counts to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

    Keep in touch, Countable folk. We’re anxious for your ideas and suggestions. — Countable Team
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