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House Intel Committee Schedules Russia Hearing and More in Politics Today

by Countable | 3.20.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "House Intel schedules first Russia hearing for March 20"

"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes announced Tuesday the first public hearing in their investigation into Russia's meddling in the US election last year will be March 20."

"Nunes said he has invited FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, as well as former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Attorney General Sally Yates, to testify."

Read more at CNN.

2. "Chaffetz: House Oversight Committee won’t investigate Trump’s voter fraud claims"

"“The House Oversight Committee will not investigate President Donald Trump's claims of wide-spread voter fraud during the 2016 election, Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Tuesday."”

"Speaking on CNN, the Utah representative said he does not see any evidence to back up Trump's tweets."

""We can't just investigate everything that's ever thrown out there by the Democrats, by the Republicans. We have to pick and choose," he said."

Read more at NBC News.

3. "WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’"

"The US intelligence agencies are facing fresh embarrassment after WikiLeakspublished what it described as the biggest ever leak of confidential documents from the CIA detailing the tools it uses to break into phones, communication apps and other electronic devices."

"The thousands of leaked documents focus mainly on techniques for hacking and reveal how the CIA cooperated with British intelligence to engineer a way to compromise smart televisions and turn them into improvised surveillance devices."

Read more at The Guardian.

4. "Republicans introduce resolution to kill FCC’s internet privacy rules"

"Republicans took the first step toward reversing the Federal Communication Commission’s internet privacy rules today, with 25 senators introducing legislation that would reverse the rules and forbid the commission from passing anything similar to them in the future."

"The privacy rules were introduced last year as an addendum of sorts to the 2015 net neutrality order. That order required the FCC to take over enforcement of privacy protection from the Federal Trade Commission, but the FCC needed to pass clear rules in order to effectively do that."

Read more at The Verge.

5. "Senate Dems introduce bill to block Trump’s revised travel order"

"Senate Democrats are moving to block President Trump's revised executive order to temporarily halt travel from six Muslim-majority countries."

"Sixteen Democrats introduced legislation — spearheaded by Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) — to undercut the order by withholding funding to enforce it. “

Read more at The Hill.

— Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: CIA News & Information / Public Domain)


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