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The DC: Ignoring congressional subpoenas, and... 💻 Do you support efforts to restore net neutrality?

by Countable | 6.11.19

Welcome to Tuesday, June 11, digitals and analogues...

Former White House aide Hope Hicks. Department of Commerce secretary William Ross. Attorney General William Barr. Ex-White House counsel Donald McGahn. Former deputy counsel Annie Donaldson.

All were instructed by the White House not to comply with congressional subpoenas.

A new Hill-HarrisX poll, however, finds that 74% of Americans believe former senior White House officials should be required to testify before Congress when they are subpoenaed. (Including 87% of Democrats, 73% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans)

26% of respondents said they believe that former officials should not have to testify.

Should former White House officials respect subpoenas?

On the Radar

Net Gain/Net Loss

Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Save the Internet Act, which would restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, is expected to be brought to the Senate floor on June 11.

In April, the House passed their version of the Save the Internet Act, which would prohibit internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, throttling, or engaging in paid prioritization.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has declared the bill "dead on arrival" in the Republican-majority Senate.

 “In order for this effort to have a chance,” Reddit staff wrote in a post, “our Senators need to know that this is something their constituents care about. While the polling is bipartisan and overwhelmingly in favor of Net Neutrality, polling doesn’t speak as loudly as constituent phone calls.”

Outlets like Reddit have given the call to action—answer it YEA or NAY.

Do you support efforts to restore net neutrality?

Under the Radar

Social Animals

In Switzerland, social animals like guinea pigs, parrots, and parakeets are considered victims of abuse if they’re not kept in pairs.

A new Swiss law also requires that if cats are kept alone, they must have daily contact with either a human or visual contact with another feline.

The U.S. has no law requirements for social animals. Should we? Should owning only one social animal be illegal?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C. & IA

  • At 2:45pm CDT, the president will receive a tour of Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs, Iowa before deliver remarks.
  • At 6:30pm CDT, the president will deliver remarks at the Iowa Republican Party Annual Dinner in West Des Moines, Iowa.
  • At 11:15pm EDT, the president will return to the White House.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a resolution to authorize the House Judiciary Committee to seek enforcement of Mueller report-related subpoenas of AG Bill Barr & former WH Counsel Don McGahn.

The Senate: In

  • Voting on the confirmation of one district court judge and taking procedural votes on the nominations of five other district court judges.

What You're Saying

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And, in the End…

It's World Pet Memorial Day. Here's FDR getting dog kisses...

Hope you're having fond memories of your passed pals,

—Josh Herman

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