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The Daily Countable: New Net Neutrality Rules & Warfare Moves to Space

by Countable | Updated on 3.15.18

Good Thursday, friends.

Did you know that President Trump's administration is proposing a new Space Force? The idea is that, much like the Marines are to the Navy, the Space Corps would come under the control of the Air Force, and take over critical operations having to do with satellites, rockets and other military systems that operate outside of the stratosphere. It's not a done a deal -- not by a long shot -- but it could be the most significant restructuring of the U.S. military since the establishment of the Air Force itself, back in 1947.

Sure seems like Calvin, AKA "Spaceman Spiff," saw this coming…

On the Radar

  • On the same day students staged a national walkout over gun violence, the Senate Judiciary Committee was holding a hearing on the FBI’s mishandling of tips about the alleged shooter behind the Parkland, Florida massacre. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said the alleged shooter "didn't slip through one crack, he slipped through every crack." Read about the cracks, and possible fixes, here.

  • The Trump administration has also published a school safety plan, which includes arming some school personnel and forming a school safety commission to study the best course of action to protect students. Click here to read more about the commission, which will be chaired Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. ​

Under the Radar

Remember Equifax, the credit reporting agency that was hacked in the summer of 2017 and exposed millions of Americans’ sensitive information to exploitation by hackers? Well, rumor has it that the company has been integral in shaping the banking reform bill likely to get approved by Congress this week. Read all about it here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland before attending the Friends of Ireland luncheon at the Capitol.
  • He will then return to the White House for meetings with members of the American Petroleum Institute and Bill Gates.
  • The president will then deliver remarks and participate in the Shamrock Bowl Presentation with Prime Minister Varadkar. ​

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to create an independent office to review complaints and appeals by banks about their regulatory exams.
  • Voting on a bill to let startups avoid registering with the SEC when offering up to $75 million in securities, rather than $50 million under current law. ​

The Senate: In Session

  • The Senate will debate and potentially vote on the nomination of Kevin McAleenan to be Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ​

Tomorrow's Preview

  • The House could start debate on, and potentially pass, bills to reform the stress test process for banks and the process of designating nonbanks as "systemically important."

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

There's more to come, friends. I'll be in contact in the coming days about new Countable features, our exciting inside club of "Super-Engagers" and, importantly, to make sure you still want to receive these emails. The last thing we want to do is add to the ridiculous pile-up of inbox madness that we're all subject to these days.

Yea or nay, please do be in touch. Any reply to this email will come straight to my inbox, or ping me on Twitter: @RadioBabe

Thanks much, friends.

—Andrea Seabrook

​ Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Kevin
    03/15/2018
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    Ridiculous. “Space Force”... Such a thing is already prohibited in treaties signed decades ago. How about spending that $$$ where it’s needed, like education and veterans affairs. This administration is such a farce. Now, new Net Neutrality rules I will totally stand behind. We do need better infrastructure and as a nation have fallen so far behind other countries when it comes to internet speed and freedom of access.

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  • John
    03/15/2018
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    The GOP is undermining everything that makes America great: economy, trade, and Democracy! When will this be the end of this bought and paid game, and when do we eradicate these Koch Brothers and all donor influence? When we have absolutely zero power? We must make our stand in November, and if Democrats don't end this bought and paid government for the rich, then expect it all to decay from within!

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  • Michael
    03/15/2018
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    So he wants a Death Star now?

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  • Sabrina
    03/15/2018
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    We are nowhere near a place where we can have a space force. More research is needed and NASA should get more funding before we decide to build out a space military force. Also, we have a lot of domestic issues that need to be addressed! Sourcing and putting together a space force now is like having a busted toilet in your house, and having electrical problems but you still think, “now’s a great time to build that swimming pool! I’m not saying, “No,” I’m saying, “Not now.”

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/15/2018
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    Betsy DeVoss heading… Is the beginning of a foolish, untenable, unbearable sentence. She, who bought her position with campaign donations, is another of the worst possible appointees who will only destroy what she ostensibly heads, joining #45 in being ignorant of the subject, absolutely incurious about facts, and devoted to one principle alone: her own profit. And so our children’s lives are put at further risk, a nation of no nothings with PTSD is being engineered, all so that the GOP can continue to destroy checks and balances, justice, and the American way in favor of their preferred dictatorship headed by corporations and the oligarchs just like our real ruler, Putin, prefers. The NRA is engineering The end of our freedoms.

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  • PaxAmericana
    03/15/2018
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    #MAGA!

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  • NoHedges
    03/15/2018
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    😳If I get pulled over for speeding, do you think I could tell the officer, "sorry, sir that is just more fake new, I assure you I was never speeding." I highly doubt it, so why the can our leadership get away with it? Congressional Servants, 🎬Do any of you even pretend to honor our 14th amendment, equal protection under the law? Or, maybe, you honestly believe civil liberties are reserved only for the elite. 🚢 You want to know what went 'wrong' in PA-18? 🔑You all supported a corrupt corporate agenda with a foundation in lies and deceit. You lost the trust of the people and then further angered 45% of the population as your stripped away our consumer protections, our civil liberties, and even our reproductive rights. 💥This was followed your audacity to put yourselves and those you are responsible for providing a layer of checks and balances, aka the Trump administration, ABOVE THE law and outside of the people's reach. 🚧The 🍒 cherry on this whole experience... well let's see...you are dismantling public education through backdoor legislation, you have undercut a healthcare program against our wishes, you continue to terrorize our environment, you have backed a pro-corporate tax heist under the guise of a highly flawed approach to economic recovery proven to be ineffective during Moses' lifetime and ramrodded a 2017 tax reform with the same focus as what landed us in the last two recessions. 🔥Additionally, your pit-bull mentality towards decimating the people's call for net neutrality coupled with your continued desire to support a president whom the rest of the world characterizes as one of most "violative leaders" has made the entire Republican Party become synonymous with a gaggle of sociopathic, narcissistic con artists happily living in posh cult. 👹Your blind allegiance to a leader of the free world and one whom regularly employs cyberbullying whilst openly declaring himself as sexual predator without any consequences is baffling. 💩You do nothing to stop the ocean of lies by our leaders, unless it suits your agenda, and have effectively marginalized nearly half of all of this nation's young children in your spare time! ♠️Perhaps, the most disgusting and disappointing part of this whole experience, is THAT EVERYTHING I HAVE LISTED HERE IS ONLY the tip of the iceberg. ☠️The Republican Party has shown such a phenomenal lack of dignity in setting aside the lives of students in favor of greed that now, even the elite you all claim to support, can't risk being associated with you. 🎟Face it, you all have built your very own Titanic and it is sinking fast.

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  • D
    03/15/2018
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    Yeah, it's easy but I see that the gop is a proponent of smaller government (sarcasm) the only thing the gop is good at is abusing the tax payers they work for

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  • Teresa
    03/15/2018
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    ❤️ your site!! 💯👍🙌

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/15/2018
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    The GOP is destroying our country along with the buffoon, #45, at a faster pace than I thought possible. As we the people are robbed by the robber barons, a flurry of laws are written to curtail our freedoms, destroy the Constitution they swore to uphold, destroy any protections from financial destruction, environmental destruction, healthcare removal, and ruthless, useless, insane wars. Somewhere another actor with dementia is smiling about the space force to match his Star Wars delusion. The emperor has no clothes, and once the party of freedom, the GOP, has joined his amoral dictatorship ambitions and behaviors while Putnin laughs out loud about destroying his enemy the USA From within.

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  • Jka-a80
    03/15/2018
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    I generally like the “Space Force” idea. It is, after all, “the final frontier.” As always, the devil will be in the details.

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  • Joe
    03/15/2018
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    Hey here’s an idea why don’t you take your head out of the sand and quit watching CNN and the rest of the fake new media and just for one minute look at all that President Trump has accomplished and all the great things he has done for America and hey he is ,unlike most presidents of the past doing what he campaigned to do and just enjoy the great freedom that this country gives you and quit trying to destroy it with your hatred for our President.

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  • A.B.
    03/15/2018
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    So now he’s trying to be Ronnie Ray-gun?

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  • Linda
    03/15/2018
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    We cannot manage what we have !

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  • Peter
    03/15/2018
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    Years ago China demonstrated their ability to take out satellites with ground based rockets, and gps is needed for many of our conventional ground based weapons, fighter planes, ships, tanks, well just about everything we have. Ignoring space and the ability to defend our assets will mean the opening days of a future war would be our satellite guidance and communication will be knocked out and we will be in a bad situation. I hope he didn’t mean a space force in the sense we will have infantry divisions based on the moon, but a space force that is dedicated to all things outside our atmosphere. When airplanes were used in war, each branch had their pilots, “Army Air Force” “Navy Air Force” .... then when they realized it was a speciality, they made “the Air Force” the Air Force already deals with most of our space stuff, carving that division off into a new branch doesn’t sound like a bad idea, since it’s mostly just paperwork, a name change, and I can imagine a cool uniform and a trendy boot camp t-shirt. Imagine the Army/Space Force football games.

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  • Abbi
    03/15/2018
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    We do not need a space force! What happened did he fall asleep watching Fox News and woke up at 3 am to see a movie about alien invasion or something? We could be fixing infrastructure, schools, HUD, feeding veterans, giving Medicare for all with the money this administration wastes on crap we don't need!

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  • James
    03/15/2018
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    Short and sweet. You must support net neutrality to get my vote. Period. Thank you.

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  • Gregory
    03/15/2018
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    All the democrats are like the sky is falling and they cry wolf that everything is so bad when it is really getting better.

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  • Tracy
    03/15/2018
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    Well if we keep destroying our planet, we are going to need to explore life in space. The last time I checked our enemies were here on earth not up in space.

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  • Dorothy
    03/15/2018
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    Why are we allowing Trump to have a voice in anything when he is not honoring the constitution?

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