Jan 22, 2018

Big Tech sets lobbying records under Trump

Top lawyers for Twitter, Google and Facebook testified about Russian election meddling earlier this year. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Facebook and Apple spent more on federal lobbying in 2017 than ever before, per new disclosures.

By the numbers: Tech giants are fighting more fights than ever before, from tax reform to election integrity.

By the numbers:

  • Facebook spent a record $11.51 million, up 34% from its spending in 2016.
  • Apple spent $7.07 million, a new record and up 51% from last year.
  • Google's spending rose 17% to $18.04 million — falling just short of the record $18.22 million it spent when under antitrust investigation in 2012.
  • Microsoft's lobbying fell 2% to $8.5 million.

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Detroit police during protests on Friday night. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Detroit who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, per AP.

Details: The teenager was injured when shots were fired from an SUV about 11:30 p.m. and later died in hospital, reports MDN reports, which noted police were still looking for a suspect. Police said officers were not involved in the shooting, according to AP.

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Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's liberal justices, to reject a challenge to California's pandemic restrictions on worship services.

Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.