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Photo: Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images

Facebook is resuming contributions through its political action committee, but not for any lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 U.S. election, according to an internal company letter obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: Facebook was one several major companies that froze political spending after the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

What they're saying: "While a contribution to a candidate for office does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate may espouse, we believe this decision is appropriate given the unprecedented events in January," Brian Rice, a public policy director at Facebook, said in a letter to employees.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Ina Fried: The companies who plan to keep withholding donations may say so publicly. The key will be which companies quietly resume donations.

The big picture: Facebook's announcement means the company will not make political contributions to eight U.S. senators — including Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley — and 139 House members.

  • All are Republican.

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Ina Fried, author of Login
Aug 31, 2021 - Technology

Apple's crumbling wall of silence

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Long-quiet Apple employees are beginning to speak their minds. In recent weeks they've talked publicly about experiences with harassment and discrimination, concerns about business decisions, and objections to policies that some feel open their personal lives to corporate scrutiny.

Why it matters: Employee activism has been on the rise across Silicon Valley, but until recently, Apple workers have largely avoided public criticism of their employer.

Updated 5 mins ago - Energy & Environment

Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

2 hours ago - Health

CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.

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