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Facebook to brief Congress as data scandal rages

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks from behind a podium
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Facebook will brief a spate of congressional committee staffers this week on the scandal over Cambridge Analytica's improper gathering of data on millions of users.

Why it matters: The social giant is trying to contain the controversy that has led to renewed calls for regulation of its service and a sizable drop in its share price. It's reportedly holding an emergency meeting for employees today.

The details: Facebook will brief several committees that have some jurisdiction over the issue on Tuesday and Wednesday, per a spokesperson.

  • The House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce Committees
  • The Senate and House Intelligence Committees
  • The House and Senate Judiciary Committees

Yes, but: A growing number of lawmakers — especially Democrats — want to hear directly from the CEOs of Facebook and Cambridge Analytica in open testimony, not just their staffers in a closed meeting.

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Romney hopeful to clinch Utah Republican nomination

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Mitt Romney is facing almost a dozen other contenders for the Republican nomination at the Utah Republican Party Convention, the AP reports.

The big picture: Not clenching the nomination wouldn't end Romney's fight to take the seat being left by Senator Orrin Hatch. Per the AP, candidates can win a place in the primaries "by gathering voter signatures, which Romney has done." But, winning at the convention would allow him to "bypass the June primary and likely cruise to Election Day victory."