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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai met with tech giants during a visit to Silicon Valley to talk about one of their major concerns: net neutrality. Pai described his goal for this meeting with "executives" from Facebook, Cisco, Oracle, Intel and other companies:

I've been simply soliciting thoughts on how to secure those online consumer protections that people have talked about.

Pai said the companies were "appreciative that I was reaching out and trying to solicit a diversity of views" and indicated he thought there was "a lot of common ground" on the issue. Details on the meetings with many companies were thin, but an Oracle spokeswoman said that Pai met with Chief Executive Safra Catz and Ken Glueck, an executive who works on policy.

Why it matters: This is one of Pai's first entreaties directly to the Valley as he looks at ways to roll back the agency's sweeping 2015 net neutrality rules. A trade group representing many web firms expressed strong support for the rules during an earlier meeting with Pai.

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Geoffrey Berman, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, is scheduled to testify to the House Judiciary Committee next week on the circumstances of his forced resignation, Politico reports, citing a congressional aide.

Why it matters: As the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Berman oversaw high-profile cases that worried and angered President Trump and his inner circle, including an investigation into his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. His removal has added to allegations by Democrats that Attorney General Bill Barr has politicized the Justice Department under President Trump.

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Why it matters: It's a dramatic reversal by the Republican governor that underscores the severity of the outbreak in Texas, which set a single-day record on Wednesday with more than 8,000 confirmed new cases. On June 3, Abbott issued an executive order banning local governments from imposing fines on people who don't wear masks in public.