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Robin Groulx / Axios

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a little over a month into the job, has the agency's net neutrality rules in his sights.

"Our new approach injected tremendous uncertainty into the broadband market," Pai said of the 2015 net neutrality rules during a speech in Barcelona on Tuesday. "But today, the torch at the FCC has been passed to a new generation, dedicated to renewal as well as change."

The details: Pai spoke about his priorities for his tenure, including incentivizing broadband deployment and instituting a "light-touch" regulatory regime. "We are confident in the decades-long, cross-party consensus on light-touch Internet regulation — one that helped America's digital economy thrive," he said, according to his prepared remarks. "And we are on track to returning to that successful approach."

Why it matters: Pai has been crystal clear about his distaste for the FCC's 2015 decision to treat broadband like a utility, which gave the FCC more regulatory authority over the industry. Meanwhile, angry progressive lawmakers and public interest groups have pledged to fight any effort to roll back the rules. Those critics have slammed Pai's moves to pull back investigations under the rules as well as potential efforts in Congress to squash related privacy regulations. Broadband providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T support Pai's efforts.

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Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.

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Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, has tapped Anthony Coley, an Obama-era Treasury Department official, to serve as a senior adviser and to lead public affairs at the Department of Justice, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: As the public face of the DOJ, Coley will help explain — and defend — the department's actions, from sensitive cases to prosecutorial decisions, including the investigation into Hunter Biden.

AP: Justice Dept. rescinds "zero tolerance" policy

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President Biden's acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memo on Tuesday to revoke the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP first reported.

Driving the news: A recent report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized the internal chaos at the agency over the implementation of the policy, which resulted in 545 parents separated from their children as of October 2020.

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