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Facebook’s former vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya reportedly spoke out against the company he helped created, staying he feels "tremendous guilt" for the influence the social media giant now has before urging users to take a "hard break" from social media.

Why it matters: His comments came a month after Facebook's founding president Sean Parker echoed similar concerns at an Axios event about Facebook "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology." These accounts come on the heels of mounting debate about the power and effects of the social media platform after it was revealed that it helped manipulate the 2016 presidential election with propaganda ads. These accounts could also gives more ammunition for other Facebook alumni to come forward with their perspectives while the social media giant works its issues out.

  • Key quotes from Palihapitiya, who was speaking at Stanford Graduate School of Business event last month:
“I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” The Verge cited his saying.
“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, in reference to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”

Go deeper: The Facebook whistleblower wave

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Senate Republicans shrug off debt default deadline

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testifies before House members Wednesday. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Republicans are feeling far more relaxed about the impending Dec. 15 federal debt-default deadline this time around, with many suggesting the real drop-dead date isn't until January.

Why it matters: Their attitude toward the deadline set by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is distinctively different from the hair-on-fire rhetoric before the initial Oct. 18 date. But a Congress discounting the advice of a Treasury secretary is risky financial practice — and has the potential to affect markets itself.

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GOP fights itself on shutting down government over vaccine mandates

Reporters question Senate Minority Whip John Thune before the Republican Party's weekly lunch on Tuesday. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

GOP leaders on Capitol Hill are scrambling to reach a deal with a bloc of 15 Senate Republicans threatening a government shutdown to force a fight over the Biden administration's vaccine mandates.

Why it matters: The push to defund the mandates — by holding the short-term government funding bill hostageis largely symbolic, and highly controversial within the Republican Party. A shutdown as early as midnight Friday could trigger everything from national park closures to delays in receiving Social Security checks.

Progressives call for swift Boebert punishment

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush (far right) walk through the Capitol last month. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

House progressives are seeking concrete punishment for Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) as retribution for her incendiary remarks against one of their own, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Why it matters: House Democratic leaders continue to consider their options amid the latest ugly incident in their chamber. Republicans are already threatening retaliation after Democrats stripped Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) of her committee assignments and censured Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.).