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Jeff Chiu / AP

A trade group representing Google, Facebook and other major internet companies is out with a statement slamming a new House bill that would apply the same strict rules governing the use of customer data to both internet providers and web companies. From the Internet Association's spokesman Noah Theran, who also said the industry was already well-regulated:

"This bill has the potential to upend the consumer experience online and stifle innovation."

Why it matters: It's not entirely clear that this bill is going anywhere. But it's telling that a group representing the biggest digital ad players is pushing back on it and indicates that if the idea did get any traction, it would be met with resistance.

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Venezuela's predictable elections herald an uncertain future

The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.

Biden plans to ask public to wear masks for first 100 days in office

Joe Biden. Photo: Mark Makela/Gettu Images

President-elect Joe Biden told CNN on Thursday that he plans to ask the American public to wear face masks for the first 100 days of his presidency.

The big picture: Biden also stated he has asked NIAID director Anthony Fauci to stay on in his current role, serve as a chief medical adviser and be part of his COVID-19 response team when he takes office early next year.

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