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Republican introduces new Senate net neutrality bill

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy
Sen. John Kennedy. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Louisiana Republican John Kennedy introduced legislation Wednesday that his office says stops internet service providers from blocking or slowing down content.

  • Why it matters: Kennedy has been courted by net neutrality activists as a potentially crucial vote for a resolution to block the Federal Communication Commission's December repeal of its net neutrality rules.
  • Yes, but: Vocal net neutrality backers hate the bill's House companion, introduced last year, for not going far enough in their view and blocking states from taking their own action. Those same groups blasted Kennedy's bill on Wednesday.
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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios 

Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.