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Sens. Cory Gardner and Shelley Moore Capito question Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Instead of using the full four or five minutes allotted to question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about user privacy and his business, some lawmakers used time to ask the CEO for favors.

Why it matters: These requests could have easily been made outside of this hearing, but the event is being broadcast, and constituents could be tuning in.

  • "My state, I'm from West Virginia, and thank you for visiting and next time you visit, if you would please bring some fiber because we don't have connectivity in — in our rural areas like we really need, and Facebook could really help us with that," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).
  • "I hope you might commit to returning to Westchester County [where Zuckerberg grew up] perhaps to do a forum on this or other things. I hope you’ll consider that. We’ll be in touch with you but I know that Ardsley High School is very proud of you," said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY).
  • “We’ve got a lot of drone activity going on in our district, whether it’s University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. We’d be happy to help out there too,” said Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), with regard to Facebook's efforts to expand internet access.
  • "Let me suggest that perhaps you look some place — perhaps in the middle of the North American continent — for some people [referring to diversifying Facebook talent]. Maybe even your next big investment of capital could be in some place like, let's say Bismarck, North Dakota," said Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), in a half-joking tone.

There were plenty of other friendly moments, including members of Congress who thanked Zuckerberg and Facebook for their efforts supporting STEM and innovation.

Bottom line: The hearings, which were expected to be testy, were tempered by lawmakers who didn't want to burn bridges with the tech giant, as their campaigns and constituents have made avid use of the free service.

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CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

Updated 14 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

Del Rio bridge camp empty following Haitian migrant surge

A boy bathes himself in a jug of water inside a migrant camp at the U.S.-Mexico border on Sept. 21 in Del Rio, Texas. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The last migrants camping under the Del Rio International Bridge, which connects Texas and Mexico, departed on Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced during a White House press briefing.

Driving the news: Thousands of migrants, mostly from Haiti, had arrived to the makeshift camp after crossing the southern border seeking asylum. Roughly 1,800 migrants will now head to U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing centers.

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