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Lawmakers on the left and right are miffed at Big Tech, but the question has always been: So what're you gonna do?
In a blueprint obtained by Axios' David McCabe, Senate Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) spells out 20 ways to rein in Big Tech and clean up social media — but stops short of calling for the break-up any of the platforms or creation of a new federal regulator for digital issues.
The paths range from putting a price on individual users' data to funding media literacy programs. The ideas are broken into three categories:
Among the ideas:
Be smart: These are suggestions, not specific bills. And Congress isn’t remotely close to consensus on the need to regulate, much less how to actually do it. But the long arc of action seems to be bending toward a new set of rules for America’s tech darlings.
Rudy Giuliani tells Jonathan Swan that President Trump is fed up with Robert Mueller and wants him to "put up or shut up."
Giuliani said the Mueller tweets weren't prompted by the news last week that Allen Weisselberg, longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, has been subpoenaed to testify before the federal grand jury probing Cohen.
Rudy said that the Trump legal team has "183 unique tape recordings turned over to us" from Cohen, but says only one of these tapes — the one we heard last week — has Trump's voice on it.
As the two sides escalate their public case, Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, fought back against Rudy's complaints that Cohen is violating attorney-client privilege.
First look: The center-left think tank Third Way Americans is trying to convince potential Democratic presidential candidates that a wide swath of voters prefer policies that promote opportunity, rather than the entitlement of "Sanders-ism."
"Voters see an opportunity crisis, and in some ways Trump tapped into that," said Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Third Way's vice president for social policy and politics. "[I]f Democrats embrace this cause, they can beat Trump."
In polling aimed at helping shape the agenda of 2020 candidates, Third Way found:
Marine One ferries President Trump to the South Lawn yesterday after a weekend stay in Bedminster, N.J.
"When high schoolers fill in college planning surveys that come with SAT papers, they often unwittingly give away personal details that are sold and used in turn to target them," the N.Y. Times' Natasha Singer reports:
Why it matters: "They ... face little oversight because federal education privacy laws make public schools, and not their vendors, directly responsible for controlling the spread of student data."
"Soda, Motorcycle Prices Rise as Tariffs Hit Home for Consumers: U.S. manufacturers are charging more to cope with rising steel, aluminum costs" — The Wall Street Journal's Patrick McGroarty and Bob Tita (subscription):
Why it matters: "U.S. manufacturers have been on a tear. ... But [some] executives and investors fear rising costs as a result of the tariffs could sap customer demand and crimp profits."
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Big manufacturers are running into an uphill battle persuading President Trump to back an Obama-era climate deal, Amy Harder writes in her weekly "Harder Line" energy column.
Why it matters: It’s the latest example of industry running into surprise trouble convincing Trump to back policies businesses support, like free trade.
"On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, charging he had personally tried to obstruct justice in the Watergate case," Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan writes on the cover of the Style section.
On the pure longevity, journalist and author James Fallows told Sullivan: “It’s almost as if someone reporting on Watergate in the 1970s had also reported on the Teapot Dome scandal of the 1920s."
"President Trump and the publisher of The New York Times, A. G. Sulzberger, engaged in a fierce public clash on Sunday over Mr. Trump’s threats against journalism, after Mr. Sulzberger said the president misrepresented a private meeting," The Times' Mark Landler reports:
"In a telephone interview, Mr. Sulzberger described the meeting with Mr. Trump, whom he had met only once before, as cordial":
Why it matters: "Mr. Sulzberger’s lengthy, bluntly worded rebuttal was a striking rejoinder to the president by the 37-year-old publisher of a paper with which Mr. Trump has had a long, complicated relationship. And it apparently touched a nerve: The president fired off a series of angry tweets in the afternoon, accusing newspapers of being unpatriotic."
"McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it's not messing with the makings of its most famous burger," AP Food Industry Writer Candace Choi writes:
"Messing with a signature menu item can be taboo, but keeping the Big Mac unchanged comes with its own risks":
The Big Mac idea came from a franchisee, as did the Filet-O-Fish, Egg McMuffin, Apple Pie (once deep-fried but now baked), and the Shamrock Shake.
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