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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. Photo: Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

The Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday it had invited Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to testify about its data practices following the scandal over Cambridge Analytica's collection of the social giant's user information. It also asked the chief executives of Google and Twitter to testify at the April 10 hearing on data privacy. The House Energy and Commerce and Senate Commerce Committees called on Zuckerberg to testify last week.

Why it matters: Requests for Zuckerberg to testify are getting more common among powerful Republicans, increasing the odds of a dramatic Capitol Hill confrontation between lawmakers and the CEO.

What they're saying:

  • The Judiciary Committee said in a release that the hearing would "broadly cover privacy standards for the collection, retention and dissemination of consumer data for commercial use" as well as the ways data can be "misused or improperly transferred."
  • "We have received and are reviewing the invitation," said a Facebook spokesperson.

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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.