Senate Judiciary Committee

Google in the Senate hot seat

Photo of Google's Karan Bhatia speaking at Senate Judiciary Committee hearing
Google's Karan Bhatia at Senate Judiciary hearing. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Google faced stern words from both sides of the aisle at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing about its power over online content Tuesday afternoon.

Why it matters: As new privacy regulations and antitrust initiatives aimed at Big Tech build momentum, everyone on Capitol Hill seems to have their own set of gripes with the companies, leaving them little political safe harbor.

Trump judicial nominee withdraws after Republican opposition: Reports

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on April 26, 2019.
President Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images


President Trump's judicial nominee Michael Bogren is withdrawing from consideration following a Republican backlash over his record, the Detroit News first reported on Tuesday.

Details: The Michigan attorney was nominated to the district court for the state's Western District, but Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee, opposed the move, Politico also reported.

Why it matters: It's unusual for Trump to face opposition against his judicial nominees in the Republican-controlled Senate. Bogren was accused by the senators of being hostile toward religion and comparing Catholic beliefs to those of the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Detroit News.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect the fact that Josh Hawley is a Republican senator from Missouri (not Mississippi).