Sen. Ron Wyden (left) proposed ammendments to a bill led by Sen. Rob Portman's (center) among others. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The Senate overwhelmingly agreed to send a bill to President Trump’s desk on Wednesday that will make it possible for victims of sex trafficking to sue web platforms if they knowingly facilitate the crime through the content they host.

Why it matters: The bill — which large platforms eventually supported under pressure — is the first real legislative blow to social media, and could be a sign of more to come.

The details:

  • The bill makes a website liable if it knowingly facilitates web trafficking, weakening the shield from legal risk that had traditionally protected sites from being sued over user-generated content.
  • Sen. Ron Wyden, a longtime critic of the bill, withdrew an amendment ensuring that platforms that take action to stop trafficking don't incur more risk by doing so. He proposed an amendment that increased funding to prosecutors working on trafficking, but it failed to get added to the bill.
  • Wyden said the bill would send online trafficking activity to the so-called dark web and that removing liability protections for websites would put "vulnerable groups and small startups" at risk.

What’s next: The president is expected to sign the bill.

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Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Photo: The Washington Post / Contributor

Former special counsel Robert Mueller responded to claims from President Trump and his allies that Roger Stone was a "victim" in the Justice Department's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, writing in a Washington Post op-ed published Saturday: "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

Why it matters: The rare public comments by Mueller come on the heels of President Trump's move to commute the sentence of his longtime associate, who was sentenced in February to 40 months in prison for crimes stemming from the Russia investigation. The controversial decision brought an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars.

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President Trump wore a face mask during his Saturday visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first known occasion the president has appeared publicly with a facial covering as recommended by health officials since the coronavirus pandemic began, AP writes.

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