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Bulletins

A Senate committee wants to subpoena the tech CEOs over that New York Post story

The Senate Judiciary Committee is gearing up to subpoena Facebook and Twitter over their handling of the controversial New York Post story about Hunter Biden.


Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, as well as Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, said the committee could proceed as soon as Tuesday to vote on the subpoena.

"These social media platforms have a dominance in our lives," Graham said during a brief press conference on Capitol Hill. "This, to me, crystallizes the problem better than anything I could think of for the American people. We're going to proceed Tuesday. Hopefully the Democrats on the committee will be as interested in this as we are."

Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey are already set to testify before another Senate committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, later this month.

Politics

'Woke tech' and 'the new slave power': Conservatives gather for Vegas summit

An agenda for the event, hosted by the Claremont Institute, listed speakers including U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute. The speakers include U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as a who's-who of far-right provocateurs.

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Conservative investors, political operatives, right-wing writers and Trump administration officials are quietly meeting in Las Vegas this weekend to discuss topics including China, "woke tech" and "the new slave power," according to four people who were invited to attend or speak at the event as well as a copy of the agenda obtained by Protocol.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank that says its mission is to "restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life." A list of speakers for the event includes a combination of past and current government officials as well as a who's who of far-right provocateurs. One speaker, conservative legal scholar John Eastman, rallied the president's supporters at a White House event before the Capitol Hill riot earlier this month. Some others have been associated with racist ideologies.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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