Sen. Ed Markey wrote to Elon Musk saying someone impersonated his Twitter with a verified blue check. Musk responded, suggesting his 'real account sounds like a parody.'
"Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody?" Musk tweeted when asked by the senator how Twitter will prevent impersonations.news.yahoo.com
Treasury probing Florida Gov. DeSantis' migrant flights
The Treasury Department’s internal watchdog is investigating whether Florida Gov_ Ron DeSantis improperly used federal pandemic aid to fly migrants to Martha’s Vineyard as part of his effort to “transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary destinations.”.
Defense grilled on fentanyl crisis post Fort Bragg, Fort Bliss, West Point drug overdoses: 'Troubling pattern'
A letter from five U.S. senators led by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., sounded the alarm to Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin about fentanyl contributing to drug overdose deaths among servicemembers.foxnews.com
EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers' Taiwan trips keep riling China
Taiwan is high on the summer travel list for U.S. members of Congress on their August recess this year, as U.S. lawmakers make a point of asserting American support for the self-governed island despite objections from China. The payoff photos from this week's five-member congressional visit, like that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi less than two weeks earlier, are meant as a pointed message to China: newly arrived lawmakers disembarking on the tarmac of Taipei's international airport, greeted by beaming Taiwanese officials glad for the American support.news.yahoo.com
More US lawmakers visiting Taiwan 12 days after Pelosi trip
A delegation of American lawmakers is visiting Taiwan just 12 days after a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that angered China. The five-member delegation is led by Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and is in Taiwan on Sunday and Monday as part of a visit to Asia, the American Institute in Taiwan said. A Taiwanese broadcaster showed video of a U.S. government plane landing about 7 p.m. at Songshan Airport in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital.news.yahoo.com
Senate OKs bill to make daylight saving time permanent
WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent across the United States next year. The bipartisan bill, named the Sunshine Protection Act, would ensure Americans would no longer have to change their clocks twice a year. “No more switching clocks, more daylight hours to spend outside after school and after work, and more smiles — that is what we get with permanent Daylight Saving Time,” Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the original cosponsor of the legislation, said in a statement. Nearly a dozen states across the U.S. have already standardized daylight saving time. Members of Congress have long been interested in the potential benefits and costs of daylight saving time since it was first adopted as a wartime measure in 1942.mlive.com
Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent
The Senate unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that would make daylight saving time permanent across the United States next year. The bipartisan bill, named the Sunshine Protection Act, would ensure Americans would no longer have to change their clocks twice a year. "No more switching clocks, more daylight hours to spend outside after school and after work, and more smiles — that is what we get with permanent Daylight Saving Time,” Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the original cosponsor of the legislation, said in a statement.news.yahoo.com
Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice
President Joe Biden’s hopes of channeling billions of dollars into green infrastructure investments to fight climate change are running into the political obstacle of winning over Republican lawmakers who oppose that approach as unnecessary, excessive spending. As negotiations unfold in Congress in search of a bipartisan deal, the White House's ability to ensure a climate focus in Biden's sweeping infrastructure package is becoming daunting — so much so that key Democrats are warning the administration to quit negotiating with Republicans, calling it a waste of time that will produce no viable compromise. The debate is similar to the political and policy differences complicating Biden’s broader talks over his ambitious infrastructure agenda, the sweeping $1.7 trillion American Jobs Plan making its way through Congress, as Democrats and Republicans argue over what, exactly, constitutes infrastructure and how much is needed.news.yahoo.com
Senators question Amazon about using cameras to monitor delivery drivers
Five senators are calling on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to provide more information on the company's recent deployment of "surveillance cameras" in vehicles used by contracted delivery drivers. The cameras, which Amazon said record drivers "100% of the time," have four lenses that capture the road, the driver, and both sides of the vehicle. The senators called on Bezos to address these concerns, adding that the company's use of surveillance cameras in delivery vans "raises important privacy and worker oversight questions that Amazon must answer." As CNBC previously reported, Amazon also requires contracted delivery drivers to download and continuously run a smartphone app called Mentor that monitors their driving behavior while they're on the job. The app is designed to improve driver safety, but some delivery drivers have described the app as invasive and raised concerns that bugs within the app can sometimes lead to unfair disciplinary actions from their manager.cnbc.com
Some Dems, not yet Biden, talk of expanding Supreme Court
For now at least, Biden is spurning talk of court expansion, dubbed “court packing” by its opponents, although the Democratic platform does include support for amorphous “structural court reforms to increase transparency and accountability." In the Democratic primaries, Biden prevailed over candidates who supported big changes for the court, including former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Roosevelt lost the fight in Congress over court expansion, though retirements soon eliminated FDR's need for legislation. One of the attractions of court expansion is that it does not require amending the Constitution, as imposing term limits on justices might. “The conversation about court expansion is not so much about the court but restoring democracy.
Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey want to give Americans $2,000 a month during coronavirus crisis
Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Ed Markey introduced a bill Friday to give most Americans $2,000 a month during the coronavirus pandemic, as historic job losses leave millions scrambling to cover bills. The bill would try to iron out what critics called issues with the $1,200 direct payments to individuals included in the $2 trillion stimulus package passed in March. The same survey found 74% of respondents approved of continuing direct payments until the country can safely resume economic activity. As they look to the next rescue bill, Democratic congressional leaders have pushed for at least one more round of direct payments to Americans. Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is the third sponsor of the bill.cnbc.com
Senators urge U.S. airlines to issue ticket refunds after bailout
Most U.S. airlines are temporarily waiving coronavirus-related change and cancellation fees but are not issuing cash refunds. Americans need money now to pay for basic necessities, not temporary credits towards future travel, the senators wrote. Economic stimulus legislation passed by Congress last week included $25 billion in cash grants and $25 billion in loans to the passenger airlines. The airline industry got $25 billion to keep workers on payroll but theyre not the only ones hurting for money right now, Warren said on Twitter. United Airlines Holdings Inc said it was reviewing the letter and would respond.feeds.reuters.com
Amazon removes hundreds of thousands of 'high-priced offers' amid coronavirus price gouging
Amazon said it has removed hundreds of thousands of "high-priced offers" and suspended thousands of sellers who have engaged in price gouging on its marketplace. Amazon says it has removed 530,000 offers from the marketplace for coronavirus-based price gouging and suspended more than 2,500 seller accounts in its U.S. marketplace for violating its price-gouging policies. For example, before Amazon ran out of stock, N95 face masks were priced at $13.28, but CNBC found examples of face masks being sold for as much as $195. Huseman also provided details around how Amazon detects price gouging, saying the company continuously compares prices submitted by sellers with current and historic prices within and outside of Amazon. The company uses machine learning models, in part, to detect price gouging, but has recently stepped up human monitoring as price gouging has spread in light of the coronavirus.cnbc.com
Senator asks Jeff Bezos to crack down on 'coronavirus-inspired price gouging'
Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass., wants Jeff Bezos to take action against "coronavirus-inspired price gouging" on Amazon. For example, before Amazon ran out of stock, N95 face masks were priced at $13.28, but CNBC found examples of face masks being sold for as much as $195. Markey included a list of questions for Bezos seeking more information on Amazon's efforts to prevent price gouging, with a deadline for Amazon to respond by March 18. Among the questions asked were how Amazon tracks coronavirus-related price gouging on its platform, how many price-gouging warnings Amazon has issued to third-party sellers, how many listings Amazon has removed or suspended and what steps Amazon is taking to prevent price gouging. An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC in a statement that "there is no place for price gouging on Amazon" and pointed to the company's "long-standing" policy on fair pricing.cnbc.com
U.S. lawmakers propose sanctions over Chinese exit bans on Americans
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of senators has proposed legislation that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in enforcing exit bans on U.S. officials in China. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Ed Markey introduced the legislation after writing President Donald Trump to urge him to press Beijing to free detained Americans and U.S. residents, including those targeted by exit bans. It is immoral and unjust that the Communist Chinese government uses so-called exit bans to prevent American citizens from leaving China. Markey highlighted the case of two of his Massachusetts constituents, Victor and Cynthia Liu, who had been unfairly barred from leaving China since June 2018. The statement said it was estimated that at least two dozen U.S. citizens had been prevented from leaving China over the past three years.feeds.reuters.com
U.S. homeland security abandons plan for face scans for U.S. citizens
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said Thursday it no longer plans to propose a regulation next year that would require all travelers - including U.S. citizens - to be photographed when entering or leaving the United States. The proposed regulation was slated to be issued in July by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the Trump administrations regulatory agenda. The agency said Thursday after consulting Congress and privacy experts it would not move forward. There are no current plans to require U.S. citizens to provide photographs upon entry and exit from the United States. CBP intends to have the planned regulatory action regarding U.S. citizens removed from the unified agenda next time it is published, the agency said.feeds.reuters.com
Tesla and Uber draw scrutiny at Senate hearing on self-driving cars: 'That's not safe!'
An Uber self-driving car drives down 5th Street in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesSeveral Senators offered sharp criticism of Tesla and Uber during a Commerce Committee hearing on self-driving vehicles on Wednesday. Tesla autopilot 'cheats'One of the most dramatic moments during the hearing on Wednesday came when Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass. In one easy Autopilot cheat, drivers affix a water bottle or orange to their Tesla steering wheel, adding weight to it. D.-N.M, suggested that NHTSA was moving too slowly to set and clarify the rules around self-driving vehicles, and warned of deadly consequences."cnbc.com
Senators ask Bezos for answers on how Amazon's smart doorbells retain videos and personal data
Five Democratic senators called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to explain how his home security company Ring retains and secures customers' data and videos. "Personal data can be exploited by foreign intelligence services to amplify the impact of espionage and influence operations," the senators wrote. "Ring users place their trust in us to help protect their homes and communities, and we take that responsibility very seriously," the spokesperson said in a statement. "Ring does not own or otherwise control users' videos, and we intentionally designed the Neighbors Portal to ensure that users get to decide whether or not to voluntarily provide their videos to the police." "Amazon Ring's policies are an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations," Markey said in a statement announcing the findings.cnbc.com
Sen. Ed Markey raises questions of safety, privacy in car computer hackings
Sen. Ed Markey raises questions of safety, privacy in car computer hackings "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl got a first-hand demonstration of the potential for a digital attack on drivers. A scathing new report from Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey is out with a new report showing that nearly all new cars are vulnerable to hacking. Markey joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the report.cbsnews.com