Musk's partisan tweets call Twitter neutrality into question
Elon Musk used his Twitter megaphone to appeal to “independent-minded voters” on Monday, urging them to vote Republican in Tuesday’s U.S. midterm elections, stepping into the country’s political debate that tech company executives have for years worked to stay out of so their platforms wouldn’t be seen as favoring one side over the other.
In Miami, the post-Trump populist right speaks to its base — and courts donors
On the surface, the National Conservatism Conference looked like an attempt to appeal to the Republican Party's right-wing base. But veteran GOP operatives saw a second conference just below the surface: a play for money.news.yahoo.com
Blake Masters, ultra-MAGA Republican who blamed gun violence on 'Black people,' wins Arizona Senate primary
GOP primary voters have repeatedly nominated candidates who could prove too extreme to be electable — and who risk blowing otherwise very winnable midterm contests because of it. Arizona may now be ground zero for this phenomenon.news.yahoo.com
Arizona Senate candidate embraces Trump’s extreme style
Blake Masters’s showing in the Aug. 2 primary will mark the next big test of the “New Right," whose members preach economic populism, nationalism and conservative social values and pride themselves on challenging political taboos.washingtonpost.com
GOP senate candidates allege Facebook's Zuckerberg spent millions to 'buy the presidency' for Biden — but there's not much backing up the claim
Two high-profile Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate, both of them close to tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, are supporting an effort to merge former President Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen 2020 election with accusations of meddling against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.news.yahoo.com
Why Big Tech Wants (Some) Facial Recognition Rules
The world’s biggest technology companies can usually be counted on to oppose rules reining in new products, but some have been making an exception for facial recognition software. That’s not to say that any consensus has developed on this rapidly developing branch of artificial intelligence: The European Union and cities and states across the U.S. are taking up a wide range of ideas for restrictions or outright bans, including many that go further than the tech companies want. Globally, there’swashingtonpost.com
Secretive Palantir lifts veil before Wall Street stock sale
It cited revenues of $481 million for the first half of 2020, up 49% from the year-ago period. The document indicated that Denver-based Palantir will sell stock some time this year but did not specify a date. In the filing, Palantir said it believes current instability including systematic failures of government institutions to provide for the public present a growth opportunity for its business. Palantir initially filed for the stock sale confidentially on July 6. Under the stock listing, the documents say, control of Palantir will be concentrated with the companys founders through the designation of a new category of stock.
GOP leaders can't bank on Trump's help in Kansas Senate race
(AP Photo/John Hanna)HOLTON, Kan. Establishment Republican leaders are scrambling to pull out a win in a tense party battle for the nomination in the Kansas Senate race, and they won't be able to count on last-minute help from President Donald Trump. Trump's neutrality leaves the Kansas primary heading to a tight finish Tuesday under a barrage of attack ads from political action committees. Thats why the Senate race is so important in Kansas.Republican leaders have been trying to avoid a Kobach nomination for seven months, but the stakes have increased in recent weeks. The once-safe seat in a state where Republicans have won every Senate race since 1932 now looks shaky and a loss the GOP can't afford. In Kansas, Kobach has played up his ties to the president even without an endorsement.