Tech and the Media
When the media becomes a political weapon
. Political operatives who once relied on one-sided media outlets and platforms during campaigns now acknowledge their role in the erosion of trust in media and facts in general. (ITI Dean Garfield Quoted, Axios)
Congressional Leaders Say They Agree on Budget Deal.
Congressional leaders said Wednesday
they had reached an agreement on a two-year budget deal, charting a path out of the turmoil over spending and immigration that had shuttered the government last month and left its long-term funding in jeopardy. (Wall Street Journal)
Conservatives slam budget deal
. Fiscal hawks on Capitol Hill panned the budget deal reached by Republican leaders and Democrats on Thursday
as fiscally irresponsible and an abrogation of the GOP's congressional majorities. (Politico Pro)
GOP senators got a rare meeting to bend Trump's ear on trade
. They think he listened. Senate Finance Committee Republicans used a rare White House meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday
to stress how trade affects the American economy - urging him to preserve NAFTA and, in turn, jobs in their districts. (Politico Pro)
Debate over tech addiction descends on Washington
. The growing national debate over the addictive properties of social media came to Washington's front step Wednesday
, opening the door to what could be a new policy battle for the country's biggest technology companies. (Politico Pro)
Inside North Korea's Hacker Army
. The regime in Pyongyang has sent hundreds of programmers to other countries. Their mission: Make money by any means necessary. Here's what their lives are like. (Bloomberg)
U.S. shuts down cyber crime ring launched by Ukrainian
. The U.S. Justice Department announced one of its largest-ever takedowns of a global cyber crime ring on Wednesday
, saying it had indicted 36 people accused of trafficking in stolen identities and causing more than $530 million in losses to consumers. (Reuters)
Chinese Police Add Facial-Recognition Glasses to Surveillance ArsenalCensorship. Police are donning the devices as hundreds of millions of Chinese begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday. (Wall Street Journal)
Samsung chairman named as suspect in $7.5 million tax evasion case. Samsung Electronics' (005930.KS) ailing chairman, Lee Kun-hee, was named by South Korean police on Thursday as a suspect in an 8.2 billion won ($7.5 million) tax evasion case that involved the use of bank accounts held by employees. (Reuters)
Amazon to Deliver Whole Foods Groceries.
Amazon.com Inc. said it would start delivering Whole Foods groceries via its fastest delivery option in four markets, marking the first major integration between its e-commerce operations and its new brick-and-mortar grocery chain. (Wall Street Journal)
The Senate will convene at 10:30 a.m. and resume consideration of the House message to accompany H.R.695, the vehicle for FY2018 Department of Defense Appropriations.
The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Last votes expected: TBD.
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