The Daily Populous

Wednesday December 12nd, 2018 night edition

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Net neutrality proponents now have less than two weeks to convince 38 House lawmakers to support an effort to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality.

In May, the U.S. Senate passed a CRA resolution for this purpose with the aid of three Republicans.

Forcing a vote in the House is seen by some net neutrality proponents as a victory in and of itself, regardless of the outcome.

Net neutrality activists—and in particular, the organization Fight for the Future—have formed campaigns to target those Democrats who’ve yet to sign the discharge petition.

Outside Washington, net neutrality enjoys significant support from both Democrat and Republican voters.

Activists attribute the silence of the 17 House Democrats to “fistfuls of money” (campaign contributions) from telecom lobbyists.

This argument is oft-used by Republican lawmakers and net neutrality opponents when attempting to derail congressional efforts to overturn the FCC’s decision. »

Trump administration to strip pollution protections, harming vital wildlife

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The Trump administration is planning to strip Obama-era pollution protections from thousands of US streams and millions of acres of wetlands, in a move environmentalists warn will harm vital wildlife and could allow pollution into drinking water.

The vast network of waterways covered by the current protections provide drinking water to around 117 million Americans.

Zinke added that there is a “lot of anger in the west over federal overreach” which he claimed Trump administration was addressing. »

Google CEO responds to Steve King's iPhone concerns: 'Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company'

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After @SteveKingIA raises inscrutable concerns about iPhones, Google CEO Sunday Pichai patiently informs him, "Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company."

Pichai was on Capitol Hill Tuesday testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee for more than three hours.

King questioned Pichai why his granddaughter sees news about King when she is playing a game on the iPhone. »

Vatican’s Third-Most Powerful Official Cardinal George Pell Convicted on All Charges He Sexually Abused Choir Boys in the 1990s

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The Vatican’s third-most powerful official has been convicted in Australia on all charges he sexually abused two choir boys there in the late ’90s, according to two sources with knowledge of the case.

Prosecutors applied for the order and it was granted to “prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice.”

The boys sang in the choir at St. Patrick’s cathedral and were allegedly abused by Pell in a room in the confines of the church. »