Lawmakers Press Amazon on Sales of Chemical Used in Suicides

Even as grieving families tried to warn Amazon and other e-commerce sites of the danger, there were more purchases and more deaths.

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Lawmakers Urge Tech Companies to ‘Mitigate Harm’ of Suicide Website

A House committee is seeking briefings from search engines and web-hosting companies whose services might have been leveraged by the site, which has been linked to numerous deaths.

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Big Tech ‘Amplification’: What Does That Mean?

Some lawmakers from both parties argue that when social media sites boost the performance of hateful or violent posts, the sites become accomplices.

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Drug Plan Fails, Signaling Thorny Path for Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Bill

Senior Democrats said they could still preserve elements of their plan to lower prescription drug prices, but they have little room for defections, and divisions remain on that and other issues.

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Democratic Divisions Flare Over Tax Increases and Drug Pricing

In both the House and the Senate, Democrats are working to resolve their internal differences on a huge social policy measure that will require near-total unity to pass.

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Democrats Unveil Details of Sweeping Climate Change Spending Plan

At the heart of a budget bill is a powerful mechanism that would cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, which are fueling climate change.

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Amy Klobuchar vs. Silicon Valley

The Minnesota senator presents her case for why regulating big tech is crucial for the future of our democracy.

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Lawmakers Grill Tech C.E.O.s on Capitol Riot, Getting Few Direct Answers

The leaders of Google, Facebook and Twitter faced sharp questions about misinformation’s role in the attack and the mental health of children who use their products.

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Congressional Committee Presses Cable Providers on Election Fraud Claims

Before a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked cable companies what they did to combat “the spread of misinformation.”

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Fauci, Citing ‘Disturbing Surge,’ Tells Congress the Virus Is Not Under Control

The testimony of the nation’s top infectious disease expert countered President Trump’s upbeat assessment, describing a “mixed bag” of some bright spots amid worrying trends and unknowns.

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House to Examine Ouster of Health Official Who Doubted Drugs Trump Pushed

The chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee said she planned to hold hearings on Rick Bright’s dismissal as the head of an agency helping to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

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