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You dont think you have a monopoly? Read Sen. Grahams delightful grilling of Zuckerberg

Today’s testimony by Mark Zuckerberg in front of a Senate joint committee was often boring or redundant with previous statements. But there was an exchange near the two-hour mark that was pleasantly refreshing: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) doggedly pursuing a common-sense answer from Zuckerberg on the question of whether it had any real competition. Graham doesn’t let Zuckerberg employ his spin on the admittedly complex question of what Facebook’s competitors are. Demanding a simpler answer by employing a folksy car-buying metaphor, he makes it clear that at least from one…

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Senator Al Frankens Resignation Is Deeply Unfair

Sometime today, Al Franken will resign his Senate seat. The Democrats are hoping for a banner year, and from all indicators it looks like theyll have one, and I hope they doif they take back one house, this horrid Trump/GOP agenda is done for. But the Democrats 2018 is sure getting off to a dubious start. Franken should not be going. When he announced his resignation on December 7, I wrote a column saying that Democrats would come to regret what theyd done to him. Nevertheless, I wrote, his resignation…

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Senators share photos of GOP tax bill pages, and they’re pretty illegible

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to his office in the Capitol as he awaits the vote on his party's tax plan.Image: alex wong/Getty Images We’ve all been there. You have your assignment printed and ready to go, but are frantically scribbling down last minute additions in the desperate hope that you’ll get a passing grade. This was OK in high school English class, but what about in the U.S. Senate?  After several failed attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senate Republicans are really doing everything they can get a…

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