Lawmakers are scrambling to figure out how to rein in social media platforms

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To grow the internet economy, regulators let it flourish. In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, legislators like Sen. Mark Warner and Rep. Jan Schakowsky are thinking about how to put up guardrails. In the days after the insurrection at the Capitol building, security was tighter than usual. On the phone with Senator Mark Warner, I could hear his driver trying to explain to a guard that he had the senator with him. Yeah, tell him he’s good, the guard told the driver as he pointed him to another entrance. Read Full Story

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Josh Hawley emboldened the Capitol mob. Now his future as Big Tech cop is in jeopardy

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The Senator has a reputation as a new kind of GOP lawmaker who understands the problems of Big Tech. But his recent behavior puts his ability to regulate the likes of Facebook and Google at risk. Missouri Senator Josh Hawley was caught by a photographer as he fist-pumped to a group of Trump rioters outside the Capitol Building Wednesday. The image, which is being shared far and wide on the internet, will commemorate Hawley’s role as a primary enabler of the sacking of the Capitol Wednesday, a deep national wound that won’t soon heal. Read Full Story

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How to watch the Senate Trump impeachment trial live on CNN, PBS, and elsewhere without cable

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The second impeachment trial of former President Trump begins this week. The historic second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump will begin this afternoon as the Senate hears arguments about his role in the January 6 Capitol riots. Trump, who stands accused of “incitement of insurrection,” was impeached by the House of Representatives last month. The Senate now must decide whether to convict, although with few Republicans on board , that outcome does not seem likely at the moment. Read Full Story

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Why far-right groups co-opt Norse symbols

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There is a long history of the far right co-opting Norse imagery. Jake Angeli, the Trump supporter who stormed the U.S. Capitol wearing horns and displaying his tattoos, is just the latest example. The defining image of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 was undoubtedly that of a bare-chested man posing resplendent in a horned fur hat and face paint. Images of him in his weird costume have been shared across the globe—he seems to perfectly encapsulate the absurdity of the mob takeover of America’s sacred seat of power. Read Full Story

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To save America, break up the presidency: Parag Khanna’s radical design for U.S. democracy

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Geopolitical analyst Parag Khanna has spent his career studying the nature of governance. Now living in Singapore, the expat author hops on the phone with Fast Company to talk politics, power, and how to save the presidency from the president. If the American Century is the past, geopolitical analyst Parag Khanna studies the future. A “new global order has arrived,” he declared in a hotly debated 2008 essay , “Waving Goodbye to Hegemony,” marking the rise of Europe and China as new pillars of a multipolar world. The intervening years have largely proved him correct. Read Full Story

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How PayPal CEO Dan Schulman is leading a more inclusive way forward

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He spent decades running with Wall Street’s wolves. Now he’s rethinking capitalism. Amid the sea of silk ties, charcoal suits, and glinting cuff links at the Museum of American Finance’s annual gala, PayPal president and CEO Dan Schulman is an easy mark. He’s wearing jeans, for one thing. His shoulders are slouched. And his wavy brown hair could use a trim. Those who know him—or those who have benefited from the nearly 200% rise in PayPal’s stock price since the 2015 spinout from eBay that Schulman led—dodge trays of hors d’oeuvres and watermelon-­pink champagne cocktails to shake his hand. Those who don’t, raise their eyebrows. Read Full Story

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Amy Coney Barrett hearings: How to watch the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of Trump’s Supreme Court pick

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The hearings will kick off today at 9 a.m. ET on Capitol Hill, and they’ll run until Thursday, October 15. Today the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings kick off for what is arguably the most contentious Supreme Court justice nomination in American history. The hearing today will see Amy Coney Barrett deliver her opening statement that launches the beginning of the confirmation process of her nomination by President Trump to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. Read Full Story

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