5 things to know by July 29: Stimulus, William Barr, 2020 election, DACA, tech audience

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1. Stimulus

2. William Barr

Democrats clashed with Attorney General William Barr in a tense House Judiciary Committee hearing. The Democratic-led committee questioned Barr about recent episodes that some lawmakers say raise concerns about whether or not the Justice Department has become politicized and overstepped its power. The representative of the president of the judiciary, Jerry Nadler, questioned Barr about his handling of the recent protests across the country and accused the Attorney General of incorporating federal forces to reinforce President Trump’s reelection profile. Barr said he has a federal duty to protect American property in places where protests continue, such as Portland. He also accused the committee of trying to discredit him. Nadler has said the House is seeking to indict Barr for his actions.

3. Election 2020

Joe Biden says he will announce his candidate for this fall’s presidential election next week, ending months of feverish speculation about who will choose the alleged candidate as his possible vice president. Could it be Senator Kamala Harris? Biden was photographed with handwritten notes with Harris’s name on top along with a set of talking points about her. However, other Democratic leaders are concerned about something completely different. Senator Elizabeth Warren is asking the heads of the Justice, Defense, Homeland Security and Homeland departments to pledge not to use federal agents if protests arise in American cities after the November election, specifically if President Trump loses and refuses to leave office. Meanwhile, the president has completed a complete change and announced that he will accept the Republican presidential nomination in North Carolina as originally planned.


The Trump administration has announced that it will not accept new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The administration will also limit renewals to one year instead of two while reviewing the program. President Trump has spent the past three years trying to end the Obama-era program, which protects some undocumented immigrants from deportation if they came to the United States as children. Last month, the Supreme Court blocked their latest attempt to shut it down, so the administration’s decision to put the show on hold could be seen as a pause until they discover a new approach.

5. Technological audience

The House Judiciary Committee will host four of the world’s most powerful technology CEOS today during a hearing aimed at forging the future of online platform dominance. It sounds dry, but if you think about it, the four companies involved, Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook, represent a staggering amount of our online activity, especially during a time when we are physically isolated. Today’s audience is designed to determine if companies have abused that domain to outperform the online market. Among other things, Amazon is under scrutiny for its use of seller data; Apple, about its app store policies; Facebook, for its acquisition strategy and its dominance in online advertising; and Google, for their own search and advertising practices.


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