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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
2:30 p.m.: Convene and resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3110, American Energy and Conservation Act of 2016.
10:00 a.m.: Census 2016 Site Test
10:00 a.m.: Connected Devices and Recent Cyber Attacks
10:00 a.m.: Modernizing Appraisals
10:00 a.m.: Nutrition Assistance – Access to Food
10:00 a.m.: OPM Data Breach Lessons
2:30 p.m.: Future of Nuclear Power
2:30 p.m.: Self-Driving Vehicles
3:00 p.m.: Exploring Augmented Reality
House Floor Schedule
The House is in session today.
10:00 a.m.: Hearing entitled “Modernizing Appraisals: A Regulatory Review and the Future of the Industry”
10:00 a.m.: Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks
10:00 a.m.: Past Present and Future of SNAP: Opportunities for Improving Access to Food
10:00 a.m.: Federal Cybersecurity After the OPM Data Breach: Have the Agencies Learned Their Lesson?
In Greece, Obama tries to reassure anxious Europe
President Obama on Wednesday warned Europeans against a rising tide of nationalist politics that appears to be sweeping the Western world.
In a speech in Greece during his last foreign trip as president, Obama called for a rejection of the trend that last week helped sweep President-elect Donald Trump to power and has empowered archconservatives and isolationists across Europe.
“This impulse to pull back from a globalized world is understandable. If people feel that they’re losing control of their future, they will push back,” Obama said at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. “We have seen it here in Greece, we’ve seen it across Europe, we’ve seen it in the United States, we saw it in the vote in Britain to leave the E.U.,” he added.
Schumer elected Senate Democratic leader
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) was elected as the next leader of Senate Democrats on Wednesday, establishing him as one of his party’s most senior officials in Washington and Democrats’ primary partisan counterweight to a Trump administration.
The New York Democrat had hoped to become Senate majority leader if Democrats recaptured the Senate majority this year, working closely with a Hillary Clinton administration. Yet the former head of the Senate campaign arm may agree with some of the new president’s priorities, including an infrastructure proposals to rebuild the country’s roads, tunnels and bridges.
“It is time for the country to come together and heal the bitter wounds from the campaign,” Schumer said in a statement. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) will serve as Schumer’s deputy, maintaining a role he held under outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev).
Google and Facebook Take Aim at Fake News Sites
Over the last week, two of the world’s biggest internet companies have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election’s outcome.
On Monday, those companies responded by making it clear that they would not tolerate such misinformation by taking pointed aim at fake news sites’ revenue sources.
Google kicked off the action on Monday afternoon when the Silicon Valley search giant said it would ban websites that peddle fake news from using its online advertising service. Hours later, Facebook, the social network, updated the language in its Facebook Audience Network policy, which already says it will not display ads in sites that show misleading or illegal content, to include fake news sites.