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Personal Information Free-for-All

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 the Senate moved in a 50 to 48 vote to dismantle internet privacy protection laws enacted recently in October 2016. If passed in the House, which it is expected to do, this means telecom companies like At&t, Comcast, and Verizon can monitor and track user data to include web browsing, emails, and app activity without permission, in addition to selling that information to third parties. The Federal Communications Commission intention when enacting the laws during the Obama administration was to treat the internet providers with similar regulations placed onto utility services, thereby adding internet access into the same category as basic household services.

Supporters of the dismantling claim the protection laws added superfluous regulations to telecom companies that stifles innovation, at the same time allowing web-based companies like Facebook and Google who also deal with sensitive information, to escape the regulations.

Nations Band Together After Britain’s Terrorist Attack

An armed police officer stands guard near Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament on March 22, 2017 in London, England.

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In Berlin, Germany the Brandenburg Gate illuminated in British flag commemorating the London attack victims earlier in the day on March 23, 2017.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Wednesday attack on London’s Westminster Bridge. The attacker, Khalid Masood, drove a vehicle into a knot of pedestrians on the bridge, then continued to the Parliament Yard where he exited the SUV with two knives. Plains clothes policemen shot and killed Masood. As of Friday morning there have been four deaths and 50 injuries due to the attack.

The world stood alongside London on Wednesday: Germany’s Brandenburg Gate and Israel’s City Hall illuminated the British Flag, France’s Eiffel Tower went dark at midnight to honor the victims, and the UK’s Library of Birmingham lit up in red, white, and blue.

The Future of American Healthcare

Tourists pack into Statuary Hall as debate begins on the American Health Care Act in the U.S. Capitol March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Final debate on the act, legislation aimed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, began Friday morning

 

It looks like Trump’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act isn’t going smoothly. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, realized early Friday afternoon during the House’s debate on the legislature that the bill lacks the number of votes to pass. Ryan rushed to the White House to advise President Trump that pulling the bill would be in their best interest. This comes after President Trump threatened House Republicans with “political problems” should they vote against the bill.

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey ignoring Trump’s demands, echoes a sentiment shared by numerous representatives who are against the Affordable Care Act, but still aren’t sold on he proposed healthcare: “Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue health care in America…unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey.”

 

First Day of Spring & Puppies Galore

This past Monday marked the first day of spring, whether or not you believe it. March 23rd was National Puppy Day, a day to raise awareness of the horrors of puppy mills. Here are some pictures related to the days to end the news on a good note. Enjoy!