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Net neutrality allies are ready to fight. But can it be saved? – CNET

The battle to save net neutrality is heating up as Senate Democrats edge closer to overturning the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulation and lawsuits challenging the agency are filed. But net neutrality supporters shouldn’t hold their breath. These efforts are long shots. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida is flanked by Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois while speaking last week about the Congressional Review Act resolution that would restore the 2015 net neutrality rules, Mark Wilson / Getty Images On Monday,…

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U.S. withholds hurricane emergency loan sought by Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A billion-dollar emergency loan approved by Congress to help Puerto Rico deal with the effects of Hurricane Maria has been temporarily withheld by federal officials who say the U.S. territory is not facing a cash shortage like it has repeatedly warned about in recent months. Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Treasury Department said in a letter to the director of the island’s fiscal agency that Puerto Rico has had a central cash balance exceeding $1.5 billion in the nearly four months…

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Science 

‘Close the Deal.’ Congress Wants President Trump to Be Decisive on Immigration

Amid mixed signals from the White House on an immigration deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will hold off on a vote until President Trump says exactly what he will support. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, the leader of the Republican majority said that moving forward on a deal to protect undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children would be “just spinning our wheels” until it’s clear what Trump will back. “I’m looking for something that President Trump supports and he’s not yet indicated what…

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Have 7th Fleet collisions hurt confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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Have 7th Fleet collisions impacted confidence in U.S. Navy?

The United States Navy’s largest overseas fleet is coming off a troubling year: five accidents, 17 sailors killed, leaders summarily dismissed. And on Tuesday, a military spokesperson said the Navy will convene court-martial proceedings against sailors tied to two deadly collisions last year. The spate of collisions involving the 7th Fleet, based in the Japanese port of Yokosuka, has alarmed allies, emboldened adversaries and raised urgent questions about American military readiness at a time of heightened tensions in the Pacific, experts say. “What we have done is discourage our allies,…

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Space 

New national defense strategy to shed light on Pentagon’s thinking about war in space

How the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars are likely topics in the administration’s new national defense strategy. WASHINGTON — Space and cyber warfare moved up the national security priority list during the Obama administration, and are expected to rank even higher under the Trump presidency. Details on how the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars should emerge in the national defense strategy that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to unveil Friday. The national defense strategy — a forward-looking take on…

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Science 

'This Is Reprehensible.' Read Jeff Flake's Speech Comparing Trump's Attacks on the Media to Josef Stalin

“If we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost” More Jeff Flake delivered a searing rebuke of President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press on the Senate floor Wednesday, urging the chamber to counteract his rhetoric by defending the media. “Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language. This is reprehensible,” said the outgoing Arizona Republican senator. “We are…

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook post pressures Congress to act on DACA – CNET

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is using his vast reach to try to help DACA recipients.   James Martin/CNET After joining 100 tech CEOs earlier this month in calling for a DACA extension, Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook Wednesday to keep the pressure on Congress.  The CEO of the social media giant posted on his site, urging people to call their congressional representatives and to learn more about the issue. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It’s a program started by then-President Obama in 2012, allowing people who illegally…

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Space 

SN Military.Space | Government shutdown watch – Senate to hear from key DoD nominees – New SBIRS satellite set for liftoff

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: Senate to hear from key DoD nominees On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for a slate of Pentagon nominees. Among them: Michael Griffin, the Trump administration’s pick for undersecretary of defense for research and engineering. A former NASA administrator, Griffin has been tapped to fill a newly created position…

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Bannon plans to cooperate with special counsel in Russia probe, source says

FBI agents showed up at Steve Bannon’s Washington home last week intent on serving him with a subpoena to appear before a grand jury investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, according to a source familiar with the proceedings. The agents were unaware at the time that Bannon had retained Washington lawyer William Burck just hours earlier, according to two people familiar with the events that took place on Jan. 9. Once redirected, the agents sent the order to Burck, who is also representing two other witnesses…

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