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Tuesday News: Why Hasn’t Trump Fired Mueller?; Cambridge Analytica and “Facebook’s Faceplant”; “Virginia’s Medicaid impasse, courtesy of the GOP”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, March 20.

  • Quizzical

    So Facebook is talked about now as a “battlespace”, and the battle is to put the Facebook users — with the right psychological profile — into a “filter bubble” so that everything they see on their newsfeeds directs them down a “rabbit hole” of propaganda to shape their political views. It’s brilliant.

    • I’ve never been a big Facebook fan, but now I’m starting to think IT MUST DIE. LOL

      • Quizzical

        The Facebook newsfeed, a/k/a the filter bubble, is the key to it all. It only serves up material that Facebook knows you are interested in based on years of “likes.” Even knowing what I know today, my Facebook newsfeed is very engaging — to me. It seems completely innocuous — to me. I could spend an hour a more a day, just scrolling through it. But, now that I think about it, I didn’t join Facebook to get their damn newsfeed. I joined because my children and extended family joined, and it was a way to stay in contact, see recent photos, hear about what is going on in their lives. Facebook may have hundreds of millions of subscribers, but to me personally, the size of their network adds little or no value.

        So I’m getting out.

        • Facebook’s algorithm is seriously, maybe fatally, flawed in numerous ways. As is Facebook itself, I think.

        • Southern Liberal

          I signed up for a Facebook account just to be able to read what some extended family members were posting on their Facebook pages. I haven’t posted anything, so I haven’t experienced newsfeeds or ads using any personal data.

  • Far-right extremist bigot Dick Black never “new” – LOL


  • Connolly Statement on House GOP Effort to Sneak in Holman Rule

    Rule allows Members of Congress to reduce the salaries of federal employees

    Washington, D.C. –Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement on the House Majority’s addition of the Holman Rule to H.Res 787:

    “Last night, without any public debate, House Republicans snuck into legislation the Holman Rule – a cynical and dangerous attack on federal workers that allows Members of Congress to reduce the salaries of federal employees. This archaic tool, also known as the Armageddon Rule, is nothing more than a backdoor way for Republicans to dismantle the federal workforce and carry out political vendettas at the expense of career civil servants

    “This is a page right out of President Trump’s playbook. Reinstating the Holman Rule is no empty threat by the Majority. Last year, they used it to attack the Congressional Budget Office. If they can justify political attacks on CBO – the nonpartisan Congressional scorekeeper – no one is safe.”

    The Holman Rule had been added to the Rules package at the beginning of the 115th Congress for the first session only. It would allow any Member of Congress to reduce the salaries of federal employees through the appropriations process.