The House voted Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration, a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers.
The Federal Communications Commission rule was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers share information. But critics said the rule would have added costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among Internet companies.
Nunes Controversy Could Stall House Russia Inquiry
Embattled House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes threw a formerly bipartisan investigation of Russian election interference into doubt Tuesday, as he rejected calls for his recusal and stopped the committee's work for the rest of the week.
Nunes cancelled a closed-door briefing with FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, deepening the frustrations of Democratic members who said Nunes' actions over the last week-and-a-half jeopardized his credibility and undermined his ability to lead the investigation.
Trump to Roll Back Obama-era Environmental Rules
White House officials say President Donald Trump will sign executive orders Tuesday that would effectively dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations, rekindling the highly charged partisan debate about how human activity affects the earth's climate, and deepening concern decades of work on global climate treaties may be unraveling.
"Many agree that would be disastrous," Dutch Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen said in a telephone interview. "Whatever has been achieved could be destroyed, so I don't think many scientists would be pleased with this," said Crutzen, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize for work explaining the depletion of the earth's ozone layer.
Bodies of Missing UN Investigators Found in DRC
The bodies of two missing United Nations investigators and their interpreter have been found in the central part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
DRC government spokesman Lambert Mende said Tuesday that the remains of Michael Sharp, Zaida Catalan and Betu Tshintela have been found at a site next to the Moyo River in Kasai province.
Mende said Catalan's body was beheaded.
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Supreme Court to Hear Case of Immigrant Facing DeportationThe Supreme Court is taking up the case of a longtime U.S. resident who is facing deportation to South Korea after pleading guilty to a drug crime based on his lawyer's bad advice.
The justices are hearing argument Tuesday in an appeal by Jae Lee, who has lived in the United States for 35 years and has never been back to South Korea since coming to the United States when he was 13.
The case has taken on increased importance because President Donald Trump has promised to step up deportations, with a special focus on immigrants who have been convicted of crimes.
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