Taking a Look at Big Tech: Amazon Under the Lens of Anti-Trust

CEO’s of the country’s four largest tech companies – Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee tomorrow. Though this hearing is the result of a year-long investigation of competition in the digital marketplace, the opportunity to examine Big Tech practices and monopolies is increasingly pressing as the coronavirus pandemic has further revealed how these companies, especially Amazon, have consolidated power at the expense of small businesses.

Emily Nicholson for NC House

"I have been approached with a question that I don’t think a male candidate would be asked. I asked someone to vote for me, a Democrat, and he said “I’m not sure I can vote for you because I’m worried about your kids not having a mom at home.” I was shocked! We face so many preconceptions from men and women. Some of my own family members are asking me that question too. As a woman having to answer a question a male candidate wouldn’t face feels wrong. I want policy questions. My husband and I have worked out how to balance our family and it’s our business.

Tuesday News: Two wrongs = really wrong

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MIKE PENCE TO VISIT BOB LUDDY'S PRIVATE SCHOOL WEDNESDAY: Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit the Triangle on Wednesday, two days after President Donald Trump toured a local facility involved with manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a letter sent to families of Thales Academy. Bob Luddy, founder of the Thales Academy private schools, sent a letter to families at the Apex campus to say that Pence would make a “short visit” to the school, according to the letter provided by ABC11, The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner. “The U.S. Department of Education is promoting school choice in every way possible. Vice President Mike Pence has long been an advocate of school choice, which he promoted as governor in his home state of Indiana,” Luddy wrote. Thursday, the Raleigh campus of Thales Academy was informed that a visiting staff member had tested positive for COVID-19, The N&O reported.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article244534077.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

He's either doing nothing or doing the wrong thing. He's not even a broken clock.

Aimy Steele for NC House

One area in which our state legislature has failed, failed, and failed again is in their duty to protect and educate our children. That failure shows up in every area: teacher retention, teacher pay, test performance, crowded classrooms, text books and supplies, school safety, and more. The reason? We have a bunch of old white men who know nothing about education making public policy.

Foreign interference in 2020 Election is already rampant

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Be extremely careful of the information you share on social media:

The intelligence warning on Friday did not accuse the Chinese of trying to hack the vote; instead it said they were using their influence “to shape the policy environment in the United States” and to pressure politicians “it views as opposed to China’s interests.”

Russia, the warning said, was continuing to “spread disinformation in the U.S. that is designed to undermine confidence in our democratic process,” and it described Iran as an emerging actor in election interference, seeking to spread disinformation and “recirculating anti-U.S. content.”

Guarding against being involuntarily manipulated by these operations is even harder than it was four years ago. Their process has evolved, their skills have been sharpened, and their work will circulate into your orbit at one time or another. And our own strong desire to expose and fix corrupted elements of our society will be used against us, if they can. But we need more information about these developments, some specific examples of such, and the intelligence community's innate desire to keep these things secret is causing a rift between them and Congress:

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