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Biden advisor Bruce Reed hints that Section 230 needs reform

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden arrives for a meeting with his Chief of Staff Bruce Reed (L) June 22, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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A law protecting the tech industry from being held liable for their users’ posts is on shaky ground as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to come into office.

Bruce Reed, a top tech advisor to Biden, said at a virtual book launch hosted by Georgetown Law Wednesday that “it’s long past time to hold the social media companies accountable for what’s published on their platforms.”

Reed, who was chief of staff to Biden during his time as vice president, has advocated for tech reform in his years outside government. He worked as a senior advisor for Jim Steyer’s non-profit Common Sense Media, which advocates for digital media issues impacting children, including content moderation reforms.

Common Sense Media has pushed for

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Global Reform Jewish Movement Hosts Virtual Chanukah Celebration With Stars From Theater, Music, and Television

Many Candles, One World is the first virtual Chanukah celebration of the global Reform and Progressive Movement. Striving to connect its 1.2 million members spread across the globe in more than 1,200 communities and congregations, this year’s online Chanukah gala brings together stars from the worlds of theater, television, and music to perform alongside cantors and choirs, kids and families. Together, the event showcases how we all connect to the Jewish holiday – by bringing the light of meaning, tradition, and togetherness. The broadcast will be premiered in partnership with Central Synagogue of New York, on their YouTube Channel, on Sunday December 13th, at 8pm EST.

With Tony and Grammy award winning producers, Yael Silver (Carmine Entertainment) and Mary Ekler, its helm, Many Candles, One World will feature musical performances and special appearances by: Emmy and SAG nominated actress, producer, and author, Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory” “Blossom”); musician

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After a summer of protest, Americans voted for policing and criminal justice reform

These votes, taken together, signal that after a summer of protest brought renewed scrutiny to the justice system, many Americans were open to rethinking how it functions — particularly on the state and local level, where policies have a stark impact on how people interact with the justice system.

“It was a pretty good day for meaningful change in criminal justice reform,” said Ronald Wright, a law professor at Wake Forest University and a criminal justice expert. “The priorities I was watching didn’t win everywhere, but they won a lot more than they lost.”

George Floyd’s death in May set off a wave of protests decrying policing tactics. Five months later, voters in several cities — including some that experienced significant demonstrations — approved measures that would increase how local police departments are scrutinized and investigated.

Voters in Oakland, Calif., moved to create an inspector general’s office outside the police

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How Biden and Trump differ on housing-finance reform

For more than a decade, housing-finance giants Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) have remained in conservatorship after being bailed out amid the Great Recession.



Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: Vice President Joe Biden would likely abandon the Trump administration’s approach to housing-finance reform if elected, experts say.


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Vice President Joe Biden would likely abandon the Trump administration’s approach to housing-finance reform if elected, experts say.

Fannie and Freddie’s shareholders have been kept in limbo throughout those years — they’ve watched as the enterprises’ profits were swept to the Treasury Department to repay the federal government, and they’ve gone without a dividend in that time.

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Glimmers of hope have emerged for Fannie and Freddie’s investors during the Trump administration. Last April, Vice President Mike Pence’s former chief economist, Mark Calabria, was confirmed as the director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the main regulator overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since assuming that post, Calabria has worked to begin recapitalizing the two enterprises after

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Man at center of calls for criminal justice reform freed after 17 years, 3 pleas, 2 jails

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After 15 months, Neko Wilson, on Oct. 23, 2020, is released from Navajo County Jail and greeted by his brothers, legal team and fiancé.

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Neko Wilson stepped out of the metal gate in front of the Navajo County Detention Center into the quiet, empty parking lot, wearing all white save for his bright purple sneakers missing their laces and carrying one small cardboard box containing a year’s worth of his belongings.

The chain-link fence rattled shut behind him, and he squinted at the bright Arizona sun. It was the first time he had seen daylight unobstructed by small jail windows in 15 months — the first time in 17 years he felt the warmth of the sun on his face as a completely free man.

Then he was surrounded by people and laughter and tears. His fiancé held him tightly and kissed his face. His two older

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