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How to watch Congressional hearings on Facebook’s Libra

Career and Work Quartz

The leader of Facebook's crypto initiative will testify before Congress this week.
'Libra, Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency , encounters its first major challenge this week. David Marcus, who’s spearheading the Facebook initiative, will testify before the US Congress to answer questions about Libra’s design, privacy measures , and potential impact on the US economy. Here’s how to follow along. Senate Banking Committee hearing When: July 16 (Tuesday) at 10am ET Watch here: The committee website The Senate will get first crack at Libra, and judging by the testimony Marcus shared ahead of the hearing, privacy will probably be a contentious subject. He highlighted a Swiss authority as “privacy regulator” for the Libra Association, the nonprofit organization that will oversee the Libra network and the crypto’s underlying reserves. For Calibra—Facebook’s crypto wallet service, which he runs—Marcus noted that the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will have oversight powers. Despite these assurances, senators should probably pay special attention to the financial section of Marcus’ testimony. He writes, “[E]xcept in limited circumstances, such as preventing fraud or criminal activity and complying with the law, Calibra will not share customers’ account information or financial data with Facebook unless people agree to permit such sharing.” Policymakers may also want to ask what data Calibra could share with Facebook, how that information could be used, and whether customers would need to opt in or out of data sharing. House Financial Services Committee hearing When: July 17 (Wednesday) at 10am ET Watch here: YouTube The Democratic majority which leads the House Financial Services Committee is considering a proposal to prevent Facebook and other big tech companies from offering financial services or digital currencies. Marcus will face some of Libra’s fiercest critics, including committee chair Maxine Waters, a Democrat who has called for a moratorium on Libra’s development. The House hearing will also feature a second panel with additional expert witnesses —some who might be more optimistic , and others who are clearly apprehensive about Facebook’s crypto project.'

On Ryan Howard’s Retirement Day, Maikel Franco Delivers Walk-Off Win For Phillies Over Nationals

Career and Work CBS Philly

Maikel Franco's walk-off homer in the Phillies' 4-3 win over the Nationals on Sunday was also his 100th of his career.
'PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Maikel Franco homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. J.T. Realmuto also went deep for the Phillies, who avoided a three-game sweep. Franco drove the first pitch he saw from Matt Grace (0-2), a 93-mph fastball, over the wall in left. It was Franco’s 15th homer of the season and second career walkoff. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/U3PCiE2t3D — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 14, 2019 Hector Neris (2-4), who blew the save in Philadelphia’s 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Saturday, struck out the side swinging in the top of the ninth. Franco was mobbed at home plate by his teammates who haven’t done much winning in the last 1 1/2 months. The Phillies improved to 15-23 since leading the NL East by 3 1/2 games on May 29. The entered Sunday trailing the Braves by 8 1/2 in the division and behind both Washington and Milwaukee in the NL wild-card race. Trea Turner, Matt Adams and Howie Kendrick drove in runs for the Nationals, who lost for just the third time in 15 games. How ya doin, @GmurphNBCS ? pic.twitter.com/11krdpt023 — Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) July 14, 2019 Washington’s pitching staff entered having allowed 102 homers, fewest in the NL and second-fewest in the majors behind Tampa Bay. Philadelphia went ahead 2-1 in the fifth on Jean Segura’s two-out single to right and took a two-run lead in the sixth on Realmuto’s opposite-field, leadoff shot to right. The Nationals tied it in the seventh against right-handed reliever J.D. Hammer. After consecutive one-out walks put runners on first and second, pinch-hitter Kendrick drove in Kurt Suzuki with a single to left before Turner followed with single to right that scored Victor Robles and evened the score at 3. Phillies Honor Ryan Howard’s Retirement With Pre-game Ceremony Against Nationals But Washington wouldn’t get another hit, finishing the game with six straight strikeouts swinging. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta gave up one run and four hits in five innings in his first start since disclosing he’s been pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow that will require surgery in the offseason — or sooner. Nationals right-hander Anibal Sanchez allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Realmuto extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games with an RBI single in the fourth. TRAINER’S ROOM Phillies: RHP Tommy Hunter (right forearm strain) was placed on the 10-day IL after hurting his arm Saturday night. Hunter missed the first three months of the season with a similar injury. RHP Edubray Ramos was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to replace Hunter. UP NEXT Nationals: RHP Austin Voth (0-0, 5.52) will face Orioles RHP Asher Wojciechowski (0-2, 6.10) on Tuesday night in Baltimore. Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (7-8, 3.78) opposes Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 3.09) Monday in the opener of a four-game series. (©Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)'

Virginia’s Acosta: Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R) Wants “Grace and Redemption” for Child Pornographers

Career and Work Blue Virginia

By Aleurophile; an earlier version of this was published on Daily Kos Senate Majority leader Tommy Norment (R), leads the pack among Virginia state legislators in receipt of corporate gifts and contributions and is right out front with questionable
'By Aleurophile; an earlier version of this was published on Daily Kos Senate Majority leader Tommy Norment (R), leads the pack among Virginia state legislators in receipt of corporate gifts and contributions and is right out front with questionable ethics, too. There are the cozy relationships with lobbyists, including an adulterous affair with (and subsequent engagement to) one, and scuzzy financial ties with the College of William & Mary.  And let’s not forget the overt racism (see SemDem’s posting HERE on Norment’s record). The recent news about Jeffrey Epstein and Alex Acosta, though, reminded me of an episode in Norment’s Senate career:  his championing of a bill that would have given lighter sentences to the producers of child pornography (for background go to lowkell’s article HERE ).  Although Norment claimed that prosecutors supported it, the bill outraged Republican county prosecutor Rusty McGuire and the National Association to Protect Children (NAPC).  McGuire, who is associated with the NAPC , pointed out that the pornography in question includes horrific scenes of brutality towards young children — not just “pictures of babies in bathtubs.”  The bill got well and thoroughly killed. Here’s Norment trying to defend himself (if you listen to the clip from the beginning, and you’ll get McGuire’s remarks, too): So…the beliefs of the victims of violent sexual predators and their families should weigh less in sentencing than those of people who favor “grace and redemption” for the offenders. Hmmm…Really?!  Plus, while he’s responding to questions about the child pornography bill, Norment actually broadens his remarks to include violent sexual predators as a whole. Perhaps Norment was trying to protect his local Republican Committee chairman who was up on child pornography charges? Or perhaps he was thinking of his own clientele?  Norment’s legal practice includes criminal law.  Among Norment’s clients were a local planning commissioner who ran over his ex-wife in his car, breaking her leg, and a former ROTC instructor charged with 68 counts of having carnal knowledge of a 13-year old girl. The defense in the latter case was unsuccessful, and the defendant was sentenced to 45 years in prison.  Norment then argued for a reduction of the sentence on the grounds that murderers might well serve less time. Fortunately for the citizens of Virginia’s Senate District 3, Democrats have as their candidate Herb Jones, a veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as in Virginia in the aftermath of 9/11.  He has had a career in finance, and served for several terms as his county’s Treasurer.  Together with his brother, he founded and is now running his own business. Website   — check Herb out on the issues.  That’ll make you want to… Contribute , so pony up!  Herb’s up against the Republican machine! Facebook — follow him here… Twitter — …and here.  Amplify his voice! From left to right: Herb Jones, Andy Parker (father of murder victim Alison Parker), and Stan Scott (running for VA SD-4) .'