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Facebookin' on the Hill

Down with Hillary rallyI have covered several Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill for the Montgomery County Sentinel. That is what I do. However the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on social media influence in the 2016 U.S. election held on November 1st was like no other.
The usual Congressional hearings I have attended are like the hearing during which former CIA Director John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Russian influence in our 2016 presidential election. During that hearing it was difficult to tell if the Republican members and the Democrat members were there for the same purpose. While the Democrat questions dealt with Russian interaction with the Trump campaign, the Republican questions dealt primarily with Hillary Clinton's emails.
No such variation in questioning during the social media hearing on November 1st. During this hearing, to my surprise, both Republicans and Democrats were for the most part on the same page. Quite simply, their questions focused on the extent of the Russian use of social media to attempt to influence the outcome of the election, what is being done to prevent any recurrence of that improper use of social media AND why was nothing done earlier!

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The lost Sessions in Congress

Sessions hearingGive me a break! I really don't mind attending these Congressional hearings on the Russia probe.
I actually find them quite interesting and, at times, informative and even entertaining. Sometimes, however, the stench they generate can be quite overwhelming. Case in point: the June 13th Senate Intelligence Committee hearing and the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Cummings Grills Pharmaceutical Execs on Drug-Price Increases

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D- Baltimore, charged Thursday that huge drug-price increases amounted to “blood money” that hurt vulnerable patients and caused hospital budgets to soar.

Cummings grilled pharmaceutical representatives about the drug-price hikes at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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