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FCC giving special help to right-wing TV news company, Democrats allege

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai should explain why he's taken a series of actions that help the business of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to Pai on Monday.

The Democrats told Pai that recent news reports raise questions about "whether actions taken by the FCC under your leadership show a pattern of preferential treatment for Sinclair and whether a series of interactions between your office, the Trump campaign and Trump administration, and Sinclair demonstrate inappropriate coordination."

Also on Monday, a New York Times story titled "How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation" said that "Pai has undertaken a deregulatory blitz, enacting or proposing a wish list of fundamental policy changes advocated by [Sinclair Chairman David] Smith and his company."

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Top White House officials tricked by incredibly basic email scam

White House email scam: Scaramucci, Priebus

An "email prankster" in the UK has tricked numerous high-ranking White House officials into believing he was other high-ranking officials over email, CNN reports. Compromised individuals included now-fired Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, Eric Trump, and the White House official responsible for cyber-security.

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Trump talks increasing fossil fuel exports, relaxing offshore drilling rules

The Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. (credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

President Trump gave a speech about energy in the US today, highlighting six policy issues that will direct his administration’s energy policy for the time being.

The initiatives Trump talked about today were a hodgepodge of new announcements and old policy, focusing on nuclear energy and fossil fuel exports. Despite calling for energy independence, Trump’s speech steered clear of renewable energy like wind or solar. Trump has falsely stated that climate change is a “hoax” and has appointed officials with close ties to the fossil fuel industry to top energy posts.

The new initiatives Trump did talk about included reviving and expanding the nuclear energy sector, reducing barriers to financing coal plants in foreign countries, opening up a new petroleum pipeline to Mexico, pushing more exports of natural gas, opening a natural gas export terminal in Louisiana, and relaxing restrictions on offshore oil and gas drilling.

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Apple’s Tim Cook, other tech CEOs poised to attend White House summit led by Jared Kushner

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An inaugural meeting of the American Technology Council -- organized by the Trump administration, and led by President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- will reportedly take place at the White House on June 19, and may see as many as 12 major tech executives attend, including Apple's Tim Cook.

Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk immigration and government modernization at White House meeting

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Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report.

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