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04/26/2017

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Zuckerberg talked to Obama while writing his Facebook manifesto. When you're about to write a manifesto, and you're one of the world's most influential and powerful people, who do you reach out to for help? (CNET)

Broadband/Communications

Groups urge lawmakers to oppose 'devastating' net neutrality rollback. Consumer advocates are sounding the alarm over the future of net neutrality with the Federal Communications Commission chairman poised to unveil his plan for rolling back the controversial rules. (The Hill)

Public Sector

Trump administration to make IT modernization an ‘imperative,’ says former SSA CIO Rob Klopp. The Trump administration is going to make agencies fund IT modernization from within, says a former federal IT official who recently left government service. (FedScoop)

Orchestrating security technology. The plethora of security analytics tools available to federal agencies has helped improve cyber incident and vulnerability prevention, detection, response and recovery. (FCW)

Can a voluntary framework deter cyberattacks?. In the context of increasing cyberattacks and espionage internationally, cyber experts wonder if the current voluntary framework is enough in the way of deterrence. (FCW)

Alaska announces 'first' state CIO and IT consolidation launch. In a joint announcement, Gov. Bill Walker today signed an administrative order to consolidate the state's technology agencies and appointed the "first" state chief information officer. (StateScoop)

Trade

Cantwell says she'll oppose Lighthizer unless he changes his Ex-Im tune. Sen. Maria Cantwellthreatened today to vote against Robert Lighthizer's nomination to be U.S. trade representative because of his ambivalent attitude toward the Export-Import Bank's future and President Donald Trump's decision to nominate a critic of the bank to be its chairman. (Politico Pro)

Finance leaders to Trump: We moved Lighthizer, now send more trade nominees. The Senate Finance Committee's top Republican and Democrat Tuesday urged President Donald Trump to quickly send nominations to fill several empty positions in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Treasury and Commerce departments. (Politico Pro)

Can Donald Trump better renegotiate Nafta? Yes, by bringing back TPP. Donald Trump's administration says it is sticking with its campaign promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). (The Guardian)

Trump Accomplished Nothing Positive On Trade In His First 100 Days. As Donald Trump approaches his first 100 days in office this weekend, his administration has generated more headlines over international trade in his first three months in office than perhaps any of its predecessors. (Fortune)

President Donald Trump's administration fired its first shot in a potential trade war, but it's not Beijing or Mexico City in the crosshairs. The target: Our friendly neighbor to the north, Canada. (Politico Pro)

Trump Administration Sets Stage for Nafta Talks. The Trump administration's tough new approach to Canada on trade is helping crystallize support in the U.S. Congress for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and setting the groundwork for the increasingly complicated negotiations, current and former officials said. (Wall Street Journal)

Taxes

Trump's Tax Plan: Low Rate for Corporations, and for Companies Like His. President Trump plans to unveil a tax cut blueprint on Wednesday that would apply a vastly reduced, 15 percent business tax rate not only to corporations but also to companies that now pay taxes through the personal income tax code - from mom-and-pop businesses to his own real estate empire, according to several people briefed on the proposal. (New York Times)

Trump tax plan will sharply slash corporate tax rates. U.S. President Donald Trump is proposing to slash the corporate income tax rate and offer multinational businesses a steep tax break on overseas profits brought into the United States, officials said late on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Parsing Trump's Promised Tax Plan, From Rates to Deficits. President Trump stunned members of Congress, and his own Treasury Department, when he said last week that he would unveil a plan on Wednesday to deliver "maybe the biggest tax cut we've ever had." (New York Times)

Instead of launching tax reform, Trump could ground it. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will release a plan to radically overhaul the American tax code that many Republicans say is unrealistic and could end up hurting the chances of getting anything done on the issue, long one of the party's top priorities. (Politico Pro)

Ryan likely to get rolled on tax reform. President Donald Trump is set to steamroll House Speaker Paul Ryan on tax reform, the issue the speaker has devoted his political career to achieving. (Politico Pro)

Deficit likely to douse idea of short-term corporate tax cut, congressional analysis says. Congress' nonpartisan tax scorekeeper on Tuesday threw cold water on the feasibility of fast-tracking a temporary tax cut along party-lines, an idea circulating in Trump administration orbits as it prepares to unveil a tax reform outline. (Politico Pro)

Nasdaq breaches 6,000 as earnings power Wall Street higher. The Nasdaq Composite stock index hit a record high on Tuesday, while the Dow and S&P 500 brushed against recent peaks as strong earnings underscored the health of Corporate America. (Reuters)

Digital tax among finance bill measures shelved. More than half of the finance bill has been put on hold until after the general election to allow more debate on dozens of controversial measures, including plans to force landlords and small businesses to keep digital records. (Financial Times)

Immigration

Congress set to deny Trump wall money. President Donald Trump is probably not going to get his money for a wall on the border with Mexico this week. But Republicans are confident they can deliver him a significant boost in border security spending that allows Trump to spin the government funding bill as a victory anyway. (Politico Pro)

Trump team reassures mayors with narrow 'sanctuary cities' definition. Mayors emerging from a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesdaysaid the Trump administration seems to be adopting a narrow definition of "sanctuary city" that means few, if any, localities are in jeopardy of losing federal funds. (Politico Pro)

Energy and Environment

Today's Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal. President Trump has promised to revive the coal industry and double down on fossil fuels, creating "so many energy jobs," but he has not focused on the increasingly important role of renewable power in America's energy economy. (New York Times)

With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions. The Trump administration may be pondering a retreat from the United States' domestic and international climate commitments, but corporate America is moving ahead with its own emissions goals. (New York Times)

Trump Is Expected to Sign Orders That Could Expand Access to Fossil Fuels. After moving last month against Barack Obama's efforts to limit fossil fuel exploration and combat climate change, President Trump will complete his effort to overturn environmental policy this week, signing two executive orders to expand offshore drilling and roll back conservation on public lands. (New York Times)

Internet of Things

Waymo to Offer Phoenix Area Access to Self-Driving Cars. The day is still distant when you can actually own a self-driving car, but in certain parts of the Phoenix area, hundreds of people will soon be integrating one into their daily lives. (New York Times)

Waymo testing self-driving car ride service in Arizona. Alphabet Inc's Waymo autonomous vehicle group will begin testing a self-driving car program for hundreds of families in Phoenix, Arizona and is buying 500 Chrysler minivans to do so, the companies said on Tuesday. (Reuters)

Automakers ask California to ease rules for self-driving car tests. Automakers on Tuesday urged the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars. (Reuters)

Antitrust

How Trump's Pick for Top Antitrust Cop May Shape Competition. Makan Delrahim, the nominee for chief antitrust cop at the Justice Department, was 10 when his family immigrated to the United States from Iran as Jewish political refugees. Unable to speak English, he struggled to keep up in school. (New York Times)

Russia's Kaspersky Lab has temporarily backed off filing a competition complaint that Microsoft is abusing its market dominance to crowd out anti-virus software makers such as itself, founder and Chief Executive Eugene Kaspersky said. (Reuters)

Artificial Intelligence

ABB, IBM team up on industrial artificial intelligence. ABB has sealed a collaboration agreement with International Business Machines Corp, the Swiss engineering company said on Tuesday, the latest step in its efforts to ramp up its presence in digital technology and the internet of things. (Reuters)

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination. Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial bots that are about a third cheaper than foreign brands and are being used to automate assembly lines across the Pearl River Delta manufacturing hub. (Bloomberg)

In Coded Warning, Scientists Say Brexit May End U.K.'s Lead in AI. A group of prominent academics and tech executives fear that the U.K.'s exit from the European Union could jeopardize the U.K.'s lead in the development of machine learning technologies. (Bloomberg)

Workforce/Diversity

Palantir to pay $1.7 million to settle discrimination case. Palantir will pay $1.7 million to Asian job applicants who accused the company of discrimination as part of an agreement with the Department of Labor. (The Hill)

Tech Business

Uber looks to soar with flying taxis by 2020. After upending the taxi market with its ride-hailing service, Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] is now aiming for the skies with its flying taxis. (Reuters)

Alibaba's Ma champions U.N. e-commerce drive for development. Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma said on Tuesday the Internet should be a utility available to the whole world, putting his weight behind a U.N. call for e-commerce to boost developing economies and help fight poverty. (Reuters)

ITI Member News

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?. In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif. (New York Times)

Google search changes tackle fake news and hate speech. The changes involve different measures for ranking sites and people checking results are accurate. (BBC News)

Google Rewrites Its Powerful Search Rankings to Bury Fake News. Google isn't planning to rid fake news from its search results -- but it's trying to purge it from the top. (Bloomberg)

1600 Penn.

In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing. The President will then depart the White House en route to the Department of the Interior to give remarks and sign the Antiquities Executive Order. Later in the morning, the President will return to the White House. The President will then have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The President will then participate in a federalism event with Governors and signs the Education Federalism Executive Order. Later in the afternoon, the President will drop by an all Senators briefing on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The President will then hold a National Teacher of the Year event.

Today on the Hill

Today, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

09:30 a.m.: Convene and proceed to executive session to resume consideration of the nomination of R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor.

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