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GOP Lawmakers demand hearing on Big Tech censorship before Nov. 3



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With 19 days until the November presidential election, Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight and Reform committee are demanding social media companies answer to their censoring of conservatives and bombshell news reports. The letter, signed by 18 Republican members of the House, requests that an emergency hearing take place as soon as possible.

The letter cites Twitter and Facebook’s censoring of the NYPost’s recent reporting on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. The reports allege Hunter Biden used his family’s political power as leverage to make large cash gains in both Ukraine and China.

“Shortly after the story was posted on Facebook, the company decided to ‘reduce its distribution’ in an apparent attempt to limit access to the story. Just as concerning, Facebook reportedly refused to answer basic questions about its decision. Twitter also censored the article and warned users that it is ‘potentially spammy or unsafe,” the Republican letter states.

“Facebook and Twitter have done little to limit distribution of negative stories about President Trump and others who may share his political views. This effort to selectively limit speech based on political affiliation is very concerning.”

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’



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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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