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States reportedly planning to file Facebook antitrust lawsuit this week

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A group of 20 to 40 U.S. states led by New York are reportedly preparing to investigate Facebook for alleged antitrust violations and may file a lawsuit against the social media giant as early as this week, according to Reuters.

The complaint would be the second major lawsuit filed against a Big Tech company this year. The Justice Department sued Google in October for allegedly maintaining “unlawful monopolies” in its search and advertising businesses.

It’s not known what the states’ lawsuit will include, but Facebook has faced recent scrutiny after an effort to break away Facebook from Instagram and WhatsApp.

The recent scrutiny is reportedly a focus of the investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, which could file a related lawsuit against Facebook in a federal court or with an administrative law judge, Reuters says.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

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Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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