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May 16, 2019

IN THE NEWS: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER AGAINST HUAWEI

UNDATED (AP) _ It’s being seen as a major smack-down of Huawei by the Trump White House. The administration has issued an executive order aimed at banning the Chinese company from being used in U.S. computer networks. The order would also see Huawei subjected to strict export controls. Huawei is now the largest business ever subjected to the controls, which requires it to obtain U.S. government approval on purchases of American technology. Interestingly enough, the executive order doesn’t mention Huawei or China by name.

IN THE NEWS: WHITE HOUSE SEEKS REACTION ON POLITICAL BIAS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Feel your political wings have been clipped _ especially the right one _ on social media? The White House wants to hear from you. The Trump administration has put together an online form asking people to share their experiences if they think political bias has led to their posts being removed from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. A link to the site was made public in a tweet from the official White House Twitter account. President Trump has been complaining that social media sites have begun to silence conservative voices. The tweet was sent the same day the Trump administration declined to sign a global pledge to increase efforts to keep people from using internet platforms to spread hate _ or organize extremist groups.

ON THE WEB: FDA AND E-CIGS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — A federal judge is siding with public health groups suing the Food and Drug Administration to review thousands of e-cigarettes on the U.S. market. In a ruling yesterday, the district court in Washington D.C. ruled that the agency had skirted its legal duty when it postponed for years reviews of all U.S. vaping products. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other groups filed the federal lawsuit in Maryland last year. The groups say the lack of FDA oversight has led to an explosion in underage vaping by teens _ and that threatens to hook a generation of Americans on nicotine. E-cigarettes are nicotine-emitting devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar industry in the U.S., despite little research on their long-term health effects.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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