The incoming head of the Senate antitrust subcommittee favors broad changes as Democrats press the issue of perceived monopoly power.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar will follow Sen. Bernie Sanders as the second Democratic presidential candidate to hold a town hall meeting on Fox News, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro and Sen. Cory Booker are also considering the same move. Sanders’ town hall meeting reached 2.55 million viewers on Fox.
Lawmakers plan to introduce a bill Thursday that would impose new requirements on online platforms that run political ads. The measure, first floated by Senate Democrats Mark Warner (Virginia) and Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), has picked up Republican Sen. John McCain (Arizona) as a co-sponsor.
Concerned that the White House may meddle in the anti-trust review AT&T’s proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked the Justice Department last Friday whether it had been contacted about the merger by any White House employee or adviser to the president.
A bipartisan trio of Senators Thursday introduced a bill that would make illegally streaming TV shows or movies a felony. The bill (S. 978) was introduced by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.), and came the same day that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D- Vt.) re-introduced a bipartisan bill to give the government more tools to shut down websites that traffic in stolen intellectual property, including TV shows and movies.