Cotton, Klobuchar Plan to Rein in Big Tech’s ‘Monopolistic’ Practices with New Bipartisan Bill

Amy Klobuchar and Tom Cotton

Republican Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar unveiled a bipartisan bill Friday intended to restrict how major tech companies acquire and merge with smaller firms.

The bill, titled the Platform Competition and Opportunity Act, is a companion to antitrust legislation advanced out of the House Judiciary Committee in June. If enacted, the law would shift the burden in antitrust cases to the acquiring party for mergers greater than $50 million, meaning that the acquiring firm would have to prove that its acquisition of another company was not anti-competitive.

The bill explicitly targets Big Tech companies, and it applies to firms with market capitalizations over $600 billion, at least 50,000,000 U.S.-based monthly active users or 100,000 monthly active business users. This would include Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple.

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Senators Cotton, Hawley to Work on Bipartisan Bills Aimed at Breaking up Big Tech

Tom Cotton and Josh Hawley

Senate Republicans are joining with Democrats to work on a series of antitrust bills aimed at breaking up and regulating major tech companies.

Sen. Tom Cotton is working with both Democrats and Republicans in developing complementary legislation to several of the antitrust bills the House Judiciary Committee advanced in June, a spokesman for Sen. Cotton told the Daily Caller News Foundation, including the Platform Competition and Opportunity Act.

The House’s version of the act, one of a series of antitrust bills introduced by bipartisan members of the House Judiciary Committee, sought to prevent major tech platforms from consolidating their market share by acquiring smaller competitors. Under the law, the burden of proof would be on big tech companies to prove their mergers are lawful.

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States, Not Congress, Could Pose the Biggest Threat to Tech Companies

Despite calls for increased regulation of the tech industry, Congress has yet to pass any major legislation, leaving it up to the states to take action curbing tech companies’ power and influence.

Meanwhile, state legislatures have introduced and enacted legislation on data privacy, antitrust, and content moderation, while state attorneys general have issued a number of legal challenges alleging anticompetitive business practices.

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Commentary: Your Freedom of Speech Ends Wednesday

The Senate’s Committee on Rules and Administration Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has announced she is holding a hearing Wednesday, March 24th at 10:00 AM ET on H.R.1/S.1, the Democrats’ misnamed “For the People Act.”

This is the first announced Senate hearing on the Democrats’ plan to do away with your freedom of speech, and if you were hoping the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration would act to correct the outrages that are central provisions of the House-passed bill, think again.

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Sen. Klobuchar Blasts ‘Angry, Violent Mob’ in Inauguration Speech

A Minnesota Senator used her inaugural speech to demonize mostly peaceful protestors who occupied the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, while simultaneously calling for unity.  

“Two weeks ago, when an angry, violent mob staged an insurrection and desecrated this temple of our democracy, it awakened us to our responsibility as Americans,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said, speaking to a sparse crowd. “This is the day when our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust, and does what America always does: goes forward as a nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” 

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Klobuchar Withdraws from VP Consideration, Urges Biden to Pick a Black Woman

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has withdrawn herself from the running to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate in November, according to CNN.

In her announcement on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show on MSNBC, she described the race riots following the death of George Floyd as “a historic moment,” and that America “must seize on this moment.” She then urged the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee “to put a woman of color on the ticket.”

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The Star Trib Has Only Endorsed One Republican Gubernatorial Candidate In 30 Years

The Star Tribune, Minnesota’s leading news source, has only endorsed one Republican for governor during the state’s last eight gubernatorial elections. Apart from its 1994 endorsement of Republican Arne Carlson, The Star Tribune has otherwise supported six Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party candidates, and one Independence Party candidate since 1990. In order,…

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Klobuchar Will Campaign In Iowa With Days to Go Before Midterms

With just days to go before the midterm elections, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will spend the weekend campaigning for Democratic colleagues in Iowa. Such visits to the state, especially during an important reelection campaign, are often consider potential presidential feelers. Michael Avenatti, for instaNewnce, has made multiple visits to the…

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Americans for Limited Government Asks: ‘Is Sexual Violence in Minnesota Okay When It’s a Democrat?’

by Natalia Castro   Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are running to maintain their seats this November. While both are leading in the polls, their race has not been without controversy. In Americans for Limited Government’s latest issue advocacy ad, they highlight the hypocrisy surrounding Klobuchar and Smith’s…

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Does Anybody Know Where Tina Smith Was Sunday Night?

Republican Karin Housley debated an empty podium Sunday night after Democratic opponent Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) declined to participate due to a “complicated schedule.” But nobody seems to know what scheduling conflicts in particular prevented Smith from attending, and Smith herself didn’t elaborate beyond saying that she has “just a…

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Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar Floated As Potential 2020 Democrat Presidential Nominee

Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) name is being floated as a potential presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in the 2020 election. Democrats are predicting that as many as 30 candidates could compete for the nomination, and Klobuchar’s name is consistently listed among them. The Minnesota Democrat would likely struggle in…

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POLL: Housley, Johnson Within Three Points, Dems Less Favorable Than Republicans

A new poll shows that Republican Karin Housley is within three points of incumbent Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) who is running in her first election since replacing Al Franken. According to Change Research, 43 percent of likely voters support Housley in the special election while 46 percent said they support…

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Both of Minnesota’s Democrat Senators Refuse to Participate In Televised Debate

Both of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators are refusing to participate in any further televised debates but are still leading their opponents in the polls. 5 Eyewitness News invited Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) to participate in Sunday’s debates, which will also include the gubernatorial and attorney general…

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Klobuchar Refuses to Answer Whether She Would Prosecute Kavanaugh

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) dodged questions Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union about whether or not she would prosecute Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over the multiple sexual-assault allegations he is facing. Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made headlines last week during her questioning of Kavanaugh…

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Obama Snubs Ellison and Omar In Latest Round of Endorsements

President Barack Obama endorsed a slate of candidates for Minnesota’s statewide elections Monday, but some high-profile Democrats were conspicuously absent from his list. Obama’s list of endorsements spanned 22 states and more than 100 candidates running for state and federal office, including gubernatorial candidates, their running mates, attorney generals, and…

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Twin Cities Met Council to Undergo Federal Review Over its Unelected Board

Jason Lewis

Minnesota’s Met Council is now under federal review by the U.S. Department of Transportation after facing years of criticism over its undemocratic structure. The Twin Cities Met Council consists of 17 unelected officials, including its chair, all of whom are appointed by the state’s governor to oversee several of the…

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Minnesota Democrats React In Outrage Over Brett Kavanaugh Vote

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to narrowly sneak by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Minnesota Democrats are outraged at the prospect. During Thursday’s historic hearing, Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford painfully recalled a decades-old high school party at which the alleged assault occurred. After hours of…

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar Claims Medical Records Are ‘More Reliable’ at Kavanaugh Hearing, Ellison’s Accuser Has Produced Two

During Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) referred to a legal precedent that may come to hurt one of her Democratic allies. Ford appeared before the committee Thursday morning to address sexual-assault allegations she has made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. During…

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Ellison Calls for House Ethics Investigation In Response to Abuse Allegations Against Him

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN-03) has requested a House Ethics Committee investigation into the domestic-abuse allegations made against him by ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan. In August, Monahan accused the congressman of forcibly dragging her from a bed, and continues to slowly release text messages and medical records supporting her claims. Ellison has…

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Klobuchar Continues to Lead Charge Against Kavanaugh While Staying Quiet on Ellison Allegations

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) remains a key opponent to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. On Wednesday, Kavanaugh faced yet another allegation, this time with the accuser saying he witnessed her being “gang raped.” President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court…

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Media Outlet Suing to Unseal Ellison Divorce Records While Senators Focus on Kavanaugh Allegation

Keith Ellison

A local media outlet is suing to unseal court records pertaining to Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN-05) divorce as the Democratic congressman struggles to bounce back from multiple domestic-abuse allegations. “We at Alpha News believe that the voting public of Minnesota should know the contents of his sealed divorce proceeding in…

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New Poll Shows ‘Competitive’ Senate Race Between Karin Housley and Tina Smith

A new poll released Wednesday confirms that the race between Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Republican Karin Housley will be unusually “competitive” in a typically blue state. The poll, conducted by KSTP and SurveyUSA, shows that Smith, who was appointed to her position after Al Franken resigned, leads her opponent…

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Minnesota Candidates Break from the Campaign Trail to Commemorate 9/11

Minnesota’s political candidates took a brief pause from the campaign trail Tuesday morning to commemorate the seventeenth anniversary of 9/11. “Today, we both mourn and remember the tragedy of September 11. We’re reminded of those who gave everything serving and sacrificing for others. 17 years later, we remember those highest…

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Sen. Klobuchar Voted in 2013 to End Senate Filibuster of Presidential Nominations, Wants It Back Now To Stop Kavanaugh

Amy Klobuchar

In a Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press” with anchor Chuck Todd, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) expressed regret over her 2013 vote in favor of senatorial filibuster rule changes. With Senate Judiciary Committee hearings just completed for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, the Democrats are still scrambling…

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Minnesota’s U.S. Senators Klobuchar and Smith Join Obstructionist Democrat Colleagues in Undermining SCOTUS Nomination Hearings

Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s first hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got underway Tuesday, but some Democratic senators are already calling for its adjournment, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN). At the center of Tuesday’s chaotic start is a mountain of documents pertaining to the…

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Minnesota Politicians Invade State Fair, But Voters Want to Leave Politics At Home

Each year, the Minnesota State Fair looks more and more like a political convention, but this year fair-goers seem to have had enough of the politicization of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Both major parties, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party and the state GOP, have booths at the fair with their respective…

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Republican Jeff Johnson Closing In On Tim Walz In Minnesota Governor’s Race

Jeff Johnson, Tim Walz

The latest poll out of Suffolk University shows that Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson (pictured, left) trails his opponent Rep. Tim Walz (pictured, right) by only five points in the race for Minnesota’ governorship. The poll, conducted between August 17 and August 20, surveyed 500 Minnesotans on their opinions of…

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