Four Democrats — Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Gary Peters of Michigan and Jon Tester of Montana — voted with their Republican colleagues to confirm Pai.
Russian interference investigations
During a joint press conference, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), committee vice chairman, emphasized that they had a number of unresolved questions for Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. regarding Russian-sponsored political ads and urged executives from those companies to testify at a hearing scheduled for Nov. 1.
Facebook and Twitter officials have agreed to testify at the committee’s hearing. Google has not yet commented on its plans.
Facebook cut references to Russia from a public report published in April about influence campaigns on the social media platform during the 2016 election because some staffers believed the company’s understanding of Russian activity was too speculative, according to people familiar with the matter.
A number of the Russian-financed ads that ran on Facebook during last year’s presidential election season reportedly targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two critical battleground states that were essential to Donald Trump’s electoral victory. Facebook turned over 3,000 Russia-linked ads to three congressional committees on Monday.
Former Equifax Inc. CEO Richard Smith was criticized by members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee after he said that he and other executives were not aware of the significance of the company’s data breach until weeks after it was detected in late July.
The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, ordered Amazon.com Inc. to pay roughly 250 million euros ($294 million) in back taxes to Luxembourg, saying that the tech giant had been receiving an unfair tax advantage. The European Union’s antitrust chief also said it would take the Irish government to court for failing to recoup back taxes from Apple Inc., a move that had been ordered over a year ago.
Luxembourg will ask Amazon to set aside the 250 million euros that the commission ordered the company to repay in back taxes while both parties consider whether or not to appeal the decision.