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SPLASH! Recap of December 15, 2016

News Making A Splash Today Will Have Ripple Effects Tomorrow

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SPLASH! News

DNC Chair Candidate Keith Ellison Expected to Endorse Stephen Bittel

Miami Herald – According to Stephen Bittel, Keith Ellison has endorsed Bittel in his race for Miami-Dade committeeman, which will make him the next Florida Democratic Party chairman. Ellison has not yet confirmed the endorsement.

The Progressive Army covered the story of Bittel, a rich Democratic donor who has weaseled his way into the race after another man stepped down from his position. Many progressive groups, including Bernie Sanders’s own Our Revolution, oppose Bittel’s run on the grounds that he subverted the typical process.

Facebook Reveals Plans to Combat Fake News

Facebook Newsroom – After the general election, there was a public outcry, at least in the media, against so-called Fake News, an apparent epidemic of false news stories that some people believe helped lead to Donald Trump’s win. Facebook in particular has borne the brunt of this assault, as many people point their fingers at the social media site for the ease with which fake news can spread.

Facebook is introducing several new features to the News Feed: making it easier for users to report posts, flagging stories deemed false or fake by third-party fact-checking organizations as disputed, and informing users when a link they’re about to share is disputed. Additionally, they are working to reduce and disrupt the financial incentives of driving views to fake news sites that are filled with ads.

Dylann Roof, Charleston Church Shooter, Found Guilty

The New York Times – The last day of Dylann Roof’s trial was Thursday and the jurors returned a guilty verdict in 33 counts, including hate crimes. Roof had previously confessed his guilt to investigators and had visited the church a half dozen times, indicating premeditation. His motive seemed pretty clear, too, considering his white-supremacist tendencies, including a racist manifesto that he published online. The same jurors will meet again in January, when they will determine whether he will be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.

FCC Announces Chairman Wheeler to Step Down in January.

FCC – According to a statement released by the FCC today, Chairman Tom Wheeler will be stepping down from his position on January 20, 2017. Wheeler released the following statement:

Serving as F.C.C. Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life. I am deeply grateful to the President for giving me this opportunity. I am especially thankful to the talented Commission staff for their service and sacrifice during my tenure. Their achievements have contributed to a thriving communications sector, where robust investment and world-leading innovation continue to drive our economy and meaningful improvements in the lives of the American people. It has been a privilege to work with my fellow Commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans.

Despite having previously worked as a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry that he later regulated, Wheeler listened to the copious public comments on net neutrality, ruling in favor of classifying Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

Written by Raven Payne

Recently awakened progressive in pursuit of truth in all things.

Raven Payne is an Editor and Writer for Progressive Army, and a member of its Editorial Board.

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Stephen Bittel (left) with Leslie Miller and Alberto Carvalho at the For the Love of Learning Gala.

Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party in Miami-Dade

SPLASH! Recap of December 15, 2016