Commerce

Who’s Left to Fill Out Trump’s Cabinet?
President-elect continues to consider members of Congress from both sides of the aisle

President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that he would nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to be his secretary of Defense. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Updated Dec. 2, 3:31 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump has announced who he’ll nominate for several of the high-profile positions for his incoming administration, but there's much speculation about who he'll put in the remaining spots. 

Kansas Senator Calls Hearing to Fight Ticket Scalping 'Bots'
Will focus on legislation designed to crack down on bulk ticket buying

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, center, is sponsoring legislation designed to stop automated bots from stockpiling tickets, the subject of next week's hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan effort to keep ticket scalpers from scooping up the best seats at sporting events, concerts and Broadway shows will get its biggest boost yet on Capitol Hill next week.

Sen. Jerry Moran, who is sponsoring legislation designed to stop automated bots from stockpiling tickets, is set to convene a hearing next week, the Kansas Republican said in a statement provided to Roll Call on Tuesday.

Proposed Tech-Export Rules Bashed by Companies, Researchers
Highlights challenges of regulating intrusion, surveillance technologies

The 41 participating nations in the so-called Wassenaar Arrangement (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Amid the Arab Spring upheavals five years ago, human rights advocates became concerned about electronic surveillance technologies and hacking tools that governments across North Africa and the Middle East were using to monitor and silence dissidents.

News reports detailed how equipment and technology from Western companies such as U.S.-based Hewlett-Packard and NetApp Inc., Sweden’s Ericsson AB, United Kingdom’s Creativity Software Ltd., Italy’s Hacking Team, Germany’s FinFisher and France’s Vupen had found their way to some of the region’s most repressive regimes. 

Facebook to Brief House Committee Over Conservatives' Concerns
GOP senator questions Facebook CEO over allegations of suppressing news of interest to conservatives

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was given until May 24 to respond to a letter from South Dakota Sen. John Thune over allegations that the social media website was suppressing conservative viewpoints. (Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images)

Shortly after Sen. John Thune went straight to the top Tuesday for answers on allegations that Facebook is excluding stories on conservative political topics from its featured spots, the social media outlet agreed to come to Capitol Hill to brief the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

It’s unclear whether Facebook's decision was related to the letter Thune wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking how the social media site controls its trending topics section.