Five major websites will go dark on Wednesday protesting two Congressional bills, which critics argue could curtail Internet and free speech. If passed, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA, would allow the US government to seek a court order and even shut down websites that contain content or links to unauthorized copyrighted content. Moreover, advertisers and Internet service providers would be banned from doing business with transgressors.Proponents of the legislation include companies that are trying to protect their copyrights, such as the Motion Picture Association of America, The NBA, Pfizer, Nike, L'Oreal, as well as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the US Conference of Mayors.However, voices of opposition include Internet giants Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Mozilla, and Wikipedia – who say that the proposed laws constitute a First Amendment violation, promote censorship, and harm the democratic flow of information. Check out how five major websites plan to protest SOPA and PIPA:
IRS commissioner John Koskinen appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the loss of former Treasury official Lois Lerner’s emails and crash of her hard drive. Meanwhile, the federal gasoline tax could be phased and leave the Highway Trust Fundthe House Ways and Means Committee plans to vote on indexing the $1,000 child tax credit.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will begin its two-part hearing on missing IRS emails today. Tomorrow, the Senate Finance Committee will examine the role of the tax system in reducing student debt.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions during House committee hearings.
The House will release a tax plan on Wednesday that would cut the top individual tax rate to 25 percent. Read on for the GOP's tax proposal and and teh rest of today's tax news.
Lawmakers have plenty of questions for Lois Lerner, the IRS official who ordered the targeting of conservative groups to stop, concerning her past statements. She said she did nothing wrong, but invoked her Fifth Amendment rights.
Rush Limbaugh says declining ad revenue at talk radio stations that carry his programming isn't a sign that a boycott against him is working. It may have more to do with an expiring contract.