West Virginia University: WVU Libraries receives second LYRASIS grant to support portal for congressional archives

West Virginia University: WVU Libraries receives second LYRASIS grant to support portal for congressional archives. “West Virginia University Libraries has been awarded a $39,300 LYRASIS Catalyst Fund grant to support the American Congress Digital Archives Portal, congressarchives.lib.wvu.edu, the first-ever online portal that brings together congressional archives from repositories throughout the United States.”

Congress’ First Public Hearing on UFOs in 50 years Is Tuesday: How to Watch (CNET)

CNET: Congress’ First Public Hearing on UFOs in 50 years Is Tuesday: How to Watch. “Few things capture the public imagination quite like UFOs and sci-fi suggestions that aliens might be vacationing on our humble little planet. And on Tuesday, May 17, the US House Intelligence Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation Subcommittee plans to shed some light on UFOs — more formally known as unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP — with an open hearing.”

GPO: Congressional Pictorial Directory Available On GPO’s GOVINFO

GPO: Congressional Pictorial Directory Available On GPO’s GOVINFO. “The U.S. Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) makes available the Congressional Pictorial Directory: 117th Congress on GPO’s govinfo, the one-stop site to information published by the Federal Government. GPO teammates designed and produced the Pictorial Directory, which features a color photograph of each Member of the House of Representatives and Senate. It also details each Member’s length of service, political party affiliation, and congressional district. The Pictorial Directory also contains pictures of the President, Vice President, and House and Senate officers and officials.”

Long testing lines, fresh fears but no new masks amid rising cases: Omicron has landed on Capitol Hill. (Politico Congress Minutes)

Politico Congress Minutes: Long testing lines, fresh fears but no new masks amid rising cases: Omicron has landed on Capitol Hill. . “Cases are at all-time highs in the Washington, D.C. area, but Senate Democrats aren’t calling for the chamber to require masking. Even as they express frustration with maskless GOP colleagues, they’re framing masking as a personal responsibility to protect themselves and others from the Omicron variant of Covid-19. They aren’t calling for major new rules — nor would Republicans likely accept them willingly.”

Business Insider: Search the assets, investments, outside employment, and debts of congressional lawmakers using Insider’s exclusive databases

Business Insider: Search the assets, investments, outside employment, and debts of congressional lawmakers using Insider’s exclusive databases. “Insider has compiled and analyzed hundreds of US House and Senate financial disclosures to create a searchable, sortable, and near-complete accounting of members of Congress’ personal finances. The databases — one for the Senate and one for the House — include members of Congress’ individual assets, stock transactions, debts, and other outside income. They are the most complete and detailed public accounting of the individual finances of federal lawmakers.”

Roll Call: Senate allows small public tours to resume in the Capitol

Roll Call: Senate allows small public tours to resume in the Capitol. “The Senate sergeant-at-arms has relaxed its pandemic policy on public tours in the Capitol, saying some guests can once again visit the building. The new guidance allows small staff-led tours in a limited area on the Senate side. Two tours of up to six guests each will be open to visitors every half-hour between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a memo

Business Insider: As the pandemic raged, at least 75 lawmakers bought and sold stock in companies that make COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and tests

Business Insider: As the pandemic raged, at least 75 lawmakers bought and sold stock in companies that make COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and tests. “Dozens of Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill have invested in companies that have a direct stake in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an Insider analysis of federal financial records.”

New York Times: The head of Instagram agrees to testify as Congress probes the app’s effects on young people.

New York Times: The head of Instagram agrees to testify as Congress probes the app’s effects on young people.. “Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, who will lead the hearing.”

Just Security: A Dozen Experts with Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs — On Disinformation and Extremism

Just Security: A Dozen Experts with Questions Congress Should Ask the Tech CEOs — On Disinformation and Extremism. “Next Thursday will be the first time the tech CEOs will face Congress since the January 6th siege on the U.S. Capitol, where different groups of individuals incited by disinformation campaigns led by former President Donald Trump and his allies sought to prevent the certification of the presidential election. Questions about the role of the tech platforms in contributing to radicalization and extremism and propagating disinformation related to the election are expected, according to a press release from the Committee. They are also interested in the spread of disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.”

Google, Facebook, Twitter CEOs will face US lawmakers again: How to watch (CNET)

CNET: Google, Facebook, Twitter CEOs will face US lawmakers again: How to watch. “It’s not the first time that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have been grilled by lawmakers about how they moderate content but the coronavirus pandemic and the election season has put a larger spotlight on the topic. The virtual hearing comes as US lawmakers consider new regulation that could put more pressure on online platforms to do a better job of combating lies.”

Axios: Vaccine brawl riles House

Axios: Vaccine brawl riles House. “Uncertainty about why only 75% of the House is confirmed as vaccinated against the coronavirus is fueling a debate about when the chamber can return to its normal rules of operation. Between the lines: The other 25% of members have either refused to get the vaccine, have not reported getting it at home or are avoiding it because of medical conditions.”

Roll Call: One-tenth of Congress had COVID-19, but cases halted soon after vaccinations

Roll Call: One-tenth of Congress had COVID-19, but cases halted soon after vaccinations. “Roughly 1 in 10 members of Congress contracted COVID-19 in the past year since the pandemic significantly changed daily life in the United States and on Capitol Hill. At least 71 lawmakers had COVID-19 at some point in 2020 or 2021, based on public statements they made about testing or being presumed positive for the virus or testing positive for antibodies, according to a GovTrack database.”

Pew: Though not especially productive in passing bills, the 116th Congress set new marks for social media use

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Though not especially productive in passing bills, the 116th Congress set new marks for social media use. “Voting members of the 116th Congress collectively produced more than 2.2 million tweets and Facebook posts in 2019 and 2020. That means the median member of Congress produced more than 3,000 posts across their profiles on the two social media platforms during this span. In total, the 116th Congress produced roughly 738,000 more social media posts than the 114th Congress of 2015-2016, the first one for which the Center has data.”

The Architect’s Newspaper: Congress authorizes new Smithsonian museums dedicated to American Latino and women’s history

The Architect’s Newspaper: Congress authorizes new Smithsonian museums dedicated to American Latino and women’s history. “The future presence of a pair of new Smithsonian museums, the National Museum of the American Latino and the Women’s National History Museum, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was secured late last night after Congress approved their creation as part of a $2.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.”

MIT Technology Review: Congress wants answers from Google about Timnit Gebru’s firing

MIT Technology Review: Congress wants answers from Google about Timnit Gebru’s firing. “Nine members of the US Congress have sent a letter to Google asking it to clarify the circumstances around its former ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru’s forced departure. Led by Representative Yvette Clarke and Senator Ron Wyden, and co-signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker, the letter sends an important signal about how Congress is scrutinizing tech giants and thinking about forthcoming regulation.”