Daily News Roundup
The Editors will resume our more extensive coverage in the Daily News Roundup on Tuesday, June 1 following Memorial Day. During this weekend of solemn tribute to all those who have sacrificed so much for this Republic and our liberty, the following are reminders of what this great national holiday is about.
MEMORIAL DAY: MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021 (FREEDOM ISN’T FREE)
The American Story: Known But To God
More than 4 million visitors come to Arlington National Cemetery every year from across America and around the world and, unless they have their own personal visit to make, the thing they most want to do is to climb the hill to the high ground of the Memorial Amphitheater and visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Listen to the 6:45 minute audio at The American Story.
MEMORIAL DAY QUOTES
“If words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” — Ronald Reagan
“Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as best he can, the same cause—honor to him, less only than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.” — Abraham Lincoln
A CURRENT DAY THREAT TO LIBERTY
Oliver: From Big Tech to Big Brother
The problem of monopoly in a digital age. Tech monopolies have been under scrutiny for years—though some might object that describing them as “monopolies” is already stealing a base. Technicalities aside, however, complaints have been pouring in about the practices of tech mega-companies, especially the big four: Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter. It has become impossible to avoid taking a serious look at reforming them. Last October, the Department of Justice brought a long-awaited antitrust suit against Google. The suit will take ages. But whether the DOJ wins or loses, the publicity for Google and its Big Tech buddies should be awful—assuming there is any publicity. The suit followed a report on tech monopolies, almost two years in the making, from the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law (ACAL). The ACAL’s majority report recommended, inter alia, “structural separations and prohibition of certain dominant platforms, from operating in adjacent lines of business.” Four Republican members wrote a response to the majority (“The Third Way”), largely agreeing with the report’s findings but dissenting from some of its recommended legislative solutions.
Political watchers may have been shocked to find bipartisanship going on in Washington. But the tech mega-companies are equal-opportunity predators: they treat all sorts of ordinary, non-media-oriented businesses abysmally. And those businesses’ Washington representatives include, obviously, both Republicans and Democrats. They want whatever relief the antitrust statutes can provide—and if they can’t provide any, then they want legislation that can. […] To be effective, a law prohibiting viewpoint discrimination would have to . . .
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