Top Global Diplomats to Convene on Religious Freedom

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened a major door for the advance of religious freedom this week.

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House Leader Denounces Silicon Valley Censorship

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), a leading contender to assume the top House Republican post in the next Congress, has called out Silicon Valley for viewpoint censorship.

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A Call for C-Band Users Registration by July 18

NRB members utilizing satellite “C-band” spectrum (3.7 to 4.2 GHz) for distribution of programming should take note that the FCC is considering whether or not it is feasible

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Fairness Doctrine Trying to Rise from its Coffin?

Given the political theater of Senate Democrats on “net neutrality” this week, it was little surprise when that internet freedom issue became a focus in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that featured testimony from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

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New Commissioners for USCIRF

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) will have some new faces on it in the days ahead.

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Music Licensing Bill Gets Hearing in Senate

The Music Modernization Act, which passed out of the House of Representatives without dissent last month, was the focus of a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

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Vice President Pence Hosts NRB Members at the White House

In a meeting he called “inspiring,” Vice President Mike Pence hosted Dr. Satish Kumar and other NRB friends at the White House on Tuesday.

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Title II Advocates Work to Reinstate 2015 FCC Internet Order

This week Senate Democrats filed a petition to force a vote on Sen. Edward Markey’s (D-Mass.) Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would reverse the FCC’s decision in December to rolling back the agency’s assumption of heavy-handed new Title II powers over the internet in 2015.

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White House Launches New Faith Initiative

In a Rose Garden ceremony on the National Day of Prayer, President Donald Trump signed an executive order launching a new faith-based initiative.

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Online Censorship Claims a Hoax?

This week the House Judiciary Committee held an important hearing on “Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms” with a particular focus on viewpoint suppression.

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Facebook Releases More Detailed Content Guidelines

This week Facebook made moves to enhance its users’ abilities to understand its rules and to appeal its rulings.

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Senate Confirms Hobby Lobby Lawyer to Circuit Court

The U.S. Senate this week confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Challenges Ahead for Religious Freedom Abroad

This week the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) held a summit in honor of the 20th anniversary of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA).

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Commissioner Clyburn Stepping Down

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that this week’s Open Meeting would be her last as she would be stepping down from the commission.

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Senator Attacks Pompeo for Religious Beliefs

Another Democrat Senator has attacked an executive branch nominee because of his religious beliefs. This time the victim was CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated to be U.S. Secretary of State.

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Trial Date Nears for American Pastor Imprisoned in Turkey

A court date is set for Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey on Monday. Brunson is a U.S. citizen who pastored churches in Turkey for more than two decades.

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