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Biden apologizes for calling Clinton impeachment ‘partisan lynching,’ but hammers Trump again for using term

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Former Vice President Joe Biden offered an apology late on Tuesday for previously referring to the Clinton impeachment as a “partisan lynching” just hours after he condemned President Trump for referring to his own impeachment with the same term.

Trump was widely criticized for claiming on Twitter that Republicans are witnessing a “lynching.” Several 2020 Democrats piled on the president, including the 2020 frontrunner.

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution,” Biden reacted. “Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It’s despicable.”

FLASHBACK: TOP DEMS, INCLUDING BIDEN AND NADLER, CALLED CLINTON IMPEACHMENT ‘LYNCHING’

However, CNN unearthed an interview Biden did on the network in 1998, where he used the term he blasted Trump for.

“Even if the president should be impeached, history will question whether or not this was a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard,” then-Sen. Biden told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “the very high bar that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense.”

As his unearthed remarks went viral, Biden offered an apology… but continued to hammer Trump by insisting he “chose his words deliberately.”

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden tweeted. “Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.”

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Biden was one of several Democratic lawmakers who used the term “lynching” in the past, including now-Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, and Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.

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Hong Kong flag flies during TNT coverage of Lakers-Clippers NBA season opener

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A large Hong Kong flag was seen waving in the middle of the crowd outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles during TNT’s coverage of Tuesday night’s NBA season opener between the Lakers and Clippers — and quickly sparked debate on social media.

Some praised the fan for waving the flag, while others said politics should be kept out of sports. Others tried to interpret whether TNT was taking a position in the dispute between Hong Kong and China, judging by how long the flag remained on screen.

SHAQ DEFENDS DARYL MOREY AMID NBA-CHINA FEUD: IN AMERICA, ‘WE’RE ALLOWED TO SPEAK OUT ON INJUSTICES’

The NBA became linked to the Hong Kong-China dispute earlier this month when the general manager of the Houston Rockets wrote a Twitter message in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators just as two NBA clubs — the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets — were beginning a visit to China to play a pair of preseason games and make promotional appearances.

The NBA drew criticism for a series of awkward comments — by executives and players alike — made in response to the Rockets executive’s tweet, which was deleted. The NBA, as well as several other American companies, have received backlash for allegedly censoring their employees in an effort to preserve business relationships with China amid months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a Chinese territory.

Some Nets expressed support for Hong Kong when the team returned to Brooklyn. At  Tuesday’s game in Los Angeles, some fans there also showed the debate wasn’t over.

SHAQ DEFENDS DARYL MOREY AMID NBA-CHINA FEUD: IN AMERICA, ‘WE’RE ALLOWED TO SPEAK OUT ON INJUSTICES’

“To the guy waving the Hong Kong flag in the middle of the NBA halftime show, and to TNT letting it fly, thank you,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Large Hong Kong flag flying between Ernie and Kennie. Let’s see if TNT keeps showing it,” one user initially said. “TNT doesn’t seem to be trying to hide it. Panning to the view that shows it about as much as normal,” the same user wrote later on.

Some Twitters users praised whoever in the crowd decided to wave the Hong Kong flag. While others online said the flag was an unwelcome attempt to bring politics into sports.

“WHOEVERS WAVING THE HONG KONG FLAG AT THE TNT THING OUTSIDE STAPLES CENTER IS A NATIONAL HERO,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Whoever waving the Hong Kong flag behind the NBA on TNT Studio needs to chill. STOP. POLITICIZING. SPORTS,” another user wrote.

One user speculated that the TNT broadcast would not air in China after the Hong Kong flag was allowed to remain on the screen.

“I take in TNT commentary doesn’t air in China cuz there’s a large Hong Kong flag …. and another I don’t recognize,” the Twitter user wrote.

Appearing on TNT pre-game analysis earlier Tuesday, Shaquille O’Neal rushed to the defense of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey amid the ongoing feud between the NBA and China. Morey sparked a firestorm Oct. 4 after he expressed solidarity with Hong Kong protesters on Twitter. Several prominent figures within the NBA have been reluctant to comment on the situation and criticize China, including outspoken anti-Trump critics such as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and NBA superstar LeBron James.

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Activists also planned to hand out more than 10,000 pro-Hong Kong T-shirts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a crowdsourcing page set up by an NBA fan in Northern California raised nearly $43,000 in a span of two days, The Orange County Register reported.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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‘Late Night’ Writer Unleashes Savage Roast Of Trump’s Lynching Tweet

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Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin did not hold back Tuesday night when she delivered a savage roast of President Donald Trump over his use of the word “lynching” to describe the impeachment inquiry.

“The reason you’re comfortable comparing your situation to a lynching is because you value Black people so little that, in your mind, a Black person dying is equal to your slight discomfort,” Ruffin said.

The president came under fire Tuesday for a tweet about the impeachment proceedings in which he wrote: “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” 

Ruffin took the reins from host Seth Meyers, who said that he was not comfortable unpacking the complex issues surrounding a white person using the term.

She shredded the president for everything from his breathing habits to his father Fred Trump’s reported arrest near a Ku Klux Klan riot in 1927. 

“The impeachment inquiry is not a lynching. Don’t believe me? Ask your Klan-ass dad,” she bantered.

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Trump blasts report that Conway or Mnuchin might replace Mulvaney: ‘Fake News!’

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President Trump fired off a late-night Twitter message Tuesday, slamming as “Fake News!” a story that said top aides Kellyanne Conway and Steve Mnuchin were under consideration to replace acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

“Wrong, never even discussed this with Kellyane Conway or Steve Mnuchin,” the president wrote. “Just more Fake News!”

MEDIA BUZZ: MICK MULVANEY STRUGGLES AS WHITE HOUSE LEAKS SAY HIS JOB IS IN JEOPARDY

The president was referring to a story posted earlier in the day by Bloomberg that said Trump “for weeks” has been “privately testing” the idea of dismissing Mulvaney – and that counselor Conway and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin were both seen as possible replacements.

“You have such great ideas, why don’t you be my chief?” Trump supposedly said to Mnuchin during a gathering of White House staffers about a month ago, according to the report.

Other sources told Bloomberg the president was seeking opinions from top advisers on whether Conway could handle the job.

Mulvaney has come under fire recently for his remarks at a news conference at which he tried  to explain the Trump administration’s interactions with Ukraine.

Mulvaney seemed to contradict President Trump’s claim that there was no “quid pro quo” during his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, by telling reporters at the White House Thursday that the release of military aid to Ukraine was tied to the administration’s demands that Kiev investigate purported corruption by the Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

When questioned by reporters about the administration’s decision to withhold $400 million in aid from Ukraine, Mulvaney said Trump told him at the time: “This is a corrupt place. Everyone knows this is a corrupt place. … Plus, I’m not sure that the other European countries are helping them out either.”

Mulvaney added: “Did [Trump] also mention to me, in the past, the corruption related to the DNC server? Absolutely. No question about that. But that’s it. And that’s why we held up the money. … They look back to what happened in 2016 certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation. And that is absolutely appropriate.”

Both Conway and Mnuchin have been staunch defenders of the president.

Last month Conway appeared on Fox News’ “The Story” and took aim at the still-unidentified “whistleblower” who raised concerns about trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president.

“The whistleblower is someone who does not have firsthand knowledge of what happened,” Conway said at the time, calling the individual “more blowhard than whistleblower.”

During an August appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Mnuchin described the president as “determined as ever” in working out a trade agreement with China.

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“Free, fair and reciprocal trade with China is a major goal of the president,” Mnuchin said, “and … he will do whatever he needs to in order to achieve this. That includes planned sanctions, and a willingness to deal with any Chinese retaliation accordingly.”

Mulvaney, 52, became acting White House chief of staff in January, replacing retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly. The former congressman from South Carolina also remains director of the Office of Management and Budget, the office he assumed in February 2017.

Fox News’ Joshua Nelson, Charles Creitz and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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‘Late Night’ Writer Unleashes Savage Roast Of Trump’s Lynching Tweet

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Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin did not hold back Tuesday night when she delivered a savage roast of President Donald Trump over his use of the word “lynching” to describe the impeachment inquiry.

“The reason you’re comfortable comparing your situation to a lynching is because you value Black people so little that, in your mind, a Black person dying is equal to your slight discomfort,” Ruffin said.

The president came under fire Tuesday for a tweet about the impeachment proceedings in which he wrote: “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” 

Ruffin took the reins from host Seth Meyers, who said that he was not comfortable unpacking the complex issues surrounding a white person using the term.

She shredded the president for everything from his breathing habits to his father Fred Trump’s reported arrest near a Ku Klux Klan riot in 1927. 

“The impeachment inquiry is not a lynching. Don’t believe me? Ask your Klan-ass dad,” she bantered.

Check out the roast above.

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Colbert Nails What Everyone Seems To Have Missed In The Testimony Against Trump

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Several experts called Tuesday’s explosive new evidence against President Donald Trump “damning” as the House considers impeachment. 

But “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert isn’t so sure.

William Taylor, the former top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, reportedly told lawmakers that Trump held up military aid to force the country to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and a right-wing conspiracy theory about the 2016 election. 

Former U.S. Attorney David Kelley said on MSNBC that the evidence against Trump is now so “damning” that if this were a criminal case, it probably wouldn’t even go to trial.  

“When confronted with all the evidence, a reasonable defendant would likely take a plea.” he said.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) called the testimony a “sea change,” according to The Hill. 

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) called it “damning” on CNN. 

But Colbert offered a different take. 

“Do you understand what this means?” he asked. “We finally have solid evidence of the crime that Trump and his chief of staff have already confessed to committing on camera.” 

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20-year-old Juan Soto shines, Nationals topple Astros’ Gerrit Cole in Game 1 of World Series

HOUSTON – They toppled the invincible, and took a massive step toward doing the impossible.

Yes, the Washington Nationals’ first World Series victory in their franchise’s history wasn’t just any old Game 1 win.

They felled the unbeatable Gerrit Cole, breaking the Houston Astros ace’s 19-game winning streak, and showcased for the world their superstar slugger who, for at least a few more days, is still too young to drink.

In this startling, World Series-turning 5-4 victory, the Nationals got a game-tying solo home run from Juan Soto, who turns 21 on Friday. He followed four innings later with a ringing two-run double that provided the eventual winning runs.

Both drives soared to the opposite field, the home run reaching the train tracks of Minute Maid Park, the double ringing hard off the left field fence.

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Both stunned the overflow crowd of 43,339 and Cole, whose postseason to date was as rhythmic and reliable as a metronome.

  • Fifteen strikeouts in 7 ⅔ innings against Tampa Bay.
  • Ten strikeouts in eight innings against Tampa Bay.
  • Seven strikeouts in seven innings against the New York Yankees.

And just one earned run given up, a playoff 0.40 ERA and an umblemished record since his last defeat, on May 22.

That same day, the Nationals, already left for dead, lost to the Mets at Citi Field to fall to 19-30. A day later, their bullpen would blow another lead and fall to 19-31, a record now burned in the memory of their most devoted fans.

Since then, the Nationals have posted an 83-39 record, a .680 win percentage that includes a startling 8-1 record in the postseason.

And while the world now knows not to take them lightly, no win was perhaps as stunning as Game 1.

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State of the series

The Astros will send Justin Verlander – who will finish first or second ahead of or behind Cole in the AL Cy Young race – to the mound for Game 2 at Minute Maid Park, with Stephen Strasburg (1.10 career ERA) going for the Nationals.

Manager’s special

Dave Martinez got aggressive and then got greedy – and it nearly cost him Game 1. With starter Max Scherzer gutting through five innings on 112 pitches, Martinez went to lefty starter Patrick Corbin for his fourth relief appearance and it went splendidly, as he struck out Carlos Correa and Martin Maldonado in a scoreless sixth.

But instead of riding Corbin as long as needed – Corbin hadn’t pitched since Oct. 15 – Martinez lifted him, perhaps with an eye toward keeping him in line for a Game 3 start. Tanner Rainey, who recorded several big outs in the NL Division Series and NLCS, was summoned instead.

George Springer greeted him with a booming home run to make it 5-2 and Rainey followed with one-out walks to Altuve and Michael Brantley. That forced the emergency activation of closer Daniel Hudson, who got the innings final two outs and left the bases loaded by striking out Yordan Alvarez.

It was white-knuckle time from there – Hudson gave up an eighth-inning run on Springer’s double to the fence, but lefty Sean Doolittle escaped by getting Michael Brantley on a fly to left.

History lesson

There are postseason records – and then there are postseason records. Springer homered for the fifth consecutive World Series game, breaking a tie with Reggie Jackson and Lou Gehrig. He entered Game 1 with an .894 career OPS in 43 postseason games.

RISP-y business

The Astros stranded 11 runners and were 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position, bringing their postseason mark to 15 for 89 (.169).

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Nationals top Cole, Astros 5-4 in World Series opener

Juan Soto and the Washington Nationals quickly derailed the Cole Express.

A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

Not even a history-making home run by postseason star George Springer — and another drive that nearly tied it in the eighth inning — could deter Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman, still full of sock at 35, also homered to back a resourceful Max Scherzer and boost the wild-card Nationals in their first World Series appearance — tres bien for a franchise that began as the Montreal Expos in 1969.

Otherworldly almost all season, Cole looked downright ordinary. Trea Turner singled on the second pitch of the game and the Nationals were off and running, ending Cole’s 19-game winning streak that stretched back 25 starts to May.

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Not what Cole or anyone at Minute Maid Park expected, especially after he led the majors in strikeouts, topped the AL in ERA and finished second in the big leagues in wins to teammate Justin Verlander.

Cole had dominated in the AL playoffs, too.

Yet it was a further testament to an eternal truth about baseball: It doesn’t matter what you do the whole season if you don’t get it done in October.

Soto finished with three hits and a stolen base. Three days shy of his 21st birthday, the wunderkind left fielder also snared Michael Brantley’s try for late, tying hit.

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Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto celebrates in the dugout after his home run against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The MVP when Houston won its first crown in 2017, Springer set a record by connecting in his fifth straight Series game to make it 5-3 in the seventh. But reliever Daniel Hudson threw a fastball past rookie Yordan Alvarez with the bases loaded to end the inning.

In the eighth, Springer put a charge into a drive to deep right-center field, and it appeared as though he might’ve hit a tying, two-run homer. Springer took a couple hops out of the batter’s box to watch, and had to settle for an RBI double when the ball hit off the glove of a leaping Adam Eaton.

Heavily favored at the start, the 107-win Astros will try to get even Wednesday night when Verlander faces Stephen Strasburg in another matchup of aces.

Scherzer slipped in and out of trouble for five innings. But every time the stadium got rollicking, he found a way to get out of trouble. There’s a reason ol’ Max has won three Cy Young Awards.

Projected Game 4 starter Patrick Corbin threw a scoreless sixth for the Nationals. Springer connected off Tanner Rainey for his 14th career postseason home run before Hudson fanned Alvarez on three pitches.

Sean Doolittle retired Jose Altuve and Brantley to strand Springer at second in the eighth, then closed to give the Nationals their seventh straight victory and 17th in 19 games dating to their September playoff run.

The Nats had a week off after sweeping St. Louis in the NL Championship Series, and easily answered any worries about whether the layoff would result in rest or rust.

Leading the way was Soto, whose eighth-inning hit in the wild-card win over Milwaukee sent the Nationals on their path.

Fearless at the plate, he’s already become one of those rare players — like Springer — who seems to turn pressure into production.

Soto seemed overmatched when he fanned on Cole’s 99 mph heater in the first inning. Turned out Soto — the third-youngest player to bat cleanup in a World Series game after Ty Cobb (1907) and Miguel Cabrera (2003) — was just getting warmed up.

Soto justified his place in the 4-spot, launching a leadoff drive in the fourth onto the train tracks to make it 2-all.

A while later, the ball was still resting there when the Nationals rallied. Eaton hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth and one batter later, Soto doubled with two outs for a 5-2 lead.

Zimmerman’s long wait in Washington paid off when he hit the first World Series homer in Nationals history, connecting in the second. He was the first player drafted by the team, shortly after it moved from Montreal for the 2005 season.

Cole instantly tossed his right arm in the air as the ball took off, knowing he wanted that pitch back.

Early on, something else stopped Cole: the big World Series logo painted on the field in foul territory. He steadfastly refused to step on it, taking a detour each time he traveled between the dugout and mound.

Yuli Gurriel ended a string of narrow escapes for Scherzer this month. Opponents had been 0 for 17 against him with runners in scoring position in the postseason before Gurriel’s two-run double in the first.

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Nationals: Strasburg was 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the NL playoffs. He went 18-6 and set a career high for wins during the regular season. He’s pitched once in Houston, throwing six scoreless innings in 2017.

Astros: Verlander is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five World Series starts. He got this far with Detroit in 2006 and 2012 and the Astros in 2017. Verlander led the majors with 21 wins this year and struck out 300.

Juan Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the tagged Gerrit Cole and the 5-4 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

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Not even a history-making home run by postseason star George Springer and another drive that nearly tied it in the eighth inning could deter Washington.

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Republican lawmaker ‘destroyed’ latest impeachment inquiry witness argument: McCarthy

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday said a fellow Republican lawmaker deconstructed a key part of the latest Trump impeachment inquiry witness testimony in Tuesday’s closed-door session.

“In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy Taylor’s whole argument.”

The questioning by Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican and member of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, was an important moment in the hearing, McCarthy claimed.

“We can’t really talk about it,” he said.

Ratcliffe appeared on Fox News after the testimony and said there were new details brought to light, but said nothing “worthy of impeachment.”

McCarthy added House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is not allowing lawmakers to speak too specifically about the proceedings, in an interview Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“Adam Schiff won’t let us talk about what happened,” he said regarding U.S. diplomat to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s closed-door hearing on Capitol Hill. “There is no quid pro quo.”

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The California lawmaker also claimed the impeachment inquiry process continues to be based largely on testimony from without first-hand knowledge of the Trump-Ukraine situation.

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“The one thing that you find out in this process is all this information is just like that whistleblower… everything is second-, third-, and fourth-hand information,” he said.

He criticized Schiff for how he is conducting the proceedings, claiming the relevant Republican lawmakers are unable to view information from the hearings unless they are accompanied by the chairman’s staff members.

“What they are doing [is] they are changing every rule we ever had,” he said.

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Mark Zuckerberg Offers A Choice: The Facebook Way Or The China Way

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. He’s likely to face a broad range of questions about his company’s influence.

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Mark Zuckerberg says it’s Facebook’s way — or China’s way.

Facebook’s founder and CEO will tell Congress that the social network’s controversial digital currency project, Libra, is essential to projecting American leadership around the world.

He will warn that any delay risks losing that leadership to China, according to prepared remarks released ahead of a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Wednesday.

“While we debate these issues, the rest of the world isn’t waiting. China is moving quickly to launch similar ideas in the coming months,” Zuckerberg will say.

“I believe [Libra] will extend America’s financial leadership as well as our democratic values and oversight around the world. If America doesn’t innovate, our financial leadership is not guaranteed.”

Zuckerberg frequently invokes China as a rival to American technology supremacy, and American values.

Last week in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, he warned that calls for Facebook to exercise more limits on what people can and can’t say on its platform endangered its commitment to free speech — and America’s global influence.

“Until recently, the Internet in almost every country outside China has been defined by American platforms with strong free expression values. There’s no guarantee these values will win out,” he said.

Zuckerberg is back in the Capitol Hill hot seat as Facebook faces immense pressure over how much influence it has over the lives of its more than 2 billion users.

Members of Congress will seize the opportunity to grill him about a whole host of topics.

Here are five questions he could face in the hearing room.

Is Facebook really going to launch a currency?

Facebook says Libra would let users around the world — especially those without traditional bank accounts — send money as easily as sending a text message. And while the project was originally Facebook’s idea, it is meant to come to life with the help of 27 founding partners, including financial services companies.

But Libra hit hurdles as soon as it was announced. Regulators around the world have taken a dim view of the project, sounding fears that it could pose a threat to financial stability and be used to fund terrorism and other illegal activities.

In recent weeks, several of the initial partners backed away — including the credit card companies Visa and MasterCard and the digital payment firms PayPal and Stripe. People close to some of the companies that have dropped out told NPR they were concerned about angering regulators, given that they already operate in highly regulated industries.

Their departures have left some analysts doubting that the project can go forward.

“Libra sounds dead on arrival,” said Michael Pachter, an equities analyst at Wedbush Securities. “I don’t think Facebook can pull it off without the support of all the different banking and credit card processors and payment processors. I just don’t think that they have the wherewithal to actually do it themselves.”

In his prepared remarks, Zuckerberg acknowledged that Facebook is “not the ideal messenger right now. We’ve faced a lot of issues over the past few years, and I’m sure people wish it was anyone but Facebook putting this idea forward.”

And he said Libra will not be launched “anywhere in the world unless all US regulators approve it.”

Has Facebook done enough to stop discrimination in advertising?

Housing is the other headline subject of Wednesday’s hearing. Facebook has been hit with a federal lawsuit by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for allegedly enabling housing discrimination.

The allegations stem from Facebook’s ad targeting tools. The company lets advertisers select who can and cannot see ads, based on a range of different categories.

“Facebook is discriminating against people based upon who they are and where they live,” in violation of the Fair Housing Act, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said when the suit was filed in March.

The company has also been accused of allowing age and gender discrimination in job ads.

Nicol Turner Lee, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation who studies access to technology, said Facebook may not have intended its advertising tools to be used this way.

But she said Internet platforms need to take more care to consider the consequences of the technologies they build.

“We have to ask ourselves, are companies like Facebook clear about the guardrails that are protecting human and civil rights, and the extent to which they’re building products and services that comply with those laws?” she said.

Facebook has stopped letting advertisers target ads for housing, jobs and credit to people based on their ethnic group, gender, age or zip code.

On Tuesday it pledged $1 billion toward affordable housing in California.

In Zuckerberg’s prepared remarks, he said Facebook is taking “a broader view of our responsibility. That includes making sure our services are used for good and preventing harm. People shouldn’t be discriminated against on any of our services.”

Why won’t Facebook stop politicians from lying?

Facebook’s latest firestorm is also about advertising.

Critics are furious about the social network’s policy of allowing politicians to publish misleading or downright untrue posts and ads on its platform. Zuckerberg will likely be pressed about this topic again on Wednesday.

Facebook says its policy flows from its commitment to free speech. It says it does not want to judge whether political speech is true or not, and that users should be free to hear from politicians and make up their own minds.

Zuckerberg strongly defended this position in his Georgetown speech last week, positioning Facebook as a champion of free expression and reiterating that his company should not be the arbiter of truth.

“While I certainly worry about an erosion of truth, I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true,” he said.

But that has not satisfied critics. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ran her own deliberately false Facebook ad to protest the policy. In it, she incorrectly claimed Facebook and Zuckerberg had endorsed President Trump.

“Once again, we’re seeing Facebook throw its hands up to battling misinformation in the political discourse, because when profit comes up against protecting democracy, Facebook chooses profit,” Warren tweeted in explanation of her ad.

In his Georgetown speech, Zuckerberg said he had considered dropping political advertising altogether — noting that it contributes just a tiny fraction of Facebook’s billions of dollars in annual sales. But he argued that could have the effect of favoring incumbents and candidates favored by the media.

What is Facebook doing to prevent the 2020 election from being a repeat of 2016?

With U.S. intelligence agencies warning that foreign governments may try to influence American politics leading up to next year’s election, lawmakers may want to know how Facebook is defending its platform from manipulation.

Zuckerberg gave an update about Facebook’s election security efforts on Monday. That included a number of new features and updates to existing policies to provide more transparency about who is posting on Facebook.

For example, the site will now labeling content from media outlets it considers to be “state-controlled,” which Facebook defines as “wholly or partially under the editorial control of their government.”

But the scope of the problem Facebook must confront was also highlighted on Monday when the company said it had taken down four more networks of fake accounts. Facebook said it has removed more than 50 such networks, which could attempt to manipulate its users, in the past year.

Three of the newly disabled networks were tied to Iran, while the fourth originated in Russia and showed some links to the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed troll farm involved in political interference in 2016, Facebook said.

Zuckerberg told reporters on Monday that election security “is one of my top priorities for the company” and that Facebook is no longer “on our back foot” when it comes to identifying fake accounts.

Is Facebook too powerful?

Congress is not the only branch of government asking tough questions about Facebook. The Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and a group of 47 state attorneys general are all investigating Facebook for potential antitrust violations.

The state prosecutors are “concerned that Facebook may have put consumer data at risk, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, and increased the price of advertising,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday.

Some critics are calling for the company to be broken up, or for its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp to be unwound. Warren has made the breakup of Facebook — along with Google and Amazon — a key part of her campaign platform.

Some tech veterans agree. Marc Benioff, the CEO of software company Salesforce, told CNN that Facebook is “addictive” and has too much control of users’ data — and therefore should be broken up. “They’re having an undue influence as the largest social media platform on the planet,” he said.

And even a Facebook co-founder has turned on the company. Chris Hughes, who was one of Zuckerberg’s roommates at Harvard, launched a $10 million anti-monopoly fund to support policy, academic research and organizing to take on corporate power in tech and other industries.

Zuckerberg bristles at the idea of breaking up his company. In leaked audio from staff meetings this summer, obtained by the website The Verge, the CEO said Facebook would “fight” any effort to do so and expected to win any legal challenge.

At Georgetown last week, Zuckerberg acknowledged criticism of big tech — but deflected the argument.

“I understand the concerns that people have about how tech platforms have centralized power. But I actually believe the much bigger story is how much these platforms have decentralized power by putting it directly into people’s hands,” he said.

Editor’s note: Facebook is among NPR’s financial supporters.

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