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Daniele has low NPR news, Washington anti-trust authorities in Germany are restricting how Facebook can collect data in their country NPR's. Daniel estrin has more from Berlin. Germany's antitrust office says Facebook has unfairly collected data on its users from outside the social network, and then assign that data to users Facebook accounts Facebook requires users to agree to the practice. The German ruling says Facebook subsidiaries like what's happened Instagram may continue to collect user data. But cannot assign the data to German users Facebook accounts without their permission German authorities called it an abuse Facebook's market, dominance, and ordered the social network to restrict the practice and stop it completely within a year. Facebook says it rejects the decision and will appeal it said in a statement that its data sharing policy quote helps us improve people's safety including blocking accounts related to terrorism. Daniel estrin, NPR news, Berlin, you're listening to NPR. News. President Trump is expected to attend the national prayer breakfast this hour in Washington every president has attended since the event began during the Eisenhower administration this year. The event is co chaired by Delaware democratic Senator Chris coons and Oklahoma Republican Senator James Langford in November majority of voters in deep red Idaho approved an expansion of Medicaid. The move was challenged by a conservative group. Mad Gillam Boise state public radio reports Idaho's highest court has backed the voters decision. According to the Idaho supreme court, Medicaid expansion is legal in the gem state. The court called the challenge from the Idaho. Freedom foundation meritless on persuasive and dismissed it the foundations argument alleged wording, the proposed measure gave too much control to the federal government and the state's department of health and welfare by referencing federal law and the expansion Bill. The freedom foundation argued Idaho was chaining itself to Medicaid, even if federal policy on the program shifted in funding for it evaporated, a majority of the Idaho Justice. Didn't buy it and said, many state statutes reference federal laws. Idaho's expanded Medicaid is expected to provide coverage to some sixty two thousand low income residents while the measure has cleared the courts state, lawmakers are still debating attaching restrictions like a work requirement to it for NPR news. I met Gillerman Boise. The president of the European Commission has told United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa may that the EU will not renegotiate the Brexit deal. They worked out together may seeking to reopen the talks since her administration's Brexit plan was rejected by UK lawmakers. The EU says there won't be any new talks, I'm korva Coleman. NPR news. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include Amazon web services working to help millions of customers from startups to enterprises governments transform their industries with secure a already cloud services. Learn more at AWS is how dot com. This is morning edition from NPR news. I'm David Greene in Culver City, California. And I'm Steve Inskeep. In Washington, DC, Alexandria, or Cossio Cortez is among the most famous members of congress and for now among the less. Influential a freshman in a house where seniority counts her status is reflected in her new office down a distant corridor of an office building on Capitol Hill. I picked the office that was arguably the furthest walk from the capital which allowed her staff a bit more space. So you're like effectively living in the suburbs to get a bigger house. Exactly. That's exactly the truth. I mean, we met ocasio Cortez inside that office sunlight fell through the oversized window onto her fuchsia suit. Her office is still a fraction of the size of the committee chairman who hold real power in congress, though, she has something they do not the twenty nine year olds a media star. She has been since she upset leading democrat. Pratt and a New York City primary last year her surprise victory cast her as a party insurgent her label as a democratic. Socialist also alarmed conservatives who now see her face constantly on Fox News today. She tries to leverage her fame. She joins dozens of other lawmakers proposing an environmental and economic plan called the green new deal even the solutions that we have considered big of bowls are nowhere near the scale of the actual problem that climate change presents to us to our country into the world. You can find the green new deal resolution on our website today. NPR is the first to publish this. Call to transform the economy. It's a resolution calling for massive increases in renewable energy production like wind and solar. It would have the United States set a goal to become carbon neutral in ten years, which is a very ambitious timeline. This resolution says what should be done, but offers few specifics on how to do it that would have to come in later. Legislation. Instead the congresswoman aims to promote big goals. Why in this resolution? Do you make a point of saying the United States bears disproportionate responsibility for the problem piece? I think we do and if we want the United States to continue to be a global leader, then that means we have to lead on the solution of this issue. And I think that it is completely wrong to point fingers at other developing nations and to say, well, China's doing this and India's doing that and Russia's doing this when we can just choose to lead. And we don't have to hold ourselves to a lower bar. You're talking about things that obviously would cost a lot of money. I know you'd rather think of it as an investment rather than a cost. But it is just certainly a lot of money. You don't specify where it's going to come from other than saying it will all pay for it. So I think the first thing that we need to do is is kind of break the mistaken idea that taxes pay for a hundred percent of government expenditure. It's just not how. How government expenditure works we can recoup costs. But oftentimes you look at for example, the GOP tax cut, which I think was an irresponsible use of government expenditure. But government projects are often financed by a combination of taxes deficit spending and other kinds of of investments, you know, bonds and the deficit spending is borrowing money that has to be paid back eventually through taxes. Yeah. And I think it will. I think that is always the cracks in it. So when we decide to to go into the realm of deficit spending we have to do. So responsibly. We ask is this an investment or is this actually going to pay for itself? So you're saying borrow the money. Make the investment the economy will grow will pay off the debt. Absolutely. Because we're creating jobs, although I do have to say you you mentioned the Republican tax cut. They said the same thing about the tax cut. Let's do this tax cut the economy will grow. It's going to be great. It's going to pay for it hasn't turned out to be true. Absolutely. And I think that that that is an important distinction to make because when they were advancing that cause they had no evidence to say that these things were going to happen. But we actually do have the evidence for every one dollar invested in infrastructure. We get six dollars back as you know, congresswoman one reason that people who are politically conservative or skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them. Like it requires massive government intervention, which they just don't like are you prepared to put on the table that. Yes, actually there. Right. What this requires is massive government intervention. It does. Yeah. I have no problem saying that why? Because we have tried their approach for forty years for forty years. We tried to let the private sector take care of it. They said we got this. We can do this. The the forces of the market are going to force us to innovate except for the fact that there's a little thing in economics called externalities and what? That means is that a corporation can dump pollution in the river. And they don't have to pay for and taxpayers have to pay for cleaning up our air cleaning up our water and saving the planet. And so we've already been paying the costs, except we have not been getting any of the benefit. And so what we're here to say is that government is not just for cleaning up other people's mess. But it's also for building solutions in places where the private sector will not. So if you get this resolution passed, of course, it's a framework. It's an idea it's a proposal, and then you would need specific legislation to encourage wind power to encourage solar to do any number of things officiency on and on those proposals..

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