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Journalist and graduate student at the University of Missouri.

Congress is no stranger to year-ending budget battles. Nearly every year ends with a financial fight on Capitol Hill, often one involving a group of politicians demanding policy concessions in return for votes on the next year’s budget.

This timeless tale has played out differently in 2021 as outgoing President Donald Trump threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act unless “the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated.” Trump tweeted this unconventional demand on Dec. 1, calling the controversial section of the Communications Decency Act “a liability shielding gift from the U.S. …

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