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2018 in 5 Minutes: The Best of Congressional Hits and Misses

As the 115th Congress limps across the finish line with several unfinished spending bills and a partially shutdown federal government, Hits and Misses takes a look back at our favorite funny, awkward and downright bizarre moments from the House and Senate in 2018.

Tech Fellowship Expands After Embarrassing Facebook Hearing
TechCongress hopes to place 10 fellows in 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s April testimony exposed a lack of technical knowledge in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Among the complex problems that Facebook poses to Congress, at least one has an easy solution: Most lawmakers don’t understand technology. So they need to hire more people who do.

That’s according to Travis Moore, a former staffer whose nonprofit aims to increase tech savvy on the Hill. TechCongress, a fellowship program his organization started with two recipients in 2015, is expanding and accepting applications for a class of up to ten to be placed in congressional offices in January.

Zuckerberg Says His Own Data Was Breached

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Zuckerberg: No Evidence Facebook Suppressed Conservative News
Facebook CEO will meet with "leading conservatives" to address bias concerns

Facebook is on the defensive after a story quoting former employees claimed it suppressed conservative news in its trending section. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he'll meet with "leading conservatives" and others across the political spectrum following a report that the social media giant was suppressing conservative news stories.  

"We have found no evidence that this report is true," Zuckerberg wrote in a post on his personal page Thursday. "If we find anything against our principles, you have my commitment that we will take additional steps to address it."  

Facebook to Brief House Committee Over Conservatives' Concerns
GOP senator questions Facebook CEO over allegations of suppressing news of interest to conservatives

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was given until May 24 to respond to a letter from South Dakota Sen. John Thune over allegations that the social media website was suppressing conservative viewpoints. (Kay Nietfeld/AFP/Getty Images)

Shortly after Sen. John Thune went straight to the top Tuesday for answers on allegations that Facebook is excluding stories on conservative political topics from its featured spots, the social media outlet agreed to come to Capitol Hill to brief the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

It’s unclear whether Facebook's decision was related to the letter Thune wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking how the social media site controls its trending topics section.