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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

So, here’s an offer you might want to refuse: Facebook wants you to upload your nude photos so that no nude photos of you end up on Facebook. Really.

The social media colossus hit up on this wacky plan as a way to prevent anyone’s ex from posting “revenge porn.” So, Facebook says, send us all your pictures of you in your altogether and then its systems can make sure no one can post those altogethers on its pages.

First of all, are they kidding? Second, although we realize this horse is already out of the barn, wouldn’t it be better to not take those pictures in the first place? Especially if the intimate depictions are not in the hands of someone you would trust your life, or at least your modesty?

Speaking of tone deaf, we wonder how much Rep. Chris Collins regrets his recent truthfulness about the House tax plan. The Clarence Republican acknowledged that much of the impetus for tax reform comes from his high-dollar donors.

“My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again,’ ” Collins told reporters this week. That’s incentive.
Collins insists the tax package will benefit his constituents, but political opponents are already making hay of the comment, saying it shows tax reformers are merely looking to benefit the wealthy. Whether that’s true or not, Collins’ comment has armed his adversaries.

More problems in Washington: Wilbur Ross stepped in it twice this week. It turns out that President Trump’s commerce secretary has business interests with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s immediate family and failed to clearly disclose them during his confirmation. He also failed to immediately cut ties with those companies, despite promises of divestiture.

“I am astonished and appalled because I feel misled,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. “Our committee was misled, the American people were misled by the concealment of those companies.” He wants answers.

Ross came to the Cabinet as a billionaire industrialist, but even that took a hit this week. Forbes magazine has removed him from its list of billionaires, flatly concluding that Ross “lied” about $2 billion in assets. It turns out that he’s worth less than $700 million, hardly enough to show his face during Cabinet meetings.

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