Overnight Tech: Judiciary leaders question internet transition plan | Clinton to talk tech policy | Snowden's robot | Trump's big digital push

LEDE: Two powerful Republicans are raising pressure against the Obama administration's plan to give up its oversight of some of the technical functions of the internet.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGrassley calls for federal prosecutor to probe botched FBI Nassar investigation Woman allegedly abused by Nassar after he was reported to FBI: 'I should not be here' Democrat rips Justice for not appearing at US gymnastics hearing MORE (Iowa) and House Judiciary Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteThe job of shielding journalists is not finished Bottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden MORE (Va.) sent a letter to the Commerce Department, asking a series of pointed questions. The letter comes as the administration nears its planned date to give up its oversight of the internet domain name system, which helps pair up long strings of numbers with their familiar web addresses.  

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Part of a long-running battle, the lawmakers asked if the administration is opposed to having Congress hold a vote on the issue, and questioned why it has continued to work to finalize the transition despite Congress repeatedly blocking funds to finish the hand off.

They also questioned the transition proposal itself. They noted portions of the proposal on human rights and free speech might not be finished before the transition. Like other Republicans, they also questioned whether the proposal leaves an opening for other countries to gain control over the system.

THE LEGISLATION: Senators like Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMore than 10,000 migrants await processing under bridge in Texas Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (R-Texas) have pushed legislation that would require Congress to approve the transition before it happens. Neither Grassley nor Goodlatte have signed onto that legislation yet.

ON THE RADAR: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE travels to Denver, Colo., tomorrow for an event focused on "the links between technology, education, and workforce development and how we can build an economy that works for everyone -- not just those at the top -- with good jobs and a good education available in every zip code." Politico is reporting on a draft version of her tech agenda that includes strong support for the current net neutrality rules and a pledge to put broadband in every household by the time her first term ends. It also calls for a commission to study the status of workers in the on-demand economy. Have any thoughts on what you'd like to hear her say tomorrow? Email us.

*SIREN EMOJI* -- WHEELER DROPS MEDIA OWNERSHIP PROPOSAL: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated an item on Monday that proposes keeping most media ownership rules in place. Note for newspaper readers and reporters: the item keeps "the existing ban on cross ownership, but modestly relaxes the rule by providing an exception for failed or failing entities and states that the Commission will consider waivers," according to a fact sheet. Reuters has more here and you can read the FCC's fact sheet here.

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VA CRISIS HOTLINE FALLING SHORT OF GOAL: The Department of Veterans Affairs is not meeting its goal to answer 90 percent of calls to its veterans crisis hotline within 30 seconds, according to the Government Accountability Office. The call line, started in 2007, is supposed to provide support to veterans who are having an emotional crisis. The GAO found that 99 percent of calls were picked up in at least two minutes. But during a review, it found that only 73 percent of calls were answered within 30 seconds -- below the 90 percent goal. During another test, the GAO found that four out of 14 text messages to the hotline during a test were not returned.

WHITE HOUSE GIVES GRANTS TO SPUR TECH PIPELINE: The White House on Monday announced $150 million in grants to help fund projects that are supposed to train new tech talent. The 39 grants are funded through the Department of Labor and are going to colleges and other training programs around the country.

PUSH TO USE SNAPCHAT: GOP digital operative Matt Lira wrote a post on Medium arguing that political campaigns should be buying an increasing amount of ads on Snapchat and using the social media tool for their outreach. His conclusion: "Snapchat has become a major player in effectively reaching audiences and it is growing exponentially."

TRUMP MOVES BEYOND TWITTER?: Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE's digital campaign has long consisted mostly of his signature Twitter presence (sad!). That's changing, we reported today. He has started deploying fundraising emails to some success and built a microsite to argue that Hillary Clinton is dishonest. Read our story here.

TRUMP'S UNCONVENTIONAL HIRE: To execute this new part of his campaign strategy, Trump has hired Brad Parscale -- a digital marketing consultant from San Antonio, Texas. He's a new addition to the close-knit world of GOP digital operatives. His firm's online portfolio reflects this: he has done web work for a hot new hotel in San Antonio and for luxury home builders, among others. And Trump's is the only political campaign he's ever donated to. But the hire reflects the value the presumptive GOP nominee places on loyalty. Parscale has worked for business ventures like Trump Winery, and he was brought on as a contractor for the campaign last year. Parscale recently estimated that his firm could add up to 100 new workers to meet the demand created by the Trump contract.

SNOWDEN'S ROBOT: New York Magazine has a cute look at the "telepresence robot" that Edward Snowden uses to interact with the media and fans while he's in Russia. "What does it mean if exile, in its traditional application against individuals, against dissidents, begins to fail?" Snowden asks. He also shares his thoughts on what it all means for the robot apocalypse.

 

ON TAP:

At 12:15 p.m. ET, Hillary Clinton appears at Galvanize Denver.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

European officials are moving closer to potentially hitting Google with yet another set of antitrust charges, this time over its advertising business, according to multiple reports.

A federal appeals court on Monday dismissed a class action lawsuit that claimed Google and Viacom unlawfully collected the browsing history of children.

Verizon followed rival AT&T on Monday in saying it had improved the capacity of its wireless network in Cleveland and Philadelphia in time for the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is pushing back on reports that its massive background check breach exposed more people than originally reported.

The same hackers who broke into Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter account appear to have hijacked Google CEO Sundar Pichai's Quora account for a short period of time on Sunday.

Rank-and-file Democrats are calling for C-SPAN to be given more control of cameras in the House after the blackout of their sit-in on gun control.

Donald Trump is beefing up his digital strategy as he enters the general election campaign against Hillary Clinton.