14 May 2020

FBI serves warrant on senator in investigation of stock sales linked to coronavirus

On Wednesday night, federal agents seized the phone of Senator Richard Burr of NC as part of an investigation into Senator Burr’s suspicious stock trades just before the COVID-19 virus hit the US. The Justice Department is investigating whether the stock trades performed by Burr and other Senators coincided with

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01 May 2020

How the Justice Department is Permitted to Use Counter-Drone Technology

Last week, Attorney General William Barr released a publication designed to guide the Justice Department in their use of protective counter-drone actions taken against unmanned aircraft systems that could potentially threaten national security or its facilities. In 2018, Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Department drafted a 22-page

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29 Apr 2020

China to convene Congress, showing confidence in virus fight

China is planning on holding its annual ceremonial parliament meeting in late May after COVID-19 lockdown measures caused the country to postpone the event for weeks. The official Xinhua News Agency announced on Wednesday that the National People’s Congress will reopen on May 22 in Beijing. The decision was reached

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24 Apr 2020

Virus pushes US unemployment toward highest since Depression

The United State’s unemployment levels are nearing those seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Currently, 1 in 6 American workers have been temporarily laid off due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data released on Thursday. The deepening economic crisis caused Congress to pass a $500

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24 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Congress passes $484bn economic relief bill

Congress has passed a $484 billion COVID-19 relief package, becoming the fourth aid bill to clear Congress pertaining to the pandemic. The relief package is meant to increase the small business aid fund, while funding hospitals and testing throughout the US. President Donald Trump said that he would enact the

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21 Apr 2020

Forget Travel Vouchers, Airlines Should Give Customers Cash Back, Senators Say

On Friday, four Senate Democrats revealed that major domestic airlines currently have roughly $10 billion from canceled flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint statement, the Senators stated that the companies should release customers’ money through full cash refunds rather than travel vouchers. This would affect all consumers

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17 Feb 2020

Senators Call for a Moratorium on Government’s Use of Facial Recognition

Democratic Senators Cory Booker and Jeff Merkley have proposed the Ethical Use of Facial Recognition Act, aiming to stop the federal government from using the technology until Congress passes legislation that regulates the industry. The senators stated that without proper oversight, facial recognition technology poses a serious risk to citizens’

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17 Jan 2020

Lawmakers Working on Legislation to ‘Pause’ Use of Facial Recognition Technology

House lawmakers and their constituents are increasingly wary of the government’s use of facial recognition technology, prompting lawmakers to push for legislation that would halt its progress. As Congress and federal regulators are assessing how the tech is being used now, legislation to place restrictions on its use is underway.

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14 Jun 2019

The Active Cyber Defense Bill is Back on the Table

On Thursday US Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ga. reintroduced the Active Cyber Defense Bill, which was first drafted in 2017 and has since then become known as the ‘hacking back’ bill as it would allow US cybersecurity officials to engage in certain types of offensive operations against threat actors. Experts are

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10 Apr 2019

Lawmakers Want to Fund Cyber Upgrades for State and Local Governments

US lawmakers on Monday introduced the Cyber Resiliency Act, a bipartisan bill for the establishment of a federal program that would fund cybersecurity upgrades for state and local governments that do not have sufficient resources to improve their cybersecurity posture. Cosponsor Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., believes that the growing cyberthreat

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