February 3, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

February 3, 2019

1. H.R.790 [116th] Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019
2. H.R.1 [116th] For the People Act of 2019
3. H.J.Res.28 [116th] Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
4. S.1 [116th] Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019
5. H.R.1 [116th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
6. S.66 [116th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2019
7. H.R.8 [116th] Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
8. H.R.420 [116th] Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
9. H.R.25 [116th] FairTax Act of 2019
10. H.R.648 [116th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019

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Millions in cryptocurrencies frozen after Canadian founder’s death | Reuters


About C$180 million ($137.21 million) in cryptocurrencies have been frozen in the user accounts of Canadian digital platform Quadriga after the founder, the only person with the password to gain access, died suddenly in December.

Gerald Cotten died aged 30 from complications with Crohn’s disease while volunteering at an orphanage in India, according to the Facebook page of Quadriga CX, which announced his death on Jan. 14.

Source: Millions in cryptocurrencies frozen after Canadian founder’s death | Reuters

House Judiciary readies subpoena to compel Acting AG Whitaker’s testimony


The top Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday he plans to have a subpoena ready just in case Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker tries to dodge “uncomfortable questions” when he testifies before the panel on Friday.

“To be clear, I hope never to use this subpoena,” Chairman Jerrold Nadler said, adding that Whitaker should arrive at the hearing on Friday prepared to answer questions about his communications with the White House and his refusal to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Source: House Judiciary readies subpoena to compel Acting AG Whitaker’s testimony

Merkel sets out condition for Huawei’s participation in 5G network | Reuters


German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday Germany needs guarantees that China’s Huawei Technologies will not hand over data to the Chinese state before the telecoms equipment supplier can participate in building its 5G network.

Merkel, on a visit to Japan, said that due to security concerns, it was important to speak to the Chinese government so “the company doesn’t just simply hand the data to the state”.

Source: Merkel sets out condition for Huawei’s participation in 5G network | Reuters

Prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee for documents | Reuters


President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee said it had received a subpoena on Monday for documents from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the group.

“We have just received a subpoena for documents. While we are still reviewing the subpoena, it is our intention to cooperate with the inquiry,” a spokesperson for the committee said in a statement.

In December, the Journal reported that federal prosecutors were investigating whether the inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it had raised from donors.

Source: Prosecutors subpoena Trump inaugural committee for documents | Reuters

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‘Bona fide leader’ of Democrats, Stacey Abrams to counter Trump speech | Reuters


Stacey Abrams, who nearly became both the first African-American and first woman to be governor of Georgia, will deliver the Democrats’ response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, test-driving the party’s 2020 challenge to President Donald Trump.

After losing a Southern state that Trump won in 2016 by less than 60,000 votes in November, Abrams has emerged as a “bona fide leader” among Democrats, said Jaime Harrison, a senior counselor and co-chair of the Democratic National Committee.

“The 2020 folks will be listening to her and looking to what they can adopt to their message from her own.”

Source: ‘Bona fide leader’ of Democrats, Stacey Abrams to counter Trump speech | Reuters

Latvia Above Us, Croatia Below | The New York Times


Since the early 1970s, the pro-democracy nonprofit Freedom House, founded in 1941 to mobilize American public opinion against Nazism, has published an annual survey evaluating political freedoms and civil liberties in countries around the world. Using 25 indicators, including electoral processes, individual rights and the rule of law, nations are scored on a 100-point scale.

For decades, both Republican and Democratic leaders saw the values championed by Freedom House, which is partly funded by the United States government, as quintessentially American, and the United States has generally scored quite high on Freedom House’s index. Recently, however, that has begun to change.

Though still ranked as free, America now falls below not just Canada and the Nordic countries, but also Greece, Latvia and Mauritius.

“The current overall U.S. score puts American democracy closer to struggling counterparts like Croatia than to traditional peers such as Germany or the United Kingdom,” the report said.

Source: Opinion | Latvia Above Us, Croatia Below – The New York Times

After rough January, Trump seeks rebound with big speech | TheHill


President Trump will deliver the State of the Union address Tuesday at one of the most vulnerable moments of his presidency — and supporters and detractors alike are skeptical he can turn things around.

The problem, they say, is that opinions of Trump have become even more deeply entrenched, both for and against, since the partial government shutdown. It will be very tough to shift them, even amid the pomp and circumstance of the annual event.

Source: The Memo: After rough January, Trump seeks rebound with big speech | TheHill

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Equipping today’s AV workforce with skills to succeed tomorrow


Autonomous vehicles (AVs) may seem to dominate mobility conversations, but digital technologies are already here to upend our transportation experiences. Today’s cars essentially function as mobile computers, dockless scooters are appearing in more cities every day, and most of us can’t imagine traveling without GPS via our smartphones.

The truth is our travel is more digital than ever before.

As that digitalization continues to gain speed, it’s going to put enormous pressure on our workforce to create, manage, and maintain all these technologies. As we recently explored, at least 9.5 million different workers—from truck drivers, to mechanics, to logisticians—are central to the country’s digital mobility workforce.

Source: Equipping today’s AV workforce with skills to succeed tomorrow

Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat | Freedom House


In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.

The reversal has spanned a variety of countries in every region, from long-standing democracies like the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes like China and Russia. The overall losses are still shallow compared with the gains of the late 20th century, but the pattern is consistent and ominous.

Democracy is in retreat.

In states that were already authoritarian, earning Not Free designations from Freedom House, governments have increasingly shed the thin façade of democratic practice that they established in previous decades, when international incentives and pressure for reform were stronger.

More authoritarian powers are now banning opposition groups or jailing their leaders, dispensing with term limits, and tightening the screws on any independent media that remain.

Meanwhile, many countries that democratized after the end of the Cold War have regressed in the face of rampant corruption, anti-liberal populist movements, and breakdowns in the rule of law.

Most troublingly, even long-standing democracies have been shaken by populist political forces that reject basic principles like the separation of powers and target minorities for discriminatory treatment.

Source: Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat | Freedom House