April 28, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

April 28, 2019

1. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2. H.Res.109 [116th] Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
3. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
4. H.R.1 [116th] For the People Act of 2019
5. H.R.420 [116th] Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
6. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
7. H.R.5 [116th] Equality Act
8. H.R.6 [116th] American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
9. H.R.8 [116th] Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019
10. H.J.Res.31 [116th] Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019

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Counterterrorism in the Era of Great-Power Competition | Defense One


Debate is bubbling about whether the United States remains too focused on counterterrorism when the Trump administration has set priority on “global power competition” with China and Russia, not to mention other threats we expect to face.

But like it or not, counterterrorism continues to function as a post-9/11 policy currency of sorts. It was exceedingly relevant to every foreign visitor and overseas partner I met while serving in the Trump White House.

And still, while some critics have suggested that a heavy priority on counterterrorism “warps U.S. foreign policy,” I remain concerned instead about the opposite: an overcorrection, in which short-term haste to pivot U.S. attention and resources may lead to long-term setbacks for our counterterrorism goals.

Source: Counterterrorism in the Era of Great-Power Competition – Defense One

A federal privacy law could do better than California’s


As the first state law to regulate online privacy (it’s set to go into effect in January) and with that law coming from the nation’s most populous state, the CCPA will have widespread impact. But as a model for meeting the challenges of today’s data explosion, it falls short of setting the gold standard.

The right federal law can provide broader and stronger protection.

Source: A federal privacy law could do better than California’s

Children need digital mentorship, not WHO’s restrictions on screen time


.. don’t blame the media for the mischaracterization. It’s WHO itself that chose to give an oddly disproportionate amount of attention to “sedentary screen time,” a category the organization defines as: “Time spent passively watching screen-based entertainment.”

Throughout the new guidelines, WHO presents “sedentary screen time” as one of three main categories, along with “physical activity” and “good quality” sleep.

These are represented with large colorful graphics as shown above, implying that screen time limits are equally as important to early childhood wellbeing as sleep and exercise.

Of course, that’s not true, not even by the guidelines’ standards.

Source: Children need digital mentorship, not WHO’s restrictions on screen time

China April factory growth unexpectedly slows as economy struggles for traction | Reuters

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The unexpected loss of momentum at the start of the second quarter followed upbeat data in March which had raised hopes among global investors that the world’s second-largest economy was getting back on firmer footing.

A private business survey on Tuesday also pointed to a loss of momentum, confounding expectations for a pick-up, with factories starting to shed jobs again after adding staff in March for the first time in years.

Source: China April factory growth unexpectedly slows as economy struggles for traction – Reuters

Vodafone found security flaws in Huawei equipment in 2011, 2012 | Reuters


Vodafone, the world’s second-biggest mobile operator, said it had found security vulnerabilities in two products and that both incidents had been resolved quickly.

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is under intense scrutiny after the United States told allies not to use its technology because of fears it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying. Huawei has categorically denied such accusations.

Vodafone paused the deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks in January as the British group waits for Western governments to give the Chinese company full security clearance.

Source: Vodafone found security flaws in Huawei equipment in 2011, 2012 – Reuters

Are you British? India government asks Modi’s main election rival, Rahul Gandhi, to respond | Reuters


Congress dismissed a notice sent to 48-year-old Gandhi, who has studied and worked in England, by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday as a “pathetic stunt that is not just frivolous but downright stupid”.

The notice was based on a letter from Subramanian Swamy, an outspoken member of parliament from Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Source: Are you British? India government asks Modi’s main election rival, Rahul Gandhi, to respond – Reuters

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China’s vast fleet is tipping the balance against U.S. in the Pacific


On Sunday, American ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait. This was the seventh passage of U.S. warships through the narrow, strategically sensitive waterway since July.

Each time, though, just two U.S. vessels have ventured through; this week, it was a pair of destroyers. No powerful flotillas and certainly no aircraft carriers. It has been more than 11 years since an American carrier traversed the Taiwan Strait.

“The Trump administration faces a dilemma,” said Chang Ching, a retired Taiwan naval captain and researcher at the Taipei-based Society for Strategic Studies. “They want to send smart, calibrated signals to Beijing without causing an overreaction or misunderstanding.”

Source: China’s vast fleet is tipping the balance against U.S. in the Pacific

Venezuela’s Guaido calls on troops to join him in uprising against Maduro | Reuters

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Reuters witnesses said several dozen mostly young armed men in military uniform accompanying Guaido exchanged gunfire with soldiers acting in support of Maduro outside the La Carlota air base but the opposition did not appear to be about to take power by force.

Guaido, in a video posted on Twitter earlier on Tuesday morning, said he had begun the “final phase” of his campaign to topple Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him to end Maduro’s “usurpation.”

Source: Venezuela’s Guaido calls on troops to join him in uprising against Maduro – Reuters

Trump sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block House subpoenas | Reuters


Representative Maxine Waters, the chairwoman of the Financial Services Commission and Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, both Democrats, called the lawsuit “meritless” in a joint statement, the New York Times and other media reported.

On April 15, two U.S. House of Representatives committees issued subpoenas to multiple financial institutions for information on Trump’s finances. Both banks have been involved in Trump’s real estate empire.

“The potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern. The Financial Services Committee is exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible,” Waters, said in a statement earlier.

Source: Trump sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to block House subpoenas – Reuters