May 18, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

May 18, 2019

1. H.R.5 [116th] Equality Act
2. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
3. H.R.2527 [116th] Vaccinate All Children Act of 2019
4. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
5. H.Res.109 [116th] Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
6. H.R.987  [116th] MORE Health Education Act
7. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
8. H.R.299 [116th] Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019
9. H.R.1 [116th] For the People Act of 2019
10.  S.447 [115th]  Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017

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How work became the millennial religion of choice


As young people move away from religion, many are now deriving their sense of community, meaning, and self-identity from their work.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 83% of Americans over the age of 40 have some sort of religious affiliation, and 57% say religion is very important to their lives.

At the same time, only 66% of those under the age of 40 are affiliated with a religious institution, and only 51% say religion is very important to their lives.

Source: How work became the millennial religion of choice

House Appropriators Take Aim at Some of the Pentagon’s Most Ambitious Tech Ideas | Defense One


A $10 billion data cloud, giant ray guns in space, a sixth-generation fighter jet — these are just some of the biggest ideas out of the Pentagon in the last several years. But they’ve failed to impress the House Appropriations Committee, which released its version of the 2020 defense spending bill report yesterday.

The biggest hit may be to the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, a program that seeks to hire a commercial cloud provider to house a large portion of the Defense Department’s data.

The appropriators said the proposed contract deviates from Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, best practices “and may be failing to implement a strategy that lowers costs and fully supports data innovation for the warfighter.”

Therefore, the report says, “the Committee directs that no funds may be obligated or expended to migrate data and applications to the JEDI cloud” until the Defense Department starts sending regular reports on how the JEDI program will be changed to comply with OMB guidelines.

Source: House Appropriators Take Aim at Some of the Pentagon’s Most Ambitious Tech Ideas – Defense One

Nadler subpoenas Hope Hicks and McGahn’s former aide for testimony | TheHill

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday subpoenaed two former White House officials to testify before his committee and provide documents, a move that is likely to further exacerbate a standoff with the White House.

Nadler issued subpoenas to Annie Donaldson, who served as chief of staff to former White House counsel Don McGahn, and former White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Trump‘s longest-serving aides in the West Wing.

Source: Nadler subpoenas Hope Hicks and McGahn’s former aide for testimony | TheHill

Growing cities that work for all: A capability-based approach to regional economic competitiveness


Although today’s U.S. labor market is strong and unemployment is low, many working-age American remain marginalized.

As communities across the country grapple with the challenges of an ever-evolving labor market, this report provides a framework for local leaders to grow good jobs through industrial development strategies that are based on their regions’ unique capabilities.

Source: Growing cities that work for all: A capability-based approach to regional economic competitiveness

Trump, House Democrats square off in U.S. court over Deutsche Bank documents | Reuters


Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Organization will demand in court on Wednesday that a judge stop Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp from providing financial records to Democratic lawmakers investigating Trump’s businesses.

Source: Trump, House Democrats square off in U.S. court over Deutsche Bank documents – Reuters

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The event marks Walmart’s first effort to grow its nascent advertising business and heralds the retailer’s rising challenge to online ad leaders Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

Source: Exclusive: Walmart to make first direct pitch to big corporate ad buyers at New York event – Reuters

Behind Grindr’s doomed hookup in China, a data misstep and scramble to make up | Reuters

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Early last year, Grindr LLC’s Chinese owner gave some Beijing-based engineers access to personal information of millions of Americans such as private messages and HIV status, according to eight former employees, prompting U.S. officials to ask it to sell the dating app for the gay community.

After taking full control of Grindr in January 2018, Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd stepped up management changes and consolidated operations to cut costs and expand operations in Asia, one former employee familiar with the decision said.

Source: Exclusive: Behind Grindr’s doomed hookup in China, a data misstep and scramble to make up – Reuters

After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm | Reuters


The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world’s top two economies could be further inflamed.’

The restrictions would limit Hikvision’s ability to buy U.S. technology and American companies may have to obtain government approval to supply components to the Chinese firm, the New York Times reported nyti.ms/2MfgBS3 on Tuesday.

Source: After Huawei, U.S. could blacklist Chinese surveillance tech firm: media – Reuters

NDA promises to boost India’s economy; Congress calls exit polls fake | Reuters

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The exit polls have predicted an outright majority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alliance in the seven-phase election that ended on Sunday.

However, such surveys have proved misleading before, and the main opposition Congress party on Wednesday dismissed them as fake.

Source: NDA promises to boost India’s economy; Congress calls exit polls fake – Reuters