June 2, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

June 2, 2019

1. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2. H.R.5 [116th] Equality Act
3. H.R.5428 [116th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
4. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
5. H.R.6 [116th] American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
6. H.R.1994 [116th] Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019
7. H.Res.257 [116th] Inquiring whether the House of Representatives should impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America.
8. H.R.2157 [116th] Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019
9. H.Res.109 [116th] Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.
10. H.R.1 [116th] For the People Act of 2019

Source: Most-Viewed Bills – Congress.gov Resources – Congress.gov Resources

US-China Tech Cold War Puts Europe in the Middle | Defense One


A decade ago, a European scholar asked a Chinese scholar, “What does China-European strategic partnership look like?” The Chinese scholar responded: “We hope that when China goes to war with the United States, Europe will at least remain neutral.”

The looming “tech cold war” between the United States and China may now provide an initial test of that proposition. In May, Google became the first of many U.S. tech firms to announce its split from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in compliance with a new U.S. Commerce Department regulation.

If implemented stringently, the regulation—which prohibits U.S. firms from doing business with Huawei without a government license—would shake the tech and telecom industries worldwide, potentially delay Europe’s 5G rollout plans, and begin to decouple the U.S. and Chinese tech sectors in the name of national security.

Stuck in the middle will be Europe.

Source: US-China Tech Cold War Puts Europe in the Middle – Defense One

Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan to Replace Commerce Department | Time

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Republicans have long sought to scrap the U.S. Department of Commerce. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, longtime Rep. Ron Paul and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have all called for cutting or eliminating it, as have the conservative Heritage Foundation and the libertarian-oriented Cato Institute.

You can now add Sen. Elizabeth Warren to the list.

The Commerce Department is an amorphous government body tasked with promoting job creation and economic growth. It houses the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Patent and Trademark Office and oversees miscellaneous governmental bodies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements.

Source: Elizabeth Warren Has A Plan to Replace Commerce Department | Time

How Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Could Increase Immigration | Time

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President Donald Trump wants to slap tariffs on Mexico if it doesn’t slow migration to the United States, but experts on trade and Latin America warn that the measures could end up driving even more people to head north.

Frustrated by continued arrival of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras at the U.S. border, Trump said Tuesday that he would start imposing a 5% tariff on imports from Mexico, increasing to 25% in monthly increments through Oct. 1 if the country fails to take unspecified steps to halt the migration.

Source: How Trump’s Mexico Tariffs Could Increase Immigration | Time

Sudan military chief offers talks as violence death toll hits 60 | Reuters

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Sudan’s military ruler offered to resume talks with opposition groups without conditions on Wednesday, in an apparent olive branch two days after security forces mounted a deadly raid on a protest camp in central Khartoum.

Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s offer marked a step-back from the army’s decision to cancel all deals with the opposition after the raid – and came as international criticism of the violence mounted.

Source: Sudan military chief offers talks as violence death toll hits 60 – Reuters

‘Thank You’ – Queen Elizabeth and world leaders applaud D-Day veterans | Reuters


Queen Elizabeth was joined by world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, paying personal tribute to the veterans of the largest seaborne invasion in history which helped bring World War Two to an end.

Source: ‘Thank You’ – Queen Elizabeth and world leaders applaud D-Day veterans – Reuters

Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply as housing crisis deepens | Reuters

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Los Angeles County’s homeless population has swelled by 12% during the past year as a shortage of affordable housing deepens in and around America’s second-largest city, pushing more people into poverty, a study released on Tuesday found.

Source: Los Angeles homelessness rises sharply as housing crisis deepens – Reuters

Trump defies own party to push ahead with Mexican tariff threat | Reuters


Defying increasing criticism from within his own party, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would likely go ahead with new tariffs on imports from Mexico to pressure it to clamp down on rising numbers of migrants entering the United States.

Trump told a news conference in London he expected to impose 5% tariffs on Mexican imports from Monday, citing the high number of mostly Central American immigrants crossing the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

Source: Trump defies own party to push ahead with Mexican tariff threat – Reuters

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Freedom and the Media 2019: A Downward Spiral | Freedom House


The fundamental right to seek and disseminate information through an independent press is under attack, and part of the assault has come from an unexpected source.

Elected leaders in many democracies, who should be press freedom’s staunchest defenders, have made explicit attempts to silence critical media voices and strengthen outlets that serve up favorable coverage.

The trend is linked to a global decline in democracy itself: The erosion of press freedom is both a symptom of and a contributor to the breakdown of other democratic institutions and principles, a fact that makes it especially alarming.

Source: Freedom and the Media 2019: A Downward Spiral | Freedom House

Deforestation in the Amazon | Council on Foreign Relations


The Amazon is a massive carbon sink, meaning it absorbs more carbon dioxide than it emits.

But the forest may only be soaking up half as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it did twenty years ago, according to researchers. They say deforestation and tree die-offs, possibly due to higher carbon dioxide levels in the forest, may be to blame.

Deforestation may also be disrupting regional precipitation patterns, and it has been linked to drought in Brazil’s southeast.

Rising temperatures and drought contribute to the death of trees in the forest, creating a cycle that may lead to further deforestation.

Source: Deforestation in the Amazon – Council on Foreign Relations