Trump’s Efforts at Election Tampering Are Growing Bolder | Defense One

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“I’m actually a very honest guy,” Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos in an interview aired Monday. And while that claim holds no water in general, Trump was jarringly honest on one topic: his willingness to welcome foreign interference in the 2020 election.

“It’s not an interference, they have information—I think I’d take it,” Trump said.

“If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI—if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, ‘Oh let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it.”

Source: Trump’s Efforts at Election Tampering Are Growing Bolder – Defense One

These Candidates Are in the 2020 Democratic Debate | Time


The Democratic National Committee has officially announced the 20 candidates who will appear onstage in the first 2020 Democratic presidential debates.

Hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, the debates will be broadcast in primetime from Miami on June 26 and 27.

In order to qualify, candidates had to either poll at 1% in three surveys or receive 65,000 individual donations.

Source: These Candidates Are in the 2020 Democratic Debate | Time

Oil Tanker Attacks Put Trump’s Iran Red Line to the Test | Time


On May 19, President Donald Trump appeared to set a red line in a tweet: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!”

Nearly a month later, Iran has put Trump’s red line to the test with apparent attacks on two foreign tankers transiting through the Gulf of Oman that drove up oil prices and escalated tensions.

Source: Oil Tanker Attacks Put Trump’s Iran Red Line to the Test | Time

How Brain Drain Makes Social Segregation and Political Division Worse | US News


West Virginia suffers from it. So do Oklahoma, the Dakotas, the Deep South and the post-industrial states of the Mid-Atlantic. It’s brain drain, and it’s not only affecting the economies and budgets of the states, but is contributing to political polarization as educated people leave the middle of the country for the coasts.

Left unchecked, the trend threatens to result in two, mutually suspicious Americas: one that’s more urban, liberal and diverse, and one that’s more rural, conservative and homogenous.

And across the country, states are fretting about losing educated residents the way a plaintive parent wheedles children who have left the nest: Why did you leave us, and what can we do to get you to come back home?

Source: How Brain Drain Makes Social Segregation and Political Division Worse | Best States | US News

Republicans and Democrats Work to Contain the Political Insurgency | US News


The episodes show a problem Democrats and Republicans share – but with dramatically different coping mechanisms. Both are dealing with insurgencies or political pressure from the ideological ends of their respective parties.

But leaders are handling it with variant approaches.

Democrats are taking the role of permissive and semi-indulgent parent, giving a voice to the progressive wing of the party without letting it take charge of the whole operation.

Republican leaders, meanwhile, are threatening misbehaving GOP rank-and-file with the equivalent of reform school or being grounded for life: Shape up or lose the support of the president and perhaps with it, your job.

Source: Republicans and Democrats Work to Contain the Political Insurgency | The Civic Report | US News

2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Train Focus on Donald Trump | US News


As the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination turns into a more serious summer phase, many of the top candidates have decided to place Trump at the center of their messages, even as others fret that doing so will play right into his hands.

While any challenge to a sitting incumbent president eventually revolves around his record and performance, Democratic campaigns waging a competitive, unsettled primary have for months privately debated the most effective strategy to employ against such a unique political performer who thrives on attention and verbal combat.

The motivations vary for each Democratic contender.

Source: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Train Focus on Donald Trump | The Civic Report | US News

House focuses on cybersecurity R&D in energy spending bill | FCW


The House Appropriations Committee approved a series of cybersecurity-related research and development initiatives designed to tighten up protection to the electric grid and other energy systems as part of its annual spending bill for Energy and Water Development.

The bill, which passed committee on June 10, sets aside $150 million for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency response services, $30 million higher than 2019-levels of spending. The measure is being teed up as one of four appropriations to be voted on by the full House in the first “minibus” of fiscal year 2020 funding bills.

Source: House focuses on cybersecurity R&D in energy spending bill — FCW

Deepfakes are coming and lawmakers are looking for answers | FCW

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Deep fakes are coming, and policymakers and experts are still grappling with what to do about them. But some in Congress want to address the problem of highly realistic fake audio and video before the next election, and they want social media platforms to play a part.

“Now is the time for social media companies to put in place policies to protect users from this kind of misinformation, not in 2021 after viral deep fakes have polluted the 2020 elections,” House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said during a June 13 hearing. “By then it will be too late.”

Source: Deepfakes are coming and lawmakers are looking for answers — FCW

Factbox: Swiss women to strike in call for equal pay and rights | Reuters


Ahead of a strike planned for Friday by women in Switzerland, Reuters spoke to nine women about their concerns, including the need for equal pay and pension rights and for action on discrimination and sexual harassment.

Source: Factbox: Swiss women to strike in call for equal pay and rights – Reuters

Support wavers in Hong Kong for bill allowing extraditions to China after protests | Reuters


Cracks appeared on Friday in the support base for a proposed Hong Kong law to allow extraditions to China, and opponents of the bill said they would stage more demonstrations after hundreds of thousands took to the streets this week.

The extradition bill, which will cover Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or traveling in the city, has many concerned it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong’s international financial status.

Source: Support wavers in Hong Kong for bill allowing extraditions to China after protests – Reuters