October 6, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

October 6, 2019

1. H.R.1044 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
2. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019
3. H.R.3289 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
4. H.R.1058 [116th] Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support Act of 2019
5. H.R.4378 [116th] Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019
6. S.66 [116th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2019
7. H.R.1296 [116th] Assault Weapons Ban of 2019
8. H.R.1595 [116th] Secure And Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019
9. H.R.3 [116th] Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019
10. H.R.2500 [116th] National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

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Retired Senior Military Officers Unload on Trump | Defense One


To get a sense of what serving Trump has been like, I interviewed officers up and down the ranks, as well as several present and former civilian Pentagon employees. Among the officers I spoke with were four of the highest ranks—three or four stars—all recently retired. All but one served Trump directly; the other left the service shortly before Trump was inaugurated. They come from different branches of the military, but I’ll simply refer to them as “the generals.” Some spoke only off the record, some allowed what they said to be quoted without attribution, and some talked on the record.

Military officers are sworn to serve whomever voters send to the White House. Cognizant of the special authority they hold, high-level officers epitomize respect for the chain of command, and are extremely reticent about criticizing their civilian overseers. That those I spoke with made an exception in Trump’s case is telling, and much of what they told me is deeply disturbing.

Source: Retired Senior Military Officers Unload on Trump – Defense One

Trump faces growing GOP revolt on Syria | TheHill


Republicans are in a full-out revolt against President Trump over his decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, a move broadly seen as putting the lives of Kurdish allies at risk.

The overwhelming opposition from GOP lawmakers is putting increasing pressure on Trump to reverse course. And it comes at a time when Democrats are moving full steam ahead with an impeachment inquiry.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of Trump’s loudest congressional supporters, on Tuesday demanded a senators-only briefing on the Syria move, which he said betrayed the Kurds and would make it tougher for the U.S. to build alliances going forward.

Source: Trump faces growing GOP revolt on Syria | TheHill

Senate: No clear solutions to combat foreign election meddling | FCW


The United States Senate released the second volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, this time focusing on online influence campaigns carried out by the Internet Research Agency and Russian intelligence agencies.

The committee’s report endorses more transparency around online advertising, but its own investigation found that such ad buys were so minor they paled in comparison to the free exposure operators were able to get from simply using the platforms themselves to spread content.

“Paid advertisements were not key to the IRA’s activity, and moreover, are not alone an accurate measure of the IRA’s operational scope, scale, or objectives, despite this aspect of social-media being a focus of early press reporting and public awareness,” the committee wrote.

Source: Senate: No clear solutions to combat foreign election meddling — FCW

Investors get lost in Big Oil’s carbon accounting maze | Reuters


Wide variations in the way oil companies report their efforts to reduce carbon emissions make it difficult to assess the risk of holding their shares as the world shifts away from fossil fuels, senior fund managers say.

Investors have poured money into so-called sustainable funds, which take into account companies’ environmental, social, legal and other standards, and funds are under pressure from their customers and authorities to make those standards robust.

Source: Investors get lost in Big Oil’s carbon accounting maze – Reuters

Airbus defense unit sees cash challenge, adopts efficiency plan | Reuters


Airbus (AIR.PA) Defence and Space has issued an internal warning of significant challenges in meeting cashflow and other targets for 2019 as it rolls out an internal efficiency plan called “Momentum”, people familiar with the matter said.

It is the second time in as many years the group’s second largest division has been forced to urge its 33,000 staff to save more cash in the final quarter of the year, a period when government customers are often slow in finalizing payments.

Source: Exclusive: Airbus defense unit sees cash challenge, adopts efficiency plan – Reuters

Hundreds of black-clad activists chant ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ outside High Court | Reuters


Hundreds of black clad pro-democracy demonstrators outside Hong Kong’s High Court on Wednesday chanted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times”, as a leading activist appeared to appeal a six-year jail sentence for rioting in 2016.

The court’s walls were scrawled with graffiti reading: “History will absolve us”, “If we burn you burn with us” and “No turn back 4HK”.

The Asian financial hub is struggling to recover from a weekend of violent clashes between police and tens of thousands of protesters, with parts of the city virtually cut off due to a paralyzed metro that was a target of vandalism.

Source: Hundreds of black-clad activists chant ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ outside High Court – Reuters

Turkey launches push into Syria, people flee as air raids, artillery hit border town | Reuters


Turkey launched a military operation against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria on Wednesday just days after U.S. troops pulled back from the area, with air strikes and artillery hitting YPG militia positions around the border town of Ras al Ain.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, announcing the start of the action, said the aim was to eliminate what he called a “terror corridor” on Turkey’s southern border.

Source: Turkey launches push into Syria, people flee as air raids, artillery hit border town – Reuters

China plans to restrict visas for U.S. visitors with ‘anti-China’ links | Reuters


China is planning tighter visa restrictions for U.S. nationals with ties to anti-China groups, people with knowledge of the proposed curbs said, following similar U.S. restrictions on Chinese nationals, as relations between the countries sour.

China’s Ministry of Public Security has for months been working on rules to limit the ability of anyone employed, or sponsored, by U.S. intelligence services and human rights groups to travel to China.

The proposed changes follow the introduction by the United States of tighter rules for visas for Chinese scholars in May.

Source: China plans to restrict visas for U.S. visitors with ‘anti-China’ links – Reuters

Jury says J&J must pay $8 billion in case over male breast growth linked to Risperdal | Reuters


Johnson & Johnson must pay $8 billion in punitive damages to a man who previously won $680,000 over his claims that it failed to warn that young men using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts, a Philadelphia jury said on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury’s verdict in favor of Nicholas Murray came in the first case in which a Pennsylvania jury had been able to consider awarding punitive damages in one of thousands of Risperdal cases pending in the state.

Source: Jury says J&J must pay $8 billion in case over male breast growth linked to Risperdal – Reuters