November 24, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

November 24, 2019

1. S.1838 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
2. H.R.3289 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
3. H.R.3884 [116th] Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019
4. H.R.3055 [116th] Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Further Health Extenders Act of 2019
5. S.2227 [116th] MORE Act of 2019
6. H.R.1309 [116th] Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act
7. H.R.420 [116th] Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act
8. H.R.724 [116th] Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act
9. H.R.4378 [116th] Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020, and Health Extenders Act of 2019
10. H.Res.660 [116th] Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes.

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China’s Largest Telecom May Sue You For Criticizing It | Defense One


A year that has seen Beijing bully critics and shape global discourse from the NBA to Hollywood has now brought the debut of a new tool: lawsuits.

Many of China’s influence efforts have focused on companies that have invested in the Chinese economy or that are pursuing its massive market. But a new lawsuit against a French researcher and a television show that hosted her reveals how Beijing is extending its efforts to critics in the media and research institutions.

In September, Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei filed a defamation suit in a French court against Valerie Niquet, a researcher with the Foundation for Strategic Research, or FRS, a think tank focusing on defense issues. Her offense?

Appearing on France’s “C dans l’air” in February,

Source: China’s Largest Telecom May Sue You For Criticizing It – Defense One

Russia’s Military Is Writing an Armed-Robot Playbook | Defense One


The Russian military is gathering proposed tactics, techniques and procedures for using robots in urban and coastal combat, the RiaNovosti state news agency said Sunday.

The defense ministry has asked various military-industrial enterprises to provide proposals for review by early next year to the military’s Combined Arms Academy. The initiative is meant to address “the virtual absence of a unified concept for the use of military robotics by the Russian armed forces,” the Russian agency wrote.

Source: Russia’s Military Is Writing an Armed-Robot Playbook – Defense One

Democrats eye taking fight over McGahn testimony to impeachment trial | TheHill


Legal experts say the fight over whether White House counsel Don McGahn must testify under subpoena before Congress could be settled at the Senate impeachment trial before it finishes its path through the courts.

A federal judge on Monday ruled against the Trump administration, deciding that McGahn must comply with a House Judiciary Committee subpoena seeking his testimony.

The ruling is being appealed, but Democrats could look to secure testimony from McGahn and other key witnesses directly at the Senate trial, where Chief Justice John Roberts would preside, experts said. There, Roberts would have a key role in deciding questions about admitting evidence before the case even gets to the Supreme Court.

Source: Democrats eye taking fight over McGahn testimony to impeachment trial | TheHill

Feuding Korean firms risk disrupting electric car battery supplies | Reuters


In 2018, South Korea’s SK Innovation beat its larger, local rival LG Chem to a multibillion dollar deal to supply German carmaker Volkswagen with electric vehicle batteries in the United States.

With great fanfare, SK Innovation (SKI) (096770.KS) broke ground in March on a $1.7 billion factory in Commerce, Georgia, about 200 km from VW’s (VOWG_p.DE) Chattanooga plant, which will be the automaker’s electric vehicle hub in the United States.

LG Chem (LGC) (051910.KS) had other ideas.

Source: Feuding Korean firms risk disrupting electric car battery supplies – Reuters

Manchester City owner scores $4.8 billion price tag with stake sale | Reuters


Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi-controlled owner has agreed to sell a $500 million stake to U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake, making it the world’s most valuable soccer group with a $4.8 billion price tag.

Tech-focused Silver Lake will buy just over 10% of City Football Group (CFG), which owns reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City and teams in the United States, Australia and China, the companies said on Wednesday.

Source: Manchester City owner scores $4.8 billion price tag with stake sale – Reuters

China’s ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe | Reuters


ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national security panel’s inquiry into the safety of the personal data it handles, people familiar with the matter said.

The Chinese technology company is seeking to provide assurances to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) that personal data held by TikTok, which is widely popular with U.S. teenagers, is stored securely in the United States and will not be compromised by Chinese authorities, the sources said.

Source: Exclusive: China’s ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe – sources – Reuters

French farmers clog highways to protest at ‘agri-bashing’ | Reuters


French farmers angered by government policies that they say threaten their livelihoods drove convoys of tractors into Paris on Wednesday, obstructing commuter traffic and adding to the social unrest facing President Emmanuel Macron.

Up to a thousand tractors rolled into the city from the north and south, at times blocking motorways and the inner ring-road, honking horns and flying the flags of the two main farm unions staging the protest.

Source: French farmers clog highways to protest at ‘agri-bashing’ – Reuters

Iran says hundreds of banks were torched in ‘vast’ unrest plot | Reuters


Iran’s top leader on Wednesday denounced an outbreak of deadly unrest as a “very dangerous conspiracy” as authorities reported about 731 banks and 140 government sites had been torched in the disturbances.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the protests amounted to a plot that Iranians had defeated, referring to the worst anti-government unrest in Iran since authorities put down demonstrations against election fraud in 2009.

The disturbances began on Nov. 15 after the announcement of gasoline price hikes, but quickly turned political, with protesters demanding top leaders step down.

Source: Iran says hundreds of banks were torched in ‘vast’ unrest plot – Reuters

Hong Kong police to enter university as hunt for protesters turns up empty | Reuters


Hong Kong police said they would enter Polytechnic University on Thursday, bringing their near two-week siege of the campus to an end, after final searches for any pro-democracy protesters still hiding turned up empty.

For a second day on Wednesday security teams from the university scoured the maze of buildings at the campus, a focal point in recent weeks of the citywide protests that first erupted in June, but no one was found.

Source: Hong Kong police to enter university as hunt for protesters turns up empty – Reuters