December 8, 2019 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

December 8, 2019

1. S.178 [116th] Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019
2. H.R.4 [116th] Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019
3. H.R.724 [116th] Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act
4. S.1838 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
5. H.R.649 [116th] Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019
6. H.Res.326 [116th] Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated two-state solution.
7. H.R.3289 [116th] Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019
8. H.R.3884 [116th] Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019
9. S.151 [116th] Pallone-Thune TRACED Act
10. S.386 [116th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

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Top 6 NIST News Stories of 2019 | NIST


Measurement is a subject that touches upon just about everything, from the food we eat and the medicines we take to our investigations of the fundamental phenomena of the universe, so naturally, the news from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is widely varied. That’s what makes NIST so fascinating; every day you have the chance to learn something new.

Last week, we revealed the top five blog posts of 2019. This week we’re doing the top six news stories of 2019.

Source: Top 6 NIST News Stories of 2019 | NIST

The Pentagon Is Ignoring Small Innovators | Defense One


If the Defense Department is to compete with a Chinese military backed by a whole-of-nation strategy, it must stop refusing to take advantage of our nation’s most fundamental economic advantage: entrepreneurial innovation.

Too many entrepreneurs report that the Pentagon is more interested in transferring their IP to an established defense giant, or bringing it in-house, than allowing a small, nimble company to grow it and succeed.

This is not a new idea; various laws have sought to encourage DOD to foster entrepreneurial technology for several years.

But it’s not happening.

Source: The Pentagon Is Ignoring Small Innovators – Defense One

The GOP’s bottom-line Trump defense: Get over it


Trump’s fellow Republicans mounted a vigorous defense that held — all at once — he didn’t do it, nothing he did was wrong and that they will impeach his rival for doing the same thing (even if it’s not really the same thing) if the president eventually loses to that rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“We already we got the forms — all we have to do is eliminate Donald Trump’s name and put Joe Biden’s name,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said during a raucous and unusual Judiciary hearing in which lawyers for that panel and the House Intelligence Committee testified as witnesses.

Source: The GOP’s bottom-line Trump defense: Get over it

With hashes and hedges, power-hungry crypto miners court investors | Reuters


Crypto miners must draw on increasingly large amounts of computing power as they compete against others to solve the complex mathematical equations to build the blockchain and earn rewards in the form of new digital coins.

Startups have largely been defenseless against changes in so-called “hashrate” – in short, a fluctuating measure of the processing power of the entire bitcoin network that dictates how much power miners need to produce new coins.

A spike in hashrate means more electricity is required, ramping up production costs and eating into eventual profits of coins sold.

Source: With hashes and hedges, power-hungry crypto miners court investors – Reuters

The runaway husbands | The Wider Image | Reuters


Indians living abroad aren’t an easy group to take issue with.

They sent $79 billion in remittances to India in 2018, the most of any country in the world, according to World Bank data. They’re expected to send $82.2 billion in 2019.

The wives say many of the men demand – and often get – tens of thousands of dollars in dowry, despite the ancient practice being illegal. The husbands can use that money to establish themselves overseas and obtain permanent residency or a new passport, leaving their wives and children behind – and in limbo.

An abandoned woman has no status, says Shiwali Suman, who organizes abandoned wives in New Delhi. “Are we divorced, single, widowed?” she asks. “What are we actually? We are not able to be categorized.”

Source: The runaway husbands | The Wider Image | Reuters

We can rip up the EU rule book, PM Johnson tells UK voters | Reuters


Prime Minister Boris Johnson will bolster his argument on Tuesday for leaving the European Union early next year, urging voters to return him to power so Britain can “rip up the EU rule book and write a new one for ourselves.”

Source: We can rip up the EU rule book, PM Johnson tells UK voters – Reuters

U.S. lawmakers reach deal on massive defense bill, eye Russia, Turkey, China | Reuters

U.S. lawmakers announced an agreement on Monday on a $738-billion bill setting policy for the Department of Defense, including new measures for competing with Russia and China, family leave for federal workers and the creation of President Donald Trump’s long-desired Space Force.

It also calls for sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian missile defense system, and a tough response to North Korea’s efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

Source: U.S. lawmakers reach deal on massive defense bill, eye Russia, Turkey, China – Reuters

‘Technical irregularities’ plagued contact chaining at NSA | FCW


An intelligence official offered new insights into technical problems that have plagued a controversial spying program and led the National Security Agency to over-collect hundreds of millions of unauthorized communication records.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) had indicated it is actively reviewing the NSA’s Call Detail Records program authorized under the 2015 USA Freedom Act. At a Dec. 6 Cato Institute conference, Ben Huebner, chief civil liberties and privacy officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said that review was in the final stages of approval before completion.

“The [Board] is concluding a review of this program, and we’re actually actively doing a declassification review,” Huebner said. “So more will be coming out … there will be a lot more coming out on this.”

Source: ‘Technical irregularities’ plagued contact chaining at NSA — FCW

The NBA and China’s Predatory Liberalism | Lawfare


For the NBA and the world, playing China’s game is a losing proposition.

Caving to China may save some dollars in the short term, but it sacrifices even greater autonomy in the long term.

China defies the liberalist expectation that interdependence creates cooperation and harmony. Instead, China practices “predatory liberalism”—it leverages the vulnerabilities of market interdependence to exert power over others in pursuit of political goals, and the NBA is not the first of China’s targets.

China is not the only authoritarian country in the international system to wield economic power, but China’s size and its critical position in global supply chains make the exercise of predatory liberalism particularly pernicious.

Indeed, there is a long list of victims of China’s economic coercion.

Source: The NBA and China’s Predatory Liberalism – Lawfare