Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says | The New York Times


Fast internet service is crucial to the modern economy, and closing the digital divide is seen as a step toward shrinking the persistent gaps in economic opportunity, educational achievement and health outcomes in America. In some areas with spotty or no service, children do their homework in Wi-Fi-equipped buses or fast-food restaurants, small businesses drive to internet hot spots to send sales pitches and medical records are transported by hand on thumb-drive memory sticks.

Accurate measurements on the reach of broadband matter because the government’s statistics are used to guide policy and channel federal funding for underserved areas.

Source: Digital Divide Is Wider Than We Think, Study Says – The New York Times

Senate panel delays Trump’s judicial picks amid Mueller standoff | TheHill

The Senate Judiciary Committee is postponing votes on nearly two dozen judiciary nominees for the second time in as many weeks.

The decision to punt the business meeting again comes as Republicans are locked in a stalemate with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) over legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller.

Source: Senate panel delays Trump’s judicial picks amid Mueller standoff | TheHill

‘Wake up, dudes’ — gender gap confounds GOP women | TheHill

Republican men and women are deeply divided over how to confront the results of a brutal midterm election that decimated the ranks of female GOP lawmakers in the House.

Most House Republicans have so far shown little appetite for performing an autopsy on the 2018 election cycle and publicly identifying the root of their tough losses, which were stark among female voters, particularly in the suburbs.

Source: ‘Wake up, dudes’ — gender gap confounds GOP women | TheHill

Lawmakers Probe Role of Special Operations in Great Power Competition | GovExec.com


Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, tapped to lead U.S. Central Command, and Lt. Gen. Rich Clarke, up to head U.S. Special Operations, acknowledged on Tuesday that they may receive fewer resources to perform their missions.

Clarke argued that SOCOM is positioned to be an important player in great power competition. Working with allies and partners that Russia and China do not have, he said, “we can counter some of their malign activities.” He offered no specifics, and lawmakers did not press him.

Yet the repeated questions, from Republicans and Democrats, highlighted a hazy future for the two commands.

Source: Lawmakers Probe Role of Special Operations in Great Power Competition – Defense – GovExec.com

Trump-GOP rift grows over Saudis | TheHill

“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a pointed reference to statements by the president and other administration officials that there was no “smoking gun” linking the de facto Saudi ruler to Khashoggi’s slaying.

“You have to be willfully blind not to come to the conclusion that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the command of MBS and that he was intricately involved in the demise of Mr. Khashoggi,” Graham added, using the crown prince’s initials.

Source: Trump-GOP rift grows over Saudis | TheHill

December 2, 2018 – Most-Viewed Bills | Congress.gov

December 2, 2018

1. H.R.7115 [115th] 3D Firearms Prohibitions Act
2. S.J.Res.54 [115th] A joint resolution to direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities in the Republic of Yemen that have not been authorized by Congress.
3. H.R.5682 [115th] FIRST STEP Act
4. H.R.1 [115th] An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
5. H.R.5428 [115th] Stand with UK against Russia Violations Act
6. H.R.7150 [115th] H-4 Employment Protection Act of 2018
7. H.R.38 [115th] Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
8. H.R.1918 [115th] Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2017
9. H.R.6 [115th] SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act
10. H.R.392 [115th] Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

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

Lawmakers buy more time for spending deal | TheHill

Appetite for a rancorous fight over the border wall with Mexico subsided over the weekend following Bush’s death. The 41st president’s passing upended what was expected to be an intense week of negotiations ahead of a Dec. 7 funding deadline.

Instead, lawmakers and much of Washington will spend the next few days remembering Bush, who was known for his character, steadiness and ability to cut deals with the other side.

Source: Lawmakers buy more time for spending deal | TheHill

Clock ticks down on GOP Congress | TheHill

Lawmakers are facing an end-of-the-year traffic jam with legislation piling up and a tight schedule that leaves them little wiggle room.

Leadership is juggling a backlog of must-pass bills and nominations as well as eleventh-hour requests from rank-and-file members as legislators try to cram as much as possible into the final days of the work year. Republicans, in particular, are feeling pressure to make a last-ditch effort as they prepare to cede control of the House to Democrats in January.

Source: Clock ticks down on GOP Congress | TheHill

Flying Trump To Midterm Rallies To Stump For Republicans Cost Taxpayers Millions | GovExec.com


President Donald Trump flew to more than 40 political rallies in the months leading up to the 2018 mid-term elections, to coax his loyal fans to come out to the polls for Republican candidates.

A Quartz analysis of Trump’s travel schedule and the latest Department of Defense operating figures for Air Force One aircraft suggests the tab for the air travel alone was $17 million.

The costs so far have been borne almost completely by U.S. taxpayers.

Source: Flying Trump To Midterm Rallies To Stump For Republicans Cost Taxpayers Millions – Management – GovExec.com

House opposition starts to take shape | FCW


The Oversight Committee is expected to be a hotbed of investigative activity, ranging from emoluments probes to oversight of ethics rules and record management including the use of encrypted messaging apps that disappear communications by government officials.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is expected to emerge as the chief defender of Trump administration policies and officials on the panel. The committee also takes the lead on the largely bipartisan issue of IT management and FITARA oversight.

Source: House opposition starts to take shape — FCW