House Foreign Affairs Committee passes Spanberger bill to build national 5G strategy – Augusta Free Press
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House Foreign Affairs Committee passes Spanberger bill to build national 5G strategy – Augusta Free Press

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission announced its intention to place greater restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE due to widespread security concerns. According to a 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization report, Huawei’s growing influence as a leading supplier of 5G technology could be exploited by China to engage in espionage, monitor foreign corporations and governments, and support Chinese military operations. The Spanberger-led Secure 5G and Beyond Act would require the administration to develop an unclassified, national strategy to protect U.S. consumers and assist allies in maximizing the security of their 5G telecommunications systems. The strategy would also identify additional ways to spur research and development by U.S. companies in a way that maintains access for all Americans.
Privacy advocates express concerns over neighborhood-police partnerships as doorbell cams proliferate – SecurityInfoWatch
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Privacy advocates express concerns over neighborhood-police partnerships as doorbell cams proliferate – SecurityInfoWatch

.....Amazon's Ring app (and others like it) and the idea of law enforcement joining the “real-time crime and safety alerts” community is raising concerns about privacy, profiling, less than transparent public-private partnerships and what critics see is another step closer to a Big Brother police state. Among the worries of some critics is video captured by Ring and other security systems being stored online by Amazon and other companies, adding to the mass of personal information being collected from all of us. “If people (want to) have alarm systems, that’s fine. A centrally-connected alarm system beyond property and on driveways and streets into Amazon’s cloud, that’s different than on your property or door,” said Chris Gilliard, a Macomb Community College professor.
House passes bill banning future Grand Canyon uranium mining – Arizona Public Media
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House passes bill banning future Grand Canyon uranium mining – Arizona Public Media

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 236-185 to pass a bill banning the construction of new uranium mines on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon. The proposal sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva would make permanent a 20-year ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2012. "This bill is a critical safeguard for the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic landscapes in the world and the vital Colorado River watershed that supplies drinking water for communities throughout the
Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA
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Roy Moore to file paperwork to qualify for U.S. Senate race – WSFA

Former Ala. Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore announced Wednesday he will be filing the necessary paperwork to qualify to run for the U.S. Senate. Moore said he will file the paperwork with the Alabama Republican Party on Thursday. He officially announced his intent to run in June. He lost the senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones in a 2017 special election.
Virginia Beach Human Rights Commissioner Kenick El announces resignation following anti-LGBTQ Facebook posts – Metro Weekly
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Virginia Beach Human Rights Commissioner Kenick El announces resignation following anti-LGBTQ Facebook posts – Metro Weekly

A member of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission has announced he’ll step down tomorrow following outcry over comments he made on Facebook disparaging the LGBTQ community. Brother LaKendrick Coburn El, also known as Kenick El, took to Facebook to share a story about a transgender sex offender, calling being transgender a “mental illness.” He accused the LGBTQ community of “promoting” homosexuality to children, adding that homosexuality is a “mental illness” and an “abomination to the Human Race.”
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SAFE Banking Act could facilitate financial services for cannabis – Colorado Springs Independent

Financial institutions are watching the progress of a bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow banks and credit unions to provide services to cannabis businesses. Most banks and credit unions have shied away from offering these services, but passage of the SAFE Banking Act in the Senate and signing of the bill by President Trump would open access to the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry. Although some financial institutions, such as Partner Colorado Credit Union and Safe Harbor Credit Union, have been providing banking services to Colorado marijuana businesses, many others have been unable to establish banking relationships because marijuana is illegal at the federal level.
Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBT bias in housing, credit – Washington Blade
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Data at forefront of congressional hearing on anti-LGBT bias in housing, credit – Washington Blade

As LGBT rights advocates continue to press the Equality Act to ban anti-LGBT discrimination, data was at the forefront of a congressional hearing Tuesday as evidence that anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and credit continues to exist. Among the key statistics that emerged in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee: About half of LGBT adults own their homes compared to 70...
House passes Rep. Katie Porter’s bill to help people of all incomes run for office – OCRegister
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House passes Rep. Katie Porter’s bill to help people of all incomes run for office – OCRegister

A bill that passed the House of Representatives today with unanimous, bipartisan support aims to chip away at that gap by making it easier for everyday people — particularly working mothers and fathers with young children — to run for office in the United States: This bill allows an authorized committee of a candidate who is not a federal officeholder to pay for certain personal use services, including child care and health insurance, if the services are necessary to enable the candidate to participate in campaign-connected activities. The amount such a committee may pay a candidate as salary is reduced by the amount paid for personal services.
Maine Democratic Party failed to release illegal contributions from Collins challenger, group claims – Fox News
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Maine Democratic Party failed to release illegal contributions from Collins challenger, group claims – Fox News

An ethics watchdog is calling on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate the Maine Democratic Party, alleging that it failed to release funds that were illegally donated to it by 2020 Senate candidate Sara Gideon. Gideon, who is running to replace Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, received reimbursements from her Gideon Leadership PAC after she donated thousands of dollars to both the state's Democratic Party and a congressional campaign -- indicating she violated campaign finance law by serving as a proxy for a PAC's contribution.
Biden Holds Edge Over Warren and Sanders With Arizona Democrats – Courthouse News Service
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Biden Holds Edge Over Warren and Sanders With Arizona Democrats – Courthouse News Service

Former Vice President Joe Biden has a distinct edge over his nearest Democratic rivals, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, in a poll of likely Arizona voters released Tuesday. Biden was the choice of 28% of voters in the Emerson Polling questionnaire, conducted Oct. 25-28 online and via landlines. Warren and Sanders polled at 21% each, while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Buttigieg drew 12% support among Democrats. Warren and Biden tied President Donald Trump at 50% in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, while Sanders polled 49% to Trump’s 51%.
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Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Abortion Law – WBHM

A federal judge blocked Alabama’s strict abortion ban Tuesday, which was set to go into effect next month. U.S District Judge Myron Thompson issued a primary injunction Tuesday against the law, which would have made performing an abortion a felony in almost all cases. Abortion providers would face a sentence of up to 99 years in prison with no exception for rape or incest. The only exception is when there’s a serious...
Sessions Said to Be Mulling Run for Former Alabama Senate Seat – TIME
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Sessions Said to Be Mulling Run for Former Alabama Senate Seat – TIME

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring the possibility of a run for his old Senate seat in Alabama, according to three Republicans with knowledge of the situation. They say Sessions has made telephone calls discussing a potential bid to return to the Senate. The Republicans spoke on condition of anonymity so they could speak more freely about closely held conversations. It was not immediately clear how close Sessions was to making a decision or the seriousness of the exploration. He has until 5 p.m. Nov. 8 to decide whether to be a last-minute entry into the 2020 race. The Alabama Republican Party sets the deadline.
Democrats see hopes rise in Senate with impeachment | TheHill – The Hill
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Democrats see hopes rise in Senate with impeachment | TheHill – The Hill

.....Democratic hopes are rising given the steady series of negative headlines surrounding President Trump, which have put Republicans on the back foot. GOP senators are likely to have to vote on Trump’s impeachment before voters go to the polls next November, which could be a problem for vulnerable incumbents such as Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).
Georgia’s AG joins Republicans assailing Trump impeachment – Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Georgia’s AG joins Republicans assailing Trump impeachment – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia’s top law enforcement official has joined the chorus of Republicans who oppose the Democratic-led impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Attorney General Chris Carr said on social media on Monday that the House is “setting a bad precedent” with its push to oust Trump after he pressured Ukraine’s leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his top political rivals. “Impeachment should only ever be pursued with extreme caution, must follow due process & must be open & transparent,” wrote Carr.
McSally co-sponsors resolution condemning impeachment inquiry | complementary – Eastern Arizona Courier
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McSally co-sponsors resolution condemning impeachment inquiry | complementary – Eastern Arizona Courier

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., signed onto a resolution condemning House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a move that could have ramifications in her bruising 2020 campaign. McSally was one of 43 Senate Republicans to sign onto a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. That resolution calls on Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives to hold a formal vote to open an impeachment inquiry; to allow Trump to call witnesses and face his accusers; and to allow Republican members to...
Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries – Foodmarket
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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries – Foodmarket

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Domestic Food Supply and Agricultural Industries The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to address the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect the nation’s food supply and agricultural industries at the border. The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 would ensure the safe and secure trade of agricultural goods across our nation’s borders by authorizing U.S. Customs and Border...
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Impeachment is preventing Intel Committee from doing their job – Yellowhammernews.com

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) has revealed that the House Intelligence Committee hasn’t been addressing terrorism or ISIS recently due to the impeachment inquiry requiring so much attention. While on Fox News Channel’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Ratcliffe specified that “[i]t’s been well over a month” since the last time the committee had a terrorism briefing. Later on Sunday, U.S. Rep.Doug Collins (R-GA), ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, echoed Ratcliffe’s claims, voicing his frustration with Democrats prioritizing the impeachment inquiry over other business.
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Chinese Investment Pits Wall Street Against Washington – The New York Times

The rivalry between the United States and China has spread to a fight over financial ties between the countries, pitting Washington security hawks against Wall Street investors. Members of Congress and the Trump administration are warning that Chinese companies are raising money from American investors and stock exchanges for purposes that run counter to American interests. To help curb the flow of dollars into China, they have turned their sights on an unlikely target: their own retirement fund.
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Trump attends World Series after big national security win – Washington Post

Trump and first lady Melania Trump entered a lower-tier box to the left of home plate. His presence wasn’t formally announced, but fans in the section just below Trump’s suite turned to look toward the box as he arrived. Some waved at the president as he smiled and gave a thumbs-up. Five wounded veterans were among those watching the game with the president. A dozen or so congressional lawmakers accompanied the president, according to a list provided by the White House, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and David Perdue Georgia.
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Jones bashes 2012 Trump tweet after mission killing ISIS leader — ‘Partisan hackery’ – Yellowhammer News

Much like the proverbial canary in the coal mine – which warned miners of dangerous gases – the oyster, blue crab and speckled trout can warn us about the fragile health of Mobile Bay. To that end, the University of South Alabama has received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how oyster, blue crab and speckled trout respond to changes in their environment.
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Cornyn’s gun control bill is weak, but it’s something [Editorial] – Houston Chronicle

Cornyn and five other Republican senators — Tim Scott of South Carolina, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, and Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia — have introduced the RESPONSE (Restoring, Enhancing, Strengthening, and Promoting Our Nation’s Safety Efforts) Act. It includes some good ideas, including measures to encourage internet service providers to share information about potentially violent users with law enforcement agencies, increase the number of federal/local task forces investigating illegal firearms sales, and help states increase mental health and crisis intervention programs.
How strong is Trump’s Senate ‘firewall’ against impeachment? – WJLA
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How strong is Trump’s Senate ‘firewall’ against impeachment? – WJLA

Gene Healy, a vice president at the think tank Cato Institute explained, “A lot of what you read is that behind closed doors, the Republican caucus is extremely frustrated and disturbed with President Trump, but they’re probably scared that their own voters will punish them.” Though they are open to the possibility, even ones like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Colorado GOP only got 4 signatures for a recall. They needed 13,506. – Shareblue Media
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Colorado GOP only got 4 signatures for a recall. They needed 13,506. – Shareblue Media

With Democrats holding a narrow 19-16 majority in the Colorado state Senate, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) announced in March that he had a scheme to stop progressive legislation. After Buck was elected as the new state party chair, he vowed to use the state's recall process to remove duly elected Democratic officials during their terms. With the tally in now, it would be an understatement to say his efforts came up short.
Lawmakers introduce bipartisan SMART Infrastructure Act – Water Finance & Management
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Lawmakers introduce bipartisan SMART Infrastructure Act – Water Finance & Management

U.S. Reps. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) and Brian Babin (R-Texas) have introduced H.R. 4687, the Sustainable Municipal Access to Resilient Technology in Infrastructure (SMART Infrastructure) Act, along with Reps. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.). The SMART Infrastructure Act supports innovation and open competition in procurement, allowing the United States to rebuild America’s infrastructure efficiently and sensibly.
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Actress Fired for Christian Views on Homosexuality – Daily Signal

You’ve heard of seeing red. You’ve heard of feeling blue. And now you’re about to hear of a new state of mind brought to you by “The Color Purple”—resoluteness. That resoluteness was shown by a 25-year-old British actress, Oluwaseyi Omooba. Omooba was set to star in a stage play called “The Color Purple,” but she was abruptly fired for her Christian beliefs. A fellow actor scrolled through Omooba’s Facebook feed, going back five years to Sept. 18, 2014, to find a Facebook post in which she said homosexuality was wrong.
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Video appears to show hundreds of blindfolded prisoners in China – CNN

A drone video appearing to show hundreds of blindfolded men being led from a train in China has raised new concerns over the ongoing crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs in the far western region of Xinjiang. The video -- which was posted online anonymously last week -- shows hundreds of men, most of whom are dressed in purple and orange vests with the words "Kashgar Detention Center" printed on them, seated in rows on the ground of what appears to be a large courtyard outside a train station.
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Newsweek Doing the Serious Reporting? ‘Tanning Salons Could Be Targeting Gay Men’ – Newsbusters

The latest brand of anti-gay hate crime is sinister in its stealth, as reported by Kashmira Gander, features writer at Newsweek: “Tanning Salons Could Be Targeting Gay Men by Opening in LGBT Neighborhoods, Putting Them at Risk of Cancer.” “Targeting”? Homophobia has certainly had to adapt in this day and age; instead of committing hate crimes, gay-bashers are apparently investing in tanning salons.