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Trump White House aide Steve Bannon loses appeal of contempt of Congress conviction

Trump White House aide Steve Bannon loses appeal of contempt of Congress conviction

[ad_1] A federal appeals court on Friday unanimously upheld the criminal contempt of Congress conviction of former Trump White House senior aide Steve Bannon for refusing to testify and provide documents to the House committee that investigated the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The appeals court rejected Bannon’s argument that he was not guilty because his attorney had advised him not to comply with a subpoena from the House committee. The ruling by a three-judge panel on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit makes it more likely that Bannon will soon have to begin serving a sentence of four months in jail for his conviction of two counts of contempt. An attorney for Bannon said he will now request that the full judicial panel of the D.C. Circuit hear his appeal again, which might postpone his jail term. Bannon’s lawyer Doug Schoen told CNBC in an email, ”The Court of Appeals panel held today that it does not have the authority to overrule the 1961 panel of …

U.S. postpones delivery of report to Congress on Israel’s war conduct

U.S. postpones delivery of report to Congress on Israel’s war conduct

[ad_1] The Biden administration postponed delivery of a report due to Congress on Wednesday on whether Israel’s use of U.S.-supplied military equipment in Gaza has violated U.S. or international humanitarian law, saying that a written assessment would be provided “in the very near future.” “We have taken this incredibly seriously and we will have it … in the coming days,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller told reporters. [ad_2] Source link

Top FBI Official Urges Agents to Use Warrantless Wiretaps on US Soil

Top FBI Official Urges Agents to Use Warrantless Wiretaps on US Soil

[ad_1] House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Turner and ranking member Jim Himes blasted out invitations announcing a “bipartisan celebration” of the 702 program’s continuation last week. The event, which the lawmakers have dubbed FISA Fest, is being held in a reception room in the US Capitol building Wednesday night. A House Intelligence Committee spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Turner and Himes were instrumental in preserving the FBI’s warrantless access to 702 data. In countless “briefings” since October, the pair urged members of their respective parties to avoid reining in the FBI’s authority too greatly. Instead, the new procedures designed by the bureau itself were touted by both lawmakers as a sufficient bulwark against further abuse. Narrowly winning that battle last month, Himes and Turner worked to kill an amendment that would have forced FBI employees to get search warrants before reviewing the communications of Americans swept up by the program. (The amendment, opposed by the Biden White House, failed in a tie vote, 212-212.) Instead, the FBI’s procedures, now part of …

Automakers Want AM Radios Out of Cars. Congress Is About to Require Them

Automakers Want AM Radios Out of Cars. Congress Is About to Require Them

[ad_1] A controversial bill that would require all new cars to be fitted with AM radios looks set to become a law in the near future. Yesterday, Senator Edward Markey revealed that the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act now has the support of 60 US Senators, as well as 246 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, making its passage an almost sure thing. Should that happen, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be required to ensure that all new cars sold in the US have AM radios at no extra cost. “Democrats and Republicans are tuning in to the millions of listeners, thousands of broadcasters, and countless emergency management officials who depend on AM radio in their vehicles. AM radio is a lifeline for people in every corner of the United States to get news, sports, and local updates in times of emergencies. Our commonsense bill makes sure this fundamental, essential tool doesn’t get lost on the dial. With a filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate, Congress should quickly take it up and pass …

U.S. intelligence chief warns Congress of rise in cyberattacks

U.S. intelligence chief warns Congress of rise in cyberattacks

[ad_1]  Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 2, 2024 in Washington, DC. Win Mcnamee | Getty Images News | Getty Images The top U.S. intelligence official warned Congress of an alarming rise in cyberattacks at a hearing on global threats Thursday. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said the number of ransomware attacks worldwide grew as much as 74% in 2023. The comments from Haines come as various companies, such as UnitedHealth Group, MGM Resorts and Clorox, have been disrupted by cyberattacks in the past year. “Although the likelihood of any single attack having a widespread effect on interrupting critical services remains low, the increased number of attacks and the actors’ willingness to access and manipulate these control systems increases the collective odds that at least one could have a more significant impact,” Haines told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Haines said U.S. entities were the most heavily targeted in 2023 with attacks in sectors such as healthcare doubling from the prior year. The intelligence …

United Methodists condemning Christian nationalism should address their complicity

United Methodists condemning Christian nationalism should address their complicity

[ad_1] (RNS) — United Methodists gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, for their long-delayed General Conference have shown themselves willing to take bold steps on big issues. The delegates have already voted this week to reorganize the denomination to allow for greater regional autonomy and to scrub its governing Book of Discipline of its ban on LGBTQ clergy. They have also passed a number of petitions on social issues, including one condemning “extreme and prejudicial nationalism.” While the proposed petition doesn’t address Christian nationalism per se, the UMC’s public policy arm, the General Board of Church and Society, released a statement last month on “Christian Nationalism in the U.S.” This is a potentially fruitful area of witness that would be stronger if the United Methodists were willing to reckon with their own role in promoting the ideology. The board’s statement rightly condemns Christian nationalism “as a political ideology that seeks to merge Christianity and a particular type of American identity, distorting both the Christian faith and the United States Constitution.” It also lifts up the importance …

75 Christian leaders urge president, Congress, churches to act on racism, poverty

75 Christian leaders urge president, Congress, churches to act on racism, poverty

[ad_1] (RNS) — Seventy-five leaders of national Christian organizations and prominent churches have sent a statement to the White House, Congress and congregational leaders calling for greater action to address racism and poverty. “People of color continue to suffer problems related to race — high rates of death during childbirth, for example, and fear of gun violence and hate crimes as they go about their daily lives,” reads the statement titled “God’s Call to Action Against Racism and Poverty in 2024.” “Issues related to racism are now being fiercely debated across the country, and many peopleof color are fearful that racism is getting worse.” The statement, created by the ecumenical and predominantly white coalition called the Circle of Protection, is to be released Wednesday (May 1). The initial signatories on the two-page statement included the presidents of the National Association of Evangelicals and the National Council of Churches, leaders of African American and Latino networks, and officials of the Jesuit Catholic order and the Quakers, a peace church tradition. One of the key steps related …

Trump receives 36 million more shares of Trump Media as bonus

Trump receives 36 million more shares of Trump Media as bonus

[ad_1] Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives to Trump tower during the day of his trial over charges that he falsified business records to conceal money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016, in New York City, U.S. , April 19, 2024.  Eduardo Munoz | Reuters Former President Donald Trump received 36 million more shares of Trump Media Technology Group on Friday, according to a newly filed disclosure Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The shares were part of a contractual “earnout bonus” that Trump’s eponymous media company agreed to shortly before it went public in March. At Tuesday’s closing price of $49.93, Trump’s newly awarded shares were worth around $1.8 billion, although he is prohibited from selling them until a six-month lockup period expires. The additional shares bring Trump’s total in the newly public company to 114,750,000. At Tuesday’s closing price, their value on paper is over $5.7 billion. The windfall for Trump comes as Trump Media’s stock price has rocketed up 50% in the past seven days, …

In Orange County, election skepticism could sway key Congress races

In Orange County, election skepticism could sway key Congress races

[ad_1] Alex Lopez doesn’t contest that Joe Biden was elected president in 2020. His concern lies with how those results came to be. “By the numbers? He absolutely won it. Ethically? Probably not,” said the 38-year-old Anaheim resident, who works as a logistics coordinator. Questions about the integrity of the election process have been stoked nationally for years, in large part because of former President Trump’s claims that victory was stolen from him. The same goes for Orange County, where 26% of adults surveyed in a UC Irvine poll released this month said they did not believe Biden legitimately won the presidency in 2020, with another 17% unsure about the question. In a purple county with several key races that could help determine the balance of power in Congress, these doubts could cause voters to stay home in November — particularly conservative voters. A majority of the O.C. Republicans surveyed for the poll — 55% — thought Biden had not won fairly, while most Democrats — 88% — believed the election results. A majority of …

Attempted TikTok heist by Congress just proves our data is safer with China than the NSA

Attempted TikTok heist by Congress just proves our data is safer with China than the NSA

[ad_1] Among the generation most needed at the polls for a win, it’s common knowledge that voting for President Joseph Robinette Biden is basically like eating a bowl of soggy Cornflakes in lukewarm tap water — you do it because your only other option in the kitchen is a moldy orange slimeball that’s grown legs and now wants to put its enemies in camps. And yet here Biden is, the guy begging us all to swallow another bowl of his mealy-mouth pap at the polls, glibly pissing in our Wheaties. As of Wednesday, China-based parent company ByteDance has been ordered to either sell its crown-jewel app TikTok to a U.S. company or see it banned here. This comes courtesy of a bill that every news writer in this country is trying their hardest not to describe as a run-of-the-mill mob shakedown ordered from the Oval Office. And that bill was signed into law by good ol’ train-union-busting, Anita-Hill-ignoring, Delaware-corporate-fiefdom-defending Joe Biden. Behold, the very president who’s relying on TikTok users to share his campaign ads, …