Rex Tillerson Seems to Suggest U.S. Wants to See Assad in Syria Go

Rex Tillerson Seems to Suggest U.S. Wants to See Assad in Syria Go

Rex Tillerson signaled a long commitment to military action in Syria and, ultimately, to regime change.  “Assad’s regime is corrupt, and his methods of governance and economic development have increasingly excluded certain ethnic and religious groups,” the Secretary of State said. “Such oppression cannot persist forever.” Tillerson made the case for a long-term military presence in the country, saying that a premature withdrawal would have dire consequences.  “Total withdrawal would restore Assad and continue brutal treatment of his own people,”…

Read More Read More

Former CIA Official Arrested & Charged with Revealing Informants’ Names to China

Former CIA Official Arrested & Charged with Revealing Informants’ Names to China

A former CIA official was arrested this week, charged with revealing the names of CIA informants to the Chinese government.  The information helped the Chinese dismantle one of the U.S.’ most valuable intelligence networks.  It’s considered one of the U.S.’ intelligence communities worse failures in years. Notebooks containing handwritten notes of classified information detailing meetings between CIA informants and undercover agents, along with their real identities and phone numbers, were found in the possession of Jerry Chun Shing Lee.  Lee,…

Read More Read More

President Trump Encourages Women’s Marchers to Get Out in Beautiful Weather to Celebrate Historic Milestones of His First Year in Office

President Trump Encourages Women’s Marchers to Get Out in Beautiful Weather to Celebrate Historic Milestones of His First Year in Office

Thousands of marchers gathered today in cities all over the country including New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., for the second Women’s March today.  The Woman’s March advocates for legislation and policies regarding women’s rights but also human rights, racial equality, immigration reform and healthcare reform among other things. The movement is largely critical of President Donald Trump and supporters in many cities today were heard yelling anti-Trump slogans during their marches.  This year’s gatherings have also been energized…

Read More Read More

Chuck Schumer: “Negotiating with President Trump is Like Negotiating with Jell-O”

Chuck Schumer: “Negotiating with President Trump is Like Negotiating with Jell-O”

Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate Floor this morning to criticize President Trump and his negotiating style, citing the president’s backing off from promises as one of the reasons the government has shut down.  “Negotiating with President Trump is like negotiating with Jell-O,” the Democratic Leader said. Senator Chuck Schumer Holds Press Conference Amid Government Shutdown, Jan 20 2018 Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer holds a news conference to talk about efforts to end the government shutdown. Senator Schumer…

Read More Read More

President Trump Touts Accomplishments in Op-Ed Marking One-Year Anniversary of Inauguration

President Trump Touts Accomplishments in Op-Ed Marking One-Year Anniversary of Inauguration

President Trump took to The Washington Examiner this morning, to pen an op-ed listing his administration’s accomplishments.  January 20 marks the one-year anniversary of Mr. Trump’s inauguration. “I promised Jan. 20, 2017, would be remembered as a new day for all Americans – the day the people became the rulers of this nation once again,” President Trump wrote.  “For the past 365 days, that promise has been my guide.” The President touted accomplishments on deregulation, the economy and on taxes. …

Read More Read More

The 24 Hours That Led to the Shutdown

The 24 Hours That Led to the Shutdown

The twenty-four hours leading up to the government shutdown were marked by frantic negotiations and calls for party unity on both sides of the aisle.  Each side believed that if they held the line, the other party would take more blame for the shutdown. The House passed a four-week funding extension that kept the government open until February 16, Thursday night.  That bill included funding for the popular children’s healthcare program CHIP, but didn’t include a solution for the DACA…

Read More Read More

Shutdown

Shutdown

The U.S. government has shut down amid futile efforts to find a last-minute spending deal that would have kept the government open.  The Senate voted by a 50-49 count shortly after midnight this morning to reject a continuing resolution that would have kept the government functioning for four more weeks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to offer a new continuing resolution that will fund the government for just three weeks, but no final decision has been made on…

Read More Read More

Twitter Identifies, Suspends 1,062 Russian Troll-Farm-Linked Accounts

Twitter Identifies, Suspends 1,062 Russian Troll-Farm-Linked Accounts

Social media giant Twitter announced that is has suspended over 1,000 accounts it believes to be linked to Russian active measures – the propaganda and disinformation campaigns Russian intelligence services use to influence politics.  The company believes the accounts are linked to the Internet Research Agency, an agency that works with Russian intelligence services to spread content intended to interfere politically in other nations. The company said on Friday that it has found 3,814 accounts believed to be linked to…

Read More Read More

Here’s What Would Happen if the Government Did Shut Down

Here’s What Would Happen if the Government Did Shut Down

With only a few hours to go before the government runs out of money, a government shutdown seems likelier right now than it did a few days ago.  It may be helpful to review what would happen if the government does shut down. Federal workers would be furloughed and many government services would cease operation.  But many government operations would continue working through a shutdown because they do not rely on the annual appropriations process for their funding.  Medicare and…

Read More Read More

Russian Bots Playing a Critical Role in Getting #ReleaseTheMemo Trending

Russian Bots Playing a Critical Role in Getting #ReleaseTheMemo Trending

Twitter accounts linked to Russian active measures have been found to be playing a role in getting the “ReleaseTheMemo” hashtag trending on Twitter.  The hashtag references a memo that conservative lawmakers have been calling on congressional leaders to release to the public. It details alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by government officials. Twitter analytics show a significant increase of activity of more than 500 Twitter accounts linked to Russian active measures, propaganda and disinformation campaigns Russian…

Read More Read More