Tuesday President Donald Trump pledged to strengthen the government’s ability to protect its computer networks, but then canceled plans to sign an executive order on cybersecurity without explanation. A White House official said that morning the order would put the Office of Management and Budget in charge of cybersecurity efforts within the executive branch and direct federal agency directors to develop their own plans to modernize their infrastructure.
Congress on Friday approved a budget framework that would smooth the way for an eventual vote on dismantling the outgoing president’s signature health care law. The House voted 227-198 for the measure, following a vote in the Senate earlier this week.
Any test of a new ballistic missile would be an apparent violation of a UN resolution forbidding Iran from working on its rocket program.
The alleged manipulation of intelligence to downplay the strength of terror groups is far more extensive than previously reported and goes back to at least 2012, according to the Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee. An IG from the Defense Department and congressional investigators are reviewing claims that intelligence on the Islamic State was manipulated to present a more positive picture of the U.S. strategy’s effectiveness. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said these practices, though, extend to how intelligence on Al Qaeda was handled as well.
On Thursday the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved three bills designed to aid the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, including one that would allow the State Department to revoke the passports of U.S. citizens who join the group or any other terrorist organization.
Republicans are pushing a bill to block the feds from forcing gun buyers to disclose their race in applications, saying the government should be “color blind” when it comes to the Second Amendment. The ATF ever since changing its background check policy in 2012 — has had gun buyers answer questions about race and ethnicity in what’s known as a 4473 application form. Gun dealers who do not disclose the information can be hit with fines and other penalties.
Brace for it all you entitlement people, the free ride is about to get tougher. You see, if states find a way to make it happen, to receive food stamps, you will have to go to work too. New federal grants announced Friday in Georgia by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, come as the Republican Congress is exploring ways to cut the program, which cost $74 billion last year — twice its cost in 2008.