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FBI shuts down ransomware gang that targeted schools and hospitals

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the group — called Hive — hacked and demanded ransom from hospitals, school districts, financial firms and other entities.
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FBI shuts down ransomware gang that targeted schools and hospitals

Attorney General Merrick Garland said the group — called Hive — hacked and demanded ransom from hospitals, school districts, financial firms and other entities.

Post Politics Now: Biden hails economic progress, warns of chaos if GOP policies prevail

Biden is expected to bash proposals by Republican lawmakers to impose a national sales tax and make cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
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Post Politics Now: Biden hails economic progress, warns of chaos if GOP policies prevail

Biden is expected to bash proposals by Republican lawmakers to impose a national sales tax and make cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

GOP Rep. Cory Mills hands out grenades to House members

«It is my pleasure to give you a 40mm grenade ... manufactured in the Sunshine State and first developed in the Vietnam War,» Mills wrote in a letter that accompanied the grenades.
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GOP Rep. Cory Mills hands out grenades to House members

«It is my pleasure to give you a 40mm grenade ... manufactured in the Sunshine State and first developed in the Vietnam War,» Mills wrote in a letter that accompanied the grenades.

Post Politics Now: At a Va. union hall, Biden to tout accomplishments, take aim at GOP

Biden is expected to bash proposals by Republican lawmakers to impose a national sales tax and make cuts to Medicare and Social Security.
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Post Politics Now: At a Va. union hall, Biden to tout accomplishments, take aim at GOP

Biden is expected to bash proposals by Republican lawmakers to impose a national sales tax and make cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

Briefing - International trade [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 26-01-2023

The European Union’s international trade has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, broken supply chains, the growth of protectionism in many regions and, most recently, from Russia’s war on Ukraine. The United States' trade policy towards China, which is a
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Briefing - International trade [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 26-01-2023

The European Union’s international trade has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic, broken supply chains, the growth of protectionism in many regions and, most recently, from Russia’s war on Ukraine. The United States' trade policy towards China, which is aimed at curbing the authoritarian country’s growing power, has exacerbated the fragmentation of trade. The United States has adopted the Inflation Reduction Act, a massive green subsidy programme which analysts and politicians say may lower the competitiveness of some European clean-tech products. The EU is debating how to respond to the Act, including with the envisaged proposal of a Net-Zero Industry Act, setting a number of clean-tech objectives for 2030. The work of the new EU US Trade and Technology Council has so far made limited progress in resolving the trade spat. This note offers links to a series of recent commentaries and reports from major international think tanks and research institutes on international trade policy. Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP

Study - THE EFFECT OF COMMUNICATION AND DISINFORMATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC - 26-01-2023

This study analyses how governments, public health experts and other professionals communicated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of these communication strategies. It investigates COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation practices, and how thes
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Study - THE EFFECT OF COMMUNICATION AND DISINFORMATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC - 26-01-2023

This study analyses how governments, public health experts and other professionals communicated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of these communication strategies. It investigates COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation practices, and how these practices were addressed in the European Union by the Member States and the European Commission. It draws up recommendations to improve responses in the future, including by analysing the role of the Code of Practice on disinformation ad the expected impact of the Digital Services Act. Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP

Meta reinstates Trump on Instagram and Facebook ahead of 2024 election

Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg wrote in a blog post that the former president will face “heightened penalties” if he breaks the social media giant’s content rules.
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Meta reinstates Trump on Instagram and Facebook ahead of 2024 election

Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg wrote in a blog post that the former president will face “heightened penalties” if he breaks the social media giant’s content rules.

Elaine Chao responds to Trump’s racist attacks on her Asian American heritage

Elaine Chao, the Transportation secretary during the Trump administration, has remained silent as the former president repeatedly taunted her with racist names.
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Elaine Chao responds to Trump’s racist attacks on her Asian American heritage

Elaine Chao, the Transportation secretary during the Trump administration, has remained silent as the former president repeatedly taunted her with racist names.

McCarthy faces narrow path in trying to oust Omar from committee

The debate has emerged after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) unilaterally removed Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) from the House Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday.
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McCarthy faces narrow path in trying to oust Omar from committee

The debate has emerged after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) unilaterally removed Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) from the House Select Committee on Intelligence Tuesday.

Study - Pegasus and the EU’s external relations - 25-01-2023

This study - commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee of Inquiry to Investigate the Use of Pegasus and Equivalent Surveillance Spyware (PEGA) – analyses t
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Study - Pegasus and the EU’s external relations - 25-01-2023

This study - commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the Committee of Inquiry to Investigate the Use of Pegasus and Equivalent Surveillance Spyware (PEGA) – analyses the proliferation of new and emerging technologies usedfor repression and social control. While these technologies still have the potential to positively enhance democratic values and human rights, repressive regimes actively deploy these tools for their own strategic advantage. In particular, the proliferation of commercial spyware, such as Pegasus software, is a big concern. The EU should place a much higher priority in countering government use of these tools. Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP

Briefing - New EU global health strategy: A recalibrated agenda - 25-01-2023

On 30 November 2022, 12 years after the adoption of the first strategy on the EU's role in global health in 2010, the European Commission unveiled the EU global health strategy with the overarching goal of improving global health security and ensuring better
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Briefing - New EU global health strategy: A recalibrated agenda - 25-01-2023

On 30 November 2022, 12 years after the adoption of the first strategy on the EU's role in global health in 2010, the European Commission unveiled the EU global health strategy with the overarching goal of improving global health security and ensuring better health for all. The document takes stock of lessons learnt from the pandemic and guides EU action in an evolving landscape of threats and opportunities, including towards reasserting responsibility for attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – currently unfinished business. The strategy constitutes the external dimension of the European health union and is a cornerstone of the Global Gateway strategy. It not only relaunches the EU's global health agenda but also recalibrates the EU's approach to global health, by positioning it as an essential pillar of EU external policy, a critical geopolitical sector and a central aspect of EU strategic autonomy. The strategy suggests a framework leading up to 2030 and focusing on three policy priorities: better health throughout life; strengthened health systems and universal health coverage; and action to prevent and combat health threats. The strategy also outlines 20 guiding principles and concrete lines of action, and establishes a new monitoring framework. The strategy was widely welcomed by stakeholders; they generally approved the fact that, unlike its 2010 predecessor, it goes beyond portraying global health through the development policy lens. However, certain stakeholders raised concerns about the lack of focus on climate action and the lack of specific provisions on access and equity, for instance. The importance of ensuring appropriate financing, efficient implementation and monitoring were often underlined. Following the adoption of the strategy by the Commission, the Council is set to tailor the approach through the adoption of conclusions. These are likely to focus on the strategy's implementation and monitoring, and on matters of accountability. In parallel, the European Parliament is expected to take a stance on the strategy with a non-legislative resolution. The EU's finalised approach to global health will then require strong political leadership and efforts to maintain the momentum needed to deliver results. Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP

Study - Parliamentary oversight of governments' response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Literature review - 25-01-2023

Conducted at the request of the European Parliament's Special Committee on the COVID 19 pandemic, this literature review examines the patterns in, consequences of and correlation between national approaches to parliamentary oversight of governments' response
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Study - Parliamentary oversight of governments' response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Literature review - 25-01-2023

Conducted at the request of the European Parliament's Special Committee on the COVID 19 pandemic, this literature review examines the patterns in, consequences of and correlation between national approaches to parliamentary oversight of governments' responses to the COVID 19 pandemic in the EU27 and four other countries (Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States). The review begins by assessing parliaments' involvement during the early stages of the health crisis, when many countries were operating under emergency regimes or statutory frameworks that provided for rapid action. It then maps the parliaments' law-making and oversight role during the pandemic, demonstrating that they were not necessarily side-lined. The study goes on to assess successes and failures and, on that basis, factors in the resilience of parliamentary oversight. Mapping the widespread use of sunset and review clauses in emergency legislation, the study reflects on parliaments' cooperation with supreme audit institutions and independent fiscal institutions, which enhanced their budgetary oversight role during the pandemic. The literature review also identifies best practice regarding oversight during the COVID 19 pandemic and reforms that parliaments could pursue to strengthen their preparedness for future crises. Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP

Justice Department sues Google over dominance in online advertising

The Justice Department filed its second lawsuit against search giant Google, this time over the company's dominance in online advertising.
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Justice Department sues Google over dominance in online advertising

The Justice Department filed its second lawsuit against search giant Google, this time over the company's dominance in online advertising.

Post Politics Now: Biden hosts Democrats at White House as debt limit standoff continues

The president and congressional Democrats discussed an array of issues, including the ongoing standoff with House Republicans over raising the nation’s debt limit.
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Post Politics Now: Biden hosts Democrats at White House as debt limit standoff continues

The president and congressional Democrats discussed an array of issues, including the ongoing standoff with House Republicans over raising the nation’s debt limit.

McCarthy blocks Democrats Schiff, Swalwell from intelligence committee

«Hakeem Jeffries has 200 other people who can serve on that committee,» House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said after noting that the move wasn't «political.»
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McCarthy blocks Democrats Schiff, Swalwell from intelligence committee

«Hakeem Jeffries has 200 other people who can serve on that committee,» House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said after noting that the move wasn't «political.»

Briefing - Rule of law-related ‘super milestones’ in the recovery and resilience plans of Hungary and Poland - 24-01-2023

On 12 December 2022, the Council adopted the Hungarian recovery and resilience plan (RRP) based on the Commission’s positive evaluation. Compared to the original plan, a whole new component of measures has been added (Component 9: Governance and Public Admi
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Briefing - Rule of law-related ‘super milestones’ in the recovery and resilience plans of Hungary and Poland - 24-01-2023

On 12 December 2022, the Council adopted the Hungarian recovery and resilience plan (RRP) based on the Commission’s positive evaluation. Compared to the original plan, a whole new component of measures has been added (Component 9: Governance and Public Administration) containing 38 measures with 111 milestones and targets. Of these, 27 milestones are referred to as ‘super milestones’ without which no payment under the RRF will be allowed. These ‘super milestones’ include some of the Key Implementation Steps of the 17 remedial measures proposed by Hungary under the rule of law conditionality mechanism, some measures concerning judicial independence included in the ongoing Article 7 procedure, recent country-specific recommendations (CSRs) and the Rule of Law Reports, and also audit and control-related measures. The Polish RRP was adopted by the Council on 17 June 2022. It only contained two ‘super milestones’ that need to be fulfilled before the first payment request is submitted, both related to the judiciary. Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP

Google to stop exempting campaign email from automated spam detection

The short-lived program was introduced amid a GOP pressure campaign blaming the technology giant for the party’s poor fundraising performance.
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Google to stop exempting campaign email from automated spam detection

The short-lived program was introduced amid a GOP pressure campaign blaming the technology giant for the party’s poor fundraising performance.

Post Politics Now: Biden hosting Democrats at White House as debt limit standoff continues

The president and congressional Democrats are expected to discuss an array of issues, including the ongoing standoff with House Republicans over raising the nation’s debt limit.
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Post Politics Now: Biden hosting Democrats at White House as debt limit standoff continues

The president and congressional Democrats are expected to discuss an array of issues, including the ongoing standoff with House Republicans over raising the nation’s debt limit.

In George Santos’s district, voters feel a mix of regret and resignation

George Santos’ constituents say they once saw him as a fresh face for the Republican party. But Santos’ tenure was in disarray before it even started. Caught in the middle are his voters.
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In George Santos’s district, voters feel a mix of regret and resignation

George Santos’ constituents say they once saw him as a fresh face for the Republican party. But Santos’ tenure was in disarray before it even started. Caught in the middle are his voters.

Speaker McCarthy adds hard-right Republicans to House Rules Committee

The committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), includes Reps. Chip Roy (R-Tex.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.).
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Speaker McCarthy adds hard-right Republicans to House Rules Committee

The committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), includes Reps. Chip Roy (R-Tex.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.).

Jeffries taps Schiff, Swalwell for Intelligence panel; McCarthy vows to block both

Republicans have been angling to deny spots on key panels to Democrats partly in retaliation for votes by the Democratic-led House in the last Congress to remove Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) from committees.
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Jeffries taps Schiff, Swalwell for Intelligence panel; McCarthy vows to block both

Republicans have been angling to deny spots on key panels to Democrats partly in retaliation for votes by the Democratic-led House in the last Congress to remove Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) from committees.

Post Politics Now: House Republicans struggling with narrow majority as Congress returns

President Biden is scheduled to return to the White House following reports he ready to hire Jeff Zients, who oversaw the administration’s coronavirus response, as his new chief of staff.
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Post Politics Now: House Republicans struggling with narrow majority as Congress returns

President Biden is scheduled to return to the White House following reports he ready to hire Jeff Zients, who oversaw the administration’s coronavirus response, as his new chief of staff.

Supreme Court asks Biden administration to weigh in on social media case

At stake is the constitutionality of Florida and Texas laws that restrict platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from blocking or limiting speech.
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Supreme Court asks Biden administration to weigh in on social media case

At stake is the constitutionality of Florida and Texas laws that restrict platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube from blocking or limiting speech.

In-Depth Analysis - The role of public investments in the EU economic governance framework - 23-01-2023

A special treatment for certain types of investments, such as green investments, in the European fiscal framework may be justified on the ground that there are priority objectives such as the future health of the planet. An “investment clause”, less restr
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In-Depth Analysis - The role of public investments in the EU economic governance framework - 23-01-2023

A special treatment for certain types of investments, such as green investments, in the European fiscal framework may be justified on the ground that there are priority objectives such as the future health of the planet. An “investment clause”, less restrictive than the existing one, can be envisaged for projects that are co-financed, financed or guaranteed by the European Union or by European Union Institutions, such as the European Investment Bank. Source : © European Union, 2023 - EP

‘There is no plan. There’s nothing’: Florida Democrats in despair over future

More than two months after humbling midterm losses in a longtime battleground, Democrats are in a state of disorder and pessimistic about 2024.
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‘There is no plan. There’s nothing’: Florida Democrats in despair over future

More than two months after humbling midterm losses in a longtime battleground, Democrats are in a state of disorder and pessimistic about 2024.

Attacks on U.S. Jews and gays accelerate as hate speech grows on Twitter

Former employees and online researchers say an increase in physical attacks in the United States tracks with spikes in some categories of hate speech on Twitter, notably antisemitic and anti-gay slurs and rhetoric.
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Attacks on U.S. Jews and gays accelerate as hate speech grows on Twitter

Former employees and online researchers say an increase in physical attacks in the United States tracks with spikes in some categories of hate speech on Twitter, notably antisemitic and anti-gay slurs and rhetoric.

Trump team struggles to consolidate support ahead of S.C. event

Many are divided between their support for Trump, their desire for a competitive nomination fight, and their allegiance to former governor Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott.
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Trump team struggles to consolidate support ahead of S.C. event

Many are divided between their support for Trump, their desire for a competitive nomination fight, and their allegiance to former governor Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott.

Justice Dept. search of Biden home in Wilmington turns up more documents

A search of President Biden’s home in Wilmington turned up more classified material, some of which date to his time in the Senate, his personal attorney said.
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Justice Dept. search of Biden home in Wilmington turns up more documents

A search of President Biden’s home in Wilmington turned up more classified material, some of which date to his time in the Senate, his personal attorney said.

Mitch Daniels tests Senate run in Indiana, drawing fire from Trump world

Mitch Daniels's possible Senate bid tests if there's any appetite for his kind of conservative politics after the Republican Party has been distorted by Trump.
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Mitch Daniels tests Senate run in Indiana, drawing fire from Trump world

Mitch Daniels's possible Senate bid tests if there's any appetite for his kind of conservative politics after the Republican Party has been distorted by Trump.

Group showed footage of fatal Breonna Taylor raid at restaurant event, diners say

After Jonathan Mattingly was introduced at Anna's Greek Restaurant in Kentucky, the former officer showed footage and images of the night Breonna Taylor was killed
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Group showed footage of fatal Breonna Taylor raid at restaurant event, diners say

After Jonathan Mattingly was introduced at Anna's Greek Restaurant in Kentucky, the former officer showed footage and images of the night Breonna Taylor was killed

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