One month after the global “WannaCry” ransomware attack hit computer systems in over 150 countries and temporarily crippled the British health care system, cybersecurity experts warned lawmakers that business and government networks in that United States only narrowly avoided a similar fate.
WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle laid bare their suspicions about U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Lebanon over the countries’ supposed links to terror on Thursday, perhaps signaling choppy waters in the alliances.
Rep. Ted Lieu on Thursday questioned the U.S. deal to sell F-15 fighter jets to Qatar days after President Trump accused the Persian Gulf country of supporting terrorism and supported a blockade against it.
One of President Trump’s most vocal critics in the House questioned Thursday whether the president was aware of a deal to sell Qatar up to 36 F-15 fighter jets.
“I don't mean to be facetious about this, but does the president know that?" Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) asked Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary of State for political-military affairs, at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing.
A newly passed Alabama state law lauded as protection for teenagers at faith-based youth programs was stripped of language that would have restricted sexual orientation conversion therapy following pressure from a conservative policy group with close ties to the bill’s sponsor.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) hit back at the Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel for dismissing a report that President Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice.
McDaniel responded to a Washington Post report Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, saying that there's "no proof."
“Mueller's unfounded accusation against [Trump] changes nothing. There's still no proof of obstruction of justice,” she tweeted.
Democratic leaders are ramping up the pressure on Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and other lawmakers to abandon efforts to force an impeachment vote on President Trump.
The leaders are worried that an aggressive push for impeachment could both undercut the ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign’s Russian ties and politicize those probes in ways that might damage Democrats in their districts.
Still, Sherman’s push is forcing Democrats to toe a delicate line, with the party’s liberal base demanding that they oppose Trump at every turn.
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