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US Politics: Trump to suspend immigration to U.S. for 60 days, citing coronavirus crisis and jobs shortage, but will allow some workers

Nick Miroff 10-12 minutes - Source: CNBC “I will be issuing a temporary suspension of immigration into the United States,” Trump said during a White House briefing Tuesday. “By pausing, we’ll help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs. It would be wrong to be replacing them with new immigrant labor flown in from abroad.” Senior White House officials and lawyers met Tuesday to sort out the logistics and legal implications of President Trump’s late-night Twitter proclamation that he would stop immigration to the United States, a move that came with little indication of whom the U.S. government would bar from entry amid the coronavirus outbreak. Trump said the executive order was still being written as of Tuesday night. “It’s being written now,” Trump said, noting that lawyers were still working through the final details. “We’ll most likely sign it tomorrow.” After 60 days, the need for modification will be evaluated “based o

Politics: Who’s getting these hundreds of billions in the government aid? For now, the public may be in the dark.

Peter Whoriskey 9-11 minutes - Source: The Washington Post Chief among the omissions is the $349 billion expected to be doled out to small companies in chunks as large as $10 million. The rescue legislation does not compel the Small Business Administration to disclose the identity of the recipients. So far, the agency has said it received about 487,000 applications totaling $125 billion in requests. A potentially even larger gap involves the trillions going out to businesses under the auspices of the Federal Reserve. The Cares Act and other legislation generally requires the Fed to disclose the loan recipients and the amounts they receive, but there is a significant exemption: the Fed chairman, Jerome H. Powell, may request that the information be kept confidential, meaning only congressional leaders would be given access. Proponents of withholding the information argue that identifying coronavirus aid recipients could make firms hes

Analysis | The Cybersecurity 202: Cybersecurity experts slam child protection bill that risks rolling back encryption

By Joseph Marks 16-20 minutos  - Source: The Washington Post Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S . C.), a sponsor of the EARN IT Act. ( J. Scott Applewhite/AP) THE KEY Congress should abandon a new bill that could be used to roll back encryption as part of an effort to combat the spread of online child pornography, according to an overwhelming majority of cybersecurity experts surveyed by The Cybersecurity 202. About 85 percent of our standing panel of experts called the bill, dubbed the EARN IT Act , a bad idea. “The EARN IT Act would cause great harm to the open Internet and put everyday Americans at greater risk — creating problems rather than offering a solution,”  said Heather West, head of policy for the Americas at the nonprofit Internet company Mozilla.   The Cybersecurity 202 Network, first launched in 2018, comprises more than 100 cybersecurity experts who participate in our ongoing informal

Analysis | The Cybersecurity 202: Nevada officials intend to use Google forms in upcoming caucuses

By Joseph Marks 13-16 minutos The fountains of Bellagio erupt along the Las Vegas Strip. (John Locher/AP) THE KEY Election experts are warning about more tech and security red flags as Nevada Democrats race to develop a new game plan for their second-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 22. Those warning signs include vital caucus functions conducted with iPads that probably will be connected to the Internet, a dwindling timeframe to test new tech procedures and a lack of transparency. They threaten a repeat of the Iowa’s caucuses debacle where results were delayed for days and online misinformation swirled. “It’s terrifying that this is happening 11 days before the caucus,” Gregory Miller, chief operating officer of the OSET Institute, a nonprofit election technology organization, told me. “This all should have been baked in several months ago.” Another blunder could be a disaster for the Democratic Party, which is reeling from the debacle in Iowa and

US Security: U.S. charges four members of Chinese military in connection with 2017 Equifax hack

Devlin Barrett 4-5 minutes - Source: The Washington Post The Justice Department has charged four members of the Chinese military with the 2017 hack at the credit reporting agency Equifax, a massive data breach that compromised the personal information of nearly half of all Americans. In a nine-count indictment filed in federal court in Atlanta, federal prosecutors alleged that four members of the People’s Liberation Army hacked into Equifax’s systems, stealing the personal data as well as company trade secrets. Attorney General William P. Barr called their efforts “a deliberate and sweeping intrusion into the private information of the American people.” The 2017 breach gave hackers access to the personal information, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, of about 145 million people. Equifax last year agreed to a $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission to compensate victims. Those affected can ask for free credit monitoring or, if they al

Opinion | Don’t tell the partisans, but so far impeachment’s political fallout is negligible

Charles Lane 5-7 minutes - Source: The Washington Post The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump begins in earnest Tuesday, almost precisely four months since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of an inquiry into allegations that the president had committed “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” by manipulating military aid to Ukraine for personal political advantage. Little uncertainty surrounds the likely outcome: acquittal for Trump by a Republican-led Senate. On the other big question, though — how impeachment might affect the 2020 election — there is more room for debate. What’s striking so far is how little difference this supposedly “historic” process seems to be making. The main impact has been to reinforce what was already the central issue in U.S. politics: “Donald Trump, pro or con?” Now more than ever, opposition to Trump defines what it means to be a Democrat and support for him de

Analysis | The Cybersecurity 202: Get ready for serious cyberattacks from Iran, experts say

By Joseph Marks 15-19 minutes - Source:  The Washington Post President Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) THE KEY The United States should expect serious cyberattacks from Iran in the next few months, according to an overwhelming majority of experts surveyed by The Cybersecurity 202. Those digital attacks are likely to hit oil refineries, financial institutions and other U.S. targets as retaliation for the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general, a whopping 85 percent of respondents to our Network survey said. “Iran is dangerous because they have the intent, motivation and capabilities. While their cyber capabilities are not on par with Russia and China, they are innovative and can cause both physical and psychological disruption,” warned Kiersten Todt, president of Liberty Group Ventures, and who led an Obama-era cybersecurity commission. “We should expect attacks of all stripes