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Republican senators, do you really want to join the House circus?

“Remember, a slew of Republican senators will be on the ballot in 2020” writes Opinion Writer Covering for washingtonpost.com. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Mark Meadows (N.C.), we will find out next November if they expect something better from their Republican senators.If, however, senators indulge the right wing with the same reckless gamesmanship as the House Republicans, they should pay a steep price.We should hope that even if Trump survives a Senate trial, the Republican senators who sacrifice their honor and violate their oaths will not.And I’d like…

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Here’s how Trump could be impeached, removed from office, and still win re-election in 2020

“After convicting a federal officer, the Senate must separately vote by simple majority to prevent them from holding a federal office in the future” writes Grace Panetta for businessinsider.com. While the constitution lays out a mechanism to remove a president from office, it doesn’t prevent a president or other “civil officer” removed from their office by the impeachment process from running for office or being elected to federal office again. Source: businessinsider.com

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White House is on verge of naming Chad Wolf acting DHS secretary

“Grassley said this week there is no legal way to name someone acting DHS secretary if that person hasn’t been confirmed in any capacity by the Senate” reports politico.com. The search has been complicated by a federal law that requires acting agency chiefs to have served under a Senate-confirmed secretary for 90 days.The White House had considered nominating acting Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli for the job but learned that 20 senators opposed him, dooming his nomination, according to a person involved in the discussions.White House officials also…

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‘Public needs to know’: Senate GOP duo press DOJ to avoid Obama transparency model with Durham investigation

“Democrats are openly concerned about whether the Durham investigation, which is being overseen by Barr, has become “tainted” by politics” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The Republican senators said that under President Barack Obama there were “far too many incidents of suspected malfeasance” in the government that “have not been fully explained to the American public.”. A pair of top Republican senators are calling for the fullest possible level of transparency in the Justice Department’s examination of the origins of the Russia investigation, urging Attorney General William Barr to eschew how the Obama…

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U.S. senators call for intelligence probe into Chinese-owned app TikTok

“SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Tom Cotton on Wednesday asked intelligence officials to investigate whether the popular Chinese-owned app TikTok poses national security risks” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The website TikTok.com is blocked in China and the app is not available on the Chinese app store.This month, Rubio asked a U.S. national security panel to review ByteDance’s acquisition of Musical.ly Inc.In a letter bit.ly/2BEFX3r to Joseph Macguire, acting director of national intelligence, the senators raised concerns about the video-sharing platform’s collection of…

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US senators call for national security probe of Bytedance’s TikTok

“Two US senators on Wednesday requested American intelligence officials investigate Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok for potential national security threats, Reuters reported on Friday” reports technode.com. Why it matters: The virally popular app, owned by Beijing-based tech firm Bytedance, is attracting growing scrutiny in overseas markets for content censorship and data protection procedures. “Our data centers are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law… TikTok does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China.We have never been asked by the Chinese government…

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Senators call for intelligence probe into Chinese-owned app TikTok

“SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Tom Cotton on Wednesday asked intelligence officials to investigate whether the popular Chinese-owned app TikTok poses national security risks” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The website TikTok.com is blocked in China and the app is not available on the Chinese app store.This month, Rubio asked a U.S. national security panel to review ByteDance’s acquisition of Musical.ly Inc.In a letter bit.ly/2BEFX3r to Joseph Macguire, acting director of national intelligence, the senators raised concerns about the video-sharing platform’s collection of…

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Senators call for assessment of TikTok’s security risks

“Two senators have formally requested an assessment of the short-form video app TikTok for national security risks the China-owned company could pose to the U.S. Sens” writes Kalhan Rosenblatt Is for nbcnews.com. “Security experts have voiced concerns that China’s vague patchwork of intelligence, national security and cybersecurity laws compel Chinese companies to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party,” the letter to Maguire states.Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic minority leader, and Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, sent a letter Wednesday to acting Director…

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TikTok could threaten national security, senators say

“Earlier this month, Rubio wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) investigate TikTok for potential national security threats and censorship as well” writes Makena Kelly for theverge.com. On Wednesday, two senior senators, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), took aim at the Chinese-owned video app, TikTok, and called for US intelligence officials to investigate it for any threats to national security it may pose. Source: theverge.com

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