Trump Campaign Michigan Election Fraud Hearing

Mellissa Carone, a Trump campaign witness, delivered testimony that drew comparisons to SNL characters. Giuliani also appeared to fart several times during the hearing.

Posted on December 3, 2020, at 3:19 p.m. ET


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Rudy Giuliani at the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Wednesday in Lansing, Michigan.

Rudy Giuliani led a bizarre string of testimony at an hourslong hearing in Michigan on Wednesday night, bringing forward a number of so-called witnesses who made brazen, and at times incoherent, claims of widespread voter fraud in the state that supposedly led to President Donald Trump’s election defeat.

The claims were baseless.

Trump and his campaign have refused to admit that he lost the election, even as federal agencies begin the transition to a new administration, instead blaming a nationwide voter fraud conspiracy for the president’s decisive loss. In the weeks

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Trump is targeting China’s national champions on his way out the door

The Trump administration is continuing to inflict damage on China’s prized businesses in its final weeks, with actions that could make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to rebuild relations once he takes office.



a man standing in front of a building: BINHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 20: Workers at the construction site of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal invested by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on October 20, 2020 in Binhai County, Jiangsu Province of China. The first phase of Jiangsu Binhai LNG Terminal project has four same storage tanks, providing a total capacity of 880,000 cubic meters of LNG. (Photo by Li Gen/VCG via Getty Images)


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BINHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 20: Workers at the construction site of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal invested by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) on October 20, 2020 in Binhai County, Jiangsu Province of China. The first phase of Jiangsu Binhai LNG Terminal project has four same storage tanks, providing a total capacity of 880,000 cubic meters of LNG. (Photo by Li Gen/VCG via Getty Images)

The latest move came Thursday when the US Department of Defense added China’s top chipmaker SMIC, oil giant CNOOC and several other firms to a list of companies that the department claims are owned or controlled by the Chinese military. That means they’re

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New Defense Bill Would Reestablish Cybersecurity Position Previously Nixed by Trump Administration

A provision to establish a national cybersecurity director at the White House has been included in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which outlines the budget for national defense spending. In 2018, the administration of President Donald Trump eliminated a similar position.



James Langevin wearing a suit and tie sitting on a stage: The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.


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The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act could provide for a new national director of cybersecurity, according to Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin.

Rhode Island Democrat Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Servies Committee, co-introduced separate legislation in June to create the position. The provision included in the 2021 NDAA is based on that legislation, known as the National Cyber Director Act.

“I’ve been working on bolstering our nation’s cybersecurity for more than a decade, and it is abundantly clear the country needs someone in charge of cybersecurity at the highest levels

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Trump administration adds China’s SMIC and CNOOC to Defense blacklist

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday added China’s top chipmaker, SMIC, and oil giant CNOOC to a blacklist of alleged Chinese military companies, a move likely to escalate tensions with Beijing before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The Department of Defense designated a total of four additional companies as owned or controlled by the Chinese military, also including China Construction Technology Co Ltd and China International Engineering Consulting Corp.

The move, first reported by Reuters on Sunday, brings the total number of companies blacklisted to 35. While the list did not initially trigger any penalties, a recent executive order issued by Republican President Donald Trump will prevent U.S. investors from buying securities of the blacklisted firms starting late next year.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington referred Reuters to prior remarks made by its Foreign Ministry spokesperson that “China firmly opposes the politicization of

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Trump signing order on principles for U.S. government AI use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said President Donald Trump is signing an executive order on Thursday setting guidance for federal agency use of artificial intelligence that aims to foster public acceptance of the technology in government decision making.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a medal ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 3, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The order directs agencies to prepare inventories of AI-use cases throughout their departments and directs the White House to develop a roadmap for policy guidance for administrative use of AI.

Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer, said the executive order “will foster public trust in the technology, drive government modernization, and further demonstrate America’s leadership in artificial intelligence.”

The Trump administration has made artificial intelligence a priority, earlier issuing guidance to federal agencies aimed at limiting “overreach” in regulating the use of AI by private companies,

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The Trump administration in a new lawsuit accused Facebook of reserving over 2,600 high-paying jobs for foreign workers instead of hiring Americans



a man wearing a suit and tie: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP


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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP

  • The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the company of reserving over 2,600 high-paying jobs for foreign workers with temporary work visas instead of hiring US residents.
  • The lawsuit alleges that Facebook did not adequately advertise the positions before hiring foreign workers.
  • Trump administration officials have said they would stop foreign workers from taking jobs away from Americans.
  • The government blocked foreign H-1B holders from entering the country in June and proposed restrictions on H-1B visas in October.
  • Tech companies like Facebook largely hire skilled foreign workers and have pushed back on Trump’s H-1B restrictions as being harmful to the US economy.
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The Department of Justice is suing Facebook, accusing the tech company

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Something Trump and Biden agree on

BEHIND THE VETO THREAT — President Donald Trump’s war against Big Tech turned into a game of chicken today: Congress is forging ahead with a must-pass defense policy bill while ignoring Trump’s threat to veto it unless it repeals a 24-year old law that protects websites from lawsuits. The law — Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 — means that tech giants like Twitter and Facebook (and tech small fry, too) can’t be sued for the user content on their platforms. Many credit it with giving rise to the internet we know and love to hate today.

Repealing it has become an obsession for Trump, one that has escalated in the twilight of his presidency, as Cristiano Lima details today. He mentions it frequently in his rallies without really explaining what it does. Yet President-elect Joe Biden also has said he supports repealing the law, telling The

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Section 230 threats escalate in final stretch of Trump presidency

With help from Cristiano Lima, John Hendel, Leah Nylen and Steven Overly

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— 230 tug-o-war: The president’s threat to veto a high-stakes defense bill over his Section 230 objections has been shot down by Congress. But a separate push to weaken the liability shield is expected to soon get a Senate Judiciary vote.

— Breaking ceilings: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) will soon become the first woman to hold a top leadership post on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which steers many of the most consequential tech and telecom policies.

— Carr calls for

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These Trump supporters say big tech is biased. Here’s why they’re on Parler



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Obama, Bush And Clinton Will Get On-Camera Covid-19 Vaccine To Boost Public Confidence As Trump Remains Silent

Topline

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have each volunteered to receive their Covid-19 vaccine in public and on-camera in a bid to boost shaky public confidence in the vaccines’ safety, which has been undermined by their speedy development and months of politicization on both sides of the aisle. 

Key Facts

The three most recent former presidents have said they want to do their part to address the significant problem of vaccine hesitancy in the U.S., and encourage the public to go out and get vaccinated against Covid-19 when the Food and Drug Administration has authorized one, which it is expected to do so in the coming days and weeks.

Obama told SiriusXM’s Joe Madison

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