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Safety Groups Ask Congress For Mandatory Truck Speed Limiters And Automatic Emergency Brak...

Safety Groups Ask Congress For Mandatory Truck Speed Limiters And Automatic Emergency Brak…A coalition of safety groups is hoping that the federal government will require speed limiters and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems to be installed and used in every heavy truck in America. Since they haven’t gotten anywhere with the Department of Transportation, the groups have turned to petitioning Congress directly. Letters from the coalition were sent to every member of the House and Senate urging them to introduce a bill mandating speed limiter and AEB use. The request isn’t anything new; member groups including Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition have been pushing for similar regulation from the DOT since 2006. But this is the first time they’ve tried bypassing the DOT and appealed to Congress. “We’re very dissatisfied from what we’ve gotten from DOT in the last 12 years,” Road Safe America president Steve Owings…

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The Impossible Job of Speaking Truth to Trump

The Impossible Job of Speaking Truth to TrumpDan Coats was nervous. Ahead of his very first threat briefing to Congress nearly two years ago, he was having trouble keeping straight what he could say in the unclassified part and what he had to save for the classified portion. He had retired from the Senate just months before—now he’d been thrust into an entirely different kind of job as the director of national intelligence. In the words of one former colleague, who requested anonymity to speak candidly, he was a “fish out of water,” horrified that he might get something wrong.What he wasn’t worried about, this person said, was the kind of conflict with the president that erupted after his most recent threat briefing this past January, when he and other intelligence officials gave testimony on issues like North Korea, Iran, and Russia that contradicted statements Trump has made. Trump’s lingering…

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Gitmo Preps for an Upgrade

Gitmo Preps for an UpgradeWhether the U.S. manages to broker a peace with the Taliban or not, one legacy of the war on terror remains—the prison at Guantanamo Bay (also called Gitmo). At its height, this symbol of Bush administration power held 600 people. And as miserable as the infrastructure reportedly is down there, its commander, Navy Rear Admiral John Ring, says he could fit 200 more people if given an increase in the same number of soldiers. He’d rather have an influx of money, however. So there were once 600 prisoners. Now there are only 40. Forty people being watched over by 1,700 soldiers. Forty people who have been held in limbo for going on two decades now. Some of them, such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, are clearly mass murderers who should still have their trial (and if he ever does, the torture he suffered will be a terrific…

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Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories being spread on social media

Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories being spread on social mediaMisinformation about vaccines is spreading rapidly online – and some members of Congress are demanding to know how social media sites are going to crack down on those conspiracy theories. Those conspiracy campaigns may be contributing to lower vaccinationRead more ….. Read More.MSNBC – The Latest | U.S. and World NewsFri, February 22, 20194 hours ago

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America’s Cold War With Chinese Tech Turns Hot

America’s Cold War With Chinese Tech Turns HotToday, the most geopolitically significant technology spat in the world ratcheted up a few notches. The Department of Justice unsealed two separate court cases against Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications company, which is headquartered in China. One indictment accused Huawei and the company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, with creating a “fraudulent financial scheme” that allowed the company to sell technology to Iran, breaking U.S. sanctions. The other newly unsealed indictment documents the 2012 theft of trade secrets from T-Mobile that took the form of designing and operating a phone-testing robot called Tappy.The current Huawei saga has all the trappings of a Cold War espionage thriller, but reengineered for our current moment. Instead of Russia, it’s China. Instead of arms, it’s mobile technology. Instead of Iran, it’s … no, it’s still Iran, actually.Americans are generally unfamiliar with Huawei because the U.S. government has tried to…

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