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Watchdog says Elaine Chao, ex-transpo secretary and Mitch McConnell's wife, misused office including making staff edit her dad's Wikipedia page

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (L). JIM LO SCALZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was cited by the IG for misusing her office for personal tasks. A report released Wednesday claims Chao used staff to do tasks for her father and her family's business. Chao resigned from her position on January 7, one day after the insurrection at the US Capitol. Visit the Business section of Insider for more...
Tags: Politics, Senate, China, Wikipedia, US, Trends, The Times, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Department Of Transportation, Justice Department, Dot, Trump, Capitol, Angela, Chao


Trump DOJ declined to investigate Chao over allegations

By David Shepardson | Reuters WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department declined to investigate or prosecute then-Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao after the inspector general’s office referred allegations of potential misuse of office for review, a report made public on Wednesday said. The report included allegations that Chao directed staff to research or purchase personal items for her online using her personal credit card or performed other personal errands for her or her father. The repor...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, New York, News, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, China, Sport, Soccer, Mitch McConnell, Department Of Justice, Amtrak, Dot, Trump, Reuters


Chips, vaccines, and 'techno autocracies' - Why Big Tech and Biden are going to be friends

Hello, and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech. I'm your host Alexei Oreskovic. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Get Insider Tech straight in your inbox by subscribing here. Soundtrack: This week's newsletter has been specially designed to be consumed while listening to Dire Straits' "Once Upon a Time in the West." This Week: Chips, vaccines and 'techno autocracies' - Why Big Tech and Biden are going to be fr...
Tags: Google, Startups, Politics, Enterprise, Microsoft, China, Satya Nadella, Nigeria, Time, US, America, Trends, Intel, Austin, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley


With millions of vaccine doses, Russia is showing off a different kind of power in Latin America

Workers unload containers of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at the International Airport of El Alto, Bolivia, January 28, 2021. Russia has pledged to distribute millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to countries in Latin America. The deliveries are a demonstration of Moscow's "soft power," building influence and relationships through non-military and non-coercive means. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. For the Kremlin, the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is an opportuni...
Tags: Politics, Mexico, China, Germany, Russia, Trends, Colombia, Chile, Mexico City, Paraguay, Moscow, Kremlin, Latin America, Buenos Aires, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Reuters Mexico


The ludicrous babying of Biden.

I'm reading "Opinion: The White House’s use of Zoom for meetings raises China-related security concerns" by Josh Rogin in The Washington Post: The Biden White House is using the teleconference platform Zoom for most of its unclassified government-related virtual interactions, even as the Justice Department is prosecuting one of the company’s China-based executives for working with Beijing’s intelligence services to interfere in Zoom calls. Some lawmakers, former officials and experts are warning...
Tags: Law, White House, China, Computers, Beijing, National Security, Biden, Justice Department, Ann Althouse, Josh Rogin, Biden White House, Biden And The Press


Why US presidents go easy on regimes like Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump with a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House, March 20, 2018. Associated Press Despite the US finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman "approved" the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Joe Biden has declined to directly punish Saudi Arabia. Like his predecessors, Biden sees Saudi Arabia as needed for certain US objectives in the Middle East, writes Jeffrey...
Tags: Politics, Vladimir Putin, Obama, Washington Post, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, White House, China, Virginia, Iraq, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Reagan


Leaked Chinese report suggests it is forcing Uighurs to take jobs thousands of miles away to change the demographics of their homeland

Demonstrations against China's treatment of the Uighurs in Istanbul, Turkey. Murad Sezer/Reuters China is coercing Uighurs to leave Xinjiang on job-transfer schemes, a leaked report shows. The report, meant for Chinese officials, said transfers "meld and assimilate Uighur minorities." Beijing considers Uighurs a terror risk and has worked to erase their culture. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A leaked report for Chinese officials suggests Beijing is offering Ui...
Tags: Politics, China, US, Trends, Bbc, Beijing, Canada, News UK, Xinjiang, Uighur, Nankai University, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Adrian Zenz, Artux, Bill Bostock, Zenz


The best defense against authoritarianism? More educated citizens.

It's difficult to overstate the impact of technology and artificial intelligence. Smart machines are fundamentally reshaping the economy—indeed, society as a whole.Seemingly overnight, they have changed our roles in the workplace, our views of democracy—even our family and personal relationships.In my latest book, I argue that we can—and must—rise to this challenge by developing our capacity for "human work," the work that only humans can do: thinking critically, reasoning ethically, interacting...
Tags: Work, Politics, Education, China, Russia, United States, Innovation, Fear, Ai, Mind, Donald Trump, Inequality, Humanity, Pew Research Center, Latin America, Western Europe


China Will Dominate AI Unless US Invests More, Commission Warns

The U.S., which once had a dominant head start in artificial intelligence, now has just a few years' lead on China and risks being overtaken unless government steps in, according to a new report to Congress and the White House. From a report: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military. The National Security Commission on ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Congress, White House, China, Tech, United States, Oracle, Eric Schmidt, SCHMIDT, Andy Jassy, China China, Eric Horvitz, Axios, US Invests More Commission Warns, Safra Catz Microsoft


10 Things in Politics: Kamala Harris under pressure

Vice President Kamala Harris. Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images Good morning! Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. I'm Brent Griffiths. Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox each day.Send your tips and thoughts to [email protected] or tweet me @BrentGriffiths.Here's what you need to know:Progressives want to turn the screws on Vice President Kamala Harris.New York lawmakers are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign.Biden has a second chance at passing gun-control legisl...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, New York, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, China, Time, US, America, Newsletter, Trends, Nike, Joe Biden, Commerce


Koo, the 'free expression' social media app, is the Indian government's latest weapon in its standoff with Twitter

The Koo logo alongside the Twitter logo Reuters Twitter has been in a standoff in India over censoring accounts amid huge anti-government protests. Narendra Modi's Government has backed Koo, an app so similar to Twitter it even has a bird logo. The "free expression" app, which has been accused of hosting hate speech, doesn't moderate content. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. India's farmers' protests put Twitter in a censorship standoff with the Indian Government, wh...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, China, India, Narendra Modi, US, Trends, Delhi, Bangalore, Trump, Modi, Piyush Goyal, Goyal, Nikhil Pahwa, Reuters Twitter


The Latest: First US J&J vaccine doses shipping Sunday night

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients announced that the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and 100 million total by the end of June. Though the new shot is easier...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Europe, Utah, Business, England, Cdc, Washington, France, White House, China, Germany, Iraq, Russia, Berlin, Africa


Mexico is expected to ask Biden to share US COVID-19 vaccines, sources say

Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City on March 5, 2012. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo/File Photo López Obrador is expected to ask Biden to consider sharing COVID-19 vaccines with Mexico. Biden is open to discussing the matter, but has said that he is prioritizing Americans. A Mexican official said López Obrador would ask for a loan of the US vaccine supplies. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Mexican President Andrés M...
Tags: Politics, Washington, Mexico, White House, China, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, United States, Mexico City, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump, Central America


47 influential democracy activists charged in Hong Kong in China's biggest crackdown yet under controversial new law

Pro-Democracy Activist, Benny Tai, Arrives at Ma On Shan Police Station, to report to police in Hong Kong, Sunday, Feb 28, 2021. Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto via Getty Images Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were charged with a "conspiracy to commit subversion." China used its new law that allows it to set up a formal police presence, which it has used to round up activists. Many of the movement's major figures were charged. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Dozens of pro...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, China, Trends, Beijing, News UK, Joshua Wong, Reuters, Apple Daily, Alvin Yeung, Jimmy Lai, Leung Kwok, Benny Tai, Eddie Chu, Lester Shum Joshua Wong, Sinead Baker


Biden is on the verge of making the same dangerous mistakes as the presidents before him

President Joe Biden during his inauguration at the US Capitol, January 20, 2021. Patrick Semansky/Pool via AP President Joe Biden enters office amid simmering tensions with US foes all over the world. The costs of pursuing US global preeminence have been made clear, and it's time for US leaders to take a different path. Frank Giustra is co-chair of the International Crisis Group. Andrew Bacevich is president and cofounder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Visit the Busine...
Tags: Politics, Opinion, Washington, White House, China, Iraq, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, Iran, Ap, United States, Ronald Reagan, Libya


Biden says airstrikes in Syria warn Iran to ‘be careful’

By Lolita C. Baldor, Robert Burns and Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Friday that Iran should view his decision to authorize U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a warning that it can expect consequences for its support of militia groups that threaten U.S. interests or personnel. “You can’t act with impunity. Be careful,” Biden said when a reporter asked what message he had intended to send with the airstrikes, which the Pentagon said destroyed several building...
Tags: Congress, Washington, White House, China, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Defense, Sport, Joe Biden, Iran, Syria, Austin, Britain, Soccer, Pentagon


Donald Trump Jr. gives fiery CPAC speech full of grievances against anti-Trump Republicans, big tech, and the mainstream media

Donald Trump Jr. does an interview on media row at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. AP Donald Trump Jr. gave a fiery speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He aired grievances against anti-Trump Republicans, big tech, the mainstream media, and the election. He criticized Rep. Liz Cheney, saying her "politics are only slightly less popular than her father is at a quail hunt." Visit the Business section of Ins...
Tags: Politics, News, White House, China, Trends, Joe Biden, Syria, Wyoming, Middle East, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Dick Cheney, Trump, Hunter, Orlando Fla


Video shows Russian diplomats pushing themselves out of North Korea on a railway trolley after COVID-19 restrictions blocked all other forms of travel

Russian diplomats and family members use a hand-pushed rail trolley to leave North Korea amid COVID-19 restrictions while crossing the demarcation line between North Korea and Russia, February 25, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Reuters Russian diplomats left North Korea by railway trolley Thursday as there was no other transport out. North Korea has strict measures at its border in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19. The diplomats pushed the trolley over a railway bridge for around ...
Tags: Politics, North Korea, China, Russia, Trends, Bbc, News UK, Foreign Ministry, Vladivostok, Novaya Gazeta, Tumen River, Coronavirus, Mia Jankowicz, Military & Defense, Foreign Ministry Reuters, Foreign Ministry Telegram


Congress wants a closer look at US special operations after 2 decades of secret missions and scandals

Rep. Ruben Gallego speaks during House debate of an objection to Arizona's Electoral College vote, after protesters stormed into the US Capitol, January 6, 2021. House Television via AP Sprawling and secretive military operations over the past two decades have been a target for criticism. With a new House Armed Services subcommittee, Congress hopes to provide more scrutiny. "The landscape has changed in terms of what threats are out there," Rep. Ruben Gallego told Insider. Visit the Bu...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Navy, Washington Post, China, Defense, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Intelligence, Ap, ISO, House, Middle East


White House Has Not Made 'Final Decision' on Participation in Olympics in China

By Jarrett RenshawWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has not made a final decision on participation in the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a...
Tags: White House, China, Beijing, Reuters, Jarrett


The US accused China of forcing its diplomats to take anal swab tests for COVID-19

A medical worker takes a throat swab for a COVID-19 test in Beijing, China. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images The State Department accused China of making its diplomats take anal COVID-19 tests, Vice reported. A spokesperson told Vice that China said the tests were done "in error" after the US complained. China said it doesn't require diplomats to take the tests, but didn't deny that it happened. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US has accused China of making ...
Tags: Politics, Science, China, US, Trends, News UK, State Department, The Washington Post, Pcr, Afp, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Zhao, Global Times, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Zhao Lijian


The US accused China of forcing American diplomats to take anal swab tests for COVID-19

A medical worker taking a throat swab for a COVID-19 test in Beijing. NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images The State Department accused China of making US diplomats take anal COVID-19 tests, Vice reported. A spokesperson told Vice that China said the tests were done "in error" after the US complained. China said it didn't require diplomats to take the tests but also didn't deny the tests happened. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US has accused China of making Am...
Tags: Politics, Science, China, US, Trends, News UK, State Department, The Washington Post, Afp, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao, Global Times, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Zhao Lijian


Biden plans order to bolster US supply chains, spurred by last year's scramble for COVID-19 medical gear and looming crisis in chips for electric cars

President Joe Biden at a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office on February 17, 2021. Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden plans to sign an Executive Order Wednesday to review US supply chains.  The order will aim to boost US production of key goods, and limit exposure to disruptions.  The US saw shortages of medical equipment and electric chips during the pandemic.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden is plans to sign an Executive Order on Wedne...
Tags: White House, China, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Xi Jinping, Biden, Donald Trump, Oval Office, Evan Vucci, Tom Porter, Trump Biden, COVID


Biden plans order to bolster US supply chains, spurred by last year's scramble for COVID-19 medical gear and a looming crisis in chips for electric cars

President Joe Biden at a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office on February 17. Evan Vucci/AP President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order Wednesday to review US supply chains. The order would seek to boost US production of key goods and limit exposure to global disruptions. The US has experienced shortages of medical equipment and electric chips during the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order ...
Tags: Asia, Politics, White House, China, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Xi Jinping, News UK, Executive Order, Biden, Oval Office, Evan Vucci, Tom Porter


Mitt Romney criticizes Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan as a 'clunker' with a 'troublesome' amount of aid to states

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, pauses to answer questions from reporters as senators arrive to vote on President Joe Biden's nominee for United Nation's ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Scott J. Applewhite/AP Sen. Mitt Romney criticized Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan at a New York Times DealBook event. Romney said the bill designates too much aid to states with budget surpluses.  The senator also criticized the bill as a "cl...
Tags: Utah, Politics, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, China, West Virginia, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Arizona, The Times, Mitt Romney


Here are the biggest takeaways from the first day of Merrick Garland's confirmation hearings

Judge Merrick Garland testifies at his confirmation hearing for attorney general. Getty Judge Merrick Garland testified Monday at a confirmation hearing for his nomination as attorney general. He committed to staying apolitical and said the US faces a "dangerous" threat from domestic extremists. Garland also expressed opposition to the death penalty and said he couldn't "imagine anything worse" than Trump's child separation policy. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. US...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, China, Russia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty, Department Of Justice, Biden, Doj, Justice Department, Durham, Trump, Oklahoma City


The judge who blocked Trump's first travel ban said he received 40,000 threatening messages, forcing US Marshals to guard his home

In his appearance on 60 Minutes, senior US District Judge James Robart said he received 40,000 threatening messages after blocking Trump's first travel ban. 60 Minutes/CBS News After taking office in 2017, Trump sought to limit immigration from six Muslim-majority countries. US District Judge James Robart temporarily blocked the executive order, citing "irreparable injury." Robart told "60 Minutes" he received 40,000 threatening messages after his decision. Visit the Business section o...
Tags: Politics, News, Putin, Washington, Cbs News, China, Russia, US, Trends, Cybersecurity, Muslim, Homeland Security, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Muslim Ban


500,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 less than a year after the pandemic took hold

Staff at the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office rolling bodies from refrigerated trailers into the morgue office. Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Reuters The US passed the bleak milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday. It is the highest death toll any country has recorded from the virus. The US hit 250,000 deaths in mid-November, meaning the toll doubled in three months. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US passed the landmark figure of 500,000 deaths from CO...
Tags: Death, Politics, Science, Washington, White House, China, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Bbc, News UK, Portugal, Brazil, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Reuters


Political considerations drive too many presidential policy shifts

Every new president of a different party than his predecessor changes policies upon entering office. This is particularly the case in foreign policy, where the president is able to move quickly and, often, without the need for congressional action. A re-evaluation of policy should be welcome when a new administration starts. A change driven by the desire to diverge from the previous administration, for that reason alone, however, might not be so wise. When President Donald Trump took over from P...
Tags: Opinion, Parenting and Family, Things to do, Opinion columns


Nearly 4-in-10 Americans say Biden is weak on China, new Insider poll shows

Chinese President Xi Jinping, then-Vice President Joe Biden, Peng Liyuan and Jill Biden stand for the US National Anthem at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, September 24, 2015. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster 36% of respondents in a new Insider poll say Biden is weak on China. The poll found that 33% of respondents feel Biden's stance on China is "about right." Biden has faced criticism from Republicans who accuse him of being weak on Beijing. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stor...
Tags: Europe, Politics, News, Maryland, Congress, China, US, America, Trends, Cold War, Joe Biden, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump



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