Democratic Lawmakers Erupt After Election Security Briefings Are Terminated

The sudden decision by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to cut off congressional briefings on election security is a “shocking abdication of its lawful responsibility” and a “betrayal of the public’s right to know how foreign powers are trying to subvert our democracy,” said a stinging statement Saturday from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). “This intelligence belongs to the American people. … The American people have both the right and the …

Taliban set powerful negotiating team for intra-Afghan talks

The top Taliban negotiator says the group’s chief has finalized a negotiating team that will have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations By KATHY GANNON Associated Press August 23, 2020, 6:41 PM 3 min read ISLAMABAD — The Taliban‘s chief has finalized a negotiating team that is to have sweeping decision-making powers in upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations, the top Taliban negotiator told The Associated Press on Sunday. Maulvi Hibatullah Akhunzada hand-picked the 20-member team, 13 of whom come from the …

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Is In Serious Condition After Apparently Being Poisoned

“We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into his tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning,” Navalny press secretary Kira Yarmysh tweeted. Posted on August 20, 2020, at 4:00 a.m. ET   KYIV — Russian opposition leader and perennial Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny is in serious condition after being poisoned Thursday morning, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh tweeted. Navalny, 44, a staunch critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on a flight from the …

Trump To Withdraw Polarizing Nominee To Lead Bureau Of Land Management

President Trump nominated William Perry Pendley in June to lead the Bureau of Land Management, but it has never been clear he had enough support to win confirmation in the Senate. Amid pressure from Democrats and some Republicans, the Trump administration is planning to withdraw its controversial nominee to head the federal Bureau of Land Management.   The sprawling public lands agency, which manages roughly a tenth of the landmass of the United States, has not had a permanent, Senate-confirmed …

Hong Kong lawmaker says, “I don’t know how I can protect myself”

Pro-democracy lawmaker Tanya Chan answers the questions from media outside Hong Kong’s High Court on October 31, 2019. Hong Kongers are deleting social media posts and making plans to emigrate because of China’s new “national security” law that came into effect earlier this month, one prominent pro-democracy lawmaker told CBS News. The law, which came into force on July 1, outlaws a variety of vaguely defined offenses like “sedition,” which can be tried in mainland Chinese courts and carry sentences of life …

How Joe Biden’s Enduring Grief For His Son Helped Lead Him to Kamala Harris

As Joe Biden was mulling his choice of a running mate, there may have been one important question in the back of his mind. Sure, the polling and focus groups were informative. He listened to his advisers’ research and they felt like their insights were instructive. He kept calling old friends to get their impressions. Biden had liked all of the women he considered, his advisers said, but in interviews they suggested one thing he might have been asking himself …

Microsoft buying TikTok could lead to problems monitoring social media content

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on May 23, 2018. Aurelien Morissard | IP3 | Getty Images If Microsoft were to complete an acquisition of TikTok, it would gain a company with much potential for advertising revenue growth. But with such a purchase, Microsoft would also take on an entirely new slate of problems.  Microsoft announced on Aug. 2 that it was in talks to purchase TikTok’s …