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    Then-Brookings Institution President John Allen speaking at an event in October 2018. Michael Brochstein/ZUMA Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Sen. Elizabeth Warren is taking aim at the Brooking Institution, a bastion of Washington’s Democratic establishment. In a letter Friday, the Massachusetts firebrand...
    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announces enforcement actions against Russia, during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., April 6, 2022.Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters The Department of Justice charged a high-ranking Russian legislator and two of his staffers with running a yearslong scheme to influence U.S. officials peddle disinformation to advance the...
    With millions of dollars pumped into local elections each cycle, San Jose is looking to limit contributions from companies with foreign influences. On Tuesday afternoon the San Jose City Council voted 9-1 — with Councilmember Dev Davis dissenting and Councilmember Maya Esparza absent — to bring back a proposed law that would require corporations to certify...
    We are hurtling toward a reality in which corporations and interests indifferent to American democracy make the decisions about our right to health, housing, compensation and security. U.S. corporations backed by foreign investors and beholden to those shareholders’ interests spend enormous amounts of money to sway candidate elections. But now, California has the opportunity to...
    By Nina dos Santos | CNN The British government had been directing investors towards the law firm run by a woman accused by the country’s own intelligence service of political interference on behalf of China for years, documents from its trade department show. On Thursday Britain’s domestic counter-intelligence service, MI5, issued an “interference alert” about...
    London (CNN)The British government had been directing investors towards the law firm run by a woman accused by British intelligence of interfering in the country's politics on behalf of China for years, documents from its trade department show.On Thursday Britain's domestic counter-intelligence service, MI5, issued an "interference alert" about a "potential threat" posed by Christine...
    Florida is taking steps to eliminate Chinese influence in state spending and stop the operations of “woke corporations.” Gov. Ron DeSantis met Tuesday with the two other State Board of Administration trustees, Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, and Attorney General Ashley Moody. They voted to make policy changes on how proceeds of more...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russia was working to subvert U.S. elections and sow discord among Americans, Congress directed the creation of an intelligence center to lead efforts to stop interference by foreign adversaries. But two years later, that center still is not close to opening. Experts and intelligence officials broadly agree the proposed Foreign...
    House Democrats reintroduced a bill Tuesday that would block foreign-owned corporations from spending company funds to influence U.S. elections. The bill would extend the federal ban on political donations from foreign nationals to multinational companies that are at least partially owned by foreign nationals. Following the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision that allowed corporations...
    President Joe Biden’s infrastructure czar pick, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, should be disqualified from overseeing the $1.2 trillion spending legislation due to his role as an adviser for a pro-China business group with links to the Communist Party, according to a key House Republican and China hawk. Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin...
    The Federal Election Commission has ruled that foreigners – whether people, governments, or corporations – can make donations to ballot initiatives in states that don’t otherwise outlaw the practice, according to a Tuesday report.  The 4-2 decision was made in July but has not yet been made public, according to Axios, which was the first...
    Washington (CNN)FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Tuesday that Russians are still carrying out foreign influence operations on the United States, despite US efforts to deter them ahead of another presidential election."The Russians are absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections through the foreign influence," Wray testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee.Wray said the...
    Lev Parnas, the disgraced Republican donor and former Rudy Giuliani pal, was found guilty by a New York jury Friday of making illegal campaign donations intended to influence politicians, the Associated Press reported. He was convicted on five counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of filing a false report with the Federal Election...
    Just two days after demanding a massive trove of records from the federal government the bipartisan U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack is indicating it is expanding its investigation even further. On Friday Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent letters to 15 social media companies requesting a massive amount of data on disinformation,...
    The Federal Election Commission's (FEC) Office of the Inspector General has warned that the agency is not doing enough to identify and crack down on foreign money in U.S. politics. The watchdog said that the FEC currently relies on political committees to identify the citizenship of donors who have foreign addresses, an approach that “poses...
    (CNN)When Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president in 2016, a little-known businessperson received a prime convention speaking slot just minutes before the nominee: Tom Barrack."I'm here because Donald Trump is one of my closest friends for 40 years," Barrack told the crowd in Cleveland, beaming about the "amazing" things he had to say...
    The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday and charged in Brooklyn Federal Court with conspiring to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates. Tom Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was among three men charged with conspiring to act as unregistered foreign agents as they...
    NEW YORK -- The chair of former President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he and others conspired to influence Trump's foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates.Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, California, was among three men charged in New York federal court with trying...
    Thomas Barrack was among three men charged with trying to influence foreign policy while Donald Trump was running in 2016 and later while he was president. The chair of former President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he and...
    The chair of former President Donald Trump's inaugural committee in 2017 was arrested Tuesday on federal charges in Los Angeles for illegally lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates during the 2016 campaign and later in the White House. Thomas Barrack, 74, was hit with a seven-count indictment relating to trying to push the UAE's...
    Associated Press NEW YORK — The chair of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee was arrested Tuesday on charges alleging that he and others conspired to influence Trump’s foreign policy positions to benefit the United Arab Emirates. Thomas Joseph Barrack, 74, of Santa Monica, was among three men charged in New York federal court...
                        Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) are calling for increased transparency for the foreign funding in higher education. The Foreign Funding Accountability Act will target Section 117 of the Higher Education Act. That law requires universities to submit biannual reports on...
    WASHINGTON - Newly unveiled efforts to combat a growing domestic terrorism threat in the United States will have to find a way to overcome a major obstacle: carefully crafted campaigns by foreign countries and terrorist groups to incite violence. The warning, from a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, comes just a day...
    WASHINGTON - Newly unveiled efforts to combat a growing domestic terrorism threat in the United States will have to find a way to overcome a major obstacle: carefully crafted campaigns by foreign countries and terrorist groups to incite violence. The warning, from a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, comes just a day...
    WASHINGTON - Newly unveiled efforts to combat a growing domestic terrorism threat in the United States will have to find a way to overcome a major obstacle: carefully crafted campaigns by foreign countries and terrorist groups to incite violence. The warning, from a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, comes just a day...
    WASHINGTON - Newly unveiled efforts to combat a growing domestic terrorism threat in the United States will have to find a way to overcome a major obstacle: carefully crafted campaigns by foreign countries and terrorist groups to incite violence. The warning, from a senior U.S. Department of Homeland Security official, comes just a day...
    Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is facing questions from top House Republicans on what progress, if any, President Joe Biden’s Democrat administration has made in combatting Chinese Communist Party influence in America’s educational institutions. A letter sent Wednesday from Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to Cardona presses the top Biden aide on details...
    House Republican leaders demanded the Biden Education Department to say whether it intends to enforce the law related to foreign funding on campus and crackdown on Chinese Communist Party influence at U.S. colleges and campuses. Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Virginia Foxx, ranking member on the House Education...
                        At a press conference Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) blasted the Chinese Communist Party for stealing America’s intellectual property via corporate espionage, and signed two bills written to combat Chinese Influence. He signed HB 1523, which imposes stricter penalties for corporate espionage. He...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday signed two pieces of legislation, one of which will ban Confucius Institutes in Florida, aimed to combat nefarious foreign influence and corporate espionage in the Sunshine State. “Foreign adversaries will not have access to our schools, government, or companies like they have in the past, DeSantis said during Monday’s...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law two bills aimed at combatting foreign influence and corporate espionage in Florida. DeSantis said the Communist Party of China has played a major role in trademark infringement and miss information. He pointed to the coronavirus pandemic as proof, bringing up the unproven theory that...
    Facebook has released a new threat report saying that Russia is the top source of foreign influence campaigns, and saying the company has removed more than 150 shady disinformation groups over the past five years.  The U.S. topped a list of the countries most frequently targeted by deceptive foreign influence operations using Facebook between 2017...
    (CNN Business)Russia and Iran are the top two sources of coordinated fake activity on Facebook (FB), according to a new report released by the company. Facebook's report, published Wednesday, shows how foreign and domestic covert influence operators have shifted their tactics and grown more sophisticated in response to efforts by social media companies to crack...
    Security officers at the Department of Commerce searched staff offices at night and ran keyword searches of their emails as they looked for signs of foreign influence, according to a report that revealed how its investigations unit behaved more like a counterintelligence operation. The Investigations and Threat Management Service also trawled social media accounts looking...
    Republican Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks will introduce legislation Wednesday calling for colleges and universities to disclose any foreign influence. The legislation, first obtained by the Daily Caller, requires colleges and universities to report any gifts from foreign countries and entities and for the schools to publicly disclose the names of all of their foreign donors....
    WASHINGTON - China's big-budget foreign influence operation in the United States is heavily tilted toward television broadcasting and other media activities, according to newly disclosed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filings. The country's state-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN) spent more than $50 million on its U.S. operations last year, accounting for nearly 80%...
    More On: china China’s population growth slows, faces shrinking workforce China to draw ‘separation line’ on peak of Mount Everest Two face trial as China enforces online control amid pandemic Leopard still on the loose a week after escaping from Chinese zoo China has increased the amount it spent on foreign lobbying by roughly...
    The Trump administration shone a light on the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign influence operations on U.S. campuses in a way that has not been done before, launching an effort that scrutinized foreign funding and cracked down on Chinese economic espionage on U.S. schools and universities nationwide. In part three of this series, China on Campus, the...
    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will establish a new center tasked with tracking overseas efforts to wage disinformation and influence campaigns in the U.S., a spokesperson said Monday.    The Foreign Malign Influence Center will focus on "coordinating and integrating intelligence pertaining to malign influence, drawing together relevant and diverse expertise...
                        The Florida Legislature is working through two pieces of legislation aimed at curbing foreign influence in Florida’s colleges and universities, primarily research institutions. The Florida House has already passed HB 7017 unanimously and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The bill will...
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) told the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday that more than 500 federally funded scientists are currently under investigation for possible ties to China and other foreign powers. At a committee hearing on protecting American biomedical research from foreign influence, NIH officials testified they are having...
    A top official at the National Institutes of Health said the federal agency has identified more than 500 “scientists of concern” within federally funded academic institutions and research programs as the U.S. government grapples with systematic foreign influence efforts, including Chinese economic espionage. Dr. Michael Lauer, the NIH deputy director for extramural research, made...
    U.S. and Japanese national flags displayed outside the Palace Hotel Tokyo on May 25, 2019 ahead of former U.S President Donald Trump's state visit.Tomohiro Ohsumi | Getty Images U.S. President Joe Biden will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday — and political analysts say China's growing influence will likely be high on...
    Washington — U.S. Cyber Command conducted "more than two dozen" operations to counter foreign attempts to interfere with or influence the 2020 elections, General Paul Nakasone, who leads both the military's cyber arm and the National Security Agency (NSA), told a Senate panel on Thursday.   The disclosure was a rare, if still opaque, look...
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