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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 17, 2021

Via LLRXPete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 17, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Six key takeaways from Biden’s Russia sanctions announcement; Bill Would Prohibit Sale of Americans’ Personal Data to Adversarial Countries; Better than the best password: How to use 2 Factor Authentication to improve your security; and Cybercriminals Put Out Facebook Ads for a Fake Clubhouse App That Was Riddled with Malware.

The Environmental Protection Agency is cleaning up its image

The Verge – After years of turmoil, the EPA looks for a fresh start: “…Even though Trump’s term is over, the “brain drain” that the EPA has suffered for years could still pose real harm to the environment and people the agency is tasked with protecting. And after years of tumult at the agency, potential… Continue Reading

Scope of CDC Authority Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act

CRS Report – Scope of CDC Authority Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), April 13, 2021: “Since the beginning of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, all levels of government have grappled with how to stem the spread of the disease. Until the recent authorization of several COVID-19 vaccines, community mitigation… Continue Reading

We sampled tap water across the US and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals

“A nine-month investigation by the Guardian and Consumer Reports found alarming levels of forever chemicals, arsenic and lead in samples taken across the US by Ryan Felton and Lisa Gill of Consumer Reports and Lewis Kendall for the Guardian – “In Connecticut, a condo had lead in its drinking water at levels more than double… Continue Reading

Corporate America Bankrolls Voter Suppression

“Some of the biggest names in corporate America are backing state lawmakers who are pushing bills to make it more difficult to vote, a new Public Citizen report shows. Corporations have contributed $50 million since 2015 to state legislators supporting anti-voter bills, including $22 million over the past two years, according to the report, “The… Continue Reading

Visualizing Congressional Votes on the Coronavirus Relief Package

Visualizing Congressional Votes on the Coronavirus Relief Package – “The Washington Post has created a series of visualizations that show how sharply polarized Congressional votes on the coronavirus relief package were. Even though most Americans support the bill, one visualization shows that there were only three votes in Congress that were not Democrats voting to pass… Continue Reading

CRS – Congressional Oversight Manual

Congressional Oversight ManualUpdated March 29, 2021: “Today’s lawmakers and congressional aides, as well as commentators and scholars, recognize that Congress’s lawmaking role does not end when it passes legislation. Oversight is considered fundamental to making sure that laws work and are being administered in an effective, efficient, and economical manner. This function is seen as… Continue Reading

Federal Data on Hate Crimes in the United States

CRS – Federal Data on Hate Crimes in the United States, March 22, 2021: “A number of recent and high-profile crimes where the offenders’ actions appeared to be motivated by their bias or animosity towards a particular race, ethnicity,religion, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity has contributed to a perception that hate crimes are on… Continue Reading

Federal Deficits, Growing Debt, and the Economy in the Wake of COVID-19

CRS – Federal Deficits, Growing Debt, and the Economy in the Wake of COVID-19, March 23, 2021: “The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused a swift and deep economic downturn from which the country has yet to fully recover. In response to COVID-19, the federal government enacted expansionary fiscal policy to provide relief and stimulus… Continue Reading

Credit Report Errors on the Rise

NBCMiami – “CARES Act Unintentionally Leads to an Increase in Credit Report Mistakes – Credit reports errors are quite common. In fact, a study found that one in four people has at least one error on their report, which Consumer Reports money reporter Octavio Blanco says can lead to problems.  “The worst thing that you… Continue Reading

What’s new in Congress.gov? Spring 2021 Edition

In Custodia Legis by Andrew Weber: “Most of our Congress.gov posts focus on the enhancements which are part of our three week sprint cycles by which we release new material and upgrades to Congress.gov. However, sometimes I like to take a longer look back at the work we have done and provide a bigger snapshot… Continue Reading