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Spy Agencies Seek New Afghan Allies as U.S. Withdraws

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here KABUL, Afghanistan — Western spy agencies are evaluating and courting regional leaders outside the Afghan government who might be able to provide intelligence about terrorist threats long after U.S. forces withdraw, according to current and former American, European......

Ohio Rape-Crisis Agencies, Already Burdened by Cuts, Brace for More

ClevelandScene
click to enlarge COLUMBUS, Ohio — Six months after rape-crisis funding suffered massive cuts, agencies across Ohio are struggling to ensure the needs of survivors are met. The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), is the largest source of funding for victim service providers and is funded entirely from criminal fines.......

Arkansas governor allows bill targeting critical race theory in state agencies to become law

TheHill
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here John Bowden Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonPennsylvania gov says he’ll veto ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports Arkansas lawmakers vote to expand transgender sports ban Arkansas to require victims to report cases of rape, incest before getting an......

Russian military in Armenia reinforce areas near Azeri border- agencies

Reuters
Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends a meeting with Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin before a session of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Council in Kazan, Russia April 29, 2021. Sputnik/Alexander Astafyev/Pool via REUTERS Russia’s military set up two new military sites in the south of Armenia near the......

Will Trump overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies?

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Will Trump overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies? – CBS News Watch CBSN Live Politico cybersecurity reporter, Eric Geller, joins CBSN to discuss the standoff between U.S. intelligence officials and President-elect Donald Trump over allegations that Russia launched a series of......

Suspected Chinese hackers exploited Pulse Secure VPN to compromise ‘dozens’ of agencies and companies in US and Europe

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here The alarming report highlights how hackers repeatedly took advantage of several known flaws and one newly discovered vulnerability in Pulse Secure VPN, a widely used remote connectivity tool, to gain access to dozens of organizations in the defense industrial......

Republicans Question Spy Agencies’ Work on Domestic Extremism

New York Times
In an interview before the hearing, Representative Adam B. Schiff, the California Democrat who leads the House Intelligence Committee, said the nature of the terrorism threat facing the United States had changed, shifting from the international threat of Al Qaeda or the Islamic State to domestic terrorism motivated by white......

Agencies are being cautious with J&J vaccine — and it could cost lives: Doctor

NYPost
Joel Zinberg Following the suspension of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine yesterday, Dr. Joel Zinberg, a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute who worked for 30 years at Mt. Sinai Hospital and was senior economist and general counsel at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, explains why the......

U.S. directs agencies to apply patches to Microsoft servers

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger gives an update on the Biden administration’s response to the SolarWinds hack during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top cybersecurity......

Florida’s governor bans agencies and businesses from requiring ‘vaccine passports.’

New York Times
New York Times – For more and to sign up click here Florida has banned state and local government agencies and businesses from requiring so-called vaccine passports, or documentation proving that someone has been vaccinated against Covid-19. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, issued an executive order on Friday prohibiting businesses......

Audit shows state agencies received more than $1.6B of North Carolina’s direct CARES Act funding

WashingtonExaminer
USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here North Carolina spent more than $1.6 billion from its first round of federal coronavirus relief on supporting state agencies, a state audit released Tuesday shows. The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management disbursed the funding to state......

Oregon state agencies failed to act as COVID hit long-term care facilities: Report

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Oregon public agencies were not equipped to respond to a pandemic that overwhelmed the state’s understaffed long-term care facilities, state officials report. The report, released on Wednesday, concerned the 685 long-term care facilities around the state and was conducted......

Russia and Iran tried to interfere with 2020 election, U.S. intelligence agencies say

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani (L) during their meeting at the Grand Kremlin Palace on March 28, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov | Getty Images Russia and Iran both carried out operations to try......

NJ Transit, agencies nationwide could see billions to support operations

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here NJ Transit President & CEO Kevin Corbett joined a coalition of transit officials urging Congress to allocate billions in federal money for mass transit agencies nationwide. Congressional Democrats’ plan includes $30 billion in federal money for public transit agencies,......

Social service agencies see demand, challenges rise during pandemic

Detriot News
Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here It’s a cruel Catch-22: With the COVID-19 pandemic dragging on for nearly a year, more people are experiencing trauma related to domestic violence, sexual abuse, drug addiction and other societal ills. Yet the support groups and social service providers......

White House orders intelligence agencies to look at violent extremism in the U.S.

New York Times
The White House has ordered the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to work with the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the threat from domestic violent extremism. The new task for the intelligence community comes only days after Avril D. Haines,......

Biden asks agencies for threat assessment on domestic terrorism

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, November 24, 2020. Joshua Roberts | Reuters President Joe Biden asked his intelligence chief to launch......

Senate confirms Avril Haines, Biden’s pick to lead U.S. spy agencies

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Avril Haines speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be President-elect Joe Biden’s national intelligence director in Washington, DC, January 19, 2021. Joe Raedle | Pool | Reuters WASHINGTON –The Senate confirmed Avril Haines as the......

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