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19.01.2021 - 17:36 [ ]

Derbyshire health chiefs warn that vaccines alone will not mean an end to restrictions

“We don’t know yet whether an individual can, although not becoming ill from the virus because they have been vaccinated, still catch it and spread it on to others.

19.01.2021 - 17:24 [ ]

Vaccinated Brits told not to hug kids amid fears millions will ignore Covid rules once they have jab

Asked whether people who had received the jab could hug their children, Janet Lord, director of Birmingham University’s Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, said: “I would certainly advise not to do that at the moment because as you probably know with the vaccines they take several weeks before they are maximally effective.“

18.01.2021 - 15:41 [ ]

NSA warns against using DoH inside enterprise networks

The NSA urges companies to host their own DoH resolvers and avoid sending DNS traffic to third-parties.

18.01.2021 - 15:40 [ National Security Agency / Pentagon ]

Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments

Use of the Internet relies on translating domain names (like “”) to Internet Protocoladdresses. This is the job of the Domain Name System (DNS). In the past, DNS lookups were generally unencrypted, since they have to be handled by the network to direct traffic to the right locations. DNSover Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Transport Layer Security (HTTPS), often referred to as DNS over HTTPS (DoH), encrypts DNS requests by using HTTPS to provide privacy, integrity, and “last mile” source authenticationwith a client’s DNS resolver. Itis useful to prevent eavesdropping and manipulationof DNStraffic.While DoH can help protectthe privacy of DNS requests and the integrity of responses, enterprises that use DoH will lose some of the control needed to govern DNS usage within their networksunless they allow only their chosen DoH resolver to be used.Enterprise DNS controlscan prevent numerous threat techniques used by cyber threat actors for initial access, command and control, and exfiltration.

17.01.2021 - 10:24 [ ]

Schutzschirm für Iran-Geschäfte wirkte nicht

Die von Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien gegründete Gesellschaft zum Schutz des Handels mit dem Iran gegen US-Sanktionen ist weitgehend wirkungslos geblieben. Seit der Gründung vor zwei Jahren wurde nur eine einzige Transaktion über sie abgewickelt, um die Ausfuhr medizinischer Güter in den Iran zu ermöglichen. Das geht aus einer Antwort des deutschen Auswärtigen Amts auf eine Anfrage des Grünen-Bundestagsabgeordneten Omid Nouripour hervor, die der Deutschen Presse-Agentur vorliegt.

14.01.2021 - 09:52 [ ]

Those who have received Covid jab to be offered ‚vaccine passport‘ in new trial

The news comes depsite the Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, ruling out immunity passports back in December, a week after suggesting it was something ministers were considering, saying: “We are not looking at immunity passports at all.”

Matt Hancock also denied plans to implement passporting last week, telling the Spectator: „It’s not an area that we’re looking at.“

14.01.2021 - 09:30 [ Public Health England / Twitter ]

Even if you’ve had your #COVID19 vaccine, it’s important that you continue to follow national restrictions. We don’t yet know if the vaccine prevents transmission – you could potentially still carry and transmit the virus to other vulnerable people, even if you are protected

13.01.2021 - 18:12 [ ]

US Changes Vaccine Strategy, WHO Says Herd Immunity Will Not Be Achieved in 2021

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is warning that mass vaccinations against the novel coronavirus will not produce herd immunity this year.

WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told reporters Monday that it takes time to produce and administer enough doses of a vaccine to finally stop the spread of COVID-19. Swaminathan stressed the need for countries to continue observing mitigation efforts such as mask-wearing, social distancing and hand-washing.

13.01.2021 - 17:11 [ Neeltje van Doremalen / Twitter ]

The data supports the investigation of intranasal delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. With the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide, it will be crucial to investigate whether the vaccines provide sterilizing immunity…

13.01.2021 - 17:09 [ ]

Once you and your friends are vaccinated, can you quit social distancing?

How long it takes for various countries to reach herd immunity will depend in part on how fast they can access vaccines and what share of their populations are willing to get the shot. But as mentioned above, there’s another crucial factor.

“It’s really going to come down to what we learn over the next few months about how well the vaccine prevents infection and transmission,” Murray said, adding that she doesn’t expect we’ll have an answer to that until March at the earliest.

11.01.2021 - 20:39 [ University of Cambridge / ]

Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans

A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—that may be responsible for the jump from bats to humans, and established which animals have cellular receptors that allow the virus to enter their cells most effectively.

The genetic adaptions identified were similar to those made by SARS-CoV—which caused the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic—when it adapted from bats to infect humans.

11.01.2021 - 19:44 [ ]

People with common colds testing positive for Covid-19 may simply be asymptomatic cases, experts reveal

Trademark symptoms of seasonal flu could be mistaken for symptoms of Covid-19 if the individual tests positive for the virus, it is claimed.

More than eight in ten people who test positive for coronavirus show none of the main symptoms at the time they are tested, a major study by UCL previously revealed.

However, those who test positive when they have cold symptoms may mistake them as being a part of the virus – adding to fears that it is taking a new guise as fresh strains emerge.

06.01.2021 - 20:23 [ ]

CoV-Impfung bereits in e-Impfpass

„Die Coronavirus-Impfungen werden in Wien seit dem ersten Tag, dem 27. Dezember, im elektronischen Impfpass dokumentiert“, bestätigte der Sprecher. Der e-Impfpass wurde in Wien im Rahmen eines Pilotprojekts schon seit Oktober getestet.

01.01.2021 - 08:50 [ ]

EU still holds out on granting approval to Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

„Additional scientific information on issues related to quality, safety and efficacy of the vaccine is deemed necessary to support the rigour required for a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) and this has been requested from the company,“ the EMA said in a statement. „Further information from the ongoing clinical trials is also expected from January.“

The Amsterdam-based agency earlier told AFP that it had not yet received any formal marketing authorisation and that it had set no timetable for approving the vaccine.

01.01.2021 - 08:45 [ ]

Biontech-Chef: Ende Jänner Klarheit über weitere Produktion

Zu der Frage, ob Biontech andere Hersteller zur Produktion des neuen Impfstoffes lizenzieren könne, betonte Sahin die Komplexität bei der Herstellung von mRNA-Impfstoffen. „Da kann man nicht einfach umschalten, so dass statt Aspirin oder Hustensaft plötzlich Impfstoff hergestellt wird. Der Prozess braucht jahrelange Expertise und eine entsprechende bauliche und technologische Ausstattung.“

30.12.2020 - 12:14 [ ]

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine may have to wait for EU’s approval

The EMA’s deputy executive director Noel Wathion told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that the pharmaceutical company “has not even filed an application” with the European drug regulators yet.

He further said that EMA “did not even have enough to warrant a conditional marketing license.”

30.12.2020 - 11:55 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Wohl keine Zulassung im Januar: EMA: Astrazeneca hat noch nichts beantragt

29.12.2020 - 12:00 [ ]

EU-Entschlüsselungspläne offenbar „beschlossene Sache“

Die umstrіttene Resolution des Ministerrats gegen sichere Verschlüsselung wurde im neuen Richtlinienentwurf für „hochklassige Cybersichereit“ vom 16. Dezember verankert. Da Resolutionen per se nicht bindend sind, deutet das auf ein „Fait Accompli“ hin, eine informell bereits beschlossene Sache. Von der Vorratsdatenspeicherung (bis 2006) bis zur aktuell beschlossenen Regulation gegen Terrorpropaganda (Start 2016) im Netz haben noch alle großen EU-Überwachungsvorhaben so begonnen.

28.12.2020 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s High Court Judges Are Playing Dumb About the Nation-state Law

Amit knows very well that the principle of equality wasn’t omitted from the law by accident, nor is it just a coincidence that it’s impossible to find a Knesset majority for passing a Basic Law on Equality. He knows that discrimination against Arabs in Israel isn’t just a by-product of the nation-state law but its main purpose – that discrimination is the essence of the law: enshrining Jewish superiority and Arab inferiority.

So why did Amit fake intimacy with Jabareen and inquire about his feelings as if he were a guidance counselor rather than a Supreme Court justice, and as if the only change that had occurred was in the lawyer’s emotions rather than Israel’s Basic Laws?

27.12.2020 - 06:35 [ Washington Post ]

How the Iowa caucuses came ‘crashing down,’ under the watchful eye of the DNC

(Feb. 16, 2020)

The DNC ordered and paid for a security audit of the software, which was completed by NCC Group, a Britain-based cybersecurity firm. Out of the review, which also involved threat assessment conducted with the national party as well as officials in Iowa and Nevada, came directions to guard the name of the vendor, and to take the software live as late as possible to prevent it from getting into the hands of hackers, according to multiple people who participated or had knowledge of the exercises.

27.12.2020 - 06:04 [ ]

Investigator: DNC Was “Directly Involved” in Iowa Caucus App Development, Countering DNC Denial


The DNC’s meddling, which included a last-minute demand that developers of the Shadow app create a special software that would allow the DNC real-time access to the raw numbers before they went public, didn’t sit well with Zogby.

“Why would [the DNC] need to see that?” Zogby said about the DNC’s insistence on access to the raw caucus results before they went public. “Why wouldn’t you trust the state party to make the determination?”

In the transcript from the closed-session meeting held by the state party, members suggested that the DNC’s goal was to strip Iowa of its prestigious first-in-the-nation status.

24.12.2020 - 05:32 [ Leonhard Blaurock / Twitter ]

„Die Gerichte versagen zurzeit beim Grundrechtsschutz.“ „Leider spielt das Bundesverfassungsgericht eine besonders unrühmliche Rolle.“ Bejahenswerte juristische Einschätzungen von ⁦@nhaerting ⁩.

(21.12.2020/ kein spezifisches Datum)

21.12.2020 - 21:09 [ ]

Who knew what and when about Britain’s Covid mutation? PHE first discovered the fast-spreading variant in October but didn’t raise the alarm until last week – amid claims scientists held back discovery to bounce No10 into Tier Four

At the start of the month information about VUI-202012/01 was passed to the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Advisory Group (NERVTAG) committee, which advises England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty. The group first discussed the strain at a December 11 meeting and began modelling its severity on the UK’s epidemic.

Ministers were not made aware of the variant until last Monday, almost two months after its initial discovery, when they were told it was more infectious and probably behind the continued rise in cases in London and the South East.

20.12.2020 - 22:38 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Party Agrees to Delay Budget Deadline to Give More Time for Deal With Netanyahu

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party said Sunday that it has agreed to postpone the Tuesday deadline to pass Israel’s 2020 state budget by one week, in a move that could give it more time to negotiate a deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud to avoid what would be a fourth election cycle in two years.

20.12.2020 - 15:08 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Agrees to Curb Justice Minister’s Powers in Deal With Netanyahu to Stave Off Election

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz has agreed to curb Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn’s powers, sources said, in bid to stave off election.

In return, Gantz hopes to cement the rotation agreement for the premiership with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is upheld.

20.12.2020 - 10:10 [ ]

Oxford vaccine still under review, says UK medicine agency

But Whitehall sources said that while they hoped the vaccine would be available that week, it was by no means certain, and the authorisation could be delayed until the beginning of January.

The delay has caused frustration in Whitehall and the NHS, with the vaccine taking much longer to meet approval than the Pfizer vaccine, which was rolled out in the UK last week.

20.12.2020 - 09:01 [ ZDF ]

Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr – Maas befürwortet Drohnen-Bewaffnung

In der aktuellen Debatte geht es darum, ob die neuen Drohnen vom Typ Heron TP, die bald von Israel an die Bundeswehr ausgeliefert werden sollen, bewaffnet werden sollen. Der SPD-Vorsitzende Norbert Walter-Borjans und Fraktionschef Rolf Mützenich hatten Anfang der Woche weiteren Diskussionsbedarf dazu angemeldet und die Bewaffnung damit erst einmal auf Eis gelegt, was bei den Koalitionspartnern von CDU und CSU für Empörung gesorgt hat.

19.12.2020 - 21:07 [ ]

‚We’re not going to be knocking on people doors on Christmas Day‘: Police officers say new Tier 4 restrictions ‚don’t make sense‘ as thousands vow to IGNORE the rules

At an emergency press conference, Boris Johnson announced a third of England, including London and swathes of the home counties, will be shifted up to the brutal new tier from midnight.

Mr Marsh told MailOnline the new rules – which close non-essential retail and ban overnight stays in infection spots – meant little, because Mr Johnson has ‚lost the good will of the people‘ over the festive period.

19.12.2020 - 20:49 [ ]

Are hospitals REALLY creaking under the strain of Covid before Christmas? NHS data shows trusts are STILL quieter than last December – with seven times fewer wards close to being full

– Average intensive care ward occupancy down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent from the same time last year
– 15,465 people in hospital with Covid in England on Wednesday compared to 18,974 on worst day in spring
– But statistics suggest the health service is, overall, coping better with its workload than it did last winter

19.12.2020 - 20:43 [ Downing Street No 10 / Regierung von Großbritannien ]

Prime Minister announces Tier 4: ‚Stay At Home‘ Alert Level in response to new COVID variant

The Prime Minister has announced tougher restrictions for large parts of South East England with a new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level.

The decision follows a rapid rise in infections attributed to the rapid spread of a new variant of COVID-19.

Based on preliminary modelling data, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now consider that the new strain can spread significantly more quickly and could increase R by 0.4 or more. New and existing data will continue to be analysed as we learn more about the variant.

19.12.2020 - 20:38 [ ]

Exclusive: Alarming new evidence on coronavirus mutation could bring tougher restrictions

Government scientists at the Porton Down laboratory in Wiltshire have been conducting experiments on the new strain, and have confirmed ministers‘ fears about it being far more infectious than the original strain of the virus.


The meeting of ministers was expected to continue late into the night, with Whitehall sources refusing to rule out a press conference on Saturday to announce additional restrictions.

17.12.2020 - 20:37 [ Andre Meister, Investigativer Journalist @netzpolitik_org / Twitter ]

Der Geheimdienst wird auch ausgebaut. Nächstes Jahr bekommt der BND erstmals über eine Milliarde Euro Steuergeld. Im Snowden-Jahr 2013 war es noch die Hälfte. (Alle Geheimdienstskandale gehen zu Gunsten der Geheimdienste aus. Immer.)

17.12.2020 - 20:20 [ ]

BND-Gesetz: Bundesregierung beschließt Geheimdienst-Überwachung wie zu Snowden-Zeiten

Die Bundesregierung hat heute beschlossen, die Befugnisse des Bundesnachrichtendienstes erneut massiv auszuweiten. Das Kabinett hat den Gesetzentwurf zur Änderung des BND-Gesetzes angenommen, er kommt damit in den Bundestag.

Die Große Koalition hatte das aktuelle BND-Gesetz 2017 als Reaktion auf die Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden und Geheimdienst-Untersuchungsausschuss verabschiedet. Damals war unser Fazit: „Alles, was der BND macht, wird einfach legalisiert. Und sogar noch ausgeweitet.“ Im Mai hatte das Bundesverfassungsgericht das Gesetz als verfassungswidrig eingestuft und gekippt. Jetzt unternimmt die Bundesregierung einen neuen Anlauf, der wieder vor Gericht landen dürfte.

17.12.2020 - 09:58 [ ]

Nehammers BVT erhält Hilfe: Mehrere Geheimdienste helfen bei Terror-Aufklärung


Der österreichische Terrorist soll international vernetzt gewesen sein. Wer mithilft.

12.12.2020 - 15:58 [ Washington Post ]

How the assassination of an Iranian scientist could affect nuclear negotiations with Iran

Fakhrizadeh’s death potentially complicates a path back to a nuclear deal and follow-up agreements.

10.12.2020 - 14:29 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Corona-Maßnahmen: „Die Exekutive scheint keine Selbstbeschränkungen und keine Grenzen mehr zu kennen“

„Ich bin schockiert, welche Beschränkungen der offenen Gesellschaft nach dem Infektionsschutzgesetz möglich sind.“ Das sagt der Historiker René Schlott im NachDenkSeiten-Interview. Schlott betont im Interview, dass er es als seine staatsbürgerliche Pflicht erachtet, kritisch auf die Einschränkungen der Grundrechte hinzuweisen. Die jetzige Situation, sagt Schlott, übertreffe bereits die Dystopie des französischen Philosophen Phillipe Muray, in der die Gesellschaft alles der Gesundheit unterordne und Denunzierung und Kritiklosigkeit als Teil des „guten Reichs“ an der Tagesordnung seien. Der in Berlin lebende Publizist beobachtet zudem eine politische Instrumentalisierung der Corona-Maßnahmen, „etwa im Rennen um den CDU-Vorsitz und die Unions-Kanzlerkandidatur.“

09.12.2020 - 18:30 [ ]

Biontech-Pfizer-Impfstoff: Britische Behörde warnt Allergiker

Laut dem von Pfizer veröffentlichten Studienprotokoll wurden in der zulassungsrelevanten Untersuchung aber keine Teilnehmer aufgenommen, die eine Vorgeschichte schwerer Nebenwirkungen im Zusammenhang mit einem Impfstoff und/oder schwerer allergischer Reaktionen auf einen Inhaltsstoff der Studie haben.

Das MHRA hatte als weltweit erste Regulierungsbehörde dem Impfstoff vor einer Woche eine Notfallgenehmigung erteilt. Sie will die Fälle nun untersuchen.

09.12.2020 - 18:18 [ ]

Warning after two NHS workers have allergic reaction to Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine

They developed symptoms of “anaphylactoid reaction” shortly after receiving the vaccine, but both recovered after the appropriate treatment.

After the incident, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told NHS trusts that anyone who has a history of “significant” allergic reactions – including to medicines, food or vaccines – should not currently receive the vaccine.

06.12.2020 - 12:47 [ Haaretz ]

Biden: Iran Is ‚Moving Closer‘ to Nuclear Weapons, ‚Bottom Line Is We Can’t Allow It‘

„The bottom line is that we can’t allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,“ he said. Trump „has pulled out to get something tougher, and what have they done? They’ve increased the ability for them to have nuclear material,“ Biden argued. „They’re moving closer to the ability to be able to have enough material for a nuclear weapon.“

05.12.2020 - 13:10 [ ]

Auf den Terroranschlag folgt EU-Verschlüsselungsverbot


In Brüssel wird so ein Anlass seit 25 Jahren mit schnöder Regelmäßigkeit dafür missbraucht, längst geplante Überwachungsvorhaben durchzusetzen.

05.12.2020 - 13:07 [ Sü ]

Five-Eyes-Geheimdienste sollen Europa helfen, Verschlüsselung zu umgehen


Die EU-Staaten sollen künftig eng mit der angelsächsischen Geheimdienstallianz der „Five Eyes“ zusammenarbeiten, um sichere Verschlüsselung in digitaler Kommunikation zu umgehen. Das geht aus Dokumenten der deutschen EU-Ratspräsidentschaft hervor, die diese an die Mitgliedsstaaten verschickt hat und die der Süddeutschen Zeitung vorliegen.

05.12.2020 - 12:46 [ ]

Landtagswahlen in Corona-Krise: Notfalls per Brief

„Die Städte und Gemeinden werden in jedem Fall im März eine Urnenwahl gewährleisten müssen.“ Zudem gebe es Zweifel an der Verfassungsmäßigkeit des Vorhabens.

04.12.2020 - 03:46 [ Bloomberg ]

Iran’s Zarif Rules Out Renegotiating Nuclear Deal With Biden

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord in 2018 and imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, in an unsuccessful attempt to force it to enter talks on a tougher pact. Biden has said he’ll rejoin the deal if Iran also returns to full compliance, and then push to broaden it.

04.12.2020 - 03:42 [ BBC ]

Iran rejects Biden’s terms for reviving nuclear deal

President-elect Joe Biden has said he will rejoin the nuclear deal and lift sanctions if Tehran returns to „strict compliance with the nuclear deal“.

Both sides appear to want the other to readopt the agreement’s terms first.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama.

03.12.2020 - 19:54 [ ]

Why is the Pfizer vaccine so difficult to transport? Light, temperatures above -70C and movement ALL speed up the chemical reactions that destroy fragile mRNA — meaning care homes have been sidelined

The approval of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday was hailed as the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel that could finally revert Britain back to pre-pandemic normality.

But the breakthrough jab — shown to be 95 per cent effective at blocking Covid-19 infection — has thrown up a series of logistical hurdles that make getting the vaccine to those who need it most challenging, including care homes.

03.12.2020 - 17:16 [ ]

NATO Huddles With Asia-Pacific Democracies to Talk China

The incoming Biden administration has pledged to do even more to partner with allies on the China challenge.

In another step in that direction, on December 2, the foreign ministers of the NATO members, along with delegations from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, gathered virtually to discuss the rise of China and the implications for the global balance of power.

02.12.2020 - 05:12 [ ZDF ]

Afghanistan-Abzug von US-Truppen – Sicherheit der Bundeswehr von USA abhängig

Die USA wollen fast alle Truppen aus Afghanistan abziehen. Außenminister Heiko Maas sieht die Sicherheit deutscher Soldaten in Gefahr. Es könnte das Ende des Einsatzes bedeuten.

02.12.2020 - 05:07 [ CNN ]

Trump associates, including Giuliani, are asking for pardons

Giuliani denied discussing a preemptive pardon with the President, telling CNN that the „(New York) Times is completely wrong.“ He further denied he has talked to anyone at the White House about a pardon for himself.

The New York Times first reported that Giuliani was discussing a pardon with the President.

30.11.2020 - 10:12 [ ORF ]

Auf den Terroranschlag folgt EU-Verschlüsselungsverbot


In Brüssel wird so ein Anlass seit 25 Jahren mit schnöder Regelmäßigkeit dafür missbraucht, längst geplante Überwachungsvorhaben durchzusetzen.

30.11.2020 - 10:11 [ PrivacyIsNotACrime / Twitter ]

According to leaked documents from the @ORF , secret services from the so called „five eyes“ are initiators of the EU Resolution in the #encryptionban. For them this would be a very easy way to monitor all our messages and data, without the possibility to hide them.

29.11.2020 - 22:25 [ ORF ]

„Five Eyes“ hinter den Entschlüsselungsplänen des EU-Ministerrats

Diese Dienste können und werden diese „Entschlüsselungsschlüssel“ verlangen, denn ihre Staubsaugermethoden an der Glasfaser bringen zunehmend weniger brauchbare Daten in die Pools.

29.11.2020 - 16:31 [ ]

Keine Reisefreiheit für Impfgegner

Internationaler Flugverband IATA arbeitet an Einführung von digitalem Corona-Impfpass. Nur wer sich das Vakzin initiieren lässt, dürfte dann noch fliegen

25.11.2020 - 18:23 [ Fox News ]

Biden hints Sanders, Warren won’t join his Cabinet despite push from progressives

Speaking with NBC News‘ Lester Holt in his first interview since the Nov. 3 election, Biden said the two progressive senators – who ran their own unsuccessful campaigns for president – were key to helping pass his „very ambitious, very progressive agenda.“

24.11.2020 - 18:05 [ Common Dreams ]

„Shameful and Concerning He Is Even Being Considered,“ Says AOC as Rahm Emanuel Floated for Role in Biden Cabinet

But no matter the source of the rumors and media reports, progressives are using their growing numbers in Congress to attempt to exert influence over Biden’s cabinet picks and establish that they will not quietly fall in line for nominees who are hostile to their popular policy agenda.

22.11.2020 - 12:25 [ ]

Teil-Lockdown in Deutschland: Scholz und Söder für Verlängerung

Bund und Länder beraten am kommenden Mittwoch über das weitere Vorgehen in der Pandemie. Mit Blick auf die anstehenden Gespräche sagte Vizekanzler Olaf Scholz der „Bild am Sonntag“ („BamS“): „Alles spricht dafür, dass die aktuellen Beschränkungen über den 30. November hinaus noch eine Zeit lang fortgesetzt werden müssen.“

17.11.2020 - 20:34 [ International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations ]


Fourteen members of INCLO express grave concerns regarding recent moves by various groups to breakencryption. We note with alarm calls from the ​Council of the European Union​, the ​EuropeanCommission​, and the ​Department of Justice in the US​, with support from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Japan and the UK, to allow police authorities intercept encrypted communications.

17.11.2020 - 20:29 [ ]

Joint statement by the EU home affairs ministers on the recent terrorist attacks in Europe


We will also examine with interest the Commission’s announced proposal to designate hate speech and hate crime and incitement as criminal offences that are provided for and regulated under European Union law.

In the same vein, the Council must consider the matter of data encryption so that digital evidence can be lawfully collected and used by the competent authorities while maintaining the trustworthiness of the products and services based on encryption technology.

17.11.2020 - 12:18 [ Bundestag ]

Experten kritisieren Neufassung des Infektionsschutzgesetzes

Die Juristin Dr. Andrea Kießling von der Ruhr Universität Bochum kritisierte die geplanten Änderungen im Infektionsschutzgesetz. Der neue Paragraf 28a genüge den Vorgaben von Parlamentsvorbehalt und Bestimmtheitsgrundsatz nicht. Die Vorschrift lasse keinerlei Abwägung der grundrechtlich betroffenen Interessen erkennen. Gerichte würden die Vorschrift höchstwahrscheinlich nicht als Rechtsgrundlage akzeptieren.

So müsse der Gesetzgeber das Ziel bestimmen, damit die Behörden ihre Maßnahmen daran ausrichten und Verwaltungsgerichte diese überprüfen könnten. Zudem müssten die verfassungsrechtlichen Grenzen für die Exekutive aufgezeigt werden, erklärte die Juristin. Für die Behörden müsse klar sein, welche Maßnahmen nicht ergriffen werden dürften, weil sonst die Grundrechte verletzt würden. Ähnliche Bedenken äußerten auch andere Rechtsexperten.

15.11.2020 - 14:04 [ ]

Regierungspläne nach dem Terroranschlag: Unsere Grundrechte als Preis für Nehammers Versagen

Das Nehammer-Innenministerium und das BVT haben im Vorfeld des Terroranschlages in Wien viel falsch gemacht. Dafür werden nun in Österreich rechtsstaatliche Normen abgebaut. Und ausgerechnet jenes Ministerium, das diese schweren Fehler gemacht hat, wird mit noch mehr Kompetenzen und Macht ausgestattet.

15.11.2020 - 13:55 [ ]

Neue Überwachungsbefugnisse für Geheimdienste

Als wesentlicher Grund für die Änderung wird die effektivere und frühzeitige Erforschungsmöglichkeit der Geheimdienste von zum Teil auch lebensgefährlichen Gefahren des Extremismus und Terrorismus angeführt. Die Anschläge von Halle, Hanau und jüngst auch in Österreich in Wien würden zeigen, dass auch Einzeltäter eine erhebliche Gefahr für die Allgemeinheit darstellen können, gerade auch, weil durch die sozialen Netzwerke eine breite, für jedermann erreichbare und effektive Möglichkeit bestehe, extremistische Inhalte zu verbreiten.

14.11.2020 - 16:08 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Leseratten vom Dienst: Europarat schafft Schlüsselloch für Schlapphüte zum Ausspähen von Online-Chats

ie Mitgliedsstaaten der Europäischen Union sehen die Sache nicht so verbissen und forcieren von langer Hand vorbereitete Pläne, Strafermittlern und Geheimdiensten Einblick in die über Messenger-Dienste wie WhatsApp und Signal verbreiteten Botschaften zu ermöglichen. Wie üblich liefert der internationale Terrorismus die Rechtfertigung für den massiven Eingriff in die Grund- und Freiheitsrechte – ganz konkret und ganz aktuell der jüngste Anschlag in Wien. Vier Tage danach schritt die deutsche Ratspräsidentschaft zur Tat

14.11.2020 - 14:58 [ ]

Terrorabwehr: Das BVT wünscht sich mehr Befugnisse – und dürfte sie auch bekommen

Innenminister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) will das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung in zwei abgegrenzte Bereiche aufteilen: Statt beide Rollen einzunehmen, sollen die Verfassungsschützer künftig nur noch entweder nachrichtendienstlich oder polizeilich arbeiten.

14.11.2020 - 14:51 [ ]

Untersuchungsbericht zu Anschlag wird nicht veröffentlicht

Die Arbeit der Donnerstag eingesetzten Untersuchungskommission zur Aufarbeitung des Terroranschlags vom 2. November wird größtenteils nicht öffentlich. „Wenn wir alles beleuchten wollen, auch im nachrichtendienstlichen und im polizeilichen Bereich, dann ist hier eine gewisse Verschwiegenheit von großer Bedeutung“, sagte Justizministerin Alma Zadic (Grüne) vor Journalisten.

12.11.2020 - 10:06 [ ]

Vaccine taskforce chief may benefit from £49m UK investment

She is expected to leave her post at the end of the year, according to a government source who said her contract ran until January 2021 and she had always intended to leave at that point.

10.11.2020 - 17:51 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

Huge thanks to Kate Bingham and the Vaccine Taskforce for all their fantastic work in securing 40 million doses of the @pfizer & @BioNTech_Group vaccine and over 300 million doses of other promising vaccine candidates.

10.11.2020 - 10:54 [ ]

Corona-Zahlen des RKI: Täglicher R-Wert stimmt oft nicht

Die nachträgliche Korrektur des R-Wertes „kann prinzipiell in beiden Richtungen geschehen“, erklärte das RKI auf Anfrage von In den vergangenen vier Wochen habe er „meistens nach oben korrigiert werden“ müssen , so dass „in der Tat eine gewisse Unterschätzung vorlag“.

09.11.2020 - 09:57 [ ORF ]

Auf den Terroranschlag folgt EU-Verschlüsselungsverbot

In Brüssel wird so ein Anlass seit 25 Jahren mit schnöder Regelmäßigkeit dafür missbraucht, längst geplante Überwachungsvorhaben durchzusetzen.

09.11.2020 - 09:50 [ ]

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps


The top justice officials of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand said in a statement that the growth of end-to-end encrypted apps that make official oversight impossible – like Signal, Telegram, FaceBook Messenger and WhatsApp – “pose significant challenges to public safety.”

“There is increasing consensus across governments and international institutions that action must be taken,” they said.

09.11.2020 - 09:39 [ Geheimdienste-Allianz Five Eyes / US Justizministerium ]

International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety


We urge industry to address our serious concerns where encryption is applied in a way that wholly precludes any legal access to content. We call on technology companies to work with governments to take the following steps, focused on reasonable, technically feasible solutions:

– Embed the safety of the public in system designs, thereby enabling companies to act against illegal content and activity effectively with no reduction to safety, and facilitating the investigation and prosecution of offences and safeguarding the vulnerable;
– Enable law enforcement access to content in a readable and usable format where an authorisation is lawfully issued, is necessary and proportionate, and is subject to strong safeguards and oversight; and
– Engage in consultation with governments and other stakeholders to facilitate legal access in a way that is substantive and genuinely influences design decisions.

09.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption


The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization problems, to the European Union—where advocates for anti-encryption laws hope to have a smoother ride. A series of leaked documents from the EU’s highest institutions show a blueprint for how they intend to make that happen, with the apparent intention of presenting anti-encryption law to the European Parliament within the next year.

09.11.2020 - 09:22 [ ]

The EU is set to declare war on encryption


The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

The note outlines the commission’s aim to “stimulate a discussion” among EU member states “on the issues posed by end-to-end encryption” for the purpose of tackling child abuse and other organised crime networks.

09.11.2020 - 09:16 [ ]

Five governments line up legal challenge to Facebook’s ‚dangerous‘ encryption of messages between terrorists, paedophiles and criminals


The “Five Eyes” intelligence network of nations is preparing a legal challenge to Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption amid fears the platform will become a haven for terrorists and paedophiles.

Ministers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are due to meet next week to consider legal measures to hold Facebook and other social media platforms liable for messages that could lead to serious criminality.

08.11.2020 - 19:41 [ ]

Europa und die Wahl Bidens: Hoffnungsträger für die EU

Mit dem Biden-Sieg kann die EU neue Hoffnung schöpfen. Auch wenn sich nicht alle transatlantischen Probleme in Luft auflösen, ist der Wahlausgang das erfreulichste Demokratie-Ereignis des Jahres.

Ein Kommentar von Ralph Sina, ARD-Studio Brüssel

04.11.2020 - 13:04 [ ]

Ballot counting error causes results delay in Ogle County

OREGON, Ill. (WTVO) — The Ogle County Clerk’s Office is reporting a delay in tabulating votes for the 90th Representative District, after officials discovered the electronic tabulators did not read the ballots correctly.

04.11.2020 - 12:40 [ Atlanta Journal-Constitution ]

Fulton County election results delayed after pipe bursts in room with ballots

They planned to stop scanning absentee ballots at 10:30 p.m. and pick it up back in the morning. No official could explain before press time why Fulton was stopping its count of absentee ballots at that time, only saying that was the procedure.

“As planned, Fulton County will continue to tabulate the remainder of absentee ballots over the next two days.

04.11.2020 - 12:32 [ Philadelphia Inquirer ]

Pa. is now pivotal for both candidates as Trump wins Florida; counties continue 24/7 counts, but full results may take days

Despite President Donald Trump’s claim that his early lead in Pennsylvania based on partial vote totals is “going to be almost impossible to catch,” most mail ballots had not yet been counted and released as of 3 a.m. Wednesday.

And those ballots will heavily favor Joe Biden.

04.11.2020 - 09:14 [ CNN ]

Crush of mail-in ballots slows count in 4 key states

Four key battleground states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia — began Wednesday with tens of thousands of absentee ballots uncounted, leaving the White House race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden up in the air.

Election officials in some states called it a night and planned to resume the count in the morning, while some counties in Pennsylvania weren’t even to start tabulating their mail-in votes until later Wednesday morning.

04.11.2020 - 09:12 [ / Twitter ]

Georgia’s most populous county stopped counting ballots at 10:30 p.m.

04.11.2020 - 09:11 [ samanthamarika / Twitter ]

You mean to tell me that EVERYONE stopped counting at the same time?

04.11.2020 - 09:09 [ hodlonaut / Twitter ]

Georgia stopped counting ballots at 10:30pm with 93% votes counted and Trump leading with 120k votes.

Getting critical clarity on the election of the president of the USA clearly has to take the back seat to poll workers getting that beauty sleep.

Nothing to see here.

04.11.2020 - 09:02 [ NPR Politics / Twitter ]

JUST IN: Philadelphia election officials have counted about 76,000 ballots and won’t report any additional mail-in ballots until 9 a.m. Wednesday. Meanwhile, in Detroit, officials expect to finish counting absentee ballots by Wednesday evening.

(3 hours ago)

04.11.2020 - 08:56 [ Scott Baio / Twitter ]

Is this the 1st presidential election where states stopped counting votes and went home?

04.11.2020 - 08:53 [ anouk / Twitter ]

„they stopped counting cause its 2:48 in the morning, people are TIRED“ CNN spilling the facts

04.11.2020 - 08:51 [ Sanbeer Singh ਸਨਬੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ / Twitter ]

Someone on CNN just said that counting has stopped becuase the people responsible are tired at 2:30 in the morning.

03.11.2020 - 23:36 [ Julia Angwin, Investigative journalist / Twitter ]

Direct recording electronic systems are voting machines that keep security experts up at night – because they create no physical record. But they are still used many places (marked in hot pink on our map).

03.11.2020 - 23:25 [ The Damage Report / Youtube ]

Voting Systems Down Across The Country

Voting disruption rages across the country on Election Day 2020 as systems go down. John Iadarola and Ana Kasparian break it down on The Damage Report.

03.11.2020 - 23:19 [ ]

NC to delay results after extending voting hours at four locations due to technical issues

The Cabarrus County government tweeted Tuesday that the delay in voting at the First Missionary Baptist Church was “due to an issue with the onsite printer.”

NBC News reported that the Plainview Fire Station polling site also had printer issues that delayed the beginning of in-person voting on Election Day, while NBC affiliate WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. reported that the Guilford County issue was due to human-related delays in opening the site.

03.11.2020 - 18:51 [ ]

Officials express confidence in voting security amid early technical glitches

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday that „the computers at all polling locations across Spalding County are down. The problem is being worked on and hopefully will be resolved quickly. Until the issue is fixed, paper ballots are being used at all locations.“

A spokesperson for Dominion Voting Systems, the voting equipment manufacturer that was awarded a contract by Georgia state officials to implement new voting systems last year, told The Hill that the company had “tech support onsite to assist the county with real-time help and all challenges are being addressed as quickly as possible.”

02.11.2020 - 14:29 [ ZDF ]

Kritik an US-Wahlen – Nur eingeschränkte Wahlbeobachtung möglich

18 US-Bundesstaaten lassen keine Wahlbeobachter zu: Diese Einschränkungen kritisiert der Chef der OSZE-Wahlbeobachter im ZDF. Auch der Swing State Florida ist betroffen.

02.11.2020 - 14:21 [ ]

Wahlen auf Parteitagen: Irgendwie online zum CDU-Chef?

Es hat schon mehrere Online-Parteitage gegeben – im Mai bei den Grünen und Ende September bei der CSU. Allerdings wurden dabei keine Parteivorstände gewählt. Denn bislang war die herrschende Meinung, dass das deutsche Parteiengesetz das nicht zulässt. Einige Experten sind sogar der Ansicht, dass eine Grundgesetzänderung nötig wäre.

02.11.2020 - 12:47 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Biden may keep Warren, Sanders out of Cabinet

Joe Biden’s team is considering an informal ban on naming Democratic U.S. senators to the Cabinet if he wins — which would effectively block Elizabeth Warren for Treasury or Bernie Sanders for Labor — people familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

02.11.2020 - 12:45 [ Alex Thompson, covering 2020 for Politico / Twitter ]

.@HansNichols reports that the Biden team is considering an „informal ban“ of all senators from the cabinet. The upshot: a way of saying no to both Warren and Bernie.

02.11.2020 - 10:47 [ Cllr Glenn Thompson - Westoe - South Tyneside / Twitter ]

Biden if elected, would quickly issue a „declaration of support for the European Union“ and „European integration“. I have issues with Trump, but crikey the UK and the world need him to win next week!!


02.11.2020 - 10:35 [ ]

Biden set to focus on EU at expense of ‘special relationship’

The Sunday Telegraph can disclose, as advisers to the presidential hopeful revealed that he plans to focus on rebuilding America’s relations with the European Union.

One influential foreign policy adviser to Mr Biden told an audience in Germany last week that, if elected, the former vice-president would quickly issue a „declaration of support for the European Union“ and „European integration“.

31.10.2020 - 10:15 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

So wird alles Fortschrittliche ruiniert. Überall. Wie so oft mit dem Vorwurf des Antisemitismus.

Dieser Vorgang ist Teil eines grandiosen und weltweiten Spiels: Zum einen werden die sozialdemokratischen und sozialistischen, also die linken Parteien, in den meisten Ländern systematisch umgedreht und ruiniert. Zum andern gibt man sich mithilfe eines „streitbaren“ Kampfes gegen Rechts ein linkes Image. Siehe Merkel, siehe Macron und all ihre Unterstützer in den großen Unternehmen, Finanzkonzernen, den Milliardären und Geheimdiensten dieser Welt.

31.10.2020 - 10:00 [ Bild / Twitter ]

Antisemitismus-Vorwürfe: Labour suspendiert Ex-Parteichef Corbyn


31.10.2020 - 09:54 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Zeit für Ungehorsam

Bund und Länder wechseln ihre Narrative wie Unterwäsche. Vor zwei Wochen hieß es noch, die privaten Feiern und vor allem die jungen Leute verhielten sich unverantwortlich, trieben das Infektionsgeschehen voran und müssten mehr in die Pflicht genommen werden. Grundlage waren auch hier die Daten des RKI. Gestern galt diese Herleitung nicht mehr, da man ja nun Teile der Öffentlichkeit herunterfahren will. Wie immer ist das Vorgehen widersprüchlich. Gastronomiebetriebe, Fitnessstudios und andere Einrichtungen haben über Monate hinweg jede noch so absurde Auflage der Verordnungsgeber unter Mehreinsatz von Personal und Geld erfüllt. Nun dürfen sie schließen, weil man in 75 Prozent der Infektionsfälle nicht wisse, woher sie kämen

27.10.2020 - 13:10 [ ]

Merz und der Machtkampf: „Söder wird nun zum Retter der CDU“

„Merz ist jetzt der Outlaw; Laschet, der bereits durch seine schwachen Auftritte in der Corona-Krise stark geschwächt ist, gilt jetzt auch noch als derjenige, der mit dem Establishment die Strippen zieht; und Röttgen hat ohnehin keine starke Verankerung in der Partei. Das ist für die ganze CDU ein GAU. Und es macht den ohnehin wahrscheinlichsten Kanzlerkandidaten nun fast unausweichlich: Markus Söder.“

26.10.2020 - 14:43 [ ZDF ]

CDU verschiebt Parteitag – Vorsitzenden-Wahl könnte per Post stattfinden

Es bleibt laut Ziemiak noch die Möglichkeit eines digitalen Parteitags mit anschließender Briefwahl des Parteivorsitzenden. Diese Wahl würde allerdings eine Vorbereitungszeit von 70 Tagen benötigen. Außerdem äußerte Ziemiak weitere Bedenken: „Das ist derzeit rechtlich nicht möglich“, so Ziemiak.

26.10.2020 - 14:39 [ ZDF ]

US-Wahlkampf – Coronavirus wird zum Hauptthema

Im Kampf ums Weiße Haus drängt sich auf der Zielgeraden mit Wucht die Corona-Krise wieder in den Mittelpunkt. Die Infektionen in den USA sind auf einem Rekordniveau – und mit Corona-Fällen im nächsten Umfeld von Vizepräsident Mike Pence breitet sich das Virus zum zweiten Mal binnen weniger Wochen in den obersten Machtetagen aus.

25.10.2020 - 05:18 [ ]

Debatte um CDU-Parteitag: Auch Laschet für Verschiebung

Bundeswirtschaftsminister Peter Altmaier zeigte sich ebenfalls skeptisch. Er sagte den Zeitungen der Funke-Mediengruppe, die Entscheidung, ob ein Parteitag stattfinden solle, könne sich „nur an einer Frage ausrichten: dem Pandemiegeschehen in Deutschland“.

21.10.2020 - 23:06 [ ]

Studie: Regierungen nutzen Coronakrise als Vorwand für Überwachung und Zensur

Die Geschichte zeige, dass in Krisenzeiten eingeführte Techniken und Gesetze oft von Dauer seien, sagte Adrian Shahbaz, Co-Autor der am Mittwoch veröffentlichten Studie. „Im Rückblick werden wir Covid-19 genau wie den 11. September 2001 als Zeitpunkt sehen, an dem Regierungen neue, aufdringliche Mittel zur Kontrolle ihrer Bürger dazugewonnen haben.“

Freedom House konzentriert sich in seiner Studie auf drei Hauptthemen: Überwachung, Zensur sowie den Zerfall des Internets in nationale Teilnetze unter dem Schlagwort der „Cyber-Souveränität“.

20.10.2020 - 12:11 [ ]

Nearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter

The 291 new signatures announced Tuesday join 489 national security leaders who previously endorsed former Vice President Biden as having “the character, principles, wisdom and leadership necessary to address a world on fire.”

19.10.2020 - 07:18 [ ZDF ]

Politiker kritisieren Regierungsvollmachten

SPD-Rechtsexperte Florian Post sagte der „Bild“:

Seit fast einem Dreivierteljahr erlässt die Regierung in Bund, Ländern und Kommunen Verordnungen, die in einer noch nie dagewesenen Art und Weise im Nachkriegsdeutschland die Freiheiten der Menschen beschränken, ohne dass auch nur einmal ein gewähltes Parlament darüber abgestimmt hat.

19.10.2020 - 07:10 [ ]

Slowakei: 8.000 Soldaten sollen bei Massentests helfen

Alle verfügbaren Soldaten, Polizisten und Feuerwehrleute würden für das Projekt herangezogen, sagte Verteidigungsminister Jaroslav Nad laut Nachrichtenagentur TASR nach einer außerordentlichen Kabinettssitzung.

Ob die Tests freiwillig oder verpflichtend sein würden, ist weiter unklar.

19.10.2020 - 03:17 [ Washington Post ]

Biden leads Trump. So did Hillary Clinton. For Democrats, it’s a worrisome campaign deja vu

Democrats went to the polls last time certain they would elect the first woman ever to become president, and were punched in the face with a Trump upset. This time they feel the punch coming from a thousand miles away. The worry is visceral and widespread, unassuaged by Biden’s lead in the polls.

14.10.2020 - 11:43 [ ]

‚WE NEED MORE‘: Tier 3 lockdown not enough to stop Covid, warns Chris Whitty, as it emerges SAGE wanted circuit-break three weeks ago


Meanwhile, it emerged the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) committee – of which Prof Whitty is a member – officially recommended a two-week lockdown on September 21.

14.10.2020 - 10:55 [ ]

Gutachten der Wirtschaftsinstitute: Wirtschaftseinbruch stärker als erwartet

Die deutsche Wirtschaft wird an den Folgen der Corona-Krise mehr leiden als bislang angenommen. Die führenden Wirtschaftsforschungsinstitute korrigierten ihre bisherige Vorhersage nach unten.

08.10.2020 - 13:45 [ ]

Professors ‚Glum and Glummer‘ Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance should be banned from Covid press briefings, says leading lawyer who warns the Government has been ‚captured‘ by scientists


Last month, Professor Whitty and Sir Patrick – dubbed Glum and Glummer by critics – held their own press conference, warning the infection rate could rise to 50,000 cases a day by mid-October.

06.10.2020 - 17:25 [ ]

Bedenken gegen Massenimpfungen in China

Seit die chinesische Regierung im Sommer die Verwendung experimenteller Impfstoffe mit einer Notverordnung für besonders dringende Fälle zugelassen hat, laufen die Impfprogramme. Doch genaue Informationen sind spärlich, Pharmafirmen und Behörden mauern, Teilnehmer sollen sich öffentlich nicht äußern.

03.10.2020 - 12:33 [ USA Today ]

2 GOP senators test positive for COVID-19 after Trump; Democrats say it’s ‚premature‘ to move forward with Barrett confirmation hearings

Despite the concerns, Senate Republican leaders say they want to move ahead with confirmation hearings for Barrett, which are slated to begin Oct. 12. Both Lee and Tillis are members of the 22-member Senate Judiciary Committee that will hold the hearings and ultimately decide whether his confirmation will move forward for a vote in the full Senate.

02.10.2020 - 20:40 [ ]

President’s Campaign Events to Be Delayed, Virtual: Trump Update

President Donald Trump’s campaign events will go virtual or will be delayed. Democratic candidate Joe Biden tested negative for the coronavirus and will go ahead with a campaign trip.

01.10.2020 - 14:43 [ ]

Rechtsextremismus in Sicherheitsbehörden: Neue Verdachtsfälle – neue Debatte über Studie

Laut Monitor hatten sich mehr als 25 Berliner Beamte einer Dienstgruppe über drei Jahre hinweg per Chat ausgetauscht. In den Protokollen fanden sich rassistische Inhalte, Hass auf Andersdenkende und offene Gewaltfantasien.

28.09.2020 - 16:40 [ New York Times ]

The President’s Taxes: Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance

Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

25.09.2020 - 15:01 [ ]

London Faces Local Lockdown After Being Placed On Coronavirus Watchlist

“Ministers simply have to get a grip. It’s vital that testing capacity is increased immediately in London and focused in the areas it is needed most.

18.09.2020 - 09:54 [ Martina Renner, Mitglied des Bundestages / Twitter ]

Was noch hinzukommt: Letztes Jahr bemerkte ich während einer Sitzung des #Innenausschuss im #Bundestag zu der #VS-Präsident Haldenwang geladen war, dass er zwei Leibwächter, gut erkennbar mit goldenen BfV-Pin am Revers vor dem Sitzungssaal postiert hatte. 1/3

18.09.2020 - 09:25 [ ]

Mutmaßlicher Rechtsextremer als Leibwächter bei deutschem Verfassungsschutzchef

Haldenwang wollte sich auf Anfrage des „Focus“ zu dem Fall nicht äußern, wie das Magazin schreibt. Leibwächter beim BfV schützen die Spitze des Amtes bei öffentlichen Auftritten und kennen auch deren Privatleben und familiäres Umfeld. Sensible Informationen über Personen und geheime Aktionen seien eventuell an Uniter abgeflossen, sagte der Regierungsbeamte zu „Focus“.

18.09.2020 - 09:04 [ ]

Sicherheitsfirma Asgaard: Rechtes Netzwerk mit Behördenkontakten?

Mehrere deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden beschäftigen sich derzeit mit der in Hamm ansässigen Firma Asgaard – dies ergeben Recherchen des ARD-Politikmagazins Kontraste in Kooperation mit dem Nachrichtenmagazin „Der Spiegel“. Die Behörden treibt die Sorge um, dass Asgaard enge Kontakte in die Bundeswehr sowie in mehrere deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden auf Bundes- und Länderebene hinein unterhält.

17.09.2020 - 10:12 [ Sü ]

Rechtsextremismus: Rechtliche Zweifel an Gesetz gegen Hassrede

Der Karlsruher Beschluss ist dem Gesetzgeber also unversehens in die Parade gefahren, zu einem Zeitpunkt, als das Gesetz bereits in trockenen Tüchern war. Ganz überraschend kam die höchstrichterliche Intervention freilich nicht. Ähnliche Befugnisse zum Datenabruf hatte das Gericht schon 2012 beanstandet.

17.09.2020 - 10:00 [ ]

Rechtsextremismus bei Polizei in NRW: BKA-Chef fürchtet Vertrauensverlust

Der Präsident des Bundeskriminalamts, Holger Münch, hat nach der Aufdeckung von rechtsextremen Chatgruppen bei der nordrhein-westfälischen Polizei vor einem generellen Vertrauensverlust gewarnt.

„Das sind Vorfälle, die das Vertrauen in die Polizei erheblich erschüttern“, sagte Münch dem Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland. Ähnliches gelte für mit „NSU 2.0“ unterschriebene Drohbriefe mit „offensichtlich vorherigen Datenabfragen bei der Polizei“.

15.09.2020 - 11:31 [ ]

Phosphine gas in the cloud decks of Venus


Here we report the apparent presence of phosphine (PH3) gas in Venus’s atmosphere, where any phosphorus should be in oxidized forms. Single-line millimetre-waveband spectral detections (quality up to ~15σ) from the JCMT and ALMA telescopes have no other plausible identification.

15.09.2020 - 09:40 [ ORF ]

Blümel legt in Kritik an EU nach

Finanzminister Gernot Blümel (ÖVP) legt bei seiner Kritik an der EU nach. „In der EU werden regelmäßig die Regeln gebrochen, und das geht einfach nicht“, sagte er im Gespräch mit der „Welt“. „Ich habe mittlerweile das Gefühl, die europäische Ebene und die Brüsseler Bürokratie reagieren nur auf Druck. Wenn große Länder sich beschweren, wird schnell reagiert, bei kleineren Ländern weniger schnell.“

12.09.2020 - 16:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Used Doctored Video of Abbas to Influence Trump’s Policy, Woodward Reveals

The incident occurred on May 22, 2017, at a time when Trump was beginning to have doubts about Netanyahu and wondering aloud if the Israeli prime minister might be the real obstacle to peace with the Palestinians, Woodward wrote, according to excerpts from the book published by U.S. media.

30.08.2020 - 12:29 [ Tagesschau ]

Bundeswahlgesetz: Koalition plant Corona-Ausnahmeregel

Eine Kandidatur für den Bundestag setzt nach geltendem Recht einen Parteitag voraus. Doch was, wenn Parteitage wegen Corona nicht abgehalten werden können? Die Koalition will das nun gesetzlich regeln.

28.08.2020 - 06:33 [ ZDF ]

Schulen in der Corona-Krise – „Frust bei Schülern und Eltern enorm“

Auf „normalen Unterricht“ hatten Schüler, Eltern und Lehrer nach den Sommerferien gehofft, doch kaum geöffnet, müssen viele Schulen bereits wieder schließen oder zumindest ganze Klassen nach Hause in Quarantäne schicken. Weil es entweder bestätigte Covid-19-Krankheitsfälle unter Schülern oder Lehrern gibt – oder zumindest den Verdacht darauf.

25.08.2020 - 05:55 [ Cenk Uygur / Twitter ]

Every cable news pundit told you that you definitely shouldn’t pick @BernieSanders in primaries because Republicans will call him a socialist, Marxist & communist. These are literally the words used to describe Biden tonight at #RNC2020. That’s what they call us no matter what!

18.08.2020 - 16:35 [ ZDF ]

Michelle Obama bei US-Parteitag – „Donald Trump ist der falsche Präsident“

„Wenn Sie glauben, dass die Dinge unmöglich noch schlimmer werden können, vertrauen Sie mir, das können sie. Und das werden sie, wenn wir bei dieser Wahl nichts ändern. Wenn wir irgendeine Hoffnung haben, dieses Chaos zu beenden, dann müssen wir für Joe Biden stimmen, als ob unsere Leben davon abhängen.“

14.08.2020 - 03:28 [ Fox News ]

Biden praises Israel-UAE peace deal announced by Trump, credits Obama administration

The former vice president praised the move as “a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East,” calling the UAE’s offer to “publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship.”

“It is a critical recognition that Israel is a vibrant, integral part of the Middle East that is here to stay,” Biden said. “Israel can and will be a valued strategic and economic partner to all who welcome it.”

11.08.2020 - 21:40 [ ]

Netanyahu demanding changes to coalition deal to prevent elections: report

The Israeli premier reportedly wants immediate elections in case the High Court of Justice disqualifies him from serving as alternate prime minister, after his rotation with Gantz commences in November 2021, due to the indictments filed against him.

His second demand is to dissolve a public committee slated to appoint the state prosecutor and police commissioner and transfer the procedure to the government instead.

The report suggested that Gantz’s Blue and White party will find it „difficult“ to approve Netanyahu’s first request.

11.08.2020 - 21:36 [ Haaretz ]

Kahol Lavan Says Won’t Back Bill Preventing Netanyahu From Forming Future Government

The bill, brought forward by Kahol Lavan’s former political allies Yesh Atid, is aimed at preventing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from running for office in the next election. Netanyahu currently stands trial for suspected bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

11.08.2020 - 21:21 [ ]

Boris Johnson warns UK of ‘bumpy months ahead’ after biggest drop in employment for over a decade

The Prime Minister vowed to make “colossal investments” in infrastructure and skills as the latest Office for National Statistics data showed 730,000 fewer people were in paid employment in July than in March, when the UK’s coronavirus lockdown began.

10.08.2020 - 21:32 [ Albrecht Müller / Nachdenkseiten ]

Der fremdbestimmte Spitzenkandidat: Olaf Scholz

Olaf Scholz war Generalsekretär der SPD, als die Agenda 2010 realisiert wurde. Er war mit dabei, als die Beteiligung am Jugoslawien-Krieg 1999 unter sozialdemokratischer Regierungsführung entschieden worden ist. Nirgendwo gibt es ein sozialdemokratisches Profil, das diesen Politiker auszeichnet. Jene Sozialdemokratinnen und Sozialdemokraten, die wenigstens ein bisschen Hoffnung mit den neuen Vorsitzenden verbunden haben, sind durch diese Entscheidung abgrundtief enttäuscht.

31.07.2020 - 07:12 [ ]

Wirtschaft bricht um 10,1 Prozent ein


Die Maßnahmen zur Eindämmung der Pandemie hatten weite Teile der Wirtschaft lahmgelegt: Geschäfte, Hotels und Restaurants mussten schließen, Fabriken machten dicht, Veranstaltungen wurden abgesagt.

30.07.2020 - 18:23 [ ORF ]

Österreich: Wirtschaft um 12,8 Prozent eingebrochen

Ein Rückgang dieser Größenordnung sei einzigartig seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg.

30.07.2020 - 15:15 [ ]

GDP shrinks record 32.9 percent in second quarter amid virus lockdowns

Between April and June, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) shrunk at a pace that would have wiped out roughly a third of the value of the economy if extended over 12 months, according to the Commerce Department’s advance estimate of second-quarter growth. It is the largest one-quarter plunge in economic growth since the federal government began reporting quarterly GDP data.

30.07.2020 - 15:02 [ ]

Historischer Konjunktureinbruch in den USA

Insbesondere der Konsum, eigentlich eine der tragenden Säulen der Wirtschaft, brach wegen der Kontaktbeschränkungen und Maßnahmen zur sozialen Distanz im Frühjahr ein. Der private Verbrauch verringerte sich um 34,6 Prozent zum ersten Quartal.

24.07.2020 - 18:35 [ ]

CoV-Politik: Kritik vom Chef des Verfassungsgerichts

Kritik an CoV-Vorschriften der Bundesregierung und an Verwaltungsbehörden hat Freitag der Präsident des Verfassungsgerichtshofs (VfGH) bei einer Podiumsdiskussion in Salzburg geübt. So „ziemlich alle Grundrechte“ seien „massiv beeinträchtigt“ gewesen, sagte Christoph Grabenwarter. Das habe es „seit 1945 in diesem Land nicht gegeben“.

17.07.2020 - 09:22 [ New York Times ]

Democratic Officials Tell Members of Congress to Skip the Convention

Democratic officials have instructed senators, members of Congress and party delegates not to physically attend their national convention this summer, a sign of the ever-shrinking aspirations for their big campaign event in the face of a surge in coronavirus cases in the United States.

The directive, issued Thursday, ensures that little will happen at the convention site in Milwaukee beyond speeches from former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., his vice-presidential nominee and a handful of other top party leaders.

17.07.2020 - 08:18 [ ]

Democrats instructing lawmakers, delegates to skip national convention

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Democratic Party officials have instructed members of Congress and delegates to skip in-person attendance at their national convention, The New York Times reported Thursday.

15.07.2020 - 16:14 [ ]

Neue Prognose: Weltbevölkerung schrumpft ab 2064

Während die Vereinten Nationen in ihren Prognosen über das Jahrhundert von einer Geburtenrate von 1,8 Kindern pro Frau ausgehen, wird sie laut den Analysen von Murray und seinen Kollegen auf unter 1,5 Kinder pro Frau fallen. Für eine stabile Bevölkerungszahl ist eine Geburtenrate von 2,1 Kindern pro Frau nötig.

Der Chefredakteur des Journals „The Lancet“, Richard Horton, erklärte, die Studie zeige eine radikale Verschiebung der geopolitischen Machtverhältnisse.

15.07.2020 - 16:11 [ ]

World population will start SHRINKING in 44 years: Major study claims humanity will peak at 9.7billion people in 2064 before dropping to 8.8bn by 2100 because of declining birth rates — and the UK will top out at 75million in 2063

This is projected to lead to a drop in the fertility rate of the world’s population, from an average of 2.37 children per woman — 237 children from every 100 women — to 1.66, or 166 children for every 100 women.

The fertility rate must be 2 for a population to remain stable and 2.1 for it to increase, the researchers said. To keep a community the same size a mother must, on average, not only replace herself but also the baby’s father.

10.07.2020 - 10:48 [ ]

Rechtes Netzwerk bei der Polizei? Drohmails gegen Wissler: Beuth empört über Versäumnisse des LKA

Kurz nachdem über die Mails berichtet worden war, erhielt Wissler eine weitere mit „NSU 2.0“ unterzeichnete Zuschrift. Eine E-Mail mit dem Kürzel „NSU 2.0“ ging am vergangenen Montag auch in den Postfächern von Innenminister Beuth und Ministerpräsident Volker Bouffier (CDU) ein.

Mittlerweile ist klar, dass persönliche Daten Wisslers von einem Polizeicomputer in Wiesbaden abgefragt worden waren.

03.07.2020 - 20:59 [ Nasdaq.comMers ]

Why Gilead Sciences Shares Rose 18.4% in the First Half

Early into the health crisis, Gilead began testing remdesivir as a possible treatment for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. The antiviral initially had been studied in other coronaviruses — severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). More recently, remdesivir entered clinical trials for COVID-19, and as promising data emerged, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted the drug Emergency Use Authorization.

03.07.2020 - 12:32 [ ]

New York City won’t start counting absentee ballots for another week


The city board, like its equivalents throughout the state, has been swamped with an unprecedented volume of absentee ballots and is currently working on sorting through them. Final totals for the number of mailed in-ballots should be available later this week. Ryan said that “more than 10 times” the number of such ballots expected under normal circumstances had been sent out.

03.07.2020 - 11:13 [ Daniel Schoel / Twitter ]

Just FYI: There’s a 6,000 vote discrepancy between the exit polls and final results in Booker vs McGrath. This is over the 4% which the UN identifies as possible election fraud. Just something to think about.


03.07.2020 - 11:11 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Amy McGrath Defeats Charles Booker in Kentucky Democratic Senate Primary


Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath won a Democratic primary to become the nominee for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, fending off a strong late challenge from a state legislator whose rise to prominence reflected the renewed energy of the progressive movement.

Ms. McGrath, who had the backing of the Democratic establishment, defeated state House lawmaker Charles Booker, according to Associated Press projections.

30.06.2020 - 17:12 [ Corona Data / Twitter ]

U.S. reports 46,580 new cases of Coronavirus in the last 24 hours, Biggest one-day increase since the pandemic began


30.06.2020 - 17:10 [ Wall Street Journal ]

New Jersey’s Covid-19 Death Toll Rises 14% When Probable Fatalities Added


New Jersey health officials released figures for probable Covid-19 deaths for the first time, raising the state’s total fatality count from the illness caused by the new coronavirus to nearly 14,900, a 14% increase over previous estimates.

State officials counted 1,854 probable fatalities after investigating death-certificate data dating back to late winter.

30.06.2020 - 08:25 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Palestinians offer negotiations days before planned annexation – report

The Palestinian Authority dispatched a letter on Monday addressed to the Quartet on the Middle East stating that it’s prepared to renew negotiations with Israel and agree to „minor territorial exchanges,“ according to reports by Ynet News on Monday night.

The Quartet on the Middle East, a foursome consisting of the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union involved in mediating the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.

26.06.2020 - 16:10 [ ]

Report: Likud party to offer Gantz presidency to scuttle rotation deal

The offer, according to the paper, would upend a rotation agreement between Netanyahu and Gantz for the premiership as stated in their coalition agreement signed earlier this year.

Likud party officials insist it would be „unreasonable“ for Netanyahu to honor the agreement – which allows Gantz to become Prime Minister in November 2021 – due to his politically weakened position, according to a string of national polls.

25.06.2020 - 10:02 [ ZDF ]

SPD: Corona-Immunitätsausweis denkbar

Die SPD-Gesundheitspolitikerin Bärbel Bas signalisiert, dass ihre Partei unter bestimmten Bedingungen nun doch zur Einführung eines Corona-Immunitätsausweises bereit sein könnte.

23.06.2020 - 17:24 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz on Annexation: Palestinians ‚In Deep Shit,‘ Israel ‚Won’t Keep Waiting for Them‘

Gantz, who in the past publicly backed dialogue with the Palestinians toward an agreement leading to a two-state solution, said the Israeli government should “not only to manage the conflict but shape it as well.” And if the Palestinians choose not to hold talks with Israel about the annexation, “then we will have to move forward without them,” he said.

23.06.2020 - 17:19 [ ]

Egypt, Jordan likely to opt for symbolic response if Israel annexes West Bank parts: report

Mossad (Israel’s foreign intelligence) chief Yossi Cohen and his Egyptian counterpart Abbas Kamal reportedly spearheaded the talks, which yielded an agreement on the scale of the response.

20.06.2020 - 07:56 [ Haaretz ]

As Gantz Implodes, Netanyahu Is Dreaming of Another Election

The polls are predicting 40 to 41 Knesset seats for Likud, with Kahol Lavan plummeting to 10 or 11. And given the trend line of the past two months, Gantz’s party might find itself in the single-digits in a week or two.

Thus, with the rightist/ultra-Orthodox bloc winning 64 to 65 of the Knesset’s 120 seats (not including Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu), Netanyahu’s temptation is understandable.

18.06.2020 - 15:23 [ Vanity Fair ]

“It’s Just a Raw Power Struggle”: Progressives and Moderates Square Off in War Over Primarying Incumbents


Progressives see hypocrisy rooted—not in principle or policy—but in maintaining power. “It’s almost like all the rules are thrown out the window if you’re not coming from the left,” progressive strategist Rebecca Katz told me.

18.06.2020 - 10:58 [ Tagesschau ]

Afghanistan: Der unsichtbare Krieg

Vor zwei Jahren konnte SIGAR zum Beispiel noch detailliert aufgezeigen, welche Gebiete in Afghanistan von den Aufständischen und nicht von der Regierung kontrolliert werden. Diese Daten werden laut SIGAR nicht mehr von der NATO und dem US-Militär erhoben und ihnen zur Verfügung gestellt. Ebenso wenig wie Daten, die zeigen, wie viele Angriffe von Aufständischen es in Afghanistan in jüngster Zeit gegeben hatte. Diese Informationen gelten neuerdings als geheim, kritisiert SIGAR. Begründung des Militärs: Die Verhandlungen und das Abkommen mit den Taliban.

18.06.2020 - 10:50 [ Tagesschau ]

UN-Bericht zu Afghanistan: Kampf gegen Korruption steckt fest

Afghanistans Bemühungen gegen Korruption werden auch auf internationaler Ebene genau beobachtet. Denn nach vier Jahren soll in diesem Jahr eine Geberkonferenz in Genf zusammenkommen. Das Interesse der Spender habe nachgelassen, stellt Unama fest. Es sei möglich, dass Afghanistan künftig „mehr mit weniger“ tun müsse.

15.06.2020 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

Coronavirus Live Updates: As Social Distancing Wanes, Cuomo Warns of Another Lockdown

Specifically, Mr. Cuomo said that bar patrons in Manhattan and the Hamptons on Long Island had been flouting the rules, and warned that if local officials did not crack down on such behavior the state could be forced to suspend re-opening plans.

“There is a very real possibility that we would roll back the reopening in those areas,” he said, adding that if people didn’t abide social distancing rules, including wearing masks, a second wave of infections was almost inevitable. “It will come. And once it comes, it’s too late.”

15.06.2020 - 08:16 [ ]

Dr. Fauci Expects Spike in Coronavirus Cases Due to Protests


The percentage of positive coronavirus cases is declining across the D.C. area, but those numbers come amid a new warning from the nation’s top infectious disease expert on protests during the pandemic. News4’s Doreen Gentzler reports.

15.06.2020 - 08:08 [ ]

Roughly 2 weeks after protests began, no spike in Covid-19


About two weeks after protests began in New York City, several indicators tracking the spread of the coronavirus have yet to register a meaningful spike.

However, Mayor Bill de Blasio and health experts said Friday morning that they are waiting until the end of the month to draw any hard conclusions from the data.

15.06.2020 - 08:04 [ ]

Virginia News: Gov. Northam’s coronavirus briefing: no spike in COVID-19 cases, higher education guidelines, May revenue numbers

Speaking of the COVID-19 numbers in Virginia, Northam says so far the commonwealth has not seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Northam also notes the number of coronavirus deaths has been deceasing over the last couple of weeks.

15.06.2020 - 08:02 [ ]

Coronavirus cases are dropping in Minnesota despite protests over George Floyd’s murder


Protests broke out around the country following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th, but the state has yet to see a spike in coronavirus cases.
Public health experts were concerned that gatherings of protestors would lead to an increase in the infection rate, but Minnesota’s new cases are still on the decline.
In the meantime, Minnesota’s stay-at-home order expired, Memorial Day weekend happened, and bars and restaurants around the state reopened. And still no spike.

13.06.2020 - 06:01 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation? Israeli Apartheid? Hounding Journalists? Gantz Didn’t Come to Fight

The Kahol Lavan leader seems to have forgotten that his party was supposed to represent an alternative to Netanyahu’s aggressive ways

12.06.2020 - 08:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Decision to Sanction International Crime Court Was Coordinated With Israel, Source Says

The move was discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem last month, the source said on Thursday.

12.06.2020 - 03:19 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Troubling Divide Between Police Testimony And Some Incidents Caught On Video | NBC Nightly New

In some cases of police violence, including in the case of George Floyd, there is a disconnect between what officers say happened and what video evidence later shows. As the nation weighs police reform measures, former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton says it should focus on the importance of telling the truth.

10.06.2020 - 23:00 [ Voter Protection Project / Twitter ]

Still over 30,000 ballots left to be counted in #GA07.

VPP is working to raise $25,000 for @NabilahforGA07
in the next 24 hours. Can you chip in to our EMERGENCY FUND to make sure every vote is counted in #GA07?

10.06.2020 - 22:57 [ ]

Georgia secretary of state launches investigation into chaos at voting booths

Flashback: App issues marred vote reporting during the Iowa caucuses in February, highlighting the risk of tech issues during a key election.

10.06.2020 - 09:53 [ NBC News ]

Georgia election ‚catastrophe‘ in largely minority areas sparks investigation


„This seems to be happening throughout Atlanta and perhaps throughout the county. People have been in line since before 7:00 am this morning,“ Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, tweeted shortly after polls were supposed to open — and in some cases still hadn’t.

Cody Cutting was in a long line at Lang Carson Community Center in the Reynoldstown neighborhood of Atlanta, where the line snaked around the block and some people had been waiting to cast their votes for 4½ hours.

10.06.2020 - 09:42 [ Washington Post ]

Democrats grow bullish on Senate prospects as Georgia voters cast ballots


Also on the ballot Tuesday are primaries with general-election implications, including in the suburban Atlanta district held by retiring Rep. Rob Woodall (R) that Democrats narrowly missed winning in 2018.

Republican candidates include business executive Lynne Homrich, physician Rich McCormick and state Sen. Renee Unterman, while Democrats are choosing whether to renominate Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Georgia State University professor who came within 433 votes of unseating Woodall. Among the five other candidates seeking the nomination are activist Nabilah Islam, state Sen. Zahra Karinshak and state Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero.

10.06.2020 - 09:38 [ The New York Times / Twitter ]

Major problems with Georgia’s new voting machines are leading to long lines and widespread frustration statewide on a critical primary day


10.06.2020 - 09:15 [ New York Times ]

Major Problems With Voting in Atlanta as 5 States Hold Primaries


Georgia’s Seventh District was once reliably Republican territory, but it includes an increasingly diverse section of metro Atlanta. Now there are contested primaries on both sides for the seat held by Representative Rob Woodall, a Republican who is not running for re-election. Mr. Woodall won by fewer than 500 votes in 2018, and his opponent in that race, Carolyn Bourdeaux, is again seeking the Democratic nomination. Another Democrat in the race, Nabilah Islam, was endorsed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.

09.06.2020 - 21:34 [ Andrew *is tired of this* Nguyen / Twitter ]

„Defund the police? Impossible!“ they cried as they defunded education, healthcare, social security, welfare, planned parenthood, public transit…

09.06.2020 - 21:16 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

Democrats making clear that voting won’t help you.

09.06.2020 - 21:02 [ the Hill ]

Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police

„No, I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness,“ he said.

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill were adopting a similar position.

02.06.2020 - 22:51 [ CNN ]

There are as many National Guard members activated in the US as there are active duty troops in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan

As thousands across the US take to the streets for another day of protests demanding justice for George Floyd, more than 17,000 members of the National Guard are standing ready to support local law enforcement.
That represents approximately the same number of active duty troops deployed in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
As of Monday, nearly half of the US has activated guard members to respond to civil unrest.

25.05.2020 - 21:33 [ Fox News ]

Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann to headline Biden virtual fundraiser

Throughout the Russia investigation, Weissmann had been considered a “deputy” to Mueller, with conservatives regularly targeting him for his reputation of using aggressive tactics in cases, as well as his role in past controversial prosecutions. Weissmann helped to build the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

25.05.2020 - 21:21 [ ]

Biden’s Virtual Campaign Is a Disaster


The candidate has reached the peak of his career in the rec room of his basement, talking into a computer.

18.05.2020 - 19:26 [ ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant


Many senators wanted to forbid the government from secretly collecting information about your internet habits, but an amendment failed by just one vote.

15.05.2020 - 15:53 [ ]

The Senate voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant

The measure needed 60 votes to pass. It got 59.

The outcome is especially frustrating since four senators didn’t vote on the amendment at all, and at least one would have voted yes. Lamar Alexander couldn’t vote because he’s quarantined. Two others — Ben Sasse and Bernie Sanders — didn’t respond to request for comment on where they were during the vote. An aide told Politico that Patty Murray would have voted yes had she been there, but the senator was not in Washington, DC, when the vote occurred.

13.05.2020 - 21:04 [ ]

Democrats pass new rules that would allow virtual convention

Democrats are making new moves toward a virtual presidential nominating convention this August, with a top party committee voting Tuesday to grant convention organizers in Milwaukee the authority to design an event that won’t require delegates to attend in person amid the coronavirus pandemic.

13.05.2020 - 20:57 [ ]

Biden plans to stay home, testing limits of virtual campaign

In this screengrab taken from campaign website, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during a live streaming broadcast on April 13, 2020.

13.05.2020 - 19:43 [ New York Times ]

Pompeo in Israel for Meetings on Annexation, Virus, Iran and China

“The most important thing is actually generating the information and then sharing the information,” Mr. Netanyahu interrupted Mr. Pompeo to say, an unmistakable reference to the Israeli intelligence services’ track record of developing information of value to the United States.

Notably, Mr. Pompeo’s short schedule of meetings included a session with the Mossad director, Yossi Cohen.

13.05.2020 - 19:21 [ Haaretz ]

Biden, Sanders Form ‘Unity Task Force’ – Without Foreign Policy for Now

The announcement is the latest indication that Biden’s campaign is trying to secure the support of Sanders’ fans.

10.05.2020 - 05:18 [ CNN ]

FDA commissioner and CDC director will testify remotely in Senate hearing

Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will testify by video conference at a Senate hearing about the coronavirus next week.

09.05.2020 - 05:59 [ CNN ]

Trump sought a reopening but found the virus in the White House instead

President Donald Trump hoped this would be the week he emerged into a nation recovering from pandemic. Instead the pandemic came to him.

09.05.2020 - 05:39 [ ]

Sprecherin von US-Vizepräsident Pence positiv getestet

„Sie wurde kürzlich getestet, und der Test war negativ, und dann wurde sie heute aus irgendeinem Grund positiv getestet“, sagte Trump gestern im Weißen Haus bei einem Treffen mit republikanischen Senatoren und Abgeordneten. Pence sei seither erneut negativ getestet worden und treffe alle nötigen Vorsichtsmaßnahmen, sagte er weiter.

09.05.2020 - 05:33 [ the Hill ]

Positive coronavirus cases shake White House

Miller’s positive test prompted the vice president to delay his takeoff for a trip to Iowa. Six staffers who may have had contact with her deplaned, and all six later tested negative for the virus.

The positive tests reflect the dangers of the virus spreading inside the White House complex, and it further called into question what measures are being taken to try and limit the exposure of the top two elected officials in American government.

09.05.2020 - 05:17 [ the Hill ]

Pence press secretary Katie Miller tests positive for coronavirus

Miller is one of Pence’s closest aides and is married to Stephen Miller, one of Trump’s senior advisers.

06.05.2020 - 17:39 [ ]

Kärnten: Elektronischer Impfpass als Pilotprojekt für ganz Österreich


Beschlossen wurde er bereits im Jahr 2017, umgesetzt ist er bis heute nicht – der elektronische Impfpass. „Wenn nicht jetzt angesichts der Coronasituation, wann dann sollte es allen Akteuren bewusst sein, dass wir den elektronischen Impfpass nicht länger vor uns herschieben können“, appellierte heute im Rahmen der Videokonferenz der Bundeszielsteuerungskommission die Kärntner Gesundheitsreferentin Beate Prettner.

01.05.2020 - 14:51 [ Polizei Berlin Einsatz / Twitter ]

Derzeit sind Kolleg. am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz zum Schutz einer kleinen, angemeldeten Versammlung im Einsatz. Sie werden darüber hinaus darauf achten, dass Menschen nicht dem Aufruf einer größeren Kundgebung folgen, für die weder eine Anmeldung noch Genehmigung vorliegt.

20.04.2020 - 20:01 [ Ars Technica ]

CDC’s failed coronavirus tests were tainted with coronavirus, feds confirm

As the new coronavirus took root across America, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent states tainted test kits in early February that were themselves seeded with the virus, federal officials have confirmed.

20.04.2020 - 19:59 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Labs Were Contaminated, Delaying Coronavirus Testing, Officials Say


Early on, the F.D.A., which oversees laboratory tests, sent Dr. Timothy Stenzel, chief of in vitro diagnostics and radiological health, to the C.D.C. labs to assess the problem, several officials said. He found an astonishing lack of expertise in commercial manufacturing and learned that nobody was in charge of the entire process, they said.

20.04.2020 - 19:50 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu, Gantz Sign Coalition Deal to Form Government

As part of the agreement, Netanyahu will be able to veto the appointments of the next attorney general and state prosecutor. His trial in three corruption cases is set to begin on May 24.

20.04.2020 - 19:22 [ ]

Ganz und Netanjahu vereinbaren Große Koalition

Netanjahu soll als Erster eineinhalb Jahre lang das Amt bekleiden und dann von Ganz abgelöst werden.

08.04.2020 - 20:20 [ CNN ]

Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 race, clearing Joe Biden’s path to the Democratic nomination

Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, clearing Joe Biden’s path to the Democratic nomination and a showdown with President Donald Trump in November.
Sanders first made the announcement in a call with his staff, his campaign said.

07.03.2020 - 20:39 [ New York Times ]

Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups


One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation. Mr. Seddon directed an undercover operative to secretly tape the union’s local leaders and try to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization, documents show.

06.03.2020 - 11:09 [ David Catanese, National Political Correspondent @mcclatchydc / Twitter ]

In interview with @Maddow , @ewarren was notably restrained in noting her policy differences with @JoeBiden , and called him a “decent” man in the best way. She’s spoke much more at length about the online vitriol from @BernieSanders supporters.

05.03.2020 - 18:05 [ Jonathan Martin, NY Times / Twitter ]

Warren has told associates she’s NOT planning to endorse later today when she announces that she’s dropping out.

Wants to weigh whether to do it and, if so, timing.