IN THE NEWS: TOP INTELLIGENCE FIGURE SAYS U.S. RESPONSE TO RUSSIAN MEDDLING WEAK
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top intelligence official says the nation has had a weak response to Russian meddling and spreading disinformation during the 2016 presidential election. And the official, Adm. Mike Rogers, says the reason for the lack of action — is that President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis have tied his hands. He says neither has given him the authority he’d need to take a tougher stand against Moscow’s activities. Rogers told Congress yesterday he feels a more aggressive response to the Russian meddling is needed. But he says he can’t do that because hasn’t received direction from those above him in the chain of command to do so.
IN THE NEWS: INFOWARS ACCOUNT FROZEN BY YOUTUBE
UNDATED (AP) — A conspiracy website has found its video account temporarily frozen by YouTube. The site — Infowars — had suggested some students pushing for gun control measures after the Florida school shooting this month were being coached on what to say to the media and lawmakers. Infowars says it had multiple videos wiped from YouTube, including some calling the students “crisis actors,” dispatched to Florida to drum up support for gun control measures. The site says the suspension has now been lifted. For its part, YouTube, which is owned by Google, has declined to respond to requests for comment on the ban.
IN THE NEWS: SUPREME COURT AND MICROSOFT SEARCHES
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court justices had their collective heads in the clouds yesterday. But it had nothing to do with daydreaming. The justices are looking into how a decades-old law might apply to 21st century technology. At issue is a dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over a warrant for emails stored in the internet cloud outside the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Administration wants the emails as part of a drug trafficking probe — and got a search warrant for them under a 1986 law. But Microsoft refuses to release the emails because they’re on a company server in Ireland. So far, a federal appeals court in New York agrees with Microsoft that the law in question does not apply outside the U.S.
ON THE WEB: NFL AND PAPA JOHN’S
CYBERSPACE (AP) — Papa John’s and the NFL are no longer huddling up. The pizza maker and the National Football League are ending their relationship, which saw Papa John carry the title of official sponsor of the league. The relationship became strained last year when Papa John’s founder criticized the league for allowing players to kneel during the national anthem — and said sales had suffered as a result. That led to a backlash by football fans and CEO John Schnatter stepped down. Papa John’s will still do business with the NFL — though the focus will now be on 22 of the league’s 32 teams and its star players.
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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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