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  • NATO Needs to Adapt for Future Challenges

    December 01, 2020

    The New York Times writes that in the face of numerous challenges, including an aggressive Russia and a rising China, a report requested by the NATO secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg,  recommends significant changes to fortify the alliance’s cohesion and better coordination with democratic allies around the world.

  • China Runs Trials of Biometric Online ID Card

    November 30, 2020

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has launched a trial of an online ID system based on biometrics, including facial scans and fingerprints, that has increased capabilities to track its citizens' online activities.

  • SCOTUS Strikes Down NY COVID Restrictions on Religious Freedom Grounds

    November 30, 2020

    In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that Covid-19 restrictions put in place by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo limiting the number of people attending religious services violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment because the regulations treated the houses of worship more harshly than comparable secular facilities.

  • L.A. Mayor To Shut Down Power and Water for Those Who Don't Follow the Rules

    November 25, 2020

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has authorized the city to shut off utility services, including water and power to properties where unauthorized large parties and gatherings are taking place.

  • The Hill: The U.S. has Officially Withdrawn from the Open Skies Treaty

    November 24, 2020

    The Trump administration has officially withdrawn from the Open Skies treaty with Russia, a post-Cold War agreement that allowed nations to conduct flyovers of other allies in an attempt to collect military data and other intelligence on neighboring foreign enemies.

  • Politico: Democratic Nations Urged to Work Together to Confront China

    November 24, 2020

    Top national security, foreign policy officials and activists attending the annual Halifax Security Forum issued a call for democratic nations to revitalize international institutions and pursue new ways for governments to work together to confront China’s economic and technological warfare as well as their aggressive military buildup.

  • Mississippi Gov. Proposes $3 million for 'Patriotic Education Fund'

    November 19, 2020

    After President Trump signed an executive order to establish the Advisory 1776 Commission, an educational panel with the goal to give children a better understanding of the founding of the United States, Mississippi Governor, Tate Reeves (R), called for spending $3 million on a Patriotic Education Fund to combat what Gov. Reeves called, "revisionist" history.

  • U.S. to Pull¬†2,500 Troops from Afghanistan and Iraq

    November 18, 2020

    Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced this week that President Trump has ordered the Pentagon to pull 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq by mid-January 2021.

  • NPR:¬†Religious Freedom Arguments Give Rise To Executive Order Battle

    November 18, 2020

    NPR: Key government policies on religious freedom and discrimination were once set through legislation but today are increasingly dictated by presidential orders, shifting from one administration to the next.

  • Justice Alito Warns of Danger to Free Speech and Religious Liberty

    November 16, 2020

    In his address at the virtually held Federalist Society’s Annual National Lawyers Convention, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito refers to the Covid crisis as « a constitutional stress test », warning of dangers to free speech and religious liberty.

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