Trump Complains to Congress About Providing Aid to Puerto Rico

Earlier this month, Puerto Rico’s government cut the island’s food stamps program by 25 percent, bringing it back down to the level it was at before the hurricane. An astonishing 43 percent island’s population currently relies on food stamps. After the House passed a bill in January allocating $600 million in emergency funding for food stamps in the territory, Trump called the bill “excessive and unnecessary.” It was also announced today that HUD will look into whether the White House has prevented disaster relief funding from reaching the island, in light of multiple private comments from Trump about his unwillingness to continue providing aid. “We are in the process of looking into whether there has been any interference and do plan to report back to Congress on what we find‚” Jeremy Kirkland, counsel to the HUD inspector general’s office, said in response to questions from Rep. Maxine Waters in front of the House Financial Services Committee.

Source: Trump Complains to Congress About Providing Aid to Puerto Rico

Australian gun lobby as big and cashed-up as NRA, report finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) They want to bring back mass shootings to Australia!

The Australian gun lobby is as large and spends as much on political donations and campaigns, per capita, as America’s powerful NRA, and is mimicking its political strategies to water down gun laws, according to a new report.

Source: Australian gun lobby as big and cashed-up as NRA, report finds – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

H.R. 1860: To prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates charged for broadband internet access service.

GOP – give all power to corporations to gouge you for internet usage! Introduced: Sponsor: Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL16]

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R-IL16] is a member of the committee.

H.R. 1856: To provide a path to end homelessness in the United States, and for other purposes.

Introduced: Sponsor: Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43]

This bill was referred to the House Committee on Financial Services and House Committee on the Budget which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43] is the chair of the House Committee on Financial Services.

CDC Alert On Fake Emails Containing Computer Viruses

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FAKE CDC EMAIL – PHISHING ATTEMPT

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Although it hasn’t crossed my inbox yet, the CDC is warning of a new viral threat posing as an important message from the CDC on pandemic influenza.

While most people know better than to open any attachment to an email, the appropriation of a trusted identity like the CDC may cause some recipients to lower their guard momentarily. 

So, just in case you haven’t already seen it, the following alert comes from the CDC.

Alert: Phishing Email Referencing CDC and Flu Pandemic

CDC security officials have been working with multiple law enforcement agencies to track a campaign of phishing emails claiming to be from the CDC that reference a flu pandemic. The body of the email instructs the user to open an attached Microsoft Office document for details on how to prevent the spread of influenza.

Please note that this email is not legitimate, and is actually from a malicious actor hoping to install malware on victim computers. If opened, the attached document will download and install ransomware called ‘Gandcrab’ on your computer, encrypting both your local files and files on any network file shares you may be connected to. An associated ransom note promises the decryption key in exchange for a Bitcoin payment, but there is no guarantee that the attackers would actually provide that key.

Below is an example of one of the emails:

Note that this is only an example; the sender may change the From: and Subject lines.
CDC encourages everyone to follow good security practices to help reduce the likelihood of falling victim to this and other phishing attacks:

  • Don’t open unsolicited email from people you don’t know.
  • Hover your mouse over links to see where they lead.
  • Do not click links in email. If you think the address is correct, retype it in a browser window.
  • Be wary of attachments in any email.
  • Do not supply any personal information, especially passwords, to anyone via email.