WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said he expects President Donald Trump's attempts to ban the WeChat and TikTok apps to "ultimately" succeed. Moves by the Trump administration to restrict the Chinese-owned social-media platforms in the US for what it said were national security reasons have been put on hold as a result of court injunctions. WeChat and TikTok users have argued that the bans have been motivated by election year politics rather than genuine security concerns. "We're now looking - those court cases are ongoing, so the federal government will wait and see what our courts tell us we can or can't do with respect to those bans," Mr O'Brien said at an event in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. "I think ultimately the president's authority with those bans on those apps will be enforced. And I think even if there's a change in administration, those bans will take place." President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Jan 20, has promised to review security risks surrounding the TikTok app. The administration is also looking at other Chinese companies that have popular apps in the US "that are taking a lot of
Over there in the Washington Post was this headline: Why the Trump campaign’s big legal flameout in Pennsylvania seems like a turning point, even for Republicans The story, by Amber Phillips, discussing a piece of changed Trump legal strategy, said the suit said that “Trump poll observers had been restricted from watching ballots be tallied in some precincts.” To which Phillips added, “(Trump observers were in the rooms.)” The amusing part of this is that Phillips herself links to another Post story — this one — which has large and in color a photograph of votes being processed in Allegheny County — Pittsburgh — with this caption: Members of the Allegheny County Return Board process the remaining absentee and mail-in ballots Thursday in Pittsburgh. (Steve Mellon/AP) At the forefront of the photograph is … a bicycle rack. Hmmm. What is a bike rack doing there? It is placed there deliberately to keep authorized, legal poll observers from being close enough to do what they are supposed to be there to do — observe each and every ballot to make certain it is legal. This kind of thing has happened repeatedly in Pennsylvania and also in Michigan.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States' top infectious disease official said on Thursday (Nov 19) that two coronavirus vaccines being tested were "solid", and that the speed at which they were developed has not compromised safety or integrity. Dr Anthony Fauci spoke at a rare briefing from the White House virus task force to reassure some public concerns about the two vaccines - one from Pfizer/BioNTech and the other by Moderna - after both companies announced successful trials. "The process of the speed did not compromise at all safety nor did it compromise scientific integrity. It was a reflection of the extraordinary scientific advances in these types of vaccines which allowed us to do things in months that actually took years before," he said. And he sought to address fears that the vaccine announcements may have been politically driven. "It was actually an independent body of people who have no allegiance to anyone - not to the administration, not to me, not to the companies - that looked at the data and deemed it to be sound," he said. Next the data will be carefully examined by the Food and Drug Administration, he said.