Commentary: In support of President Trump's use of the Stafford Act
The tornadoes that tore through my former congressional district that spring day in 1985 took 42 lives, injured dozens more and leveled three towns. Tornadoes are rare in northwestern Pennsylvania, but the three that clobbered Albion, Atlantic and Wheatland, near Erie, left a lasting mark — not just on the residents of those communities, but also on their second-term congressman. A lousy federal response to the disaster spurred me to author what would become known as the Stafford Act.Thirty-five years after those devastating tornadoes, the changes we authored about how our federal government r...
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Teddy Greenstein: Here's what it's like to do 4 hours of sports talk radio with no live games — and a statewide lockdown looming
CHICAGO — I packed up my laptop bag midday Friday and headed downtown.It was stuffed with snacks, caffeinated drinks, germ-removing wet wipes and two U.S. Department of Homeland Security form letters stating that I’d be “providing emergency communications sustainment” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Not sure that a Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles debate qualifies. But … OK.I also packed my black all-weather golf gloves for knob turning and button pressing. Why did I choose those? I have no idea. Strange times.Dan McNeil opened the “McNeil & Parkins show” on WSCR-AM 670 by thanking me for co-hos...
FEMA director won't say how many N95 coronavirus masks have been ordered
Amid criticism that President Trump isn’t taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously enough, the FEMA director Sunday refused to provide any details about incoming medical supplies.“They’re shipping today, they shipped yesterday, they’ll ship tomorrow,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.But when pressed for specifics, Gaynor hedged.“I mean, it is hundreds of thousands of millions of things that we’re shipping from the stockpile. I can’t give you the details about what every single state of what every single city is doing,” he said.“B...
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There's absolutely no reason to stock up on cash amid coronavirus, experts say
There is no reason to stock up on cash, experts say, despite consumers hoarding hard currency as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States.Across the country, consumers are pulling out cash at a greater than usual rate. There are stories of ATMs running out of bills, grocery stores restricting or ending cashback transactions, and reported cases of bank branches limiting transactions.But that’s not evidence of a cash shortage, according to industry professionals. Rather, it’s likely just the individual location not holding surplus cash locally, be it an ATM, bank branch or groc...
The Charlotte Observer
FDA says pacemakers, glucose monitors and other devices could be vulnerable to hackers
Federal agencies warned patients and manufacturers Tuesday that a recently discovered problem with Bluetooth Low Energy communications may allow computer hackers to remotely disable or access pacemakers, glucose monitors, ultrasound devices and other medical systems.The FDA and Homeland Security Department said that while there have been no reports of patients harmed by the problem, the software needed to run such an attack is available online.Medtronic confirmed Tuesday that some of its products are affected, but said the impact is limited to “temporary disruption of communication function” a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
From Washington to the Secret Service, Dave Hoffmann has attacked every challenge — and he hasn't done it alone
SEATTLE — Dave Hoffmann stands alone in the middle of a room with 20 doors. He is told that, at any moment, two assailants will enter and attack. He does not know which doors they will use. He does not know when. His objective is to subdue the assailants as efficiently as possible. Same as at Washington, his objective is to win.And, if he’s being honest, he enjoys the unknown. He enjoys the challenge of it. It reminds him of his previous life as a middle linebacker — anticipating the snap, adapting and attacking, converting clear thoughts into thunderous collisions. He is 27 years old, the for...
The Seattle Times
FEMA wants billions for helping after California wildfires. Victims plead with judge to stop them
SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E Corp. and lawyers for wildfire victims urged a bankruptcy judge Wednesday to reject FEMA’s demand for a $3.9 billion reimbursement from the troubled utility, saying the government’s claim could undermine a carefully crafted plan to compensate victims and exit bankruptcy.“There’s no question this is a cloud over the entire case,” said Eric Goodman, a lawyer representing victims of the 2017 wine country fires and 2018 Camp Fire.The Federal Emergency Management Agency filed a $3.9 billion claim in PG&E’s bankruptcy, saying taxpayers deserve to be reimbursed for the assistance...
The Sacramento Bee
President Donald Trump, First Lady greeted with cheers at Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were showered with cheers as they took a lap at Daytona International Speedway in his limousine prior to Sunday’s Daytona 500.Trump addressed the crowd and was given a rousing ovation when he said it didn’t matter who wins the race but “what matters most is God, family and country.”Portions of the crowd chanted “four more years” as Trump spoke to the crowd ahead of the race.Trump was the grand marshal for the Daytona 500 and delivered the traditional, “Gentlemen, start your engines!” instructions after drivers got into t...
Feds reviewing previously unreported cyber attack on Florida elections office
MIAMI — Less than five weeks before Florida’s March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County’s elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.Link, who was appointed last year by the governor to oversee the county’s beleaguered elections department, said she contacted the FBI in November after a veteran IT employee told her that the office had been infected by a ransomware virus only a few weeks before the 2016 election. The virus was not publicly disclosed in 2016.Link said t...
New Yorkers reportedly banned from trusted traveler programs in Trump administration plan to punish immigrant-friendly states
NEW YORK — The Trump administration axed New Yorkers from trusted traveler programs like TSA Global Entry to punish the state for enacting immigrant-friendly policies, a secret memo reportedly revealed.The Department of Homeland Security enacted the ban after considering a raft of responses to moves by New York and other states to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain identification and to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.Gov. Andrew Cuomo called a memo obtained by BuzzFeed News a “smoking gun” that the trusted traveler ban is nothing more than a political power play.“T...
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