The primaries in Ohio, Georgia, and Louisiana have been postponed due to coronavirus. The primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona will be held today. [Link]
The Senate passes a bill that will extend the life of three mass surveillance programs – including the section 215 program – by 77 days. The programs expired on March 15th. Senators Paul and Lee are pushing an extension that includes reforms to the FISA court. The House already passed a bill that has minimal reforms to prevent government abuses of the program. [Link]
The US Peace Corps suspends all operations because of Coronavirus. [Link]
The US will further scale back the Defender 2020 war games that are held in Europe because of the Coronavirus. [Link]
A member of the Russian parliament proposed a rule that would allow Putin to serve two more terms as president. Putin said he would default to the Russian high court to decide on the issue. The court ruled that Putin can move forward with the measure. [Link]
Up to 1,000 prisoners escaped from Brazilian jails in a Coronavirus motivated breakout. [Link]
Iran has temporarily freed 85,000 prisoners in its fight with the coronavirus. [Link]
Secretary of State Pompeo tells the Iraqi Prime Minister that the US will defend itself if it is attacked in Iraq. The Iraqi government has asked the US to leave. [Link]
The US is repositioning US forces from three bases in Iraq. The forces will be moved to bases in Iraq, Syria, and Kuwait. [Link]
Iraq names Adnan al-Zurfi as prime minister-designate. He will now have 30 days to form a government that can get the parliament’s approval. The previous prime minister-designate was unable to get the needed votes. [Link]
Sweden will deploy 150 special forces soldiers to Mali to aid the French fight against jihadist groups in the region. [Link]
US News The US will allow the sailors on the USS T Roosevelt to quarantine sick sailors in Guam. The Captain of the aircraft carrier wrote a letter warning about a catastrophic situation on the ship as he was unable to stop the spread of coronavirus. [Link] Trump...
US News The Department of Justice Inspector General found that every FBI FISA warrant had several problems and abuses. The average warrant had 20 problems, with one having as many as 65. [Link] The Pentagon wants to make its 5-year spending plan classified. [Link]...
Coronavirus The coronavirus is spreading the US prison system. Nearly 350 Guards and inmates have tested positive. Prisoners report having no way to protect themselves from the virus.[Link] The first federal inmate dies from the coronavirus. [Link] The Pentagon...
US News The New York Police Department is using drones to monitor if people in parks are social distancing. [Link] Trump invokes the Defense Production Act to force GM to make ventilators. [Link] Rhode Island police are pulling over and questioning people with New...
US News A record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment this week. The Department of Homeland Security is requesting an additional 1,500 soldiers to be deployed to the borders to prevent the spread of coronavirus. [Link] Trump signs a new law that calls for the...
US News A Congressional audit finds that the two newest aircraft carriers have $130 billion in underestimated maintenance costs. The maintenance costs include septic problems that force the use of chemicals to prevent clogging. The chemicals add up to total $400,000 a...