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Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) released a report Tuesday that shows the federal government lacks comprehensive data on cryptocurrency-related ransomware attacks.

Separately, a group of activists staged a protest at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) summit on Tuesday to draw attention to the company’s work with immigration agencies and law enforcement agencies.

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Gaps discovered in ransomware data

A new report Senate Homeland Security Chairman Gary Peters (D-Mich.) found that the federal government did not have sufficient data on the use of cryptocurrency in ransom payments.

The report, released on Tuesday, stems from a year-long investigation in the rise of ransomware attacks and how cryptocurrencies facilitate cybercrimes.

“My report shows that the federal government lacks the information necessary to deter and prevent these attacks, and to hold foreign adversaries and cybercriminals accountable for perpetrating them,” Peters said in a statement.

The report also found that current government reporting on ransomware and cryptocurrency attacks is “fragmented across multiple federal agencies” and that a lack of reliable data limits the tools needed to protect the nation from cyber threats.

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Amazon’s cloud wing scrutinized

A group of activists staged a protest at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) summit on Tuesday to draw attention to the company’s work with immigration agencies and law enforcement agencies.

The collection of about a dozen protesters from MediaJustice, the Muslim Counterpublics Lab and For Us Not Amazon gathered outside the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, during the event’s opening remarks.

The organizations hope to draw attention to how they say technologies provided by AWS, Amazon’s cloud service provider and one of the company’s main sources of revenue, are being used to monitor and target communities of color.

“These summits are just part of the public relations strategy to sanitize Amazon’s role as an enabler of state violence,” said Myaisha Hayes, director of campaign strategies at Media Justice, a non-profit organization that focuses on equity in technology and media.

“While attendees will spend three days learning all about the power and capabilities of AWS, I doubt they’ll hear about the people who have been displaced, arrested, and even deported because of Amazon’s technology,” said she told The Hill.

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The majority of Gen Z voters said they support moves to curb the power of tech giants, according to a new poll from progressive firm Data for Progress.

The poll found that a majority of voters, Democrats and Republicans, between 18 and 25, supported efforts to regulate the market power of tech giants. The findings were released by the Tech Oversight Project, a group that advocates for antitrust reform.

For example, the survey found that 61% of Gen Z voters said they support America’s Online Innovation and Choice Act after receiving a brief description of the bill, according to a copy of the results of the survey. survey shared with The Hill.

Learn more about the survey results.

Russia accuses the West of cyber-escalation

Vassily Nebenzia, a Russian representative to the United Nations (UN), accused Western democracies of being one-sided and of influencing the public to think negatively about his country, calling it a “Russophobic information campaign”, according to Business Intern.

Nebenzia, who spoke at a UN Security Council briefing on Monday, said the West was trying to silence Russia’s “alternative visions” and build “a cyber totalitarianism” against its country.

“States that call themselves a ‘community of democracies’ are actually building cyber totalitarianism,” Nebenzia said.

Nebenzia also denounced Ukraine for allowing a cyber army of volunteers to fight Russian disinformation online as well as targeting Russian and Belarusian facilities.

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SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told employees that she personally believes the recent sexual misconduct allegations against Elon Musk were false, according to a company-wide email released by CNBC.

“Personally, I believe the allegations are false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything resembling these allegations,” Shotwell wrote, according to CNBC.

“Anyone who knows Elon like me knows he would never drive or condone this alleged inappropriate behavior,” she said.

According to a report by Insider on Thursday, Musk was accused of exposing himself to one of his SpaceX employees during a massage and asking him for sex.

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Major tech stocks are battered in 2022, with the NASDAQ 100 tech sector index down 33.0% year-to-date.

The NASDAQ is not an outlier. The Dow Jones US Technology Index is down 29.6% and the S&P 500 Information Technology sector is down 25.7% over the same period.

While the Dow Jones index as a whole was down 14% for the year as of noon Tuesday, Big Tech stocks were down even further.

Take a look at the hardest hit.


A chewable editorial: If publishers are successful, libraries’ digital options will suffer major cuts

Lighter click: The BBC is finally telling the truth

Notable Web Links:

How ‘Zuck Bucks’ saved the 2020 election – and fueled the big lie (Protocol/Issie Lapowksy)

Google Maps employees say they can’t afford back to the office (The New York Times / Nico Grant)

Snap warning is sent shock through digital advertising as investors flee social media stocks (CNBC/Lauren Feiner)

People are get tired of the “TikTok musical formula” (NBC News/Morgan Sung)

One last thing: expanded drone delivery

Walmart is expanding its drone delivery operations to reach up to 4 million homes at 34 locations in six states.

The company announced tuesday that it will be able to deliver 1 million parcels by drone during the year.

The service will be implemented in Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Utah and Virginia and will cost customers $3.99 per packing slip. Each delivery can weigh up to 10 pounds.

Customers will be able to order items for drone deliveries between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. These deliveries can be made in as little as 30 minutes, according to the company.

Learn more here.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s Technology and Cybersecurity pages for the latest news and coverage. Well see you tomorrow.


Offices including that of Secretary of State disputed in Alabama | United States government and politics Sun, 22 May 2022 12:54:12 +0000

By JAY REEVES – Associated Press

Campaigns for the United States Senate and governor have garnered the most attention ahead of Tuesday’s primary in Alabama, but five other statewide races are on the ballot. With multiple candidates in some races, some nominations may not be decided until the second round of elections scheduled for June 21.

Here are some of the top races to watch:

Four Republicans and one Democrat are on the primary ballot to succeed GOP incumbent John Merrill as Alabama’s top election official, secretary of state.

Ed Packard, who worked in the secretary of state’s elections division for nearly 25 years, is seeking the Republican nomination in an area that includes Jim Zeigler, who has been barred from running again as auditor of the state due to term limits; State Representative Wes Allen of Troy, who served nearly a decade as a probate judge in Pike County; and Christian Horn, a GOP activist and Madison County business owner.

None of the four candidates raised major complaints about election problems in Alabama, which is controlled by Republicans and voted overwhelmingly for President Donald Trump in 2020. But all spoke of the steps needed to strengthen election security, a question popularized among conservatives by Trump’s fake. claims the 2020 election was stolen by President Joe Biden.

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Merrill could no longer run for office after serving two terms. The eventual Republican nominee will face Democrat Pamela J. Laffitte of Mobile in November.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall faces only one primary challenger as he seeks a second four-year term as the state’s top law enforcement official.

First appointed to the position in 2017, Marshall is opposed by Harry Bartlett Still III, a lawyer for Daphne.

Marshall, who previously served as a district attorney in Marshall County, regularly opposes initiatives launched by Democratic President Joe Biden, including vaccination requirements for COVID-19 and federal policies along the border with the Mexico, and he testified against the appointment of current Judge Ketanji Brown. Jackson before the United States Supreme Court.

He still argues that corruption is endemic in state government and that the agency that oversees police standards and training in the state needs to be revamped to increase public confidence in law enforcement. . He also supports replacing the heavily amended Alabama Constitution, adopted in 1901 to ensure white supremacy.

The winner will face Democratic candidate Wendell Major, police chief for the town of Tarrant in the Birmingham area, in November.

Candidates for Alabama’s state auditor job typically stress the importance of tracking state assets, but three Republicans seeking the job this year added another talking point to the era of misrepresentation of a stolen presidential vote – election security.

Stan Cooke, a pastor from Kimberly; Rusty Glover, a former Semmes history professor who served in the state Senate; and State Representative Andrew Sorrell of Muscle Shoals all emphasize the auditor’s role in county registration board selection when seeking the position.

Almost directly echoing former President Donald Trump’s false claims, Cooke’s campaign website says the state needs to get ahead of the Democrats before they “try to steal our election like they did in Pennsylvania. , in Arizona and even in our neighbor to the east, Georgia”.

The incumbent, Jim Zeigler, failed to seek re-election after serving two terms and is running for Secretary of State.

Winning the Republican nomination is equivalent to an election since no Democrat is qualified to run for office.

A Republican nominee for Alabama Supreme Court is trying to woo voters with a mix that includes his devotion to God and former President Donald Trump. The other focuses on his experience in the courtroom – and his weapon.

Greg Cook, a Birmingham Underground barrister, and Debra Jones, a circuit judge who hears cases in Calhoun and Cleburne, are seeking the Republican nomination for the Place 5 Supreme Court seat held by Justice Mike Bolin, who is taking his retirement.

Cook presents himself as a “Trump-tough” Republican who was a Trump delegate and represented conservative interests in Florida’s 2000 presidential recount contest between Al Gore and President George W. Bush. Along with his partisan and legal credentials, Cook’s campaign resume showcases his longtime church membership and leadership.

Jones released an ad at the end of the campaign touting her support for Trump, her short stature – “She’s 5 feet of concrete” – and a case in which she sentenced a convicted child molester to over 1,000 years. from prison. The spot shows her firing a handgun and saying the only reason she didn’t put the person “under jail” was because “liberals” wouldn’t let her.

All nine members of the court are Republicans, and the winner of the Place 5 race will be a heavy favorite over Democrat Anita L. Kelly, a Montgomery judge in the general election.

Voters will decide to let the state go into debt for $85 million in bonds to beautify Alabama’s state parks and historic sites.

A statewide constitutional amendment on the ballot would provide $80 million in funding for state park projects, including the addition and improvement of campsites, the addition of wireless service, upgrading electric and water service, replacing playgrounds, building swimming pools, and repairing parts of Gulf State Park damaged by Hurricane Sally.

The remaining $5 million would go to the Alabama Historical Commission for the acquisition, renovation, and maintenance of the state’s historic parks. The agency would not be allowed to use money from Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury. The park is funded by a levy originally intended for needy Confederate veterans.

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Ginni Thomas’ emails delve deeper into her involvement in the 2020 election | Fremont Tribune – Government and Politics Fri, 20 May 2022 18:56:54 +0000


WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own voters list, arguing the results giving Joe Biden a victory in the state were tainted with fraud.

The first revelations published by The Washington Post Friday show that Thomas was more involved than previously thought in efforts, based on unsubstantiated fraud allegations, to undo Biden’s victory and keep then-President Donald Trump in power.

In the days after the Associated Press and other news outlets called Biden’s presidential election, Thomas emailed two Arizona lawmakers urging them to choose “a blank list of voters” and to “stay strong in the face of political and media pressure”. The AP obtained the emails under the State Open Archives Act.

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Thomas also had written to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the weeks following the election, encouraging him to work to undo Biden’s victory and keep Trump in office, according to text messages first reported by the Post and CBS News.

Thomas was a strong Trump supporter who admitted attending the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally on the Ellipse, but left before Trump spoke and his supporters then stormed the Capitol.

She criticized the ongoing congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 violence, including signing a letter to House Republicans calling for the expulsion of Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois from the GOP conference. for joining Jan. 6. congress committee.

Judge Thomas, meanwhile, took part in the court’s review of lawsuits challenging the election results. The court dismissed all challenges without a hearing, although Thomas was among three conservative justices who said the Pennsylvania cases should be heard. In February 2021, Thomas called the cases a “perfect opportunity” to address an important question of whether state lawmakers or state courts have the final say on how federal elections are conducted.

In January, Thomas was the only member of the court who backed an offer by Trump to withhold Jan. 6 committee documents. The documents were held by the National Archives and Records Administration and included presidential diaries, visitor logs, draft speeches and handwritten notes dealing with Jan. 6 from the Meadows files.

Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment, made in court on Friday.

Democratic lawmakers have called on Thomas to step aside from election-related matters, but he has given no indication of his intention to do so.

The latest disclosure comes at a time when Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered an internal investigation into a leaked draft opinion quashing Roe v. Wade, in one of the court’s most important cases in decades, and opinion polls showed a loss of public confidence in the establishment.

Thomas was referring to the opinion leaked at a conference in Dallas last week when he spoke about the damages in court. “I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”

Ginni Thomas said she and justice keep their work separate. “Like so many married couples, we share many of the same ideals, principles and aspirations for America. But we have our own distinct careers, as well as our own ideas and opinions. Clarence does not discuss his work with me, and I don’t involve him in my work,” Thomas told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview published in March.

Thomas emailed Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who this year is running for Arizona’s secretary of state. That would make her the best election administrator in Arizona.

She wrote to them again on December 13, the day before voters gathered in state capitals across the country to formally vote for president.

“As state legislators, you have the constitutional power and authority to protect the integrity of our elections – and we need you to exercise that power now!” says the email. “Never before in the history of our nation have our elections been so threatened by fraud and unconstitutional proceedings.”

Bowers dismissed the idea of ​​replacing Arizona voters shortly after the election. The following year, Bolick introduced a bill that would have allowed the Legislative Assembly to nullify presidential election results for any reason and substitute voters.

Bolick said his legislation would have made the process more bipartisan by requiring a two-thirds vote, but the text of the proposal calls for a simple majority. Either way, Bowers essentially killed the legislation before it even passed.

Associated Press writer Bob Christie contributed to this Phoenix report. Cooper also reported from Phoenix.

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Court weighs dispute over online publication of voting records | United States government and politics Wed, 18 May 2022 05:25:20 +0000

By MORGAN LEE – Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — A conservative-backed foundation that aims to publish online voter registration records across the country urged a federal judge on Tuesday to overrule objections from New Mexico election regulators who say the initiative violates state law and would discourage people from registering to vote out of privacy concerns. the The website does not list details of how people voted for candidates or initiatives.

The Voter Reference Foundation has published voter lists for at least 20 states that can be searched by name or address to check where people live and see if they voted in various past elections.

A companion website highlights the difference between the number of ballots according to certified election results and the number of people listed as having voted on registration lists at different times as local registrations are added and purged.

Eddie Greim, an attorney for the Voter Reference Foundation, has urged a federal judge to step in and ensure voter rolls can be posted online to ensure direct accountability and allow people to verify the accuracy of most voter records. entry submitted by others.

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“The point of all of this is for voters to take control of their own records and become accountable,” Greim said during a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque. New Mexico voters can already search for their own registration online by providing a date of birth.

Election regulators in New Mexico say the unprecedented efforts flout state laws that limit the acquisition and sharing of voter rolls to government activities and political campaigns.

In December, Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver referred the group’s efforts for possible prosecution to the state attorney general. No charges have been filed.

On Tuesday, an attorney representing the secretary of state’s office warned that many residents will be hesitant or unwilling to register to vote if they know the required personal information is openly distributed.

“People just won’t register if they think we’ll sell their data or make it available to the world,” said Olga Serafimova, attorney general and secretary of state. “The system will collapse.”

She said election regulators in several states see flaws in the foundation’s methodology for highlighting “discrepancies” between Election Day vote tallies and registration records that are continually updated.

Tuesday’s hearing included testimony from Voter Reference Foundation Executive Director Gina Swoboda, a former official in the office of the Arizona Secretary of State and New Mexico State Chief Electoral Officer.

Federal District Court Judge James Browning peppered the attorneys with questions and said the hearing would be extended another day to allow for more testimony. He took no further immediate action.

The Voter Reference Foundation, created by former Republican Senate candidate Doug Truax of Illinois, removed New Mexico registration records from its website in March and filed a lawsuit arguing that restrictions on state over voter registration data violates the free speech guarantees of the US Constitution.

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Biden praises Greece for its leadership after the invasion of Russia | Fremont Tribune – Government and Politics Mon, 16 May 2022 20:57:56 +0000

By AAMER MADHANI and ZEKE MILLER – Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday thanked Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for his country’s “moral leadership” in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the two men spoke Monday at the House Blanche on the current conflict.

Mitsotakis’ visit comes as he was in Washington to mark a COVID-delayed commemoration of the bicentenary of the start of the Greek War of Independence, a more than eight-year struggle that led to the ousting of the Ottoman Empire. The President and First Lady Jill Biden were due to greet Mitsotakis and his wife, Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotakis, later Monday at a reception at the White House to mark the bicentennial.

But the celebratory moment was overshadowed by the biggest fighting on the continent since World War II, and as Biden seeks to keep the West united as he pressures Russia to end the war.

“We now face the challenge of Russian aggression together,” Mitsotakis said at the start of his Oval Office meeting with Biden. The prime minister added that US-Greek relations were at an “all-time high”.

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As Europe seeks to move away from Russian energy, Mitsotakis has pushed the idea of ​​Greece becoming an energy hub capable of bringing gas from Southwest Asia and the Middle East to the ‘Eastern Europe.

A new Greece-Bulgaria pipeline – built during the COVID-19 pandemic, tested and scheduled for commercial operation in June – expected to bring large volumes of gas between the two countries in both directions to generate electricity, supply industry and heat the houses.

The new pipeline connection, called the Greece-Bulgaria Gas Interconnector, will allow Bulgaria to access ports in neighboring Greece that import liquefied natural gas, or LNG, and will also transport gas from Azerbaijan via a new pipeline system which ends in Italy. Russia announced last month that it was cut natural gas exports to Bulgaria and Poland on the refusal of countries to pay in rubles.

The Oval Office meeting with Biden also comes after NATO member Greece last week officially extended its bilateral military agreement with the United States for five years, replacing an annual review of the agreement that grants the US military access to three bases in mainland Greece as well as the US naval presence on the island of Crete.

Mitsotakis expressed his support for Finland and Sweden wishing to become a member of the NATO defense alliance, a development welcomed by much of the 30-nation group, with the notable exception of Tukey, who remains locked in a decades-old dispute with Greece over maritime borders and mining rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again voiced objections to accepting Finland and Sweden on Monday, accusing the two countries of backing Kurdish militants and others Turkey considers terrorists.

“Neither country has an open and clear position against terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said during a joint press conference with the visiting Algerian president. “We cannot say ‘yes’ to those who impose sanctions on Turkey, membership in NATO, which is a security organization.”

Mitsotakis, during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, expressed optimism that Turkey will ultimately not hold up Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the EU. NATO and raised speculation that Erdogan could use the moment to extract concessions from the Biden administration on arms sales or other issues.

“Now is not really the right time to use a NATO membership (candidacy) of these two countries to negotiate ‘other issues,'” he said.

In addition to his address to Congress, Mitsotakis is to be honored Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and will meet with members of the Congressional Hellenic Issues Caucus and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. .

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Tucson veterans face housing crisis, fewer affordable choices | Government and politics Sat, 14 May 2022 00:29:42 +0000

Pima County veterans are finding fewer rental options here, and about 150 were moved out last year because they couldn’t afford where they lived.

He’s not a trend veteran that Dennis Hoban wants to join.

Hoban, 75, lives at The Place at Wilmot North, a 55-plus compound that includes veterans using federal housing vouchers under the Veterans Supportive Housing Program. HUD-VASH, as it is commonly known, combines rental assistance with case management to help veterans stay housed.

Hoban, an army veteran, has lived in his apartment for five years and doesn’t want to move. However, with his monthly rent dropping from $815 to $1,095 in June, he’s not sure he’ll be able to stay. A year ago, his rent was $742 a month.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development cap for a one-bedroom apartment in Tucson is currently $913 per month. Renters using HUD-VASH vouchers typically pay about 30% of their gross monthly income for rent, and the rest is subsidized.

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“The only way I can continue to live here is for the housing authority to grant me a waiver and allow me to pay the excess, which I can do,” Hoban said. “It will be a big ordeal, but I could do it, and it would be better than having to move to an area where there is a dire shortage of affordable housing.”

Unfortunately, HUD is not allowing its voucher holders to pay the difference, said Terry Galligan, the city’s assistant director for housing and community development. Instead, she said the city usually tries to get landlords to adjust rent.

Approximately 448 Tucson-area veterans use these federal vouchers out of a total of 636 available. Tucson’s current average monthly HUD-VASH payment is $230,528.

The Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System has approximately 53 employees who help veterans find and maintain housing. It is not clear if some of the recently displaced veterans have all found new places to live, or if some have become homeless.

Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik said people, including veterans, call his office every week about rising rents. A number of them are afraid that he will repeat their names to landlords and landlords because they fear their rent will go up even more for speaking up.

The Arizona Daily Star contacted seven people at the Hoban compound, but only three allowed their names to be published because they feared reprisals.

Kozachik said most of the people he hears about live in rental properties owned by companies not based in Tucson, or even Arizona. He failed to get them to ease the rent increases.

“I tell them, ‘I understand you have the right to raise rents, but you’re evicting old people, you’re evicting veterans, you’re evicting people with disabilities,'” he said. “These are people who live in the only places they can afford.”

MC Residential Communities owns the apartments where Hoban lives, as well as 11 other complexes in Tucson as well as locations in Phoenix and Flagstaff. The company also has rental locations in Texas and Oklahoma. Messages and emails left with the company on Friday have not been returned.

Hoban said some of his neighbors aren’t facing the same rent increases, which makes him wonder if the goal is to phase out tenants who receive assistance.

This is what Donald Lee Allen fears.

Allen is also a veteran of the complex. In September, it will be six years since he moved in. He can’t wait to see if his rent will also go up. He currently pays $360 for his rent, which is a third of his income.

“It’s one of the nicest places in town,” he says. “I looked around, and there’s nothing else there.”

Allen, 69, served in the military and, due to hip problems, has to use a walker to get around.

Money is tight enough already, he says. He had to cancel his Wi-Fi services because his monthly rate kept going up.

“I go to bed at night wondering where I’m going to be in the future,” he said. “Where am I going to go if I can’t afford it here?”

Contact reporter Patty Machelor at 806-7754 or

Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE:DEA) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $75.98 Million Fri, 13 May 2022 08:24:06 +0000

Brokers expect Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE:DEA – Get a rating) will announce revenue of $75.98 million for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Three analysts have made earnings estimates for Easterly Government Properties. The lowest sales estimate is $75.05 million and the highest is $77.38 million. Easterly’s government properties posted sales of $68.61 million in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive growth rate of 10.7% year over year. The company is due to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Monday, January 1.

According to Zacks, analysts expect Easterly Government Properties to report sales of $308.48 million for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $303.61 million to $313.94 million. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect the company to post sales of $336.44 million, with estimates ranging from $325.88 million to $349.44 million. Zacks Investment Research sales averages are an average average based on a survey of research firms that provide coverage for Easterly government properties.

Easter Government Properties (NYSE: DEA – Get a rating) last released its quarterly results on Tuesday, May 3. The real estate investment trust reported EPS of $0.08 for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.34 per ($0.26). The company posted revenue of $72.30 million in the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $74.73 million. Easterly Government Properties posted a net margin of 10.78% and a return on equity of 2.18%. The company’s quarterly revenue increased by 11.2% compared to the same quarter last year. In the same period a year earlier, the company had earned earnings per share of $0.33.

Several analysts have recently commented on DEA shares. began covering Easter government properties in a report on Thursday, March 31. They issued a “hold” rating for the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Easterly’s government properties from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday. Five investment analysts gave the stock a hold rating and one gave the company a buy rating. According to MarketBeat, the stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $24.88.

DEA opened at $19.17 on Friday. The company has a debt ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 4.01 and a quick ratio of 4.01. The company has a 50-day simple moving average of $20.34 and a 200-day simple moving average of $21.12. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.74 billion, a P/E ratio of 54.77 and a beta of 0.51. Easterly Government Properties has a 12 month low of $18.01 and a 12 month high of $23.65.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 25. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 13 will receive a dividend of $0.265 per share. This represents an annualized dividend of $1.06 and a yield of 5.53%. The ex-date of this dividend is Thursday, May 12. Easterly Government Properties’ payout ratio is 302.87%.

In other news from Easterly Government Properties, CEO William C. Trimble sold 7,000 shares of the company in a trade on Tuesday, March 29. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.40, for a total transaction of $149,800.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via this hyperlink. Additionally, Chairman Darrell W. Crate sold 10,000 shares of the company in a trade dated Monday, March 14. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.81, for a total value of $208,100.00. Disclosure of this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 43,594 shares of the company valued at $919,174 in the past three months. 8.30% of the shares are currently held by insiders of the company.

Several large investors have recently increased or reduced their stake in the stock. Arizona State Retirement System increased its stake in shares of Easterly Government Properties by 2.3% in the third quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 22,846 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $472,000 after acquiring 521 additional shares in the last quarter. Pitcairn Co. increased its stake in Easterly Government Properties by 3.3% during the third quarter. Pitcairn Co. now owns 16,957 shares of the real estate investment trust valued at $350,000 after buying an additional 538 shares last quarter. M&R Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in Easterly Government Properties by 3.2% during the first quarter. M&R Capital Management Inc. now owns 18,652 shares of the real estate investment trust worth $394,000 after purchasing an additional 570 shares last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC increased its holdings of Easterly Government Properties shares by 2.4% during the third quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 25,774 shares of the real estate investment trust valued at $531,000 after buying 610 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, Los Angeles Capital Management LLC increased its holdings of Easterly Government Properties shares by 0.9% during the first quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management LLC now owns 69,263 shares of the real estate investment trust valued at $1,464,000 after buying 627 additional shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 84.55% of the company’s shares.

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]]> Democrats seek criminal charges against Trump Interior chief | National government and new policies Wed, 11 May 2022 17:58:08 +0000


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee asked the Ministry of Justice t Wednesday to investigate whether a Trump administration interior secretary engaged in possible criminal conduct while he helping an Arizona developer secure a crucial permit for a housing project.

The criminal referral says David Bernhardt pushed for the project to be approved by developer Michael Ingram, a Republican donor and supporter of former President Donald Trump, despite a federal wildlife official’s conclusion that it would threaten wildlife. habitats of species at risk.

Bernhardt led the interior from 2019 to 2021. In 2017, he was the department’s No. 2 when the Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency of the Interior Department, overturned its opposition to Vigneto Villages, the proposed development of 28,000 homes in southern Arizona, and allowed it to move forward.

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Democratic Representatives Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, chairman of the committee, and Katie Porter of California, who leads an oversight and investigation subcommittee. made the referral in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland. They said the committee conducted a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2017 decision.

A senior interior official had said that issuing a Clean Water Act permit for the project could adversely affect endangered species or critical habitat in the area. The area is home to birds such as the southwestern willow flycatcher and yellow-billed cuckoo, as well as the northern Mexican garter snake.

In their referral, Democrats say Ingram met with Bernhardt in August 2017, two weeks before a Fish and Wildlife official received the phone call ordering him to reverse the decision to block the project. The meeting was not disclosed in Bernhardt’s public calendar or travel documents.

Two months later, Ingram donated $10,000 to the Trump Victory Fund. The permit was approved later that month. At least nine other donors associated with Ingram also donated to the Trump Victory Fund in the days following Ingram’s donation, Democrats said.

“Evidence strongly suggests that the decision was the result of quid pro quo between Vigneto developer Michael Ingram and senior Trump administration officials,” including Bernhardt, who was then Assistant Secretary of the Interior, said. write the Democrats.

Ingram “had frequent access to senior Trump administration officials,” including Bernhardt, then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and then-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, Democrats said. . Zinke, who led the Interior from March 2017 to January 2019, met with Ingram in May 2017 and April 2018, the Democrats said in documents submitted with the referral. Zinke and his team sent multiple emails to Ingram, using personal email addresses, Democrats said.

Bernhardt, now a lawyer in private practice, did not return calls and an email seeking comment. A Justice Department spokesperson said the department had received the letter and would review it.

Lawmakers have asked Garland to investigate and consider bringing criminal charges against Bernhardt or other officials.

“The results of this survey show us once again that the previous administration set aside the expertise of career staff as it handed over decisions from federal agencies to Trump cronies and major donors on a pay-as-you-go basis. “Grijalva said in a statement.

Porter said that “an exchange of money for specific government action is the clearest form of corruption, and Americans—Democrats, Republicans, and independents—share the understanding that this kind of quid pro quo erodes our democracy.”

Lanny Davis, an attorney for El Dorado Holdings, a company owned by Ingram, called Grijalva and Porter’s reference “false, misleading (and) unfair” and said it was using “innuendo as a substitute for fact.” .

El Dorado participated in several meetings with the committee, “acted transparently and cooperated fully without subpoena,” Davis said in a statement. Even so, the company was denied an opportunity to refute the dismissal allegations or even a chance to speak to Grijalva, Davis said.

“Unfortunately, the American people have been numb and accustomed to political attacks that have little to do with the truth, and there must be bipartisan outrage when that happens,” Davis, a prominent Democrat, added. who was special adviser to former President Bill. Clinton.

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.

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Arizona high court pushes to disqualify GOP lawmakers | National government and new policies Mon, 09 May 2022 19:39:03 +0000

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday rejected an attempt to disqualify three Republican lawmakers from this year’s ballot because of their role in planning or participating in a rally that led to the unprecedented attack against Congress on January 6, 2021.

The decision means U.S. Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs and state Representative Mark Finchem remain on the primary ballot. Gosar and Biggs are seeking re-election, and Finchem is running for Secretary of State, Arizona Chief Electoral Officer.

The lawsuits filed on behalf of a handful of Arizona voters alleged that Gosar, Biggs and Finchem could not hold office because they participated in an insurrection. They cited a section of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution enacted after the Civil War known as the “disqualification clause”.

The judges ruled that alleged violations of the disqualification clause were not grounds to challenge a candidate’s eligibility for office under Arizona law. Their decision upholds a ruling by the Maricopa County Superior Court.

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None of the lawmakers are accused of participating in the actual attack on Congress that sought to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

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Abbott says the feds should cover the cost of educating undocumented students in Texas public schools Fri, 06 May 2022 00:47:00 +0000

(TEXAS GRANDSTAND) – Govt. Greg Abbott wants the federal government to pay for the public education of undocumented students in Texas schools, arguing that President Joe Biden’s administration’s decision to lift the Title 42 policy later this month will lead to an influx of immigrants across the border which is “unsustainable and inevitable”.

Speaking to reporters at a campaign event in Houston on Thursday, Abbott expanded on comments he made Wednesday night during the San Antonio-based conservative radio show “The Joe Pags Show”.

During the show, Abbott said he would revisit the landmark 1982 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Plyler v. Doe, who struck down a Texas law that denied state funding to educate noncitizens.

In that case, four immigrant families sued the Tyler Independent School District for deporting their children when they could not provide birth certificates.

Abbott said states must be able to enforce their own immigration policies or the federal government should cover the cost of educating undocumented children in public schools.

“The Supreme Court ruled that the states do not have the power themselves to stop illegal immigration into the states,” he said. “However, after the Plyler decision, they say, ‘Nevertheless, the states must pay out of pocket for the federal government’s failure to secure the border.’ So one or both of these decisions will have to be made.

Abbott, who sent thousands of National Guard members to the frontier to shore up what he has insisted is a soft immigration enforcement by the Biden administration, is also a vocal opponent of lifting the policy known as Title 42 , which turned immigrants back to the US border with Mexico due to the pandemic. This order is expected to be lifted later this month.

Abbott pointed to the Plyler decision, as well as a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that found Arizona could not pass immigration laws that undermine federal immigration policy, reversing most state immigration laws.

The governor said the two decisions together violated the U.S. Constitution, which states that the federal government cannot commandeer a state employee or budget to enact federal policy.

Last month, an attorney for the Texas Education Agency testified before the House Public Education Committee that federal guidelines indicate that denying enrollment or attendance based on citizenship status would violate Titles IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Texas does not track student citizenship status. Therefore, it is unknown how many undocumented students are enrolled or what the financial impact is on public schools in Texas. Texas spends a minimum of $6,160 per student, which lags behind the national average of $12,600 in 2018.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund sued Tyler ISD Superintendent James Plyler on behalf of four district families after the state passed a law allowing schools to charge tuition to undocumented students. In a statement Thursday, the legal organization criticized Abbott’s suggestion to revive Plyler.

“[W]While the Supreme Court split over the constitutionality of the challenged Texas law in the Plyler case, all justices, including then-Associate Justice William Rehnquist, agreed that the Texas law aimed at excluding undocumented children from school was bad public policy,” said Thomas Saenz. , President and General Counsel of MALDEF. “All the judges recognized the folly of excluding certain children from school; the ubiquitous truancy laws embody this well-supported notion. Abbott now seeks to intentionally inflict the harms that nine justices agreed should be avoided 40 years ago.

Abbott also told reporters Thursday that immigration is “different” today than it was 40 years ago when Plyler was ruled.

“Initially, the only language barrier was Spanish. Now we have people from over 105 different countries around the world,” he said. “Who has this level of expertise where we can find the teachers who know all these multitudes of different languages ​​to be able to educate the children and think how much it would cost?”

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