US Domestic News Roundup: Cybersecurity, Gun Trafficking, Economic Visions, and More

The summary of current US domestic news includes Microsoft President testifying on security lapses, an Arizona man charged with gun trafficking, economic discussions between Biden and Trump advisers, Trump visiting Congress aiming for Republican unity, and a variety of other key topics such as Disney's expansion plan with DeSantis, migrant issues, oil trade group's lawsuit, and a dementia diagnosis survey.

Reuters | Updated: 13-06-2024 18:29 IST | Created: 13-06-2024 18:29 IST
US Domestic News Roundup: Cybersecurity, Gun Trafficking, Economic Visions, and More

Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Microsoft president to testify before House panel over security lapses

Microsoft President Brad Smith will testify before a House of Representatives panel on homeland security on Thursday, fielding questions about the company's security practices after Russian and Chinese hackers breached its systems over the past year. China-linked hackers stole 60,000 U.S. State Department emails last year by breaking into the tech giant's systems, while a Russian group spied on Microsoft's senior staff emails earlier this year, according to the company's disclosures.

Arizona man charged with trafficking guns to kill Black people, start race war

An Arizona man has been indicted on four counts of gun-trafficking crimes after federal prosecutors said an undercover sting operation revealed that he planned to kill Black people in a mass shooting to "incite a race war," according to the indictment. A grand jury indicted Mark Adams Prieto, 58, on Tuesday on charges of gun trafficking, transferring a gun for use in a hate crime and possession of an unregistered gun.

Biden advisers, Trump to discuss competing economic visions with top US business leaders

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and key advisers to Democratic President Joe Biden will lay out their dramatically divergent economic views in a series of conversations with America's top business leaders on Thursday. Trump is due to speak to the Business Roundtable at the group's headquarters in Washington, D.C., at approximately 11 a.m. local time (1500 GMT), according to two sources familiar with the event's planning. The association of more than 200 CEOs will also host Jeff Zients, Biden's White House chief of staff, earlier in the morning, those people said.

Republicans hope for unity message in Trump visit to Congress

Republicans hope that a pair of visits from former President Donald Trump on Thursday will bring unity to their sometimes bitterly divided caucuses in the Senate and House of Representatives, as the party heads toward the Nov. 5 election. Trump is due to meet with House Republicans Thursday morning and have lunch with Senate Republicans, aiming to coordinate campaign strategies to deliver a "trifecta" of Republican control over the White House and both chambers of Congress.

In new forecasts, Fed appears to bow out of the election cycle

The U.S. Federal Reserve may have just ducked out of the presidential campaign spotlight with a fresh set of forecasts showing no interest rate cuts are likely until after Election Day. Central bank policymakers on Wednesday kept their benchmark interest rate unchanged at 5.25%-to-5.50%, where it has been since last July.

Disney, Florida's DeSantis end spat with deal on 15-year expansion plan

Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have put an end to their feud with a deal that allows the entertainment giant to develop the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando for the next 15 years. DeSantis and Disney, one of Florida's biggest employers, had been embroiled in a dispute since 2022, when former Disney CEO Bob Chapek criticized a state legislative effort to limit classroom discussion of sexuality and gender issues for younger students. Critics described it as the "Don't Say Gay" law.

Pro-Trump influencers fire up fears of migrant 'invasion' ahead of U.S. election

One late afternoon in mid-May, a half dozen Hispanic day laborers were paid $20 each to parade in front of the White House on camera, holding signs with slogans like "I Love Biden" and "I Need Work Permit for My Family." The stunt was orchestrated by Nick Shirley, a pro-Trump online influencer who often asks migrants on camera if they support Democratic President Joe Biden or think he made it easier for them to come to the U.S.

Largest US oil trade group to sue to block Biden's EV push

The nation's largest oil trade group, which includes Exxon Mobil and Chevron , will file a federal lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block the Biden administration's efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions from cars and light trucks and encourage electric vehicle manufacturing, the group said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new tailpipe emission rules in March that will force the nation's automakers to produce and sell more electric vehicles to meet the new standards. Under the rule, the administration projects up to 56% of all car sales will be electric between 2030 and 2032.

Immigrant rights groups sue to block Biden asylum ban at US-Mexico border

U.S. immigrant rights groups sued the Biden administration on Wednesday over a new policy that bars most migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally from claiming asylum. The groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, argued restrictions implemented last week violated U.S. asylum law and that Biden failed to follow proper regulatory procedure. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.

About 4% of US adults age 65 and older have a dementia diagnosis, survey finds

Some 4% of U.S. adults aged 65 and older say they have been diagnosed with dementia, a rate that reached 13% for those at least 85-years old, according to a report of a national survey released on Thursday. The report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was based on the 2022 National Health Interview Survey, a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults aged 18 and older. The survey in 2019 added the option to report dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, to its questions on doctor-diagnosed health conditions.

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