Jun 29, 2018

House panel approves cyber attribution bill

Rep. Ted Yoho. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act Thursday, a bill that would require the White House to publicly identify and sanction any foreign, state-sponsored cyber threat.

Why it matters: The president currently has wide discretion over releasing information about foreign cyber campaigns. This would both tie the president's hands and ensure action.

  • The Obama and Trump White Houses both have been hesitant to take Congressional direction on how to punish cyber attacks in the past. The general feeling from the executive branch is that a strict menu of responses to an attack limits the role of strategy. For example, it may be difficult to penalize a nation while seeking its help in a different matter.

The details: The bill was spearheaded by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fl.).

  • Under the bill, the president would have seven days to publish a new threat group in the Federal Register after it was discovered.
  • The bill gives the president a wide array of choices for sanctions, including freezing assets, witholding aid and limiting trade.
  • Individuals would be subject to travel bans.
  • The president is free to take additional measures.

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GM to exit Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

GM's Holden brand is popular among racing fans down under, and it's been a regular fixture at events like the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar Race in Australia. Photo: Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

General Motors is retiring its celebrated Holden brand from sales in Australia and New Zealand after 160 years and winding down operations by 2021, the company confirmed in a statement Monday.

The big picture: GM also intends to "sell its Rayong factory in Thailand to China's Great Wall Motors and withdraw the Chevrolet brand from Thailand by the end of this year," AP reports. "The downsizing is part of a long-running strategy at GM since the Detroit-based company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009," per Bloomberg.

In photos: Deadly Storm Dennis lashes U.K., Ireland and western France

A family is rescued from a property in Nantgarw, Wales, on Sunday. The storm comes a week after the U.K. was battered by storm Ciara, which killed two people, per the BBC. Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Storm Dennis continued to pummel parts of England, Wales and Ireland over Sunday night with heavy rain after battering Northern Ireland and Scotland, per the official British weather agency the Met Office.

Why it matters: It's the second-strongest nontropical storm ever recorded in the North Atlantic Ocean, with its hurricane-force winds and heavy rains that caused widespread flooding across the U.K., the Washington Post notes. Police in Wales confirmed Sunday they found the body of a man who fell into a river as the storm lashed Ystradgynlais.

Sanders accuses Bloomberg of trying to "buy" the 2020 election

Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg. Photos: Drew Angerer; Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders tore into 2020 rival Michael Bloomberg at a Las Vegas campaign event Saturday, saying the billionaire and former New York mayor is trying to "buy the presidency" by paying millions of dollars in advertising.

Why it matters: Bloomberg has surged in national polling recently, having poured millions of dollars into campaign ads largely targeting Trump. His candidacy has become an obvious foil for Sanders, whose grassroots campaign railing against billionaires and the establishment has vaulted him to front-runner status.

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