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'The president's words matter': Former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf

Chad Wolf said Trump deserves some of the blame for the words he used before his supporters stormed the Capitol, but took no stand on removing him from office.
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Biden's Covid team to give its first briefing
Melinda Gates on COVID-19 response and conspiracy theories
To date, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has invested $1.75 billion in the fight against COVID-19.
Russian Activist Detained for Making Snowmen With Anti-Putin Signs, Alexei Navalny References
The snowmen held up signs that said "Down With the Tsar" and referenced Navalny, a long-time Putin critic and Russian opposition leader currently in jail.
Are vaccine providers selling your health data? There’s not much stopping them.
The city of Philadelphia had to end its relationship with a vaccine clinic provider after it changed its privacy policy to say data might be sold. | Gabriella Audi/AFP via Getty Images How a vaccine clinic scandal in Philadelphia shows the need for better health privacy laws. When the city of Philadelphia announced its “unique public/private partnership” to create a mass vaccination clinic with an upstart nonprofit called Philly Fighting COVID in early January, it seemed like an objectively good thing. The clinic could vaccinate thousands of people per day, and Philly Fighting COVID’s website allowed not-yet-eligible Philadelphians to pre-register for vaccines by supplying their name, birthday, address, and occupation — which the city encouraged residents to do because it hadn’t made a pre-registration site of its own. It’s not looking so good now. Philadelphia ended the partnership after it was reported that the company changed its nonprofit status to for profit, and its privacy policy to say that it could sell the pre-registration data its site collected (Philly Fighting COVID maintains that it had no intentions to sell data and didn’t even realize that language was in its privacy policy). Now, the city is scrambling to reassure residents that their data won’t be sold and to reschedule their vaccine appointments with other providers. Philadelphia’s district attorney and Pennsylvania’s attorney general are threatening to launch investigations. A clinic nurse has accused Philly Fighting COVID’s CEO of taking unused vaccines from the clinic. The Philly Fighting COVID debacle is a cautionary tale about the importance of properly vetting health vendors. It’s also a cautionary tale about the importance (and lack) of privacy protections for sensitive health data during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Across the country, we are seeing governments and their private contractors collecting lots of our Covid-related data, often with insufficient privacy safeguards,” Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney Adam Schwartz told Recode. “This is bad for public health efforts, which depend on public trust. More must be done to secure our private information.” Privacy advocates have long sounded the alarm over how the pandemic response may erode civil liberties, including health privacy. Over the last year, many government agencies have touted public-private partnerships to facilitate contact tracing, testing, data collection, and now, vaccine distribution. Private companies have stepped up to do what public health authorities didn’t have the resources to do themselves. But these efforts have had mixed results, and come with privacy issues that threaten to undermine public trust — and public health. Verily, the life sciences company owned by Alphabet, created an online platform in March for people to sign up for tests and receive their results. But users needed a Google account to use the portal, and they had to supply personal information (Google is also owned by Alphabet). California’s San Francisco and Alameda counties ended the program in October over accessibility and data privacy concerns, noting that some people didn’t want to give their information to Google, even though the company said their data wouldn’t be shared without their consent. In April, North Dakota became the first state to use digital contact tracing with its Care19 app. A month later, a privacy software company discovered that the app sent data to Foursquare via an SDK (Foursquare told the Washington Post that it discarded any data received from the app). Adoption of digital contact tracing has remained slow in America, partially because of privacy concerns. And in Florida, some counties resorted to using Eventbrite to schedule vaccine appointments after their own registration sites failed or weren’t ready in time. That’s arguably better than not having a vaccine registration system at all — some counties forced people to wait in first-come, first-serve lines for hours — but Eventbrite doesn’t appear to have any special protections for data for vaccine registrants (the company did not answer questions from Recode regarding its handling of vaccine registration data). Again, there’s no evidence that these companies sold or misused health data in these cases. The issue is that there isn’t much to stop them from doing so. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which dates back to 1996, doesn’t cover a lot of data that many of us consider being health-related, nor does it cover many of the health-related services we now use. And in some cases where data would be protected, the government has granted special exceptions to HIPAA compliance requirements. Meanwhile, we’re relying more than ever on private companies to assist with the pandemic because public health authorities were woefully underprepared, understaffed, and under-resourced to do it themselves. If people don’t trust that their health data will be protected, they may be more reluctant to seek out treatment — that includes getting a vaccine that many are already wary of, and which requires widespread adoption to achieve herd immunity. Better health privacy laws might reassure the public that their health data will be kept safe. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much interest in passing those laws. Last year, Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress proposed pandemic-related health privacy bills. None of them went anywhere, and they joined an ever-growing stack of failed privacy laws. Maybe this year, with a new Congress and administration, lawmakers will try again. Maybe they’ll actually pass something. Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
McConnell says ‘basic arithmetic’ shows Dems can't kill filibuster. How that hampers these progressive desires
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said that "simple arithmetic" assures the legislative filibuster -- a 60-vote procedural hurdle for bills in the upper chamber -- remains safe for the time being.
Chicago's plan to reopen schools hits another barrier as union threatens strike
Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teacher's union said its members wouldn't comply and were prepared to picket over coronavirus safety concerns.
Facebook and Twitter bumming you out? Doomscrolling leads users to social media detox. Here's how you can, too
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Man who allegedly killed mom struck her eye, fired at stranger as he fled
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Russia agrees to extend nuclear treaty for five years after call with Biden
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Biden reopening Obamacare enrollment during pandemic
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More Houston police charged in wake of deadly raid
Prosecutors say a second Houston police officer has been charged with murder and is among additional officers who have been indicted as part of an investigation into a Houston Police Department narcotics unit following a deadly 2019 drug raid. (Jan. 27)
WATCH: Biden's Coronavirus Team Gives First Briefing
The Biden Administration is holding the first press briefing of its COVID-19 Response Team, which it says will be the first of many. Dr. Anthony Fauci is among those participating.
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The $1.3 billion lawsuit that could bring down Rudy Giuliani, explained
Trump lawyer and conspiracy theorist Rudy Giuliani speaks during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020, in Lansing. | Rey Del Rio/Getty Images Giuliani is accused of lying about a once-obscure voting machine company — and he’s not the only one in hot water. The 107-page legal complaint in US Dominion v. Giuliani, a defamation lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday, is really an extraordinary read. It lays out how Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor turned Trump consigliere, allegedly spread a “Big Lie” to an audience of millions, potentially endangering hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts sought by the voting machine company Dominion Voting Services in the process. Unsubstantiated smears against Dominion began to spread in the Trumpiest corners of social media while votes were still being counted in the 2020 election. Before long, accusations that Dominion was involved in a scheme to hand the election to Joe Bidenwere picked up by right-wing media, by Trump-aligned lawyers such as Giuliani and Sidney Powell, and even by Donald Trump himself. None of it was true — and now Dominion is launching its own legal counterattack. The heart of what Dominion’s lawyers call the“Big Lie,” as detailed by the suit, is a baroque conspiracy theory involving Dominion, a dead Venezuelan dictator, a Hungarian-born billionaire, a prominent member of the British nobility, and the Republican governors of Georgia and Arizona — among several other players — to rig the 2020 election. Along the way, the suit claims, Giuliani and other Trump allies relied on a former head of security for an alleged South American drug kingpin, a crank who claims that the Muslim Brotherhood colluded with a prepubescent George Soros to form a Nazi “deep state” in 1930s Germany, and the CEO of MyPillow to build their case against Dominion. The full contours of this anti-Dominion conspiracy theory are so complex and frequently shifting that they are difficult to summarize concisely. Yet, as Giuliani told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs last November, the crux of it is that Dominion’s parent company was formed by close allies of the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez “in order to fix elections” — and that Dominion voting machines somehow flipped enough votes in the 2020 election to hand an election that Trump won to Biden. In reality, Dominion was founded in Canada, and it originally sought to build voting machines that would make it easier for blind people to vote. The company took its name from a Canadian law, the Dominion Elections Act of 1920, which expanded women’s right to vote and provided for greater federal oversight of Canadian elections. And there’s no evidence that the election was rigged — the claim has been debunked by figures such as former Trump administration cybersecurity director Christopher Krebs and former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr. Yet if you want a sign of just how baseless these conspiracy theories are, even many of the most unabashedly Trumpy outlets backed away from their attacks on Dominion after the company’s lawyers started targeting major promoters of the anti-Dominion smear. The right-wing website the American Thinker published a humiliating statement admitting that several of its pieces attacking Dominion “rely on discredited sources who have peddled debunked theories.” One America News, a pro-Trump cable station known for tacking to the right of Fox News, quietly deleted several stories about Dominion from its website. The Giuliani lawsuit, meanwhile, seeks $1.3 billion in damages from Trump’s lawyer. The company filed a similar suit against Sidney Powell, another lawyer who worked on Trump’s post-election push to overturn the election’s results (although Powell’s work eventually became so embarrassing to the Trump campaign that it publicly disavowed her). Defamation lawsuits are typically very difficult to win. And few clients win the kind of eye-popping damages that Dominion seeks from some of its most prominent antagonists. But there is strong evidence that many of Dominion’s antagonists knew they were spreading lies, and the amount of money at stake if Dominion’s reputation is destroyed by those lies is simply enormous. People like Giuliani, in other words, could potentially be in for a world of financial pain. Defamation law in the United States, briefly explained The First Amendment places fairly strict limits on defamation lawsuits, and for very good reason. In 1960, civil rights activists allied with Martin Luther King Jr. purchased a full-page advertisement in the New York Times, alleging that Alabama police used brutal tactics to suppress student-led protests. Unfortunately, the ad contained some factual errors. Among other things, it misidentified the song that protesters sang at a particular demonstration, and it accused police of arresting King seven times, when he’d actually only been arrested four times. An Alabama police official sued for defamation in state court, and he won a $500,000 verdict against the New York Times for publishing the pro-civil rights ad. Had that verdict stood, it would have had a tremendous chilling effort on journalism of all kinds, because a newspaper that printed even minor factual mistakes potentially could have been hit with a debilitating lawsuit. But the verdict did not stand. In New York Times v. Sullivan (1964), the Supreme Court held that, at least when someone speaks about a public figure regarding a matter of public concern, they cannot be liable for making false statements unless such a statement was made “with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.” As the New York Times case recognized, defamation law can be a powerful weapon in the arsenal of authoritarianism — whether that authoritarianism comes from Jim Crow police officials, or from former President Trump, who called for stronger libel laws so that he could sue newspapers that criticized him. But there’s also a trade-off implicit in New York Times. The Court’s decision makes it much harder for figures like Trump to intimidate critics with threats of litigation, but it also means that many victims of damaging lies may be unable to prevail in court, because they can’t prove that those lies were made with “reckless disregard” for whether they are true. It’s worth noting that some defamation plaintiffs face fewer obstacles than others. New York Times’s strict protections against malicious defamation suits apply only when the plaintiff is a public figure. When someone without a significant public profile claims defamation, they can sometimes prevail by simply showing that the person who defamed them acted negligently. Dominion Voting Systems wasn’t exactly a famous company before it unwittingly became the subject of a grand conspiracy theory, so its lawyers might argue that New York Times’s heightened protections should not apply to this suit. That said, in at least some of its legal filings, Dominion appears to be proceeding as if it will have to overcome New York Times’s high bar to defamation suits. In the Giuliani case, for example, it argues that the Trump lawyer made false claims “with actual malice, knowing or recklessly disregarding that they are false.” Dominion appears to have an unusually strong defamation case, even under the New York Times standard Dominion’s complaint in the Giuliani case opens with a particularly damning fact. While Giuliani touted the conspiracy theory against Dominion in many venues, “he was unwilling to make false election fraud claims about Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law.” Indeed, in one particularly high-profile lawsuit, Giuliani told a court specifically that the Trump campaign “doesn’t plead fraud” against anyone involved in the 2020 election in Pennsylvania — a sign, as many observers noted at the time, that the campaign’s attacks on the election results weren’t on the level. It’s likely that Giuliani explicitly disclaimed any allegations of fraud because he knew that doing so would trigger legal obligations he could not meet. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a party alleging fraud “must state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud.” Thus, if Giuliani wished to raise a legal claim that Dominion was engaged in election fraud, he would have needed to offer a fair amount of detail about how, exactly, that fraud occurred. Yet while Giuliani’s behavior in court suggests that he knew he didn’t have sufficient evidence to prove his case against Dominion (or to prove any other allegation of election fraud), he and many other Trump loyalists behaved quite brazenly when speaking to the press, on their own podcasts, or when speaking at Trump rallies. The Giuliani complaint lists more than 50 examples of Giuliani making implausible claims about Dominion, such as a false statement that “the company counting the votes for the nice people in Michigan are owned by friends of one of the greatest enemies of the United States.” Many of the key elements of the Dominion conspiracy theory are implausible on their face, such as Powell’s claim at a November press conference that Dominion Voting Systems was “created in Venezuela at the direction of Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost an election.” Other elements of the conspiracy theory — such as Powell’s claim that Mark Malloch-Brown, a British baron with close ties to billionaire George Soros, was one of the “leaders of the Dominion project” — confuse Dominion with one of its competitors. Malloch-Brown was the chair of a company called Smartmatic, which competes with Dominion to provide voting machines to various jurisdictions. Yet many proponents of the Dominion conspiracy theory falsely claim that Smartmatic owns Dominion, and that Smartmatic was, in Giuliani’s words, created “in order to fix elections” by “three Venezuelans who were very close to ... the dictator Chávez of Venezuela.” Smartmatic, which was started by Venezuelan entrepreneurs based in Florida, did provide voting machines in Venezuela’s 2004 election. Independent audits by the Carter Center, an organization formed by former President Jimmy Carter that frequently monitors foreign elections,and the Organization of American States, however, determined that the machines used in that election were “very accurate.” A slightly different variant on the Dominion conspiracy theory rests on a highly redacted statement by an unidentified person claiming to be a former member of the “national security guard detail of the President of Venezuela,” which Powell submitted in a Michigan lawsuit. The author of that statement claims that he “was a direct witness to the creation and operation of an electronic voting system in a conspiracy between a company known as Smartmatic and the leaders of conspiracy with the Venezuelan government,” and that Smartmatic’s election software is “in the DNA of every vote tabulating company’s software and system,” including Dominion. Though the redacted statement does not identify its author, an Associated Press report says that the statement’s author matches “the description of a former Chavez bodyguard,” Capt. Leamsy Salazar. Salazar defected to the United States after he reportedly worked as a bodyguard for a senior Venezuelan official accused of smuggling cocaine. If anything, Salazar (or whoever authored the redacted statement) is a relatively credible witness when compared to some of the other players that people like Giuliani and Powell rely on to support the Dominion conspiracy theory. According to Dominion’s lawyers, for example, Giuliani once cited an analysis by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, which allegedly showed that voting “machines were rigged to create a result.” Giuliani also allegedly relied on analysis by Russell Ramsland, a former Republican congressional candidate who warned of a “deep state” that, as Vice’s John Savage summarized Ramsland’s theory, was “formed when the Muslim Brotherhood, Prescott Bush (the banker and father of former President George H.W. Bush), leftists, and George Soros came together in Nazi Germany in the 1930s.” All of which is a long way of saying that Dominion appears to have a strong chance of proving that it was the victim of a lie that was told “with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.” A simply absurd sum is at stake in the Dominion defamation suits As a general rule, someone who commits defamation is liable for any actual financial damages caused by the defamatory statement. Suppose, for example, that my uncle plans to give me a $10,000 gift. Now suppose that my brother knowingly tells a lie about me to my uncle that so enrages him that he cancels the gift. In this situation, my brother’s lie would have cost me $10,000, so I would be able to collect that amount of money from him in a defamation suit. The smears against Dominion, meanwhile, plausibly may cost that company an astonishing amount of money. According to Dominion’s complaint, the company’s contracts with state and local governments “range from tens of thousands of dollars to over a hundred million dollars.” Georgia’s contract with Dominion, for example, is worth $106 million. Due to false statements from people like Trump, Giuliani, and Powell, the idea that Dominion voting machines are unreliable or worse was widespread in conservative media. GOP officials may attempt to cancel existing contracts with the company, and they are even more likely to deny contracts to Dominion in the future. Meanwhile, state and local election officials who know the attacks on Dominion to be false may also be reluctant to contract with Dominion, for fear of triggering a backlash from voters who believe the false claims against the company. It is too soon to know exactly how much business Dominion will lose because of the conspiracy theories targeting it, so there’s no way to say right now how much money Dominion should be able to collect from the people who popularized that conspiracy theory. But when all the damage is done, the total amount could be simply enormous. In the Giuliani suit, Dominion seeks $651,735,000 in compensatory damages, plus an additional $651,735,000 in punitive damages. (Punitive damages are sometimes awarded when a defendant is found to have engaged in willful misconduct, in order to deter that defendant from acting the same way in the future.) The Dominion lawsuits, in other words, could wind up being one of the primary vehicles for accountability against Trump collaborators who have thus far evaded consequences for aiding and abetting Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. At least some of those collaborators could wind up having to turn over huge sums to Dominion.
‘Locked Down’ is hard to watch. It’s a reminder of how wrong we were at the start of the pandemic.
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