Trump’s plan to bypass Congress on trade with Japan

Politico | April 02, 2019

The Japanese space agency recently landed a spacecraft on a miniscule asteroid traveling nearly 14,000 miles per hour relative to Earth. Many observers have concluded that it will take a similar feat to land the U.S.-Japan trade agreement negotiations expected to kick off in the next several weeks. Congress and the private sector have been pushing for a traditional, comprehensive agreement covering all trade topics. Skeptics note that such a comprehensive agreement would involve tough issues like currency manipulation that could make for a drawn-out and difficult landing, and any such deal would need congressional approval to take effect. But what if the Trump administration has in mind a staged approach that would avoid the need for congressional approval in the first stage? There are growing signs that the administration might be considering this approach as a way to address its most pressing political need assuaging President Donald Trump’s agricultural base, which has been buffeted by retaliation for Trump’s metals and China tariffs and by lost opportunities due to his withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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Malicious cyber threat actors (CTAs) have historically used high-profile events, such as the Olympic Games, to disseminate malware and conduct scams, fraud, and cyber-espionage. As employees are likely to view Olympics related content at work, these activities will have direct implications for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government networks. Furthermore, there is a distinct cyber threat against SLTT government devices brought to Pyeongchang by employees, as it is almost certain that cybercriminals and foreign intelligence agencies will monitor and intercept communications at the Games.

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Malicious cyber threat actors (CTAs) have historically used high-profile events, such as the Olympic Games, to disseminate malware and conduct scams, fraud, and cyber-espionage. As employees are likely to view Olympics related content at work, these activities will have direct implications for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government networks. Furthermore, there is a distinct cyber threat against SLTT government devices brought to Pyeongchang by employees, as it is almost certain that cybercriminals and foreign intelligence agencies will monitor and intercept communications at the Games.

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