Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones

Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones
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QANON CONDEMNATION: The House passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory, though 17 Republican lawmakers voted against the measure in the 371-18 vote. 


The GOP lawmakers voting "no" were Reps. Jodey ArringtonJodey Cook ArringtonRepublicans attack Biden agenda after disappointing jobs report To encourage innovation, Congress should pass two bills protecting important R&D tax provision House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers MORE (Texas), Brian Babin (Texas), Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopGOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Westerman tapped as top Republican on House Natural Resources Committee | McMorris Rodgers wins race for top GOP spot on Energy and Commerce | EPA joins conservative social network Parler MORE (Utah), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksDemocrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6 Republicans embrace Trump in effort to reclaim Senate Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates MORE (Ala.), Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTexas Republicans condemn state Democrats for response to official calling Scott an 'Oreo' Americans have decided to give professionals a chance Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (Texas), Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterHouse fails to pass drug bill amid Jan. 6 tensions Bottom line House Republican calls MLB 'absolutely pathetic' for moving All-Star Game MORE (Ga.), Warren DavidsonWarren Earl DavidsonCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Boehner finally calls it as he sees it The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Back to the future on immigration, Afghanistan, Iran MORE (Ohio), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanGOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' Georgia county says removal of All-Star Game will cost tourism 0M GOP senators push to end MLB antitrust status MORE (S.C.), Drew FergusonAnderson (Drew) Drew FergusonGOP frustration with Liz Cheney 'at a boiling point' Tornado leaves at least 1 dead in Newnan, Georgia GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (Ga.), Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it MORE (Texas), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarJuan Williams: The GOP's losing bet on Trump Romney: Capitol riot was 'an insurrection against the Constitution' Democrat moves to censure three Republicans for downplaying Jan. 6 MORE (Ariz.), Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingDemocrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Rep. Gosar denounces 'white racism' after controversial appearance MORE (Iowa), Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyLiz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP Female Republicans 'horrified' by male GOP lawmaker's description of Cheney: report GOP lawmakers raise concerns about child tax credit expansion MORE (Pa.), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanA renewed voice for conservatives New bodycam footage shows Jan. 6 attack on officer: 'I got one' GOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit' MORE (S.C.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryDCCC targets Republicans for touting stimulus bill they voted against Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program MORE (Pa.), Thomas Tiffany (Wis.) and Daniel WebsterDaniel Alan WebsterMellman: A Republican betrayal Bottom line Republican senators and courage MORE (Fla.).

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP Biden: 'Prince Philip gladly dedicated himself to the people of the UK' Battle rages over vaccine passports MORE (L-Mich.), who used to be a Republican, also voted against the resolution. 

Another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Andy HarrisAndrew (Andy) Peter HarrisGOP doctors in Congress release video urging people to get vaccinated Heated argument erupts after Rep. Mondaire Jones calls GOP objections to DC statehood 'racist trash' Conservative House members call on Senate to oppose ATF nominee MORE (Md.), voted present. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE has not condemned the QAnon conspiracy, which revolves around the baseless theory that he and his allies are working to expose a cabal of Democrats, media figures and celebrities who are running an international child trafficking ring.

As unhinged as the conspiracy is, it has gained steam in conservative circles and several Republicans running for the House this year have backed it, including Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who is expected to win her general election race this November. 

Greene has been praised effusively by Trump and backed by Republican leadership despite her supportive comments about QAnon and a history of racist and anti-Semitic comments.


The measure condemning QAnon was sponsored by Reps. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanInfluential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' MORE (R-Va.) and Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiWashington's split with Turkey widens — but it is up to Turkey to heal the rift Democrats warn Waters censure move opens floodgates Overnight Defense: Top Pentagon nominee advances after Harris casts tie-breaker | Air Force general charged with sexual assault first to face court-martial | House passes bill to limit Saudi arms sales MORE (D-N.J.). 

"QAnon and other conspiracy theories and movements that dehumanize people or political groups, incite violence or violent threats and destroy faith and trust in our democratic institutions must be identified, condemned and exposed through facts,” Riggleman told The Hill. 

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AMERICANS HAVE CONCERNS: The majority of U.S. residents, around 59 percent, are “extremely” or “somewhat” concerned about potential election interference by a foreign government this year, poll results released Friday found. 

A survey conducted by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that respondents were most concerned about foreign governments conducting influence campaigns to sway public opinion on candidates. 

Respondents also cited concerns around the potential for hack and leak operations against political campaigns, and that voting infrastructure could be targeted. 

The poll found that Democrats were more than twice as likely as Republicans to be concerned about foreign interference, and that less than half of Republicans believed that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, compared to 90 percent of Democrats. 

The survey was conducted over four days in September, with more than 1,000 U.S. adults in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., participating. 

The poll was conducted less than two months before Election Day, and as concerns over foreign interference have ramped up.

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SEEN BUT NOT HEARD: A top official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told lawmakers on Friday that he had heard about his office receiving a request to extract information from protesters' cellphones after demonstrations in Portland, Ore.

In a public hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, Joseph Maher, the DHS official carrying out the duties of the under secretary for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), told lawmakers he was aware of a request for protesters' cellphones to be combed for information, but he said it was never carried out. He also said he was unaware of who made the request.


Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesHouse panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps COVID-19 could complicate Pelosi's path to Speaker next year Democrats debate fate of Trump probes if Biden wins MORE (D-Conn.), who raised concerns about possible violations of civil liberties, pressed Maher about recent reports about protesters having their phones seized, while citing committee interviews with DHS officials as corroborating the claims.

"Did I&A receive a request to exploit those phones?" Himes asked.

“I have heard that," Maher replied.

Maher quickly added that the DHS inspector general is investigating the activities in Portland and that the internal watchdog has "specifically" asked him not to interview individuals within I&A about matters that are under investigation, which he indicated has limited his conversations on this issue.

Himes said that such a request for cellphone information would be "shocking."

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PINTEREST TACKLES HALLOWEEN: Social media platform Pinterest on Thursday announced that it would be limiting recommendations for Halloween costumes that could be considered culturally insensitive. 

The photo-sharing company issued a statement on its website announcing the move, adding that it would be prohibiting “advertisements with culturally inappropriate costumes, and make it possible for Pinners to report culturally-insensitive content right from Pins.” 

The platform also said that certain searches, including “Day of the Dead costumes,” will lead users to information developed by experts and Pinterest employee group PIndigenous “on how to celebrate thoughtfully and respectfully.”

“Costumes are consistently a top-searched term, but many people may not know that certain costumes are appropriations of other cultures,” Pinterest wrote in the statement. “As a platform for positivity, we want to make it easy to find culturally-appropriate Halloween ideas, and bring awareness to the fact that costumes should not be opportunities to turn a person’s identity into a stereotyped image.”

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