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The Department of Justice has seized over $3.6 billion worth of digital currency, according to the Wall Street Journal. The currency was allegedly stolen in a 2016 cryptocurrency exchange hack, in which nearly 120,000 bitcoins were stolen from the Bitfinex platform. The hack initiated 2,000 unauthorized transactions, including the use of computer programs to quickly automate bitcoin movements and deposits to disguise their origin. The Justice Department has arrested two people charged with conspiracy to launder money and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Although stolen funds were found in financial accounts linked to the individuals, they were not charged with carrying out the hack.
The White House has approved a plan for US troops in Poland to help evacuate Americans from Ukraine if Russia invades, writing the Wall Street Journal. US troops will begin setting up checkpoints, tent camps and other temporary facilities along the Ukrainian border to prepare to help Americans fleeing the country. US officials report that troops are not allowed to cross the Ukrainian border and are not allowed to evacuate Americans or conduct air missions from inside the country.
The ‘freedom convoy’ of truckers protesting coronavirus restrictions in Ottawa, Canada disrupted two border crossings between the United States and Canada, reports the Washington Post. The Royal Canadian Mountain Police say protesters closed lanes at the Coutts and Ambassador Bridge crossings. The Coutts Passage connects Alberta, Canada to Montana, and the Ambassador Bridge connects Windsor, Ontario to Detroit. Ottawa remains in a state of emergency.
The Ottawa protests have inspired similar demonstrations by far-right anti-vaccine groups in New Zealand and Australia, writing the New York Times. In Wellington, New Zealand, hundreds of protesters who adopted the name “Convoy of Freedom” flooded the streets of the capital and camped outside the parliament building, according to BBC News. In Australia, the “convoy to Canberra” of cars, trucks and caravans caused similar disruption to that in Ottawa. Far-right activists in the United States plan a copycat convoy of truck drivers from California to Washington DC
New York and Massachusetts ease coronavirus restrictions, reports Reuters. New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday that the state will stop requiring individuals to wear a mask or prove they have been vaccinated when entering most indoor public places. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced that students, teachers and staff are no longer required to wear masks in schools. The easing of restrictions in both states comes after a sharp decline in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to fund the government until mid-March, according to the Wall Street Journal. The legislation would be a temporary fix to give negotiators time to reach a deal on budget spending for 2022. The House passed Bill 272-162, and the Senate is expected to quickly consider the legislation to avoid a shutdown. part of the government.
Senator Mitch McConnell has denounced the Republican National Committee (RNC) censorship of Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, reports the New York Times. McConnell also dismissed the RNC’s characterization of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol as “legitimate political speech”. McConnell told reporters that the events of January 6 were part of a “violent insurrection with the aim of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power”. Regarding RNC censorship, McConnell said it was “not the RNC’s job” to single out members of the Republican Party with differing views. He said: “Traditionally, the view of national party committees is that we support all members of our party, regardless of their positions on certain issues.”
British scientists have announced that they have created a clean process to generate and maintain nuclear fusion, writing CNN. Nuclear fusion is the fusion of two or more atoms together to create a large amount of thermal energy, which creates nuclear energy. The actual process of creating nuclear energy is fission. Nuclear fission splits atoms instead of fusing them together and creates waste that remains radioactive for tens of thousands of years. Fusion is safer than fission, produces little waste, and requires minimal amounts of abundant fuel from natural sources. Scientists used a giant doughnut-shaped machine called a tokamak to generate a record 59 megajoules of sustained fusion energy for more than five seconds. The creation of this process presents a greener alternative to nuclear power generation as the world moves away from the use of fossil fuels.
ICYMI: Yesterday, Right
Jen Patja Howell share an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Susan Thornton and Jordan Schneider and discussed the America COMPETES Act, the prospects of reconciling it for the Senate bill, and whether it’s a real start or a simple facade.
William Loomis and Logan Wolff Explain how the security of developer tools and open source infrastructure should be a priority for federal cybersecurity decision makers.
Adam Chan discussed how the decision in Torres v. Texas Department of Public Safety will not only determine whether protections are available to hundreds of thousands of veterans against employment discrimination, but could also have broader ramifications for the War Powers Doctrine and/or the Sovereign Immunity Doctrine States.
Stewart Baker share an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he discussed topics ranging from the Open App Store Act to the recent Spotify-Joe Rogan controversy.
Alvaro Maranon job a criminal complaint filed by the Department of Justice against two individuals for an alleged conspiracy to launder billions of dollars in cryptocurrency.
Natalie Orpett job a job advertisement for the Associate Editor position here at Right.
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