At a House Judiciary hearing, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal grilled FBI Director Christopher Wray on the potential for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to collect data from American citizens without their knowledge. Jayapal also warned of a “difficult” reauthorization process for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which is set to expire in March 2021 and allows the government to carry out certain surveillance activities without a warrant. The Washington State representative cautioned that a lack of trust in the FBI would make the reauthorization process of FISA “difficult and contentious.” Jayapal asked Wray to provide clarity and evidence that the FBI would not abuse its power before the FISA reauthorization.
The Guatemalan Constitutional Court has suspended the activities of the country’s largest opposition party, the National Unity of Hope (UNE), due to suspected irregularities in the way it collected voter signatures for its presidential candidate in the upcoming run-off election. The suspension of UNE throws into doubt the validity of the election, which is scheduled […]
Ohio voters will have the chance to decide whether to make it more difficult to amend the state’s constitution when they go to the polls this November. Currently, any proposal can be put on the ballot if it is backed by signatures from at least 10 percent of the state’s voters. The proposed measure would […]
On March 19, 2021, a volcano erupted in the Geldingadalir valley near Reykjavik, Iceland, following weeks of seismic activity. The eruption began around 10:45 a.m. local time and produced an ash plume that reached 11 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles) altitude. About 2,000 people living in the area were evacuated as precautionary measures. […]