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Biden admin reverses Trump’s efforts to ban TikTok, WeChat

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President Biden released an executive order Wednesday to undo former President Trump’s attempt to ban Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok. In the order, Biden suggests that there needs to be more evidence before the ban can be enforced.

While the president didn’t deny that foreign adversaries design, develop, manufacture, or control applications to threaten the U.S. But, “the Federal Government should evaluate these threats through rigorous, evidence-based analysis,” he wrote in the order. So he set forth more criteria that threatening apps should meet before they’re banned.

Now, it will be up to the Commerce Department to analyze foreign adversaries’ applications and make recommendations to protect Americans’ personal data.

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’

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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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