Adam in the News


Legislators ask California for $23M for Earthquake Early Warning System (Pasadena Star-News)

Three state lawmakers introduced bills Monday that would direct $23 million in state funds toward an Earthquake Early Warning system being developed for the West Coast. The concurrent legislation in both the Assembly and the state Senate would fund California's portion of the $38 million ShakeAlert system that experts say could offer more than a minute warning before a temblor reaches a community. The system could slow trains, stop elevators at the nearest floor and give people a chance to ta… Continue Reading


California should help pay for earthquake early warnings, state lawmakers say (Los Angeles Times)

Hours after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake destroyed buildings and took lives in Taiwan, four state lawmakers said they want California to help fund an earthquake early warning system that has been stalled by a lack of money. "There's no valid reason not to make this relatively small investment in an early warning system that has the potential to save the lives of Californians," state Sen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said in a statement. "I urge my colleagues and the governor to join us in fulfillin… Continue Reading


Earthquake Warning System On White House Summit Agenda (West Hollywood Patch)

A White House summit on earthquake preparedness included an extensive discussion of a new early warning system that reached a milestone in its development Monday. The ShakeAlert system entered a prototype phase Monday, allowing selected early adopters to develop pilot implementations. The program is being developed by theU.S. Geological Survey along with state government and university partners. Eventually, the ShakeAlert system is intended to alert people in advance of major earthquakes thro… Continue Reading


Twitter Steps Up Efforts to Thwart Terrorists’ Tweets (New York Times)

For years, Twitter has positioned itself as a "global town square" that is open to discourse from all. And for years, extremist groups like the Islamic State have taken advantage of that stance, using Twitter as a place to spread their messages. Twitter on Friday made clear that it was now stepping up its fight to stem that tide. The social media company said it had suspended 125,000 Twitter accounts associated with extremism since the middle of 2015, the first time it has openly publicized t… Continue Reading


Schiff Condemns Azeri Aggression Against Armenians (Asbarez)

Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif. 28), in an exclusive interview with Asbarez Editor Ara Khachatourian for Horizon Live on Friday condemned Azerbaijani aggression against Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh and called out OSCE Minsk Group US Co-Chairman James Warlick's false parity in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In the interview, Schiff also discussed the increasing evidence proving Turkey's role in the proliferation of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. As for President… Continue Reading


Obama Is Pressed to Open Military Front Against ISIS in Libya (New York Times)

WASHINGTON - President Obama is being pressed by some of his top national security aides to approve the use of American military power inLibya to open up another front against the Islamic State. But Mr. Obama, wary of embarking on an intervention in another strife-torn country, has told his aides to redouble their efforts to help form a unity government in Libya at the same time the Pentagon refines its options, which include airstrikes, commando raids or advising vetted Libyan militias on th… Continue Reading


Quake early warning system gets $3.6 million, but it's still a long way from goal (Los Angeles Times)

With officials still struggling to find money to create an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast, a private foundation, Intel Corp. and an arm of Inc. said they will pitch in money or other support, officials said at a White House summit Tuesday. But there's still not enough funding to build out the $38-million system that could provide seconds or minutes of warning before the worst shaking from an earthquake arrives. Despite an infusion of $8 million from Congress and P… Continue Reading


Schiff Applauds Announcement of Support for Earthquake Early Warning System (MyBurbank)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who helped last year to secure $8.2 million in the FY 2016 funding bill specifically designated for a West Coast Earthquake Early Warning System and $5 million the previous year, released the following statement before the start of the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit which he will participate in: "The West Coast is due for another earthquake, and the question is not if, but when, the next big one will hit," said Schiff. "When it does, it will undoubtedly caus… Continue Reading


Schiff Calls for Strong Steps to Curb ISIS in Libya (Congressional Quarterly)

A leading Democratic congressman called Tuesday for more aggressive steps to counter the Islamic State's growing presence in Libya, including targeting the group's leadership, to prevent the militants from establishing an even greater foothold in the oil-rich North African nation. Rep. Adam B. Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said the Islamic State's inroads in Libya are the most troubling aspect of the group's rapid expansion outside its heartland in Syria and … Continue Reading


Captive Orcas, Dolphins Gain New Federal Protections (Discovery)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a proposed federal rule to improve standards for the handling, care and housing of captive marine mammals. The long-discussed protections, in the works for nearly two decades, would amend Animal Welfare Act regulations concerning captive marine mammals, with a focus on orcas (also called killer whales) and dolphins. As for any major changes, there is now a 60-day period where the USDA will accept commentary, but the regulations are expe… Continue Reading


[RESPRESENTATIVE ADAM SCHIFF] Achieving Progress in the Most Partisan Congress in History (Los Feliz Ledger)

Despite a flurry of bipartisanship late last year that achieved some notable victories-a long-term surface transportation bill to rebuild our nation's crumbling infrastructure, an education bill, and a year-long funding bill-last year was one of Congress's least productive and most partisan in history. Even in such a hostile environment, it is possible to seek out bipartisan agreement on important issues. The key to doing so-in my experience-is to establish good working relationships with peo… Continue Reading


Newsletter: Essential Politics (Los Angeles Times)

GUN-CONTROL EFFORTS Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation Wednesday to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which prevents people from suing gun manufacturers, sellers and interest groups. Schiff told Sarah Wire that because the gun industry is shielded from liability and negligence charges, it has no incentive to make weapons safer or keep a close eye on who is buying them. He acknowledged it would take a "seismic sh… Continue Reading



Congressional Democrats introduced legislation Wednesday to allow gun violence victims to sue weapons manufacturers and dealers who sell products to criminals. U.S. Representative Adam Schiff and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy from Connecticut, along with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, hope to end special legal protections for the gun industry with the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act. The new measure would repeal the 2005 federal shield la… Continue Reading


Congress Must Take Sides in the War Against Terrorists (Bloomberg View)

After ignoring for months President Barack Obama's request that Congress pass a legal authorization for the war against Islamic State, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has suddenly decided to put a proposed measure on the chamber's fast track to a vote. Unfortunately, the proposal doesn't inspire confidence that legislators are finally taking their constitutional responsibility seriously. The measure basically hands the executive branch a blank check. It contains no limits on the use of… Continue Reading


Schiff, Sherman Urged Kerry to Oppose PACE Anti-Karabakh Resolution (Asbarez)

WASHINGTON - House Intelligence Committee Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senior Foreign Affairs Committee Member Brad Sherman (D-CA) added their voices to official U.S. opposition against a biased Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) resolution, backed by the Azerbaijani government, seeking to undermine the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh peace negotiations, reported the Armenian National Committee of America. PACE officials voted down the controversial measure earlier today,… Continue Reading


Rep. Schiff joins fellow Dems in casting doubt on IG letter on Clinton emails (Fox News)

The top Democrat on the House Select Committee on Intelligence suggested Sunday that congressional Republicans are manipulating the inspector general who recently reported about new "top secret" information found on Hillary Clinton's private email system. California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff argued that several Republican committee chairmen are investigating Clinton's use of the private system as secretary of state while "actively campaigning" against her. "I think the inspector general … Continue Reading


Pentagon to take over control of background investigation information (Washington Post)

The Defense Department will take over responsibility for storing sensitive information on millions of federal employees and others from the Office of Personnel Management and the government will create a new entity to oversee background investigations, Obama administration officials announced Friday. Those changes and others are the result of an internal review of how the government conducts those investigations and how it stores and uses the information gathered following the disclosure last… Continue Reading


Old Laws, New Enemy -- The AUMF Debate and The War on Terrorism (Huffington Post)

U.S. Congress is witnessing a legal matrix unfolding as it considers whether to create a new law to continue targeting the Islamic State group. The debate surrounding the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) is more than just language reorganization, as the consequences extend to implications on the ground, the future of war and the means to strike. Some may think: why does the U.S. Congress need this law? Well, it shows seriousness in a conflict, classifies the enemy, justifies sp… Continue Reading


Mayor Frutos joins Rep. Schiff at State of the Union address (Los Angeles Times)

Among the audience members at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday was Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, a guest of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). "Pleased to host @BurbankCA Mayor Frutos at tonight's #SOTU address," Schiff posted on Twitter, along with a photo of him and Frutos on a staircase in front of the 20-by-30-foot Howard Chandler Christy painting of the signing of the United States Constitution, shortly before the address began. "Thank you for your leadership i… Continue Reading


Obama’s Call for Force Authorization Against Islamic State Exposes Split (Wall Street Journal)

WASHINGTON-In a State of the Union speech that avoided a usual laundry list of requests to Congress, President Barack Obama was particularly direct about one: Asking lawmakers to formally authorize military action against Islamic State. "Take a vote," the president told lawmakers Tuesday, arguing that the action would be the best way for Congress to send a signal to the world that the U.S. is unified in the war against ISIS. But almost a year and a half after the U.S. initiated airstrikes … Continue Reading

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