Qualcomm vs. Broadcom

The most significant executive order in quite some time was issued yesterday. From reading it (and what little I have heard about it in the media so far), this is an action I can fully support, as rare as that is with this POTUS!

The threat to national security is enormous if the takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom was to occur. Having non-U.S. companies own near monopoly technologies that are essential to contemporary communication networks is not an acceptable reality.

It is very good that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States issued its warning on March 4 so the threat would be taken seriously by this White House.

Official Title and Link:

Presidential Order Regarding the Proposed Takeover of Qualcomm Incorporated by Broadcom Limited

Executive Order issued March 12, 2018


Future Posting Plan

I’ve decided to change my regular posting pattern, at least for a while.

Beginning today, I will only post comments on (and links to) what I consider significant items. That will probably mean reporting on only some executive orders and perhaps some signing statements.

Routine items such as monthly proclamations will not meet the threshold of being “significant”.

For example, in the last week (since I last posted on February 21), nothing of significance has been signed. Routine recurring proclamations (such as March being Women’s History Month, in the case of the past week) can be seen by going to the White House Presidential Actions Archive.

Guantanamo Again

Yesterday the one action posted – an executive order – is a continuation of authorization of continuous detention of some individuals deemed a threat to national security. The order also voids the order of 2009 when then president Obama ordered the closing of the Guantanamo base in Cuba.

Official Title and Link: Presidential Executive Order on Protecting America Through Lawful Detention of Terrorists

Executive Order dated January 30, 2018

Actions of January 9

Three actions were signed on January 9, 2018. Two appear to be routine memoranda, the other an important executive order.

The memorandum to the Secretary of State is simply delegation of authority, but the significant part is the topic:  handling religious freedom abroad.

The executive order is, in my opinion, an important and much needed initiative, given the perpetual nature of the wars we remain involved in worldwide. It provides for automatic enrollment in V.A. programs for veterans as they begin the transition from uniformed service to civilian life. I only hope this program will be well designed and fully funded. With this congress, the funding may be less than is necessary for successful implementation and operation. NPR ran a story on January 10 that is a good summary of the program, including some of the caveats.

I find the memorandum to the Director of National Intelligence so confusing that I don’t know if I really understand the point of it. As best I can decipher, it orders development of better procedures for sharing information by national intelligence agencies with local, state, etc. authorities.

Official Titles and Links:

Memoranda and Executive Order dated January 9, 2018

Rural Broadband

Over the next few years it will be interesting to watch the development of broadband access in rural areas. Today’s actions are intended to increase access and pave the way for more rapid broadband development. Unfortunately, my view is these actions are going to be thwarted, at least somewhat, by the FCC doing away with net neutrality rules earlier.

Maybe the growing support in Congress for legislation to restore net neutrality will mitigate the challenges ahead.

Official Titles and Links:

Executive Order and Memorandum dated January 8, 2018

Election Commission Terminated

I find it interesting that the first official presidential action of the year is a kind of admission of failure – not exactly the most common sort of behavior from this POTUS.

Other than the standard rhetoric that goes with any executive order, the following quote is the whole order.

Executive Order 13799 of May 11, 2017 (Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity), is hereby revoked, and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is accordingly terminated.

I say is good riddance!

Now we will need to be aware of the more clandestine ways this administration and the Republican party will continue to pursue voter suppression. As I noted in my post on the original order, that is the real reason behind the commission in the first place.

Official Title and Link: Executive Order on the Termination of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Executive Order dated January 3, 2018

Two Actions Before Break

Yesterday POTUS 45 signed two routine actions – one executive order and one proclamation – before he left for Florida for several days over the holidays. Nothing much to say on either one.

Official Titles and Links:

Executive Order and Proclamation dated December 22, 2017