Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) visited the Heritage Foundation on Thursday to talk about an issue that only a few Americans even know about:Â â€œdeep fakeâ€�Â media.
In this newÂ high-tech age that we live in, Rubio explained, people can use special effects with such accuracy that they can manufactureÂ recordingsÂ ofÂ â€œyou saying or doing something that you never did or said.â€� These areÂ deceptionsÂ that can easily ruin a personâ€™s reputation, and people will certainly believe them.
â€œIâ€™m grateful that we have this forum here [at Heritage] to begin to talk about this,â€� Rubio said.Â We need to address the issue now, he argued, because the technology canÂ sow instability and chaos in the nation.
The Trump-Putin summit was disappointing but not disastrous, Heritage expert James Carafano saidÂ in the Detroit News.Â While heÂ may have missed some opportunities to strongly push back against Russiaâ€™s violations of international treaties and human rights in Crimea, Georgia, and Ukraine, the president also gave Putin no policy concessions. Unlike his predecessors, he has not yet â€œgiven the Russians something for nothing.â€�
In a Daily Signal podcast recorded Monday,Â Heritageâ€™s Peter Brookes warnedÂ members of the right or the left against rushing to judgment based on what Trump said or didnâ€™t say. This meeting and the subsequent press conferenceÂ were the start of a long process of talks and negotiations with Russia in the future.Â Listen to the podcast >>
In a commentary published in The Washington Times,Â Heritage expert Michaela Dodge noted that the Trump-Putin summitâ€™s success should be gauged based on whether President Trump adequately expressed the actions America would take to curb Russiaâ€™s nuclear aggression, or showed a strong enough front of unity between the U.S. and the European countries that Russia has been threatening.
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The Heritage Foundation had the honor of hosting Ambassador Nikki Haley, a woman who fights for her country on the world stage, to explain why the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The UNHRC consistently fails to thwart human rights violations, Haley said.Â It did nothing to stop member nations like Russia, China, or Venezuela from committing heinous crimes against their people. And America, she declared, isÂ not in the business of â€œreducing human dignity into another instrument of international politics.â€�
Heritage president Kay Coles JamesÂ praised Ambassador Haleyâ€™s strength and courageÂ in holding to her principles as ambassador, and in calling out the UNHRC on their corrupt double standards and hostility towards America and Israel. Her remarks were â€œa true profile in courage.â€�