Trump Commission Demanding Voter Data Via Unsecured Email

July 4, 2017

The voter rolls include names, addresses, birthdays, partial Social Security numbers, and in some cases even drivers license numbers, among other information. But the the email system intended to traffic the information lacks minimal encryption protections, according to the report. Mississippis Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said commission members could go jump in the Gulf of Mexico. Californias participation would only serve to legitimize the false and already debunked…

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Buzz Aldrin Looked As Baffled As We Felt During Trump’s Space Talk

July 4, 2017

The astronaut was at Trumps side as the president announced a new executive order reestablishing the National Space Council 24 years after it was last active to direct space policy in his administration. Trump also referred to space providing the security that we need to protect the American people. And he sent Aldrins eyebrows shooting up when he added, inexplicably, At some point in the future, were going to look…

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DHS shifts focus of funding to counter violent extremism

July 3, 2017

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is cutting some organizations out of grant money to counter violent extremism — including nearly a dozen that the Obama administration considered worthy of receiving the funds. One such organization is Life After Hate, which the Obama administration told just before leaving office in January would receive $400,000 to expand its outreach and intervention services for former white supremacists and others in the “criminal underground.”

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China’s Xi says there’s no tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong

July 2, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China’s sovereignty and stability would be “absolutely impermissible,” employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory. In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its handover from Britain, Xi pledged Beijing’s support for the “one country, two systems” blueprint, under which Hong Kong…

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Your Health Care Information Is Insecure — And Extremely Lucrative On The Black Market

July 1, 2017

Not very. TrendMicro, an information security company, has reported that the health care sectoris now the preferred target for cybercriminals. The industry, with hospitals leading the way, has been the top target of data breaches, followed by government and retail.In 2015, a total of 113.2 million health care-related records were stolen, the most ever, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. An electronic health record database contains personal…

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US, China relations begin to cool as Trump’s honeymoon with Xi ends

June 30, 2017

(CNN)In a flurry of announcements likely to antagonize Beijing, US President Donald Trump’s administration has seemingly thrown its China policy into reverse, cooling relations between the two super powers. Trump and Xi had previously enjoyed an unusually cordial relationship since their first February meeting in Florida, with the US president describing Xi as a “terrific person” with whom he had a “very good relationship.” The arms sale came the same…

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British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’ – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Roger Harding, head of public attitudes at the National Centre for Social Research, which carries out the survey, said: “People’s tolerance for austerity is drying up, even if that means higher taxes. “This leftwards tilt on tax and spend is matched by a long-running conservatism on national security and law and order. In all, people want a more active state that’s firm but fairer.” Here are the key findings of…

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media

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Extra security for ‘Europe’s largest Eid party’ in Birmingham – BBC News

June 25, 2017

“Every year the event gets bigger… of course security will be a high priority, but we want people – also the wider communities – to enjoy the activities,” a spokesman for Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre said. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Security has been stepped up at Birmingham Central Mosque, the chairman said Mr Afzal said West Midlands Police and local authorities were doing “their best” to…

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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 22, 2017

Some 8,300 Venezuelans applied for U.S. asylum in the first three months of 2017, which, as the Associated Press points out, puts the country on track to nearly double its record 18,155 requests last year. Around one in every five U.S. applicants this fiscal year is Venezuelan, making Venezuela Americas leading source of asylum claimants for the first time, surpassing countries likeChina and Mexico. Traditionally we have seen a direct…

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 21, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian hackers — something Obama…

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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The deaths of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan suggest that as Beijing’s strategic and economic footprint grows so too will the threats posed to Chinese interests. While China has often asserted that it is opposed to the terrorism perpetrated by groups such as al Qaeda or ISIS, such a position has not prompted it to join international efforts to combat them in Afghanistan or the Middle East. Beijing vows justice…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Who were the three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan?

June 14, 2017

(CNN)The bodies of the three US soldiers killed in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan returned to American soil on Monday. They were shot during an attack on Saturday when an Afghan army commando opened fire, in what’s known as a “green-on-blue” incident, according to US officials. This is when members of the Afghan security forces turn their weapons on US and other NATO soldiers who are training them and…

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

(CNN)Tensions in northeast Asia are among their highest in decades, amid continued missile testing by Pyongyang and saber-rattling from Tokyo, Beijing and Washington. In discussions with FIFA President Gianni Infantino this week, the South Korean President suggested a “regional bloc” including both Koreas, China and Japan could join forces to host the 2030 football World Cup. If Moon were to achieve his vision, it would require a difficult balancing act….

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House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

June 11, 2017

(CNN)House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion — including audio recordings. The leaders of the Senate judiciary’s probe sent Richman the request Thursday and asked he provide it by Friday. A source familiar with the matter said Richman has been…

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Filippo Minelli uses smoke to spotlight political and social issues

June 9, 2017

(CNN)Our time is beset by a special kind of anxiety. The media and the Internet have become personal intravenous hookups to images of crisis — violence, disaster, political upheaval — fed to us instantly, wherever we are. For consumers of media, this condition can feel so total it can feel numbing and almost futile to discuss. Yet there’s a twist: the smoke bombs are harmless, and dazzlingly colored — and…

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Gulf rift: Qatar ‘not ready to surrender’

June 9, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)Qatar has said “it’s not ready to surrender” as the diplomatic stranglehold placed on the tiny oil-rich country by its neighbors intensifies. “The State of Qatar has never seen such hostility, not even from a hostile state,“ a Foreign Ministry statement said Thursday. Unraveling the Qatar crisis Social sympathizers could face jail US suspects Russian hackers World cup a bargaining chip Qatar keeps gas flowing Philippines stops sending…

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate intelligence committee hearing of former FBI Director James Comey was already going to be a blockbuster before it even started — with Comey stating in pre-written testimony Wednesday that President Donald Trump urged him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. READ: James Comey’s prepared testimony Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House probe, said he wants to know if Trump’s…

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General election: Sadiq Khan warns of ‘unsustainable’ police cuts – BBC News

June 6, 2017

Election campaign: Rolling live updates Reality Check: What has happened to police numbers? Met defends dropping inquiry into attacker The Tories said armed police numbers were increasing and officers had extra powers to deal with terrorists. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has said a debate is needed on future resources in the wake of the London Bridge and Westminster attacks although a former terrorism law watchdog said linking the cuts to…

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