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 2, 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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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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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 26, 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

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…

June 23, 2017
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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

(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…

June 21, 2017
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Bill Cosby’s attorney says he is worried about entertainer’s health

(CNN)Bill Cosby’s defense lawyer says he is concerned about the entertainer’s health following what he described as an “unfair” aggravated indecent assault trial that ended in a mistrial Saturday. After more than six days of deliberation in Norristown, Pennsylvania, jurors were unable to come to a unanimous decision beyond a reasonable doubt. McMonagle said asking Cosby to surrender had been difficult. “(It was) hard on him. When he got there,…

June 18, 2017
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Executions in Pakistan: Is ISIS targeting China?

(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…

June 15, 2017
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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

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…

June 15, 2017
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No one knows what the GOP health plan is, even Republicans

(CNN)Senate Republican leaders say they still hope to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare before lawmakers leave town for the July 4th recess. Since House Republicans passed a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare last month after much hand-wringing and drama, a “working group” of Senate Republicans have been meeting to share their preferences for a health care bill. It is now up to the Senate Budget Committee —…

June 14, 2017
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