Month: July 2018

Microsoft discloses first known hacking attempts in midterm elections

Microsoft disclosed Thursday that it identified and helped thwart hacking attempts on three congressional candidates earlier this year, marking the first publicly known hacking efforts targeting candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. “Earlier this year, we did discover that a fake Microsoft domain had been established as the landing page for phishing attacks,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president for security and trust, said at the Aspen Security Forum. “And we saw metadata that suggested those phishing attacks were being directed at three candidates who are all standing for election in the midterm elections,” he added. Burt said that Microsoft...

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Charlie Palmer Steak, Men’s Warehouse – When PACs Pick Up Lawmaker Tabs

Want to know how to live like a Washington insider? You could do worse than peruse the latest report on improper spending in Congress. One takeaway: From dining to hotels to shopping, D.C. politicians do not opt for adventure, at least when someone else is paying the tab. That’s according to a report released Thursday by the watchdog groups Issue One and The Campaign Legal Center. The report analyzed more than 200,000 Federal Election Commission records to determine how Congress Members and candidates use money raised through leadership political action committees. The little-known campaign funds are meant to help members raise money for their colleagues, an activity that...

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Nielsen: ‘Foolish’ to think Russia isn’t still meddling in U.S. elections

The video of adult film star Stormy Daniels’ arrest at an Ohio strip club has been released. Daniels was performing at Sirens in Columbus on July 11 when she was taken into custody for being charged with three misdemeanor counts of illegal touching of a patron, which in this case were allegedly three undercover vice cops conducting a sting operation. Video of the arrest shows Daniels being placed in handcuffs and stepping into the back of a police van. “Watch your head,” an officer says in the video. “Have a seat there on the left.” Once at the police station, Daniels is taken...

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Republicans Block Anti-Putin Resolutions Before Senate Approves One Rebuke

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress on Thursday blocked a series of measures put forward by lawmakers — largely Democratic — desperate to isolate Republican leaders and publicly rebuke President Trump over his summit meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia this week. In the Senate, Republicans objected to two nonbinding measures that would have put the body on record as being in support of intelligence agency conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, called on Mr. Trump to fully impose sanctions against Russia and pressed for oversight of the summit meeting, including the production of any notes taken by...

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Senators coalesce around a Russia sanctions bill but hurdles remai

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are forging ahead with plans to push back on the fallout from President Donald Trump’s comments at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as lawmakers once again Wednesday are feeling the whiplash of the President’s inconsistent comments on Russia. “There’s a lot of discussion post the Helsinki press conference that we are all engaged in, so we are figuring it out,” said Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who demanded a more forceful response from Trump. “I wanted him to say that despite what the intelligence community in Russia or what Putin might be saying...

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