Category: Politics

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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GOP bill applauding ICE approved in House, as Dems lament ‘stunt’

La Cámara de Representantes aprobó una resolución el miércoles expresando su apoyo al Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE), ya que un creciente número de liberales en el Partido Demócrata ha llamado a abolir la agencia que aplica las leyes federales de inmigración. La resolución no vinculante, patrocinada por el representante del Partido Republicano de Louisiana, Clay Higgins, pasó de 244 a 35 con 133 votos presentes, y los republicanos pueden “militarizar” el voto en contra de los demócratas. La medida exalta a ICE por contrarrestar el tráfico de narcóticos y aplaude sus esfuerzos en el rescate...

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Mueller Poised to Zero In on Trump-Russia Collusion Allegations

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to accelerate his probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators have an eye toward producing conclusions — and possible indictments — related to collusion by fall, said the person, who asked not to be identified. He’ll be able to turn his full attention to the issue as he resolves other questions, including deciding soon whether to find that Trump sought to obstruct justice. Mueller’s office declined...

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Sarah Sanders to receive Secret Service protection

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection as soon as Wednesday, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN, but they did not specify how long it will last. The Secret Service declined to comment, telling CNN: “For operational security purposes the Secret Service does not comment on its protective operations.” The news comes days after Sanders was asked to leave a small Lexington, Virginia, restaurant because of her role with the Trump administration, a move that has since sparked a national conversation on civility and public service in the age of Trump. NBC News...

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Mitt Romney will be the face of Trump enablers or enemies. Or both

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is well on his way to becoming either the face of President Trump’s Republican collaborators or the face of his GOP critics. And maybe he’ll be both. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and presidential nominee with an earned reputation for political flexibility, was poised Tuesday night to easily win his Senate primary in Utah. The ruby red state has sent only Republicans to the Senate for the last four decades. Barring the unforeseen, he’ll be a senator in January. Romney’s stature as the GOP’s 2012 nominee and his return to national leadership would intensify scrutiny...

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Trump calls Maxine Waters “the face of the Democrats”

President Trump sought Tuesday to keep a spotlight on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a veteran lawmaker whose call for aggressive protests of administration officials prompted rebukes from members of both parties. In a morning tweet, Trump said that Waters is now “the face of the Democrats” and that she and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) make a “fine leadership team.” “They should always stay together and lead the Democrats, who want Open Borders and Unlimited Crime, well into the future….and pick Crooked Hillary for Pres,” Trump said, referencing the Democrat he defeated in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton....

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Trump’s Immigration Rhetoric Roils Political Outlook for GOP

(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump’s family separation policy is continuing to create havoc for his administration, and ramped-up rhetoric from the president won’t help. The White House has struggled to display a unified response to a self-imposed crisis that appears likely to dominate the national agenda for a third straight week. Sunday offered a fresh signal that immigration would continue to overshadow other issues as Republicans gear up for a tough midterm election in November. Trump ratcheted up his demands on immigration, saying that people who “invade” the U.S. illegally should be deported immediately without trial or other normal judicial...

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