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The U.S. Desperately Needs Tech-Savvy Lawmakers But The Midterms Are Unlikely to Deliver

November 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Those in the know have long been concerned by U.S. lawmakers’ all-around ignorance when it comes to tech, but the issue soared mortifyingly into the public eye when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg testified to Congress in April. Hauled in front of the Senate to face mounting criticisms of his company—a prime...

Trump Blames Twitter For Slowing His Follower Growth. It’s Actually Steadily Climbing

October 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Donald Trump complained today that Twitter had removed his Twitter followers and had “stifled growth” of his followers on the platform. Twitter has removed many people from my account and, more importantly, they have seemingly done something that makes it much harder to join - they have stifled growth...

The First U.S. Official To Be Arrested For Leaking Is a Trump Supporter

October 25, 2018 Donald Trump has consistently claimed that a “deep state” of liberal civil servants are criminally leaking against him. However, the first official to be arrested for alleged leaks under his presidency appears to be a Trump supporter, the Wall Street Journal reports. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser at...

Trump Offered Gary Cohn Five Wildly Different Jobs In One Conversation

September 11, 2018 Gary Cohn, then president of Goldman Sachs, made a real impression on Donald Trump in a Trump Tower meeting on Nov. 30 2016. Dazzled, Trump offered Cohn five totally different jobs that day, according to legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House. Cohn is a...

Watergate Suggests You Shouldn't Believe Those Denying They're 'Anonymous'

September 7, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other top Trump administration officials have swiftly denied authoring a New York Times op-ed attributed to a senior White House official claiming to be part of a “quiet resistance” against President Trump’s worst instincts. History suggests you’d be naive to...

Microsoft Says Russia Tried to Hack Three 2018 U.S. Midterm Candidates

July 20, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Microsoft executive today swiftly contradicted Donald Trump’s claim that Russia is not trying to disrupt the 2018 midterms: The company has already worked with the U.S. government to foil Russian hacking attempts on three candidates. While refusing to disclose their names for privacy reasons, Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president...

The U.S. is Charging an NRA member With Being a Russian Secret Agent

July 17, 2018 The Department of Justice Monday charged Maria Butina, a Russian citizen, with illegally acting as a secret Russian agent on U.S. soil. She was allegedly trying to set up a communications backchannel between the Russian government and U.S. politicians. Butina’s planned communication backchannel “could be used to penetrate the U.S....

Russian Spies Used Bitcoin To Hack The U.S. 2016 Election, Says The Department Of Justice

July 13, 2018 Russian intelligence agents used bitcoin to pay for crucial elements of a campaign to sway the 2016 election, according to a federal indictmentreleased today. They allegedly laundered more than $95,000 in total through bitcoin. Twelve hackers working for the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence, hacked into the Democratic National Committee and...

A 2016 Congressional Candidate Asked For—and Received—Information Stolen by Russia

July 13, 2018 Russian intelligence officers helped out a 2016 candidate for US Congress, by giving that candidate stolen information about their Democratic opponent, according to a Department of Justice indictment released today. Twelve hackers working for the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence, stole documents from the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign...

Five Times James Comey Used His Personal Gmail For FBI Business

June 15, 2018 James Comey famously lambasted Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” use of her personal email account for government business as a security risk. A few months later, he used his own personal email for FBI business, a report by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz says (p.425). The report listed five times...