Half the US presidents were born in 4 states. These are the 21 states that have produced the most presidents.
- When President Donald Trump was took office, he became the fifth US president to hail from New York.
- The Empire State now has the third-most presidents to call its own.
- It's one of four states that have produced half of the 44 US presidents, along with Virginia, Ohio, and Massachusetts.
- Many presidents, including Barack Obama and George W.
- Bush, later moved to and identified with other states.
- For example, former President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, but he later moved to and was a senator from Illinois.
- Bush is primarily affiliated with Texas despite being born in Connecticut.
- Here are the 21 states that produced all the US presidents.
Microsoft takes down six phishing domains linked to Russian election hackers
- The domains were registered by Russia’s GRU intelligence agency, which is also alleged to have stolen and leaked emails from the Clinton campaign in 2016.
- The domains appear to be aimed at spoofing government targets, including addresses like “senate.group” and “adfs-senate.email.” Others mimic the domains of the International Republican Institute and the Hudson Institute, which are conservative think tanks that have been critical of President Trump.
- Presumably, the group was intending to use the superficial similarity of the domains to aid in a phishing attack, sending malware-laced emails to targets masquerading as colleagues.
- President Trump has consistently cast doubt on Russia’s involvement in the DNC hacks, despite an intelligence community assessment in December 2016 that attributed the attacks to agents of the Russian government.
- At the Helsinki summit in July, Trump declined to confront Russian president Vladimir Putin on the hacking campaign, simultaneously accepting and rejecting the idea that Russia was involved in the DNC hack.
Trump is trying to make John Brennan the face of his attacks on the Russia probe
- In John Brennan, the blunt former CIA director, Trump believes he has found an unsympathetic foil — one with whom he can spar publicly as he seeks to bolster his public-relations campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller and a team of federal investigators.
- In a decision he later spelled out on Twitter, the president began attacking Brennan not just as a critic but also as a face of the institutional government corruption he believes is driving the Mueller probe, according to two Republicans close to the White House who are familiar with Trump's thinking.
- White House officials are also preparing paperwork to revoke the security clearances of more than a half-dozen current and former national security professionals who have criticized the president or had a role in beginning the federal probe of potential collusion between Trump's campaign and agents of the Russian government.
Microsoft seized websites created by Russian hackers to target Republican think tanks
- The cyber political wars continue to rage, and have now taken a strange turn.
- Microsoft has released a detailed report that says a Russian military group that targeted U.S. elections in 2016 is back to its old tricks.
- As part of the announcement, Microsoft said it was expanding its suite of security tools that it hopes will help users identify such attacks and take steps to protect themselves.
- Microsoft counsel Brad Smith also called on other tech companies to step up their efforts against Russian attempts to interfere in elections.
- In the most recent cases, the New York Times said the groups targeted appeared to be GOP think tanks that had broken with President Trump by continuing to criticize Russian President Putin and calling for more sanctions.
- Reuters reported that Russian officials have denied the charges.
Trump just attacked the Fed again — an ugly economic lesson from the Nixon administration shows why his criticism is so worrying
- While the White House attempted to assuage concerns by reiterating the president's support for the Fed's independence, the comments raise the spectre of a huge policy mistake made in the 1970s.
- The Fed's independence is couched in the belief that for a central bank to achieve its aims — ensuring financial stability and long-term growth — it should be free from the pressure that might be exerted by politicians seeking to alter policy for their own ends, rather than putting the country's prosperity first.
- Other incidents, including President George H.W. Bush complaining about the policies of his Fed chair, Alan Greenspan, have also occurred, but Bush's comments were far more muted than Nixon's extended pressure.
- Defenders of Fed independence point to the Nixon example to support their argument that politicians should not attempt to tamper with monetary policy.
Madonna Aretha Franklin, Asia Argento, Simone Biles: Broadsheet Aug. 21
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- Madonna gives a baffling VMA tribute to Aretha Franklin, the cost of motherhood is sneaking up on women, and Tarana Burke responds to the allegations against Asia Argento.
- The NYT alleges, however, that as she was assuming her #MeToo mantle Argento was quietly paying $380,000 to actor Jimmy Bennett, who says Argento sexually assaulted him a few years ago when he was 17.
- In addition to detailing Bennett’s alleged trauma, the report threatens to undermine the #MeToo movement, since it accuses one of its leaders of the kind of abuse she was speaking out against, effectively pulling the moral high ground out from under her.
- As #MeToo supporters digest the implications of the allegations and the complexities therein, it’s worth considering the response of activist Tarana Burke, who founded the original #MeToo movement more than a decade ago.
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What Microsoft's Revelation about Russian Hacking Means for the Midterms
- Microsoft announced Monday that it had detected and thwarted the early stages of an attempted attack on the U.S. Senate and two conservative think tanks by Fancy Bear, the Russia-linked group that hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016.
- This latest attempt to gain access to political leaders ahead of the midterms is not the only one that has been detected.
- Microsoft received a court order to take control of six websites that were designed to resemble Congressional domains, such as “senate.group” and “adfs-senate.email.” The Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute were also targeted.
- The latest revelation comes amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia ahead of the midterm elections.
- Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of links between the Trump campaign and Russia continues, and a U.S. grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.
Trump targeted Mueller in his most direct attack yet, and experts say his comments could impact the Manafort trial
- A bombshell New York Times article on Saturday reported that McGahn was a witness in the special counsel's obstruction of justice probe, and has sat for a combined total 30 hours of testimony under oath with Muller's team, discussing key events he was privy to working for Trump.
- While Trump has tweeted dozens of times insinuating that the Mueller probe is a "rigged witch hunt" and there was "no collusion," his referring to the prosecutors as "thugs" who "ruin people's lives" and calling Mueller "disgraced" is a highly personal and unprecedented form of attack that could signal his increasing distress over some of the investigation's recent developments.
- Since the jury is not sequestered from consuming news media, experts warn these statements, combined with Trump telling reporters on Friday the Manafort trial was "very sad," could have an impact on how the jury perceives the credibility of the prosecutors in the case.
Melania Trump is taking a tour of Africa this fall, and the president won't be joining her
- Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international swing with a trip through several African countries in October.
- The first lady told The Associated Press in a written statement Monday that she's looking forward to learning about the issues that children living on the continent face, as well as appreciating Africa's history and culture.
- Melania plans to travel without President Donald Trump, who was roundly criticized earlier this year after his private comment about "shithole countries" in Africa was leaked to journalists.
- She added that she also looks forward to highlighting successful humanitarian work and development programs underway in the African countries.
- Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said the first lady chose Africa as the destination for her first big solo international trip after she learned about some of the development programs that are underway in many of its countries.
Venezuela's President Devalues Fiat Currency by 95%, Pegs it to Crypto 'Petro'
- Over the weekend, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro began broad economic changes that ultimately ties Venezuela’s currency to the contentious ‘oil-backed’ cryptocurrency Petro.
- As part of the fiscal changes, The Central Bank of Venezuela devalued the nation’s currency by 95% (about five zeroes) due to the ongoing hyperinflation of the Bolivar.
- The new value and currency is now renamed to the “sovereign bolivar,” which is pegged to the oil-backed Petro cryptocurrency that Maduro launched earlier this year as an ERC-20 token.
- Venezuela’s switch to a cryptocurrency-pegged currency marks the first time that a nation has done so.
- As CCN reported, Venezuelans were already liquidating their bolivars into Bitcoin earlier this year, in spite of a government ban.
- Though the conditions are not rosy for the history-making event for the cryptocurrency, President Maduro ultimately followed through with sweeping monetary changes, while the world watches the eventual outcome.