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How the NSA got hacked — On Monday, a group of hackers dubbing themselves the Shadow Brokers took to the web with an audacious offer: For 1 million bitcoin, they would hand over an archive of potent computer cracks they hinted had come from inside the National Security Agency. To prove that their bounty was real, they shared several examples.

Why Clinton's Losing the Nuclear Biscuit Was Really, Really Bad — A former military officer with knowledge of NCA procedures helps fill in some of the details. Let's say that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detects an inbound air warning; the NMCC immediately calls the Sit Room or the military aide, which plugs in the President, who then provides an alpha-numeric code to verify his identity.

Trump wouldn't be first to weigh nukes: Marc Ambinder — More than one president considered strategic use of the nuclear threat during the Cold War. Donald Trump has been excoriated over a report that he asked a foreign policy adviser why the U.S. couldn't actually ever use nuclear weapons. "If we have them, why can't we use them?"

Where does Hillary Clinton go from here? — Hillary Clinton will fly out of Philadelphia with a clear template for campaigning against Donald Trump. But because fear persuades more powerfully than hope, and because Trump is a natural template disrupter, Clinton must prepare to be strategically and tactically nimble in the fall.

Donald Trump is right. Bernie Sanders sold out. But here's what he got. — When Donald Trump tweeted after Bernie Sanders' speech that Sanders "totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton. All of that work, energy and money, and nothing to show for it! Waste of time!" he was exactly half right. Maybe you'll quibble with the verb, but Sanders did capitulate to Hillary Clinton.

Making sense of Trump, Putin, and the DNC email hack — I don't believe in conspiracies until I find proof to support them. I find guilt-by-association arguments illogical and unfair, overused by politicians and pundits alike. But the theory that Russia facilitated the leaking of tens of thousands of emails, some of them damning, from the Democratic National Committee, cannot be dismissed as trifling.

The political genius of Donald Trump's big speech — Donald Trump's unstinting focus on law and order, his repeated flouting of liberal social pieties, and his promise to restore luster and a pulse to America's economy, landed on many deaf ears Thursday night. Of that I have no doubt.

Falwell Suggests Gays to Blame for Attacks — Trapped in San Francisco, away from her partner and children in the nation's capital, Elizabeth Birch, a prominent spokeswoman for gay and lesbian causes, said she awoke this morning to more discomforting news. It was Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., calling to tell Birch about a Washington Post...

An unconventional disaster for Donald Trump — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised us an unprecedented convention. Boy, has he delivered. For three nights, speakers successfully prosecuted Hillary Clinton. For three nights, they failed to make the case that Trump is a credible commander in chief.

Trump’s opening night could have been worse — Donald Trump's nominating convention is not the train wreck his opponents seemed to be cheering for, at least so far. But the opening parade of notables each bore a grievance against the current regime in power and did little to promote Trump as an acceptable commander in chief.
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Aug 19, 2016

I showed the NSA malware to a top government cyber leak plugger. Here's what I learned. 

Aug 18, 2016

RT @scullymike: COPS: Nothing Ryan Lochte says makes sense. PRESS: About the robbery? COPS: Robbery?

Aug 17, 2016

RT @costareports: I've known Bannon for years. He is Trump's alter ego. A colorful, edgy figure. Nationalist, deeply anti-estab. Media focused.

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