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Donald Trump is right that America's elections are rigged. He's just wrong about the details. — Donald Trump is right. American elections are rigged. But he's wrong about the rigging, the riggers, and the victims. Trump says that the media, the Republican Party, and unnamed groups are conspiring to somehow predetermine the results of the presidential vote on Nov. 8.

Game Change: Even More Juicy Stuff — Why Sen. Kennedy was offended about his conversation with Bill Clinton (page 218): "Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago this guy would have been getting us coffee." Clinton senior strategist Mark Penn boasted to his staff how many times he managed to say "cocaine" on that famous Hardball segment (page 163).

@MarcAmbinder's Live Debate Coverage (with tweet) · marcambinder

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.
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Oct 21, 2016

RT @pwnallthethings: Until/unless IoT vendors are required to have secure logins and fully automatic updates, these DDoS attacks are going…

Oct 21, 2016

RT @jordanr1000: Why DNS providers like Dyn so hard to secure: they're like hospitals, must admit any data that shows up

Oct 21, 2016

Given how the IoT was used for today's DDoS attack, this should get more traction and visibility. #DDoS 

Oct 21, 2016

@LAFDtalk I was but negative eight years old in 1970. :-).

Oct 21, 2016

One reason is very deft social media and public outreach. It works here in LA for our first responders. @LAFD @LACo_FD

Oct 21, 2016

The bond between @LAFD and @LACo_FD and SoCal residents is pretty strong. The worst wildfire season in memory. Public service at its finest.

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