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Feds Have Logged Over 160 Attempts to Hack the Midterms Since August

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Hackers have ramped up their efforts to meddle with the country’s election infrastructure in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s midterms, sparking a raft of investigations into election interference, internal intelligence documents show.

The hackers have targeted voter registration databases, election officials, and networks across the country, from counties in the Southwest to a city government in the Midwest, according to Department of Homeland Security election threat reports reviewed by the Globe. The agency says publicly all the recent attempts have been prevented or mitigated, but internal documents show hackers have had “limited success.”

The recent incidents, ranging from injections of malicious computer code to a massive number of bogus requests for voter registration forms, have not been publicly disclosed until now.

Federal agencies have logged more than 160 reports of suspected meddling in US elections since Aug. 1, documents show. The pace of suspicious activity has picked up in recent weeks — up to 10 incidents each day — and officials are on high alert.

“It’s like a burglar walking up to your house in middle of night, jiggling the door to see if it’s unlocked,” said Jim Condos, president of the National Association of Secretaries of State and Vermont’s top election official. “That’s what it looks like — they’re trying to figure out your weakness.”
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US Supreme Won’t Hear Net Neutrality Challenge DOA

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“The F.C.C.’s reversal reflected the Trump administration’s deregulatory philosophy. The commission’s chairman, Ajit Pai, said the change would benefit consumers because broadband providers could offer them a greater variety of services. His two fellow Republican commissioners also supported the change, giving them a 3-to-2 majority.”

This must warm the hearts of /pol/ users...
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Netanyahu backs Saudis over Khashoggi killing

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today spoke publicly about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi for the first time and backed the Saudi government, which is trying to fend off international pressure over the crisis.

Why it matters: Israel had been working mainly behind the scenes and refrained from speaking publicly on the Khashoggi affair. Netanyahu's statements show Israel still has the back of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman — its secret ally over the last few years.

During a press conference in Bulgaria, Netanyahu said: “What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with. Yet the same time, I say it is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and for the world, that Saudi Arabia remain stable".

Netanyahu stressed that the larger problem in the region is not Saudi Arabia but Iran. He said: "We have to make sure that Iran does not continue the malign activities that it has been doing over the last few weeks in Europe. We have helped uncover two terrorist attacks — one in Paris, and the other one in Copenhagen — organized by the Iranian secret service. Blocking Iran is uttermost on our agenda for security, not merely for Israel but I believe for Europe and the world as well."
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Frank Ocean giving away free merchandise to fans who voted

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This is a fucking great idea. Businesses should promote voting to their customers. Show us your 'I voted' sticker, get a free burger.

Migrant arrested for the rape of 2 women and several animals

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MAGAbomber's mom: 'This is not how I raised him'

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The mother of the man suspected of mailing more than a dozen suspicious packages to prominent politicians, media figures and celebrities said she did not raise her children to incite fear, describing her accused son as having been mentally ill "for a long time."

Madeline Sayoc, the mother of 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, told ABC News in an exclusive letter sent by her attorney that she awoke from surgery last week to learn that he had been accused of mailing at least 14 suspicious packages addressed to liberal politicians and others who support liberal policies, such as Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Robert De Niro.

"While I have not lived with my son for 35 years or even heard from him in over four years, I cannot express how deeply hurt, sad, shocked and confused I am to hear that my son may have caused so many people to be put in fear for their safety," Madeline Sayoc wrote. "This is not how I raised him or my children."
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Stolen Colon

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Oct 19, 2018

$4,000 inflatable colon used for education stolen in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KS - Someone has snatched a giant, inflatable colon used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center said Friday in a news release that it was stolen from a pickup bed in Brookside.

Surgical oncologist John Ashcraft says colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.

It is 10 feet long, weighs 150 pounds and is valued at $4,000.

It is owned by the Cancer Coalition, which hosts walking and running events under a campaign called “Get Your Rear In Gear.”

The Cancer Coalition ships the inflatable colon across the country to help see in a unique way the progression of colon cancer.

One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
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GA Sec of State launches reprisal investigation into Dems for uncovering broken election system

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The Secretary of State was earlier accused of a voter roll purge close to midterm elections. Now Republicans were caught cheating when a critical vulnerability in GA's election systems was discovered:

"the vulnerability came to light when a Georgia voter noticed the state's My Voter page didn't seek verification of his identity while he was seeking his own voter registration information. That meant that anyone could access voters' personal data through the vulnerability and alter it."

When the vulnerability was brought to light, Secretary of State Brian Kemp's responded by launching a cybercrime investigation into the GA Democratic party.

>Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Sunday that he opened an investigation into the state Democratic party, accusing it without evidence of attempting to hack the state's voter registration system.

>The allegation came two days before Kemp, a Republican, squares off against Democrat Stacey Abrams for governor in a race that's a dead heat according to polls.

>The charge also marks the second time Kemp has lodged major allegations of hacking without evidence. In 2016, Kemp accused the Obama administration's Department of Homeland Security of trying to hack the state's voter registration, charges the DHS inspector general concluded were untrue.

>Sunday's announcement arrived shortly after attorneys suing Kemp on behalf of Georgia voters notified his office of a voter registration system vulnerability that they say could render millions unable to vote, said one of the lawyers, David Cross. Rather than address the problem, Cross said, Kemp made bogus allegations that quickly generated headlines about Democrats and "hacking."
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Shop Owner Asks Robbers to Come Back Later if They Want More Money, They Listen, Get Arrested

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A group of six delinquents have been dubbed “the dumbest robbers in Belgium” after falling for a trick so simple that Dumb and Dumber could see through it.

The unbelievably stupid robbery attempt took place on Saturday, when a group of six armed men walked into an e-cigarette shop on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Charleroi. They asked the owner to empty the register and give them the money. It was the middle of the afternoon, so the quick-thinking salesman told them that he had barely sold anything, and that if they really wanted to to make some money, they should come back at closing time. He even tried to sweeten the deal by telling the robbers that they could probably walk away with 2,000 to 3,000 euros if they followed his advice. But what respectable criminals would fall for that stupid trick, right? Well, these guys did.

“I told them clearly that 3 p.m. is not the best time to hold up a store,” the shop owner, identified only as Didier, told Belgian TV channel RTL.”You’ll take 1,000 bucks, but if you come back tonight you might be able to take more.”

“There was some pushing and shoving,” Didier told the BBC. “I didn’t give them a thing, but said if they came back later I would have 2 or 3,000 euros.”

After talking it over among themselves, the six men left the shop, and the owner immediately called the police. He told them what had happened, including the part about telling the robbers to return at closing time, but the police didn’t think the men would be stupid enough to fall for that trick. They were right, kind of, as the six men returned an hour earlier than planned.
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Trump Ponders Exec. Order to Repeal Birthright Citizenship, Forgetting It's In The Constitution

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President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution.

The action, which Trump previewed in a television clip broadcast Tuesday, would be the most aggressive by a president elected to office pledging to take a hard line on immigration, an issue he has revived in advance of next week’s midterm elections.

“We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits,” Trump said during an interview with Axios scheduled to air as part of a new HBO series starting this weekend. “It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. And it has to end.”

Whether the move is legal, Trump seemed to welcome the controversy his comments ignited. The White House has been intent on stoking a debate over immigration as a way to motivate Trump’s base to turn out for midterm elections in which Republicans risk losing the House.
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