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Small Florida county that backed Trump one of two targeted by Russians: reports

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A small county in Florida's panhandle that voted overwhelmingly to support President Trump in the 2016 presidential election is one of two that were penetrated by Russian hackers in that election, according to reports.

Russia's spy agency, known as the GRU, got into Washington County's voter registration database, two officials told The Washington Post. Trump won the 25,000-person county in 2016, garnering 77.4 percent of the vote, according to Politico.

County Elections Supervisor Carol F. Rudd, declined the Post's request for comment on the reported breach but told the newspaper that federal, state and local authorities need to be able to communicate with confidentiality.

“If each agency gets suspicious of the other’s ability to follow the rules of confidentiality, then those tenuous lines of communication quickly break down,” she said in an email. “That would set our security capabilities back years and severely compromise our ability to protect our elections. THAT would be a big win for the Russians going into 2020."

Ken Detzner, who was Florida's secretary of state during the election, told the Post that he was “prohibited by law from commenting.”

“The citizens deserve and have a right to know important things with regard to their election security," he added. "Over time, it’ll come out.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Tuesday that Russian hackers got into voter data in two of the state's counties during that election after being briefed by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. He declined to say which counties were breached, saying he "signed a disclosure agreement.”

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election, wrote in his report that the GRU gained "access to the network of at least one Florida county government."
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An Egyptian-Born Comic Joked About Race. Someone in the Crowd Called the Police.

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>The comedian Ahmed Ahmed poked fun at negative stereotypes of Middle Eastern people. An audience member lodged an anonymous complaint.

>The comedian Ahmed Ahmed was performing in Naples, Fla., last weekend when he poked fun at negative stereotypes about Middle Eastern people.

>“Clap if you’re from the Middle East,” Mr. Ahmed said. “All right. We got a handful of us in here, nice. But, hey, it only takes one of us …”

>He waited a beat, as the audience roared, “… to tell the joke,” he finished.

>One man in the crowd apparently took Mr. Ahmed’s set more seriously, calling the local sheriff’s department the next day to lodge an anonymous complaint that the comedian had seemed to support terrorism.

>Deputies arrived at the club that day and talked to Mr. Ahmed, quickly realizing that the complaint was without merit.


Funnier than any of his jokes.

China’s New Carrier Shows Beijing Is Done Playing Defense

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>imagine the Ramp....
commercial satellite photos published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington show what is almost certainly the early stages of construction of China’s third aircraft carrier.
This new vessel will be a major leap in capability compared to the two ships the Chinese navy has sailed so far—and it represents the evolution of Chinese carrier aviation from an adapted Soviet model to a Western-style fleet, one that speaks to China’s ambition to be the leading strategic power in Asia.
Like many facets of China’s modernization, its carrier program is a process of copying, adaptation, and innovation. The copying part came first. China bought the Varyag, a half-finished Soviet-era vessel from the Ukraine—little more than rusting hulk, really—and built a respectable midsize ship, the Liaoning, which is now evolving from a training vessel to one with some operational capabilities. China got the blueprints for the ship from the Ukraine, too, but it didn’t just finish the ship as the old Soviet Navy intended—it adapted and innovated.
Soviet carriers of the late 1980s were not built for the same purpose as U.S. carriers, gigantic floating airfields that allow power to be pushed far overseas. They were constructed with an entirely different operational concept in mind: protecting the near seas against foreign aircraft and surface ships. Soviet ships were smaller and armed with a battery of huge long-range anti-ship missiles under the flight deck. They were cruisers with a couple dozen fighter aircraft on board rather than true U.S.-style super carriers.
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Teen waitress killed when she accidentally rode bike into the path of lorry could have been wearing headphones.
>mfw sjw feminists still think that its safe for women to be allowed to leave the house without male supervision even though women repeatedly demonstrate that they lack the necessary physical coordination, spacial awareness and basic adult judgement to so much as ride a bicycle without accidentally dying.
Olivia Wojciechowska, 18, was crushed to death under the wheels of the lorry after having a 'momentary lapse of judgement'
Olivia Wojciechowska, 18, tragically rode into the path of the truck as it turned into the road she was crossing after she failed to activate a pelican crossing light.
She was struck by the cab of the lorry and dragged underneath the wheels during the horror on September 1 last year as she cycled home from work.

The waitress was rushed to hospital but she sadly didn't make it and died the following day.

Police found a broken set of headphones at the scene in Salford, Greater Manchester but it was not known whether they belonged to Olivia or if she was wearing them.

The driver of the truck, Krzysztof Charewicz, was cleared of any blame after investigators said the 5mph impact was unavoidable.
The 18-year-old had been cycling home from her job as a waitress
Tragic Olivia died in hospital the next day
An inquest in Bolton today heard how Olivia had just left work at Smiths Restaurant in Eccles when she approached the busy junction from the pavement.

Mr Charewicz, who at the time was working for Delivery Service Company 'DX', said: "I heard something and stopped, I didn't know what it was.

"I thought I had clipped the kerb or the barrier. I wondered if another vehicle had attempted to undertake me and I had caught it. I wish I could turn back the clock that day."
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Florida holds meeting in Israel

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Pelosi says border situation 'is a crisis' and blames Trump

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“We have never not said that there was a crisis. There is a humanitarian crisis at the border, and some of it provoked by the actions taken by the administration,” the speaker said when asked if there is an actual crisis at the border.

“But, yes, it is a crisis. We’ve always said that it gets to be more of a humanitarian crisis the more that Republicans — the administration, I won’t paint all the Republicans with this — the more the administration acts in the shameful way,” Pelosi said.
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Florida Teachers Now Allowed Guns In Classrooms

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Florida’s legislature on Wednesday passed a bill allowing teachers to carry guns in the classroom, expanding a program launched after the deadly high school shooting in Parkland with the aim of preventing another such massacre.

Florida’s House of Representatives voted 65 to 47 to pass the bill after hours of debate over two days in which the Republican majority thwarted Democratic efforts to amend, stall or kill the measure. Florida’s Senate approved it 22 to 17 last week.

Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill into law, enabling school districts wishing to take part in the voluntary Guardian program to arm those teachers who pass a 144-hour training course.

On Feb. 14, 2018, a former student armed with a semiautomatic rifle opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and wounding 17 others.

President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association have argued an armed teacher could provide the best defense against a shooter bent on mass murder.

Opponents questioned whether the solution to gun violence should be the presence of even more guns and warned of the danger of a teacher misfiring during a crisis or police mistaking an armed teacher for the assailant.

Passage marks a victory for gun-rights advocates, who were on the defensive a year ago when Parkland students inspired nationwide protests in favor of gun control.

After the Parkland shooting, Florida lawmakers rushed through legislation that required schools to place at least one armed staff member or law-enforcement officer at each campus.

The law also imposed a three-day waiting period for gun purchases and raised the age limit for buying rifles from 18 to 21 - remarkable measures in a gun-friendly state.

Although last year’s law allowed some school personnel to carry weapons, guns were still banned from the classroom.
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Trump admiin plans to request Ukrainian prosecutors to investigate Joe Biden and his sons

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"we cannot make this the new norm, where if you cannot win an election on your own, it's fine to seek help from a foreign power." -Adam Schiff

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday that President Donald Trump and his allies are only pushing alleged conflict of interest questions involving former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and Ukraine because Trump thinks Biden "is his most formidable opponent."

The alleged Biden conflict of interest questions that Giuliani and the president have referenced involves the then-vice president's 2016 call for Ukraine to crack down on corruption, including removing a Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, seen as ineffective. Shokin had investigated energy company Burisma Holdings, where Biden's son was a board member.

"I don't know the circumstances in which [Hunter Biden] took the job, but I can say this vis-a-vis Joe Biden: We're providing generous support to Ukraine; we're providing defensive weapons to Ukraine; we want Ukraine to be successful in its conflict against Russia," Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "But part of that is having a government that the people of Ukraine are willing to fight for and protect. And they've had a corruption problem. That's what Joe Biden was trying to address. So going after his son is just a method of going after someone the president believes is his most formidable opponent."

The Biden-Ukraine nexus came into focus within the past 10 days as Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, began discussing it. On Thursday, Giuliani told The New York Times he planned to visit Ukraine soon to push the incoming administration there to move forward with investigations involving Biden's son as well as inquiries related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
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Killed at Waco: 76.
Killed in Heaven’s Gate suicides: 39.
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