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Kelly Loses White House Clout as Trump Blazes Own Path

Chief of staff out of loop for several key recent decisions President and top aide at times now on different wavelengths Donald Trump’s side for crucial decisions on staffing and policy moves, according to several senior aides. Kelly wasn’t with the president last week when Trump abruptly decided to oust H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and replace him with John Bolton. Just two people were in the room for that decision: Trump and Bolton. And Kelly is rarely on the line any more when Trump calls foreign leaders. Last…

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Scaramucci Says He Fears John Kelly Will Thwart SkyBridge Sale

Former Read more: Hicks’s exit widens Trump staff tumult Scaramucci’s fury with Trump’s chief of staff has been well-known since his dismissal on Kelly’s first day managing the White House. Scaramucci lost the job less than two weeks after he had been hired, largely over a tirade against then-chief strategist Steve Bannon. Now Scaramucci is at it again, but this time the target is Kelly — making him one of Kelly’s most high-profile critics at a time when some other Trump loyalists are questioning whether the president is being ill-served…

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5 Key Takeaways From the Democratic Rebuttal Memo

Three weeks ago, House Republicans publicly released a much-hyped memo written by representative Devin Nunes of California. It alleged, through a series of allusions, tangential facts, and seeming misdirections, that law enforcement officials had abused their power in obtaining a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Now, in a 10-page memo of their own, House Democrats are attempting to set the record straight. The Democratic memo, though redacted in part, fills out the partial picture Nunes had painted. And while it's worth reading in full—especially for any…

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Mueller Deflates Trump’s Claim That Russia Meddling Was Hoax

Donald Trump has insisted for more than a year that Russians didn’t try to get him elected. Special Counsel Robert Mueller put an end to those claims on Friday, declaring definitively that they did. A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and a so-called “troll farm” in St. Petersburg on Friday for a broad campaign to sway the 2016 election in Trump’s favor. The indictment alleges that the operation was funded to the tune of $1.25 million a month by companies controlled by a Russian businessman close to the…

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Worldwide Threats Briefing: 5 Takeaways, From Russia to China

On Tuesday, the heads of the NSA, CIA, FBI, and ODNI—America's intelligence community brain trust—gathered before members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to discuss various worldwide threats. And while most of the topics were familiar, the hearing also included a few revelatory moments, insights into fears that were either detailed or confirmed. The following doesn't comprise every single morsel shared by NSA chief Mike Rogers, CIA head Mike Pompeo, FBI director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Tuesday. But it does take a closer…

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SpaceXs New Beast of a Rocket Is Go for Launch

It’s to be expected that Elon Musk and his colleagues will want to toast the first launch of viewing party featuring a champagne toast and a commemorative glass. The as soon as Feb. 6. Musk’s message on Twitter over the weekend specifying a launch date anticipated a public turnout in Cape Canaveral, Florida: “Easy viewing from the public causeway,” he wrote. The spectacle has even tempted a Falcon Heavy equivalent to roughly 18 747 airplanes. It's twice as large from a capacity perspective as its closest competitor, United Launch Alliance’s Delta IV Heavy. My raw video…

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Trump Says Bannon Lost His Mind After Leaving White House

President Donald Trump denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday in a dramatic break from the man considered an architect of Trump’s populist campaign. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said in a statement issued after the publication of excerpts of a new book in which Bannon criticizes the president and his family. “Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look.” Bannon has lost the access to…

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Trump Says Investors Should Sue ABC for Market-Moving Report

President Donald Trump called on investors to sue ABC News after a false report about him caused the stock market to briefly plunge Friday. ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross told viewers Friday morning that former national security adviser Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that Trump, then still a candidate, had told him to contact Russian officials. The implication that the president himself was connected to his campaign’s dealings with Russia sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 350 points before it recovered. “People who lost money…

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UK surveillance law still fuzzy on decryption rules for comms providers

A little moredetail has emerged about howa key componentof theyesterdayby the digital rights organization Open Rights Group. Technical capability notices refer tothe statutory instrumentby which the U.K. government will be able to place obligations on ISPs and communications services providers to ensure government surveillancecapabilitiesset out in the legislation are able tofunction. The draft documentsets out requirements for communications services providers to maintain a capability to be in a position to hand over de-encrypted data in near real time when served a warrant by a government agency, and to have the…

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CLEAR raises $15 million to expand biometric security

CLEAR, the biometric security firm popular in U.S. airports and stadiums, has raised $15 million from T. Rowe Price to expand their footprint. The company, led by CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker, is already partially owned by Delta Airlines. We are obsessed with our customers, and cant wait to bring them more ways to use CLEAR. We lead the industry in secure biometric-powered customer experiences and the opportunities to expand into new verticals are endless, said Seidman-Becker. CLEAR is just scratching the surface of its growth potential, and were proud to have…

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The Shadow Brokers are back with exploits for Windows and global banking systems

Its been several months since their last major exploit, but the hacking group dubbed Shadow Brokers is back. The group, which last year dumped malware it had allegedly stolen from The Equation Group, a hacking team associated with the NSA, posted new files over the weekend and followed up today with a dump of Windows exploits. The latest files contain tools apparently designed to access Windows machines, as well asslideshows documenting the targeting of banking systems. Is being too bad nobody deciding to be paying theshadowbrokers for just to shutup…

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