The statement, released in response to questions from The New York Times about the meeting, has become a focus of the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prosecutors working for Mr. Mueller in recent months have questioned numerous White House officials about how the release came together — and about how directly Mr. Trump oversaw the process.
Mr. Mueller’s team recently notified Mr. Trump’s lawyers that the Air Force One statement is one of about a dozen subjects that prosecutors want to discuss in a face-to-face interview of Mr. Trump that is still being negotiated.
Source: Mueller Zeros In on Story Put Together About Trump Tower Meeting – The New York Times
The FBI thrust its low-key director squarely into the public eye and potentially into the crosshairs of the president Wednesday when it issued a statement declaring the bureau had “grave concerns” with a not-yet-public GOP memo that questions the basis to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray had privately warned the White House against releasing the memo, but as it became clearer Wednesday that his entreaties were likely to be rejected, his agency issued a terse two-paragraph message laying bare its worries about the document.
Source: With FBI statement on memo, Christopher Wray could now be in the president’s crosshairs – The Washington Post
In a remarkably public clash with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has “grave concerns” about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald Trump wants released.
The FBI’s short and sharp statement, its first on the issue, laid bare a Trump administration conflict that had previously played out mostly behind closed doors in meetings between top Justice Department and White House officials.
Source: FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo
It is a breath-taking proposal from the King of the Deal’s White House! Even European governments that formerly owned their telecommunications networks have recognized that state ownership is a disincentive to efficiency and technological progress. The Australian government tried—and failed—to build a government-owned wholesale fiber network.
.. the Trump administration ignored cyber concerns in the selection of the new chairman. Immediately upon taking office, the chairman rescinded the Obama FCC’s requirement that any new 5G technology must have built-in cybersecurity standards in order to operate in the United States. It was a little noticed and highly significant repeal of a historic FCC action: the Obama FCC had for the first time in history required that cybersecurity be a priority rather than an afterthought in planning for a new network. The industry opposed the idea, and the Trump FCC bowed to their wishes, cancelling an ongoing proceeding on the topic.
Source: Building a secure 5G network without nationalization
- The Trump administration’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 will include a 72% cut to clean energy research at the Department of Energy, The Washington Post reports.
- The budget proposal would reportedly cut funding for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) to $575.5 million from its current level of $2.04 billion. The White House proposed to cut EERE’s budget to $636.1 million for this year, but Congress did not approve the proposal.
Source: Report: Trump budget seeks 72% cut to DOE clean energy research | Utility Dive
In 1946, George Orwell published the seminal essay “Politics and the English Language,” in which he described how convoluted language can be used to intentionally confuse or mislead people.
Language is undoubtedly suffering in the Trump era, particularly the language of health and science. “There have been too many instances and too many suspected instances of words or ideas being set out of bounds,” Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, told Vox.
Source: The censorship of science language under Trump, explained – Vox
There is no academic consensus on whether the nascent technology will actually change much.
“I don’t think there are any “real-world” applications that can only be achieved by using blockchains, at least if one is willing to trust in traditional institutions,” says Sarah Meiklejohn, an associate professor in cryptography at University College London who’s been researching blockchains for six years.
“For most people in the developed world, these are not problems that need to be solved. If I want to send money, I use my bank account; if I want to prove my identity, I use my passport.”
Source: Blockchain is this year’s buzzword – but can it outlive the hype? | Technology | The Guardian
The evidence is in: The biggest beneficiaries of the Trump-Republican tax plan are shareholders. Bank of America Brian Moynihan has said that “most of the benefits” from the tax cuts “will flow to the bottom-line through dividends and share buybacks over time.”
Exactly. Dividends and share buybacks boost share prices. And that’s all corporate America wants to do.
Because the richest 1 percent of Americans owns 40 percent of all shares of stock, and the richest fifth owns 80 percent, this is great news for the wealthy. It’s not great news for anyone else.
Source: Trump’s Shareholder Bonanza
ATM “jackpotting” — the installation of malicious software and hardware onto ATMs — has finally hit the U.S. for the first time.’
ATM jackpotting, also known as “logical attacks,” simply means that cyber thieves physically install malware onto ATMs, giving them control over how much money gets dispensed at any given time.
Source: What Is ATM Jackpotting? And How to Protect Yourself | Money
The Coast Guard’s electronic health record modernization effort was initially planned as a five-year, $14 million project, but ballooned to more than four times the original price tag over seven years and used 25 different vendors before the Coast Guard abandoned the plan altogether without any reusable equipment or software.
Powner said the key finding in the aftermath of the failed EHR acquisition was that the Coast Guard’s executives were “simply not active” in the project’s oversight.
Source: Will the Coast Guard go commercial on health records? — FCW