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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Security Expert Denied White House Clearance


By Elizabeth Weise, Jan 30 2016 USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO - A Pulitzer prize-winning computer security expert recently hired by the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Megan Smith, has been denied a security clearance and is heading to the West coast.

Ashkan Soltani was previously the chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. He was hired by the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy as a senior adviser to Smith in December.

On Friday he posted to Twitter that he was disappointed to announce his departure as he had been notified last week that he would not receive the security clearance necessary to continue working at the White House.

"Bittersweet end to my stint in government," he tweeted.
 
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Bill Gates: My Parents Took Me To A Child Psychologist


By Express and Star, Jan 31, 2016 

Speaking on Desert Island Discs Gates said his parents taught him the value of "giving back" to society, a lesson developed into a philanthropic philosophy culminating in he and his wife Melinda setting aside much of their vast fortune to help the world's poor.

The 60 year old also opened up to presenter Kirsty Young on the BBC Radio 4 show about how "fanatical" he was in the early days of Microsoft, and the relationship he had with Apple founder Steve Jobs that was both competitive and mutually supportive.

Talking about his relationship with his parents - his father was a successful lawyer, his mother a teacher who sat on a number of corporate boards - he said: "They set a very good example of being engaged in giving back."

Explaining why they sent him to see a child psychologist when he was 12, he said: "I was a bit disruptive. I started early on questioning were their rules logical and always to be followed, so there was kind of a bit of tension there as I was pushing back."
 

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Liz Cheney Running For Congress In Wyoming


By Eric Bradner, Jan 30, 2016 CNN

(CNN)Liz Cheney is running for the Wyoming congressional seat once held by her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The 49-year-old attorney is making her second run for office in Wyoming after she dropped a 2014 primary challenge to Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, citing "serious health issues" in her family. She filed paperwork Friday with the Federal Election Commission to make her candidacy official.

Cheney's first campaign was plagued by multiple problems.

She was running against an incumbent who was endorsed by Alan Simpson, a former Wyoming senator who remains popular throughout the state. She was also criticized for being a carpetbagger after spending many of her adult years in Northern Virginia. A controversy over a fishing license only added to her trouble after she had to pay a fine for buying a Wyoming resident fishing license even though she hadn't lived in the state for a full year.
 
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Clinton, Sanders Campaigns Agree To Add New Hampshire Debate


By Ken Thomas, Jan 30, 2016 AP

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Democrats would hold a presidential debate next week in New Hampshire before the state's first-in-the-nation primary and three more in the spring under a tentative deal reached Saturday between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns.

Both camps said the agreement was not final and that the Democratic National Committee had yet to sign off on the deal, which remained under negotiation. In testy statements, the Clinton and Sanders campaigns publicly aired their demands for site locations, underscoring tensions between the two sides in the days before Monday's leadoff Iowa caucuses.

Both campaigns have competing interests in adding debates. Clinton trails Sanders in New Hampshire and wants the proposed debate next Thursday to help her reach undecided voters before the state's primary on Feb. 9. Sanders hopes to extend the primary season deep into the spring and adding three more forums might help him accomplish that goal.

The DNC did not immediately comment on the tentative agreement, first reported by BuzzFeed.
 
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State Department Withholding 18 Emails Between Obama And Clinton


By Chuck Ross, Jan 29, 2016 Daily Caller

The State Department is withholding 18 emails between former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama, agency spokesman John Kirby said Friday.

The news comes at the same time that the State Department announced that 22 of Clinton’s emails contain “top secret” information. That’s a far higher number than had previously been disclosed. The agency’s Freedom of Information Act department is withholding seven email chains in full in order to protect the highly classified information.

 
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Bad January A Bad Omen For Stocks In 2016?


By Chicago Tribune, Jan 31, 2016 Independent

Good riddance to January — the month that wiped out a chunk of money you've been building up in your 401(k) and other accounts.

Just how bad was it? Very bad for an opening to the year. January typically is a time of optimism. But not this year.

January was one of the worst in recent history, with a decline of about 5.5 percent for the Dow Jones industrial average and almost 8 percent in the Nasdaq, the index filled with technology and biotechnology stocks.

A rally during the last couple of days helped relieve losses. Still, a common Wall Street adage has to be unsettling: "As goes January, so goes the year."
 
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Pentagon Won’t Punish David Petraeus Any Further In Sex-And-Secrets Scandal


By Craig Whitlock, Jan 30, 2016 Washington Post

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has decided not to impose any further punishment on David H. Petraeus, the former CIA director and retired Army general who was forced to resign in a sex-and-secrets scandal in 2012.

In a brief letter sent Friday to the leaders of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, the Pentagon reported that Carter had agreed with the Army’s recommendation not to discipline Petraeus.

“Given the Army review, Secretary Carter considers this matter closed,” Stephen C. Hedger, assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs, wrote in the three-sentence letter, obtained by The Washington Post. The letter did not elaborate.

The Pentagon letter was addressed to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the chairman and top Democrat, respectively, of the Armed Services Committee.
 
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REPORTER: DOJ, FBI "SUPER PISSED OFF" At Obama White House Over Clinton Investigation (Video)

By Jim Hoft, Jan 29, 2016 The Gateway Pundit

On Friday White Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters some officials at the FBI have said Hillary Clinton is not a target of the current investigation.

These latest comments by the Obama White House reportedly have FBI and Justice Department officials “Super Pissed Off.”

Catherine Herridge reported:

That statement by Josh Earnest has got the back up of our contacts at the FBI and Justice Department for two reasons… They are SUPER PISSED OFF to use a technical term. Number one, Josh Earnest has absolutely no clearance or visibility in the FBI investigation. Number two, they say it really seems part of a troubling pattern from the White House because the president earlier said he did not see any national security implications to the Clinton emails and then we found out he had never been briefed.

 
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The State Department: Hillary Clinton’s Email Correspondence Contained ‘Top Secret’ Material

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Jan 29, 2016 Washington Post

The State Department acknowledged for the first time Friday that “top secret” information has been found in emails that passed through the private email server Hillary Clinton used while leading the agency, elevating the issue in the presidential campaign three days before the hotly contested Iowa caucuses.

The information was contained in 22 emails, across seven email chains, that were sent or received by Clinton, according to a State Department spokesman. The emails will not be disclosed as part of an ongoing  release of Clinton’s email correspondence from her years as secretary of state, even in highly redacted form.

 
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Sessions: Choose Carefully America, 2016 Is 'THE LAST CHANCE'

By Paul Bedard, Jan 29, 2016 Washington Examiner

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, a leading voice on trade, immigration and executive powers, is urging Americans to choose their next president carefully because 2016 "is the last chance for the American people to take back control of their government."

In a sober interview with Secrets, the Republican warned that liberal special interests, Wall Street moguls, and international media conglomerates are fast turning the United States into just another member of the European Union and that the effort is being led by a Democratic president eager to go his own way with executive orders.

 
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The Big Iowa Test: Can Trump And Sanders Turn Enthusiasm Into Votes?


By Dan Balz, Jan 30, 2016 Washington Post

DES MOINES — With campaign events all across Iowa on Saturday overflowing with voters, the Republican and Democratic contests have been reduced to the same question: Can the muscle of traditional and methodical organizing overcome the energy and enthusiasm of a pair of unconventional candidates in this unconventional race?

After a year in which voter anger and dissatisfaction with Washington have propelled insurgent candidates and shaped the political terrain, Iowa voters will offer the first clues as to whether what has taken place up to now was an aberration or a new normal in American politics that will continue to course through the election battles until November.
 
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Tories Lobbying To Protect Google’s £30bn Island Tax Haven


By Daniel Boffey, Jan 30, 2016 The Guardian

Britain has been privately lobbying the EU to remove from an official blacklist the tax haven through which Google funnels billions of pounds of profits, the Observer can reveal.

Treasury ministers have told the European commission that they are “strongly opposed” to proposed sanctions against Bermuda, a favoured shelter for Google’s profits and one of 30 tax jurisdictions in Brussels’ sights.

The disclosure is made in a memorandum circulated among Tory MEPs in Brussels that describes potential “countermeasures” against blacklisted tax havens as “unhelpful”.
 
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Marco Rubio To Air 30-Minute TV Special In Every Iowa Media Market


By Eugene Scott, Jan 30, 2016 CNN

Washington (CNN)Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign announced Saturday that it will air a 30-minute town hall television special in every Iowa media market during the final weekend before the Iowa caucuses.

"The television special will present an opportunity for Iowans to see the genuine passion that Marco has shared at town halls all across Iowa," the Rubio campaign said in a statement. "For those in the Hawkeye State who have not been able to make it to one of Marco's events, they will get to experience one of his recent town halls from their own living room."

The statement said viewers who have questions about the candidate or his positions can tweet or call in to the special.
 
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Remember: Obama Learned Of Hillary Clinton's Email Use Through News


By Nicol Jenkins, March, 2015 Independent

President Obama discovered former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email at the same time as news readers.

Obama, after delivering a Saturday speech in Selma, Ala., was asked when he found out about Clinton’s personal email system run from her Chappaqua home.

“The same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” he told CBS News.

Obama waded into the controversy for the first time since Clinton’s use of a private email account was revealed last week — raising questions about whether key messages were preserved.
 
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Clinton Iowa Volunteers Train When To Push Backers To O'Malley — To Block Bernie


By Andrew Griffin, Jan 30, 2016 Buzzfeed

Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president is instructing its Iowa caucus leaders to — in certain cases — throw support to former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, with the goal blocking her main opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, from securing additional delegates.

The tactical move is rooted in the complex math of the Iowa caucuses Monday night, where the campaign is looking to defeat Sanders in a state whose caucus-goers have historically backed progressive challengers.

A precinct captain, Jerome Lehtola, confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the campaign has trained precinct captains to release supporters to O’Malley if the move can make him “viable” without hurting Clinton. A Clinton aide said the campaign has trained more than 4,000 volunteer precinct captains to handle a host of different scenarios, including ones where caucus-goers are released to or recruited from another camp.
 
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Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll: Hillary Slight Lead


By Margaret Talev, Jan 30, 2016 Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton is holding onto a slim lead over Bernie Sanders in Iowa as Democrats prepare for Monday’s caucuses, though an outpouring of young voters and those who say the system is rigged could enable Sanders to pull off an upset, according to a new poll.

Clinton leads Sanders, 45 percent to 42 percent, in a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers released Saturday ahead of the nation's first nominating contest. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has 3 percent in the survey conducted Jan. 26-29.
 
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Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll: Trump Still Ahead


By John McCormick, Jan 30, 2016 Bloomberg

Donald Trump has overtaken Ted Cruz in the final days before Iowa's caucuses, with the fate of the race closely tied to the size of Monday evening's turnout, especially among evangelical voters and those attending for the first time, a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.

The findings before the first ballots are cast in the 2016 presidential nomination race shows Trump with the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, followed by 23 percent for the Texas senator and 15 percent for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
The billionaire real estate mogul leads Cruz among those who say they definitely plan to attend, 30 percent to 26 percent. With the less committed—those who say they'll probably attend—Trump also beats Cruz, 27 percent to 21 percent.
 
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Tucker Carlson: Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar And Right

By Tucker Carlson, Jan 18, 2016 Politico

About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump’s hair. I can’t now remember the context, assuming there was one. In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day.

“It’s true you have better hair than I do,” Trump said matter-of-factly. “But I get more pussy than you do.” Click.
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The State Department: Hillary Clinton’s Email Correspondence Contained ‘Top Secret’ Material

By Rosalind S. Helderman, Jan 29, 2016 Washington Post

The State Department acknowledged for the first time Friday that “top secret” information has been found in emails that passed through the private email server Hillary Clinton used while leading the agency, elevating the issue in the presidential campaign three days before the hotly contested Iowa caucuses.

The information was contained in 22 emails, across seven email chains, that were sent or received by Clinton, according to a State Department spokesman. The emails will not be disclosed as part of an ongoing  release of Clinton’s email correspondence from her years as secretary of state, even in highly redacted form.

 
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NPR: 6 Takeaways From The New Hillary Clinton Emails

By Jessica Taylor, Jan 29, 2016 NPR

The big news about Hillary Clinton's emails came earlier today: 22 emails she sent on her controversial private server while at the State Department have been deemed top secret and won't be released to the public.

The State Department reiterated Friday that "these documents were not marked classified at the time they were sent," something the Clinton campaign has been arguing the whole time. Her campaign also pushed back against what is sees as "overclassification run amok."

 
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