Most brands wouldn't want their names associated with a prisoner re-entry program, but when you're a political brand (ie. candidate) running for Governor or a state, it could be a good adjacency. At least that's what someone involved in the "Scott Wagner for Governor" campaign thought when they put the candidate's campaign signs on two vans for a community-based prisoner re-entry group in the Philadelphia area.
Google is offering a free set of tools to help election-site hosts, human rights advocates, and other groups fend off cyber-attacks. “The arrival of the toolkit, known as ‘Protect Your Election,’ comes as France prepares to go to the polls next month, and a week after hackers took down one of the Netherlands’ leading election information sites during that country's vote last week,” Fortune reports, citing Google, which itself cites local media.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself for any investigation into the 2016 presidential election. At a press conference yesterday, Sessions reversed claims he made under oath during his confirmation hearings in the Senate. He told Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) that he had no communication with any Russian officials.It has been revealed that he met with the Russian ambassador to Washington, D.C. twice.
Mike Pence was hugely critical of Hillary Clinton for using a private email account for government business. Turns out -- he did the exact same thing. As Governor of Indiana, Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business, discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges. Pence's account was also hacked last summer.
Former Democratic Governor of Kentucky Steve Beshear was the Democrat chosen to respond to President Trump’s address to Congress. He focused heavily on health care and the disastrous consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Beshear suggested that Republicans "seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who need it."
Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, who wrote the controversial dossier on Trump and his ties to Russia, was going to be paid by the FBI a few weeks before the election to continue his work. Basically, what this means is that the FBI and other security agencies believed Steele to be credible, and lends more weight to his Trump-Russia dossier.
President Trump is expected to put out a budget proposal by mid-March. From what we have heard, he is planning to eviscerate the State Department and USAID budgets by 37%. At the same time, the President wants to increase defense spending by 10%. Chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee Lindsey Graham said of the proposed cuts: “That is definitely dead on arrival.”
After a tight race against Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, President Obama’s Labor Secretary Tom Perez, has won the election for DNC chair. In a sign of party unity, Perez called Ellison to the stage after his win and appointed him deputy chair. “We don’t have the luxury, folks, to walk out of this room divided,” said Ellison.
According to administration officials, President Donald Trump wants to increase defense spending by $54 billion. He is expected to explain further details of his budget plan during a joint address to Congress on Tuesday. Most agencies, other than those involved in security, will see their budgets decreased to make room for the 10% increase in defense spending.
Each year, the White House Correspondents Association hosts a dinner, attended by the president and the media. It also includes a presidential roast. This year, President Trump, who has declared the news media "the enemy of the American people," won't attend the April event.He's not alone. Bloomberg and Vanity Fair aren't holding their lauded, hot-ticket event party, while CNN may give the dinner a miss. Of course, now that Trump won't be in attendance, the media may reconsider its RSVP. There's even an effort by Zach Braff and fans to get Alec Baldwin to stand-in for the notoriously thin-skinned president.