8 things to watch till Election Day - CNN Texas kicks off first primary of 2014 midterms - CNN 03/4/2014 - 11:57 am | View Link
8 things to watch 8 months before election - ClickOnDetroit.com ... the first primary contests ... President Barack Obama ... the party that wins next week ... two independents who caucus with ... shifts ... 03/4/2014 - 10:09 am | View Link
Eight things to watch till Election Day - CNN U.S. House incumbents Pete Sessions, Marc Veasey win their primaries - Dallas Morning News 03/4/2014 - 8:42 am | View Link
Eight things to watch in the eight months till Election Day - Gnom.es ... the first primary contests ... President Barack Obama ... the party that wins next ... two independents who caucus with ... shifts to ... 03/4/2014 - 5:38 am | View Link
Eight things to watch till Election Day The first votes in the 2014 midterm election season take place Tuesday, as Texas holds the first primary contests of the year. 03/5/2014 - 9:15 pm | View Link
8 things to watch 8 months before election The first votes in the 2014 midterm election season take place Tuesday, as Texas holds the first primary contests of the year. 03/4/2014 - 12:09 pm | View Link
Alaska Caucus 2012 Outlook: Mitt Romney Looks For Super Tuesday Win The 2012 Alaska Caucus, or Presidential Preference Poll, is one of ten contests taking place on Super Tuesday ... Ron Paul finished in third place behind former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Virtually no polling has been conducted on the ... 03/6/2012 - 12:18 am | View Link
Iowa Caucus winner: Mitt Romney wins, beating Rick Santorum by eight votes Even before his victory was announced, Romney looked past his GOP rivals and took aim at Obama ... Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Even before Tuesday night's results were known, this year's Republican hopefuls were turning their attention to the next contests. 02/29/2012 - 11:00 am | View Link
Santorum scores hat trick, upsets Romney in caucus In a stunning upset, Santorum swept the Colorado caucuses and both of the other contests held that day ... alternative to Barack Obama.” While the few publicly released polls showed Santorum headed for wins in Minnesota and Missouri, the lone recent ... 02/13/2012 - 12:09 pm | View Link
Romney wins Nevada Republican Presidential Caucus According to the AP count, Romney began the day with 87 of the 1,144 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Gingrich had 26 ... and then lost her race to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. From Nevada, the calendar turns to caucuses in ... 02/4/2012 - 1:56 pm | View Link
Iowa caucus results: Romney wins by 8 votes over Santorum in dramatic GOP battle It was a wild opening round for the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama ... Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Even before Tuesday night's results were known, this year's Republican hopefuls were turning their attention to the next contests. 01/3/2012 - 7:00 pm | View Link
The Caucus (NY Times) From the journalists of The New York Times, The Caucus analyzes the latest news on politics and government from Washington and around the country. 03/8/2014 - 10:28 am | View Website
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Election Forecasts In a series of articles last week, the writer Megan McArdle asserted that Republicans have about a 75 percent chance of winning the White House in 2016. 03/7/2014 - 8:23 pm | View Website
Congressman-elect David Jolly (R-FL) CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Nesius It didn’t take long for media outlets and national Republicans to paint Democrat Alex Sink’s Tuesday night loss to GOP candidate David Jolly in Florida’s 13th District special election as a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. “Thank God for Obamacare,” Rep.
The National Security Agency has developed malware that allows it to collect data automatically from millions of computers worldwide, a report based on leaked documents showed Wednesday.
The report co-authored by former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald for the online news site The Intercept said the program has dramatically expanded the US spy agency’s ability to covertly hack into computers on a mass scale.
The report is based on classified documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
It said the surveillance technology allows the NSA to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide with malware “implants” which can help the agency extract data from overseas Internet and phone networks.
The report by Greenwald and reporter Ryan Gallagher said these implants were once reserved for a few hundred hard-to-reach targets whose communications could not be monitored through traditional wiretaps but that the NSA has expanded this to “industrial scale,” according to the documents.
The automated system codenamed TURBINE expands the ability to gather intelligence with less human oversight, according to the report.
The report was the first by Greenwald based on leaked documents since he joined First Look Media, an organization backed by tech entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar that includes The Intercept.
Greenwald was among the first journalists to publish documents leaked by Snowden describing the vast surveillance programs of the NSA and other intelligence services, sparking a massive outcry.
Wednesday’s report said the covert infrastructure that supports TURBINE operates from the NSA headquarters in Maryland, and from eavesdropping bases in Britain and Japan and that the British intelligence agency GCHQ appears to have played an important role in the effort.
The report said that in some cases the NSA has used a decoy Facebook server to infect a target’s computer and exfiltrate files.
It said the malware can also covertly record audio from a computer’s microphone and take snapshots with its webcam.
The Intercept said the malware has been in existence since 2004 but that the automated program expanding its use appears to have begun in 2010.
The malware can be installed in as little as eight seconds, according to the documents.
Because people have become suspicious of email attachments, the report said the NSA has had to resort to new tools to install the malware such as “man-in-the-middle” and “man-on-the-side” attacks through Internet browsers.
The NSA, queried by AFP, did not directly respond to the report.
Now the hard work starts.
Pope Francis celebrates one year in office on Thursday swaddled in a blanket of approval world leaders would die for and most of his predecessors could only dream of.
But he also knows that there is more to being pontiff than good PR. Bigger challenges lie ahead as Francis seeks to engineer a renaissance of his Church after years of scandals caused by paedophile priests and corruption and intrigue within the Vatican bureaucracy.
Spreading the word of God via Twitter, posing for selfies, paying his own hotel bills and washing the feet of young offenders: all have proved to be inspired moves for the erstwhile Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
Humble, modest, approachable and modern.
A US judge Wednesday ordered Fabrice Tourre to pay more than $825,000 after a jury found the former Goldman Sachs trader defrauded investors in selling mortgage-linked securities before the housing bust.
US District Judge Katherine Forrest said a two-week trial last summer showed that Tourre misled investors over the risk of the investments sold by Goldman in 2007.
The securities cratered after a housing bust, leaving the investors with large losses.
Forrest ordered $650,000 in civil penalties and $175,463 plus three percent in disgorgement of ill-gotten gains.
The amount was close to the $1.1 billion sought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Forrest rejected arguments by his attorney to cut the fine to $65,000.
She also sided with a request by the SEC barring Goldman from reimbursing Tourre for the civil penalties, noting that the jury found Goldman a “co-violator” in the case.
But he was not barred from seeking reimbursement from other parties.
Tourre, nicknamed “Fabulous Fab,” became a symbol of Wall Street excess before the financial crisis.
Rep. Paul Ryan's effort to brand himself as a Republican anti-poverty crusader continues. The House Budget Committee chair and former Republican vice-presidential nominee went on Bill Bennett's radio show to talk about his ongoing desire to address poverty by eviscerating most of America's existing anti-poverty programs. That means doubling down on the damage of the 1996 welfare reform and, of course, a lot of racist dog whistles masquerading as talk about "the dignity of work" and "the culture of work." Ryan told Bennett:
“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”