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Trump decries 'single greatest witch hunt' in US history

Other interactions between the White House and Comey illustrate what The Times depicted as an uncomfortable relationship between the two entities. With a special counsel, Congress loses authority in its role in the investigation. Trump is preparing to leave town Friday on his first foreign trip, and aides have been hopeful the journey will be a chance for the administration to get back on track after weeks of chaos and distractions. Read More »

Senators: Rosenstein knew of Comey firing before memo

Tim Scott, R-S.C. "I do think that the special prosecutor provides a sense of calm and confidence perhaps for the American people, which is incredibly important". Great and famous prosecutors are measured by whom they convict and how many scalps they take. The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russian Federation investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president. Read More »

Microsoft accuses NSA for 'stockpiling' software exploits regarding WannaCry ransomware outbreak

Aside from $50,000 paid in BitCoin to the criminals, there were also reports of United Kingdom hospitals refusing to take all but the worst patients because their computers are suffering from the ransomware. Alex Abdo, a staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, said Microsoft and other software companies have strategically settled lawsuits that could lead to court rulings weakening their licensing agreements. Read More »

Google opens up Android Instant Apps to all developers

We're not sure if the current roll-out if only for certain devices that are certain Android versions. Operating system optimisations will make the boot time on Android twice as fast, according to Google, while "extensive changes to runtime" will make all Android apps faster by default. Read More »

World braces for more cyber attacks as week begins

Since Friday, more than 200,000 victims in around 150 countries have been infected by the ransomware which originated in the United Kingdom and Spain on Friday before spreading globally. (Bitcoin in a type of digital currency widely used online.) Victims have only hours to pay the ransom, which rises to $600 before the files are destroyed. Read More »

Security Minister calls Windows XP accusations 'red herrings — NHS cyber attack

The WannaCry infection does not affect those using Macintosh computers. But unlike most ransomware, WannaCry has no process to uniquely identify which ransom payment is tied to which computer, Horowitz said. Is the threat still out there? He spotted that the malware was sending a message to a web address which wasn't registered. But this is only a temporary fix, as the software can be modified to check a different domain . Read More »

Theresa May Calls For Snap Election


Mrs May said she had made clear to European Council president Donald Tusk that she wants an early agreement on the status of EU nationals living in the UK. When pressed on what the election was about, she said: "This election is about preventing the Tories (Conservatives) from getting such an overwhelming majority that there is no possibility of dissent in this country". Read More »

Trump defiant, doubting top advisers as White House in turmoil, sources say

Earlier this week, during the daily press briefing on May 15, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said a special prosecutor wasn't needed to look into the Russian Federation investigation. But Trump later contradicted that explanation, saying he'd made up his mind to fire Comey well before Rosenstein's recommendation arrived on his desk. Read More »

Trump mired in more controversy over Comey scandal

It's bad enough for press freedom that Trump is so determined to go after whistleblowers and sources within his administration who are attempting to get the truth to the American public. John McCain (R-AZ) said Tuesday night. Graham stressed the fact he did not believe a special prosecutor was needed in a counter-intelligence investigation. Read More »

Melania Trump to join president for first foreign trip


He will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump for the eight-day, five-country itinerary, which includes stops in the symbolic homes of three Abrahamic religions. "This wasn't part of his briefing, so therefore to suggest that therefore he revealed it is impossible". Again and again, they have tried to push forward with their agenda, only to see news reports dominated by near-daily leaks. Read More »

Multiple Congressional Committees Want Comey's FBI Memos And Testimony

Mr Comey was ousted just days after he testified on Capitol Hill about the FBI's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible connections between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's campaign. Another famous example of top-down politicization comes from President Richard Nixon, who obstructed the special investigation in the Watergate scandal. Read More »

More declarations of support expected as Fine Gael leadership

The Coveney camp also made a big play on his own admission that he had asked to be Minister for Housing in the midst of an unprecedented homelessness and housing crisis. Campaigning: Leo Varadkar speaks to the media on Leo Street in Dublin on Friday. It is, as they say, all to play for. "In health something that has been going for years is the development of the National Children's Hospital and under his leadership of health he finalised the location". Read More »

China's Xi calls for S. Korea ties to get back on track

South Korea's unification ministry expressed a need to reopen an inter-Korean communication hotline, which was severed early past year following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. Xi told Moon's representative Lee Hae-chan on Friday that his visit showed the importance the new South Korean leader attached to relations with Beijing . Read More »

Iran's election - inside the holy city of Qom

Voting was also underway in the cities of Aukland, Christchurch and Dunedin. Urging patience, he released a statement Sunday saying: "We started on a path with Rouhani and are in the middle of the journey". Embassy takeover and hostage crisis in Tehran . "Rouhani has failed to bring changes". Other opposition leaders - including Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, and Mehdi Karroubi - remain under house arrest, but have all said they will vote for Rouhani. Read More »

US House oversight panel head Chaffetz to leave Congress

Since Comey's firing on May 9, the calls for Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel have intensified, especially from Democratic lawmakers who believe he can longer be impartial in the Russian Federation investigation, given his role in the firing. Read More »

Hospital recovers fully from cyber attack

An NHS IT worker told the Guardian that users experienced a "bitcoin virus pop-up", demanding payment before they could access their PCs. Large swathes of the NHS have been paralysed by the cyber attack, which hit 200,000 victims in 150 countries around the world. Read More »

Roger Ailes dead at 77, Fox News says

The death has been ruled accidental and there was no evidence of foul play. Yet without him, friends and foes agree, the GOP's current control of Washington and statehouses nationwide may not have been possible. " Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history", said conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. That experience began a decades-long dual track in which Ailes cast long shadows over both television and politics, culminating in his ... Read More »

Trump says special counsel 'divides the country'

He said it is "totally ridiculous" to think he's done anything that would amount to an impeachable offense. The president claimed he was the target of the "greatest witch hunt" in United States political history and complained that the campaign against him was dividing the country. Read More »

UK's NHS has 'pretty good procedures' for dealing with cyber attacks


The WannaCry ransomware attack that started Friday and infected hundreds of thousands of computers has been linked to hackers aligned with North Korea, according to cybersecurity researchers. It's a wakeup call for organizations that are using outdated software, argues Credit Suisse analyst Michael Nemeroff. The VEP is meant to balance the advantages gained by keeping a given software vulnerability secret versus the potential risks to the world at large. Read More »

Installing Updates Can Stop Cyberattack — Microsoft Ransomware Patch

Officials said Windows 10 users weren't affected by the attack. The perpetrators of the attack are still not known. When the National Security Agency lost control of the software behind the WannaCry cyberattack, it was like "the USA military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen", Microsoft President Brad Smith says , in a message about the malicious software that has created havoc on computer networks in more than 150 countries since Friday. Read More »

Putin 'Ready to Provide Records' of Lavrov-Trump Exchange

The existence of the memo was later corroborated by other sources to other outlets. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he is ready to provide Congress a transcript of the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Read More »

Microsoft issues WannaCry security patch for XP, blasts U.S. for 'stockpiling vulnerabilities'

Window XP, Windows Vista users are particularly at risk because some of these users might not have licensed version of the software, or might not have updated their computer. "This attack demonstrates the degree to which cybersecurity has become a shared responsibility between tech companies and customers", Smith said. "Customers should use vigilance when opening documents from untrusted or unknown sources". Read More »

Rod Rosenstein Colleague Analyzes Comey Firing


President Donald Trump says that the appointment of a special counsel for the ongoing investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation "divides the country". Later, Mr Burr reversed himself, saying Mr Flynn's attorneys "have not yet indicated their intentions regarding the senate intelligence committee's subpoena", and that he would welcome "their willingness to cooperate". Read More »

Irish PM announces resignation as party leader


Irish businesses fear Brexit will lead to a costly rise in tariffs, paperwork and transit times. Fine Gael leadership contender Leo Varadkar. I have chose to implement that decision today. He has always made himself available to members of the Parliamentary Party and to me at any point, and I have brought up a number of groups from both Longford and Westmeath to meet him in his office to discuss various policy issues. Read More »

Laptop travel ban set to cost up to $1bn


The meeting included representatives from seven European Union countries - the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Italy - sources told POLITICO. A senior Trump administration official told reporters that any plan to expand the restrictions on large electronic devices, such as laptops, in aircraft cabins remained under consideration. Read More »

Senators Say Deputy AG Knew Comey Would Be Fired Before Memo

Several congressional Republicans said Wednesday that if Trump did suggest that Comey "let this go" regarding Flynn's Russian contacts, it was probably just a joke, light banter. Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser, is a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation. Since then, the President had said nearly nothing in public about his legislative agenda, focused instead on firing the FBI Director, and dealing with a growing investigation into the Russian Federation matter. Read More »

Mishra on hunger strike; BJP-RSS script, says AAP


However, he also said that if the allegations are proved as true, then they will seek the resignation of CM of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal. Mishra further alleged that Ankit Bharadwaj, who attacked him on Wednesday attacker was a Mohalla Clinic worker. Read More »

Graham: Russia probe seems to be 'criminal investigation'

The White House counsel's office was alerted only after the order appointing Mr Mueller was signed, according to a senior White House official. "There's, frankly, no need for a special prosecutor . "Let's let this play out the way it should". Rosenstein also restores some confidence in a justice system that has been much abused by Trump's assaults on "so-called" judges. Read More »

President Trump says special counsel in Russian Federation investigation 'divides the country'

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the number-two Republican in the Senate and a member of its Intelligence committee, said after the briefing that he told Rosenstein he was anxious about the committees stepping on the FBI's toes. The White House tried to pass it off as being about a memo from Rosenstein . He also bemoaned the probe as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". Read More »

Louisiana State Police to hold annual memorial ceremonies for National Police Week


According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 143 police officers died in the line of duty past year - the highest figure since 2011, when 178 officers died. Suzanne Peterson, in her keynote speech, said Moore's death was a "poignant reminder of the risks law enforcement officers face every day". "All of those improvements are little consolation to the families, loved ones, and colleagues of those officers who no longer return home at the end of their shift", Wynn says. Read More »

'High possibility' of conflict with North


The spokesman said the goal of any conciliatory policy is to "peacefully resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and continue to develop inter-Korea relations", while "cooperating with the global community". But he has said the North must change its attitude of insisting on pressing ahead with its arms development before dialogue is possible. While Trump has said he'd be "honored" to talk with leader Kim under favorable conditions, Haley seemed to rule out the possibility. Read More »

Would the House really need to vote again on health care?


The Democratic-led House voted 126-14 Thursday to support the bill, which received unanimous support from the Republican-controlled Senate. - Towing companies, self-storage operators and collection agencies pushed back Wednesday against a Kansas House plan that would levy sales taxes on their services as the Senate tax committee opened hearings on a bill just passed by the House on Monday that would repeal the sales tax exemptions that now apply to their businesses. Read More »