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Hillary Clinton Awarded The 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize

Clinton Emails Exposed Classified Satellite Intel on North Korean Nukes

Hillary Clinton originated at least six emails containing classified information, contrary to her spin that she was just a helpless unwitting recipient of material others should be blamed for compromising. Many of the messages contained information that was “born classified” – indisputably classified at the time Hillary sent or received them, under a 2009 executive order signed by President Obama, contrary to Clinton’s repeated false claims that none of her emails included information that was marked classified at the time she handled it. Some of these emails had to be redacted in their entirety before they could be released to the public.

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2016 Republican Website Wars: The Good, the Bad, and the Merely Functional

On the whole, the candidates’ websites seemed surprisingly timid, even backward, as if the designers were primarily afraid of (a) soaking up too much bandwidth from visitors, and (b) leaving some important scrap of text off the main screen, for fear that visitors would explore no further. These are both very last-generation concerns. Seriously, folks, it’s 2015. A dash of animation, such as Fiorina and Chris Christie offer, will not cause anyone’s computer to chug.

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Turkey Insists Bangkok Bombing Suspect Not a Turkish Citizen

On Saturday morning, Thai police raided an apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok and arrested a man they regard as a prime suspect in the horrific bombing attack on the Erawan Shrine last week, in which 20 people were killed. Word soon spread that the suspect was a Turkish citizen.

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China and Russia Build Massive Database from Hacks to Use Against America

According to U.S. officials cited by the L.A. Times, China and Russia are cross-indexing the mountain of data stolen in the Office of Personnel Management hack earlier this year with other major data breaches, including stolen airline bookings and the Ashley Madison subscriber database, to identify intelligence officials, their agents, and assets.

Democratic presidential candidate Clinton addresses union members as she tours the Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas

Another 150 Clinton Emails With Classified Info Discovered; Email Dump Postponed Until Late Night

Ed Henry of Fox News reported that the number of Hillary Clinton emails in the new release has increased to 7,000, while the number of messages that had to be redacted to protect classified material is more than double what was expected. (The report is slightly confusing on this point, because Henry later suggests there are 150 more classified emails in addition to 63 that were already expected.)

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Digital Warfare Takes Out ISIS’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Hacker

More details are emerging about Junaid Hussain, the twenty-something British expatriate who served as a key player in the Islamic State’s online army until a U.S. drone strike took him out this week. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal, Hussain was involved in most of ISIS’s hacking and social media exploits.

Democratic presidential candidate Clinton addresses union members as she tours the Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas

‘Clinton Cash’ Returns: Bill Pushed For Fat Paydays From Ugly Dictatorships

The other Clinton scandal is back in the news, courtesy of a report from ABC, which picked up some State Department emails that “shed light on Bill Clinton’s lucrative speaking engagements and show he and the Clinton Foundation tried to get approval for invitations related to two of the most repressive countries in the world – North Korea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

A man looks at a dating site on his computer in Washington,DC on February 10, 2014. One 29-year-old woman says it helped her take revenge on her unfaithful husband. A 45-year-old married man says it has helped prevent the break-up of his family. For millions, adultery via the Internet has become the new normal. Since the launch of the Canada-based Ashley Madison website in 2002, which created a sensation with its seductive slogan 'Life is short, have an affair,' the numbers turning to online infidelity have soared. There are now dozens of similar websites offering the promise of extramarital relationships with domain names that are unabashedly direct, from www.datingforcheaters.com to www.heatedaffairs.com. For Noel Biderman, the founder of Ashley Madison, his site and others like it are merely facilitating a human desire that is as old as time.

Ashley Madison CEO Steps Down Following Hacker Attack

The Maserati-driving CEO of the Ashley Madison adultery site has divorced himself from the company, following the discovery that he betrayed the trust of his cheating customers, his monied shareholders, his well-paid board and his self-serving wife.

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Marco Rubio Hits Hillary Clinton’s Abortion Extremism, ‘Probably Illegal Activity’ of Planned Parenthood

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio came on strong in a radio interview, hammering Hillary Clinton on her abortion extremism, pushing back against Clinton’s outrageous rhetoric comparing the GOP presidential candidates to terrorists, and describing Clinton as a failed candidate frantically trying to draw attention to herself and distract from the investigation of her conduct as Secretary of State.

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Pentagon Investigates Allegations of Skewed ISIS War Reports

A civilian analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency has charged that military officials have been providing excessively optimistic assessments of the bombing campaign against ISIS to other branches of the administration, including the White House. The Pentagon inspector general is reportedly investigating these allegations.

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Iran Deal Likely to Pass, Says Senator Who Made it Impossible to Stop It

Has there ever been a more spectacular performance of Republican “Failure Theater” than the Iran deal? Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), who long ago made it impossible for Congress to stop the deal, now comes forth to tell us Congress probably can’t stop the Iran deal, even as public opposition soars into solid majority territory, and more Democrats stage their own little Failure Theater sideshows of “conscience.”

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Virginia’s On-the-Air Killer and ‘Climate of Hate’

Editorial standards at major newspapers simply evaporated to accommodate screeds blaming everything from Sarah Palin’s political map, to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, to everyone who didn’t vote for Barack Obama for Jared Loughner’s crime. This wasn’t just an overnight media embarrassment – it started before the bodies were even cold, and it went on for months. “Climate of hate” was the media narrative.

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Adultery Minus Women Equals Ashley Madison

A deep dive into the subscriber data by Annalee Newitz of Gizmodo suggests there were even fewer female subscribers than previously believed – in fact, she could only find evidence that about 12,000 out of 37 million total profiles belonged to “real women who were active users of Ashley Madison.”

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‘High Level of Confidence’ ISIS Recruiter Linked to Garland, Texas Jihadis Killed in Drone Strike

CNN reports that U.S. military officials believe they have racked up another major ISIS leadership kill with a drone strike in Syria, presumably launched from the Incirlik airbase in Turkey. The top deputy of the Islamic State’s “caliph” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was taken out last week. The new target is British-born ISIS recruiter and hacker Junaid Hussain, who was linked to the gunmen who attacked the Mohammed Art Exhibit in Garland, Texas.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fields a question from Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos during a press conference held before his campaign event at the Grand River Center on August 25, 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa. Earlier in the press conference Trump had Ramos removed from the room when he failed to yield when Trump wanted to take a question from a different reporter. Trump leads most polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by

Flashback: When the Media Thought Reporters Asking Impertinent Questions Were Horrible

Is Jorge Ramos exclusively entitled to commandeer events for his own theatrical performances, or is that everyone in media? Things will get a bit confusing if everyone gets to jump up and start yelling his talking points at the nominal featured speaker. Follow-up question: are all politicians required to stand quietly while the activist-journalists vent their spleens?

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