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    FAQs on Russian Hacking and the U.S. Election
    Dec15

    FAQs on Russian Hacking and the U.S. Election

    1. Didn’t we already know about Russia hacking the Democratic National Committee? Why all the fuss right now?Yes we did. Way back in mid-June, the Democratic National Committee reported an intrusion into its computer network, and the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike publicly blamed Russian hackers after analyzing the breach. In July, after...

    Trump’s Enduring Willingness to Give Russia the Benefit of the Doubt
    Dec14

    Trump’s Enduring Willingness to Give Russia the Benefit of the Doubt

    In explaining how he would enforce a treaty with the Soviet Union, America’s top adversary, to jointly reduce nuclear-weapons stockpiles, Ronald Reagan famously adapted a Russian proverb: “trust, but verify.” Donald Trump seems to be taking a different approach to Russia. Over the last year or so, he has repeatedly granted Russia and its...

    Why Some People Think a Typo Cost Clinton the Election
    Dec14

    Why Some People Think a Typo Cost Clinton the Election

    On March 19, an IT employee at the Hillary Clinton campaign gave John Podesta, the campaign chairman, some computer-security advice. “John needs to change his password immediately,” he wrote in an email, “and ensure that two-factor authentication is turned on his account.”The helpdesk staffer was responding to a Google alert with a bright red...

    The United States of Exxon
    Dec13

    The United States of Exxon

    The biographical particulars of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who was nominated to serve as Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Tuesday, seem crafted from a Mad Libs sheet of Michael Moore’s grimmest nightmares. A “tall, strapping Texan” with “a twang to show for it” and “silver coiffure,” Tillerson is an Eagle...

    Could Europe Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Trump?
    Dec13

    Could Europe Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Trump?

    Had Europeans been allowed to vote in the American presidential election on November 8, they would have handed Hillary Clinton a landslide victory, according to Gallup International, with margins as high as 50 points in Britain and 70 points in Germany and Scandinavia. (Trump would have won only in Russia.) Now, the angst-ridden of the Old...

    Trump’s Choice of Tillerson Defies Senate Skeptics
    Dec13

    Trump’s Choice of Tillerson Defies Senate Skeptics

    For a moment, it looked like Donald Trump might have lost heart. On Saturday, well-sourced reporters were indicating that the president-elect’s appointment of Rex Tillerson as secretary of state was imminent. But then things went quiet. Trump tweeted noncommittal praise but made no announcement. Meanwhile, some leading Republicans began...

    Rex Tillerson’s World: In His Own Words
    Dec13

    Rex Tillerson’s World: In His Own Words

    Rex Tillerson, whom President-elect Donald Trump nominated Tuesday to be the secretary of state, has a long history of dealmaking as the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil company. It’s a skill that would be useful in his new role, but it’s also an attribute that might cause problems for him during his...

    Global Conflicts to Watch in 2017
    Dec12

    Global Conflicts to Watch in 2017

    Over the last several years, concern about a particular threat to the United States has been steadily rising in a survey of American foreign-policy experts and government officials by the Council on Foreign Relations. On an annual basis, hundreds of respondents estimate the likelihood and impact on U.S. interests of 30 possible conflicts in the...

    The Senate Will Investigate Russian Election Interference
    Dec12

    The Senate Will Investigate Russian Election Interference

    The Senate will investigate claims that Russia interfered in the election on behalf of Donald Trump—whether the president-elect likes it or not.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday gave his backing to bipartisan inquiries after the CIA reportedly concluded that not only did Russia meddle in the campaign, it did so with the goal of...

    Five Questions About Russia’s Election Hacking
    Dec12

    Five Questions About Russia’s Election Hacking

    The evidence to support the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump remains mostly secret. But the outline of the case is no mystery. Both Democratic and Republican Party servers were reportedly hacked by foreign agents, yet the Moscow-friendly folks at Wikileaks somehow only obtained the contents...

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