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Boris Epshteyn – Sinclair Broadcast Group Chief Political Analyst and former Special Assistant to President Trump – joins Bill to discuss President Trump's political future.

Trump Foreign Trip: Leaders Told to ‘Praise’ Trump

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As President Donald Trump sets off for his first overseas trip on Friday, foreign leaders have been primed on the best way to interact with the him. The New York Times reported on Friday that ahead of Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, foreign dignitaries have been sharing tips on the best way to deal with the…

Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told

WASHINGTON — Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now also probing whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. That avenue of investigation was added in recent weeks after assertions by former FBI Director James Comey…

Jared Kushner Is The “Person Of Interest”

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The Independent reports:
Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly been identified as a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. The Washington Post said that a senior advisor to Mr Trump had been identified as someone that investigators wanted to speak to. A New York magazine reporter then reported that the person in question was Mr Kushner, who is married to the Mr Trump’s daughter and who flew out of Washington on Friday night to accompany the president on his first official foreign trip.



Trump Takes First International Trip as President

Trump Takes First International Trip as President

Donald Trump begins his maiden international trip as U.S. president Friday, leaving the White House awash in a slew of controversies that has some politicians invoking comparisons to the Watergate scandal that brought down the presidency of Richard Nixon. “We look forward to getting this whole situation behind us,” Donald Trump told reporters Thursday. The controversies…

Here’s what happened when a scientist asked an AI to name new paint colors

A scientist fed a database of 7,700 paint colors into a neural network. Then, based on her training data, she asked the computer to create a few paint colors of its own.
At first, it the AI created gibberish names:
And names that didn’t correspond at all to the color:
But after a few tweaks to her algorithms, and some time spent training the neural network, the AI started cranking out charming color names like these:
You can read about her full experiment here: (2 minute read)


There Are No patriots left in the Republican Party

Through all of Donald Trump’s lies and his barely coded racism and his attempts to interfere with the justice system, Congressional Republicans have stood by him.
The leaders — Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell — have defended him. Rank-and-file members of Congress have too. Even Trump skeptics on the Hill, like John McCain and Ben Sasse, have largely kept their criticism to words rather than deeds.
It’s too early to know whether the latest bombshell — Trump’s interference with an F.B.I. investigation, revealed by The Times — will change the situation. His act, Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School writes for Bloomberg View, “is exactly the kind that the Founding Fathers would have considered a ‘high crime.’”
But here’s something to keep in mind if much of Congress continues to put party over country: That wouldn’t be historically unusual. It would be the norm.
Well into 1974, most Republicans stayed loyal to Richard Nixon, “after plenty of evidence of abuse of power and obstruction of justice,” as the political scientist Jonathan Bernstein pointed out on Twitter. A majority of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee voted against every count of impeachment. Many Republican voters also continued to support Nixon to the end.
And yet this seemingly dispiriting history is actually a reason for optimism. Why? Because the minority of Republicans willing to back an honest investigation of the president four decades ago was enough to make the difference, as Bernstein explained. Once a small portion of Republicans dropped their unqualified loyalty, the political dynamic changed, and Nixon was held accountable.
Today, once again, the country needs a few principled and patriotic Republicans — to conduct a truly independent investigation of Trump, his campaign, his business, Russia and the resulting abuses and cover-ups.
Senator Sasse? Senator McCain? Senators Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, Cory Gardner, Dean Heller or Bob Corker? Are you willing to stand up to an out-of-control president?
In The Times, Michelle Goldberg urges Trump aides to leave before their good reputations become tarnished, as H.R. McMaster’s and Rod Rosenstein’s have already been. “To serve this president is to be diminished,” she writes.
Ross Douthat says it’s time for Republican leaders to recognize the danger of Trump’s unfitnness and invoke the 25th Amendment.
The Editorial Board asks whether Congressional Republicans “might at last consult their consciences, and recall that they took an oath to uphold the Constitution?”
Tom Friedman offers his own answer: No. He writes that the relevant question is instead: “Are there tens of millions of good men and women in America ready to run and vote as Democrats or independents in the 2018 congressional elections and replace the current G.O.P. majority in the House and maybe the Senate?”


Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation
According to the New York Times:
President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo that Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia.
Mr. Comey wrote the memo detailing his conversation with the president immediately after the meeting, which took place the day after Mr. Flynn resigned, according to two people who read the memo. The memo was part of a paper trail Mr. Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation. An F.B.I. agent’s contemporaneous notes are widely held up in court as credible evidence of conversations.
Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.
Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, only replying: “I agree he is a good guy.”
In a statement, the White House denied the version of events in the memo.
Read more at the NYTIMES


Hacked and Attacked

cyber warfare, via hacking or attacking, has become an increasing part of our reality in a world where close to 50% of the population is online.

On Friday, a malicious malware or "ransomware" virus called "WannaCry" was unleashed on the internet, targeting Microsoft Windows users by locking down, then holding their files for ransom.

Victims asked to pay $300 through Bitcoin
The cyber attack, described by Europol as unprecedented in scale, infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, including Britain, Russia, China, Vietnam, Spain and the United States.

Companies that were hardest hit included Telefónica (Spain), Britain's National Health Service (NHS), Federal Express, Renault, Nissan, Russian Railways, LATAM Airlines, among others.

Most affected are older versions of the Microsoft operating system, like Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Linux and MacOS have not been affected.

How It Works
One of the most common ways of spreading an attack is through phishing or false emails that, once opened, have a 'worm-like' ability to spread through cyber networks.

Phishing is an attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card
details, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication
As in this case, a piece of malicious software takes control through a vulnerability or bug in the system to encrypt and freeze files until a ransom is paid, and a key provided to restore the files.  

The WannaCry "bug" is called EternalBlue, which has apparently been known to the National Security Agency (NSA) for awhile.
The WannaCry price to unlock a file is $300, to be paid in the cryptocurrancy BitCoins, but the hackers have warned that may go up.

A UK-based security researcher found a temporary method to slow the spread, but a second wave is expected.

What To Do
Microsoft has issued a "patch" to remove the underlying vulnerability for supported systems, and has made the rare move of providing updates for the older operating systems that otherwise are no longer supported.

To help safeguard against WannaCry and other viruses:
  • Update your operating system (check the "auto update feature")
  • Install good Anti-virus' software
  • Do not open suspicious emails or attachments
  • Backup your hard disk via an external harddrive
Microsoft instructions on defending against the ransomware.  We hope you don't have to use it!


If these reports are true, Trump’s staff could be in for huge changes

Even though he’s condemned leaks and those who may speak to the press, Trump’s White House is still talking. In a recent report, Axios quoted multiple White House sources who painted a picture of a president frustrated and seething. One of the White House sources said that Trump is “angry at everyone.” RELATED: After months of…