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Before Snowden NSA Was Unaware!
Had No Idea How Many Were Approved to Download Top-Secret Information
BY: Natalie Johnson
June 24, 2017 5:00 am
The National Security Agency did not know how many officials were authorized to download and transfer top secret data from its servers prior to the high-profile leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden, according to a recently declassified government report.
The NSA was also unsuccessful in attempts to meaningfully cut the number of officials with "privileged" access to its most sensitive databases, the Department of Defense's inspector general determined in the 2016 investigation. The heavily redacted report was obtained by the New York Times through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
The agency struggled to achieve the mandated reductions because it had no idea how many employees or contractors were designated data transfer agents or privileged access users prior to the leaks.
California Communist-care Stalls
Hotly Debated Topic in Governors Race
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon put the brakes on a sweeping plan to overhaul the health care market in California Friday, calling the bill “woefully incomplete.”
Rendon announced plans to park the bill to create a government-run universal health care system in Assembly Rules Committee “until further notice” and give senators time to fill in holes that the bill does not currently address.
“Even senators who voted for Senate Bill 562 noted there are potentially fatal flaws in the bill, including the fact it does not address many serious issues, such as financing, delivery of care, cost controls, or the realities of needed action by the Trump administration and voters to make SB 562 a genuine piece of legislation,” Rendon said.
Actual Wrong-Doing Being Looked Into
Committee Opens Probe Into Former AG
Originally posted by The Washington Times - Friday, June 23, 2017
By: Stephen Dinan -
The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to shape the FBI’s investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee’s chairman announced Friday.
In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks her to detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”
Washington Post Its Own Worst Enemy
Post Insider Talks of Foul Mouthed Reporters
By:Deputy Reporter, Carlos Reynoso
The Mainstream Media's Character Assassination of Trump is only helping him.
The Washington Post, in it’s typical multi-authored fashion, released a story this morning about President Donald Trump, which painted him as “stressed out” and “beleaguered” by the “ Russian Investigation”.
In spite of continuing reports of this nature, the president has consistently moved forward with his agenda as planned. While the president seems to be on a steady course, the course of the Washington Post is not consistent with its claimed objective and might, as some on the left now contend, actually be aiding the president in achieving his goals.
According to an inside source at the publication, reporting news is no longer as important as maintaining any narrative that makes the president look bad. Speaking on condition of anonymity, she told of conversations and behaviors that showed, in her words a “less than professional” image.
The Real Winners After Georgia
Its Neither Candidate...
By: David Catanese
Triumphant Republicans are boasting that Karen Handel's win in Georgia's special House election is the ultimate validation that the backlash against President Donald Trump is Washington-centric and overblown.
Disappointed Democrats remain convinced the lesson from the loss is that if they continue to widen the competitive map going forward, they're bound to score victories in unexpected places given how they've been able to trim margins in GOP-favoring districts.
They both may be on to something.
Seventeen months ahead of the 2018 midterms, the electoral terrain remains unsettled, with neither party holding a clear and clean advantage.
Dissolve Illinois! New U.S Venezuela!
"Finally Run Out of Other Peoples Money"
Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper.
But before we run out of the essentials, let's finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people's money.
Those "other people" include taxpayers who've abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday.
So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan.
And here it is:
Iran Threatens to ‘Depose’ Trump as Military Readies Missile Strikes
on U.S. Forces
Iranian officials urge greater confrontation with Trump
Iran Threatens to ‘Depose’ Trump as Military Readies Missile Strikes on U.S. Forces
Iranian officials urge greater confrontation with Trump
By: Adam Kredo of Washington Free Beacon
A senior Iranian leader and confidant of the Islamic Republic's president is threatening to "depose" President Donald Trump if he continues his policy of confronting Iran and its terror proxy groups in the Middle East, according to recent comments that come as Iranian military leaders threaten missile strikes on U.S. forces and bases in the region.
Mostafa Tajzadeh, a leading Iranian politician and ally to President Hassan Rouhani, claimed this week that the Trump administration is too "fragile" to confront Iran and that if U.S. officials do "anything unwise against Iran," the Islamic Republic will see that Trump is "deposed," according to Farsi-language comments independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon.
Minimum Wage Increases Closing Restaurants
LA Times Columnist Make Excuses
Over the last two years many localities across the United States have increased minimum wage requirements. And, the past couple years has also seen an increase in stories of restaurant closures in the affected areas.
While this is no surprise to many economists, right-leaning publications, and right-leaning intellectuals, the left has sought to debunk the connections between restaurant closures and the increase in local minimum wages.
However, a recent study by Harvard University shows concrete evidence that, at least in San Francisco where the study was conducted , the minimum wage increase is directly impacting restaurant closings overall.
The study indicates that minimum wage has an overall impact on restaurant closures in general, but qualifies the study by stating “While lower rated restaurants are driven to exit by increases to the minimum wage, higher rated restaurants tend to be more insulated from such shocks.”
This statement caused left-leaning Los Angeles Times Columnist, Michael Hiltzik to allege, “Minimum wage increases can kill businesses—if they already stink.” While the study does say that restaurants with lower review ratings have a tendency of exiting, it also refers to restaurants being “closer to the margin of exit”, or in other words, who have a higher overhead compared to sales intake.
Low ratings, in Hiltzik’s view, are to understood as a result of poor business practices resulting in poor service and product. The statement from the study that he focuses on is “A $1 increase in the minimum wage leads to a 14% increase in the likelihood of exit for a 3.5-star restaurant…but has no discernible impact for a 5-star.”
Hiltzik’s assertion is incorrect as he fails to see some very important points. The first is that some restaurants, are a “3.5” rating by design, even when doing business in a solvent, professional manner. They are essentially closer to “the margin” that the report refers to.