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Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive

Source: Wall Street Journal

President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum dictating how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations, according to people familiar with the action.

Mr. Trump signed an order on Wednesday reversing the classified rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks, particularly those geared at foreign adversaries.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-seeking-to-relax-rules-on-u-s-cyberattacks-reverses-obama-directive-1534378721

This seems very bad.

From NYTimes: Agents Seek to Dissolve ICE in Immigration Policy Backlash


June 28, 2018

WASHINGTON — At least 19 Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators are seeking to dissolve the agency, concerned that the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal migrants has limited their ability to pursue national security threats, child pornography and transnational crime.

Question: Who benefits from ICE not being able to focus on national security threats, child pornography, and transnational crime? We all know the answer to that.

From the NYTimes - Trump Gushes...

What if this whole "summit" was orchestrated before hand by Russia, NK, and the dumpster administration and they decided they would undo the results of the Korean War (conflict, that is) - since Russia backed North Korea then - and just give the South to Kim Jung Un? Yes, that is a wild conspiracy theory but look at what they have done already from before the election until now. They (including the GOP domestically, BTW) are working to undo anything that was instituted since WWII.

The term “security guarantees” was not explained, but in providing them to allies like South Korea and Japan, the United States has committed to use military force to come to their defense. It seems highly unlikely that would apply in the case of North Korea, and it shouldn’t.

Mr. Trump later told a news conference that he still hoped at some point to withdraw the 28,500 American troops from that country. He said he intended to halt American war games held routinely with South Korea because they are “expensive” and “provocative.”

But it seems that he failed to forewarn both the Pentagon and President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, a grievous mistake, especially with an ally who is directly affected by the decision and played a central role in causing the Kim-Trump meeting to happen. While Mr. Moon hailed the meeting’s outcome in general, stunned South Korean officials worried that Mr. Trump was making concessions too fast. The South Korean Defense Ministry said it was seeking to clarify the president’s intentions.


Conservatives are spinning things now to promote a "Red Wave" in the midterms

"If There’s a Red Wave Election in 2018, This Will Be Why"


Mr. Trump isn’t on the ballot, but the ideas that animate the current conservative renaissance are. They are represented by some interesting Senate candidates, who have quite different biographies but common goals. Josh Hawley in Missouri is a Stanford- and Yale-educated lawyer who clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts, while Matt Rosendale in Montana is a rancher-turned-politician. Both are running on a platform of returning power to the people and nurturing a sense of community and solidarity among Americans that many Republican politicians either ignored or openly disdained.



WTF is this nonsense about the GOP "returning the power to the people" being espoused by him? If there is a RED WAVE in the midterms, it will be because the Russian authoritarian kleptocrats - whom we used to refer to as the REDS (including Donald the dumpster) - will have stolen the elections just as they did in 2016.
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