White House Official: Unless Media Coverage Of Trump Is Positive, We Will Call It “Fake News”

"CNN: Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said Monday that the administration will continue using the term “fake news” until the media understands that their “monumental desire” to attack the President is wrong.

“There is a monumental desire on behalf of the majority of the media, not just the pollsters, the majority of the media to attack a duly elected President in the second week of his term,” Gorka, a former Breitbart editor who also holds a PhD in political science, told syndicated conservative radio host Michael Medved.

“That’s how unhealthy the situation is and until the media understands how wrong that attitude is, and how it hurts their credibility, we are going to continue to say, ‘fake news.’ I’m sorry, Michael. That’s the reality,” he added.

Trump and his staff have repeatedly used the term “fake news” to discredit reporting on the presidential administration from mainstream outlets such as CNN and The New York Times, often offering no evidence to back up their disputes with those outlets’ stories.

Earlier in the interview, Gorka was asked by Medved whether he would acknowledge that the administration’s controversial statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day was “at least questionable in being the first such statement in many years that didn’t recognize that Jewish extermination was the chief goal of the Holocaust.”

Gorka replied by calling criticism of the statement “asinine,” arguing that it was motivated by the media’s desire to attack Trump."

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GOP lawmaker proposes abolishing Department of Education https://goo.gl/cSWTRF

"On the same day the Senate confirmed President Trump’s secretary of Education pick by a historically narrow margin, a House Republican introduced legislation to abolish the entire department Betsy DeVos will lead.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie’s bill is only a page long, after merely stating the Department of Education would terminate on Dec. 31, 2018.

Massie believes that policymakers at the state and local levels should be responsible for education policy, instead of a federal agency that’s been in place since 1980.

"Unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. should not be in charge of our children’s intellectual and moral development. States and local communities are best positioned to shape curricula that meet the needs of their students,” Massie said in a statement.

Former President Reagan called for dismantling the Department of Education, along with the Department of Energy. But that proposal ultimately never came to fruition.

Seven other Republicans signed on to Massie’s bill: House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Raúl Labrador (Idaho).

The Senate confirmed DeVos earlier Tuesday on a 51-50 vote following an all-night session forced by Democrats unanimously opposed to her nomination.

Teachers unions and liberal groups rallied against DeVos, whose family has donated extensively to GOP lawmakers, for her support for charter schools and lack of experience in public education.

Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), voted against DeVos, citing thousands of calls to their offices from people opposed to her nomination.

But the two GOP defections weren’t enough to derail DeVos’s nomination. Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote on DeVos to break a tie.

Pence is the first vice president in history to break a tie on a Cabinet nominee. Tuesday also marked the first time a vice president has broken a tie in the Senate since 2008."

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white grievance warrior Tomi Lahren makes an ass of herself on Real Time with Bill Maher https://goo.gl/Z58BKX

"…She has cultivated a considerable following overplaying the role of striking “white grievance warrior,” spewing racist excrement like: “The term unarmed black man may be literally accurate, but it doesn’t tell the whole story in most cases. In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for a lack of trying.”

Nonetheless, Lahren has been embraced by certain members of the so-called “liberal elite”—including The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, whom she counts as a friend.

Enter Bill Maher. On Friday, the left-leaning political satirist welcomed Lahren as one of the guest panelists on his HBO program Real Time, thanking her for entering the hornet’s nest as a Trump apologist. "

"Later on in the program, the panel debated President Trump’s first military operation as Commander-in-Chief: a failed Yemen mission that resulted in one dead American soldier, a dead 8-year-old girl, and countless other civilian casualties. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that the raid was planned on the evening of Jan. 25 during dinner between Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a 35-year-old real estate developer; Steve Bannon, a failed documentary filmmaker and former overseer of the alt-right website Breitbart News; and security and intelligence officials.

“US military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations,” reported Reuters. “As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced Al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger-than-expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.

“It was a huge fuck up,” said Maher of the op. “Now, I’m not saying that was all Donald Trump’s fault—although it doesn’t look good. But if it was Hillary Clinton, this would be the new Benghazi. This would be Benghazi times ten.”

Lahren seemed to half-heartedly agree. “So we shouldn’t talk about intentions. You’re right—on the left, and the right. We shouldn’t,” she muttered incoherently. “I would also agree that if Hillary did this, there would be a backlash from those on the right and they would say it was the second coming of Benghazi, and I agree with you.”

“So you’re saying Benghazi was bullshit? That they blamed it on Hillary?” asked Maher.

“No. I’m saying it would have been unfair to peg this on Hillary,” Lahren replied.

Then Jason Kander, a Democratic Senate candidate from Missouri and former Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan under George W. Bush, chimed in.

“No, I mean, you know pretty well y’all used the people who died [in
Benghazi] as political chess pieces for quite a few years,” said Kander. “And you’re absolutely right. I agree with you that, if five days into her presidency, Hillary Clinton had made a decision over dinner with her son-in-law [Jared Kushner] and Steve Bannon to conduct a raid—forget the fact that he didn’t go through the regular interagency processes. I’m a former Army intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, and I just think about—what if when I were in Afghanistan you had President Bush saying he wasn’t interested in receiving intelligence briefings [like Trump]. It just didn’t interest him that much. I’d feel terrible for the guys on the ground.”

“But you also realize the president is not in charge of actually making military operations? It’s brought to him,” offered Lahren, again making little to no sense.

“I’m sorry… what?” said a confused Kander.

The wildest exchange came towards the end of Real Time, when Lahren was asked about Republicans’ bizarre preoccupation with “reverse-racism.”

“Two-thirds of Republicans agree that discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against minorities. Do you agree with that?” Maher asked Lahren.

“I think that there’s certainly an element of division that needs to be addressed, yeah, as evidenced by UC Berkeley the other night. I do think that there’s… there’s certain issues in society where we’re becoming more divided, and it’s not just blacks against whites or whites against blacks, it’s all of us against each other. And it’s toxic,” she replied, unintelligibly.

“But that’s not what I asked,” said Maher. “This says two-thirds of Republicans said that discrimination against whites is as big a problem as whites against blacks. Are you part of that two-thirds?”

“As we sit here today, I do think that there is an element of racism against white individuals. I do see it,” said Lahren, to gasps and laughter from the studio audience. "

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Western Union Pays $586M Fine Over Wire Fraud Charges https://goo.gl/WrWmYJ

"Western Union Co, the world’s biggest money-transfer company, agreed to pay $586 million and admitted to turning a blind eye as criminals used its service for money laundering and fraud, U.S. authorities said on Thursday.

Western Union, which has over half a million locations in more than 200 countries, admitted "to aiding and abetting wire fraud" by allowing scammers to process transactions, even when the company realized its agents were helping scammers avoid detection, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission said in statements.

With the help of Western Union agents, Chinese immigrants used the service to send hundreds of millions of dollars to pay human smugglers, wiring the money in smaller increments to avoid federal reporting requirements, U.S. authorities said.

Fraudsters offering fake prizes and job opportunities swindled tens of thousands of U.S. consumers, giving Western Union agents a cut in return for processing the payments, authorities said.

Between 2004 and 2012, the Colorado-based company knew of fraudulent transactions but failed to take steps that would have resulted in disciplining of 2,000 agents, authorities said.

"Western Union is now paying the price for placing profits ahead of its own customers," said Acting Assistant Attorney General David Bitkower.

A Western Union spokesman said that the company didn’t "do as much as it should have" to oversee its agents between 2004 and 2012 but is committed to improving its procedures.

Western Union, which helped clients move over $150 billion in 2015, said in a press release that more than one-fifth of its work force is currently devoted to compliance. It also said consumer fraud accounts for less than one-tenth of 1 percent of consumer-to-consumer transactions."

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Android Device’s Pattern Lock Can Be Cracked Within Five Attempts, Researchers Show https://goo.gl/HTJDB2

"The popular Pattern Lock system used to secure millions of Android phones can be cracked within just five attempts – and more complicated patterns are the easiest to crack, security experts reveal.

Pattern Lock is a security measure that protects devices, such as mobile phones or tablets, and which is preferred by many to PIN codes or text passwords. It is used by around 40 per cent of Android device owners.

In order to access a device’s functions and content, users must first draw a pattern on an on-screen grid of dots. If this matches the pattern set by the owner then the device can be used. However, users only have five attempts to get the pattern right before the device becomes locked.

New research from Lancaster University, Northwest University in China, and the University of Bath, which benefitted from funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), shows for the first time that attackers can crack Pattern Lock reliably within five attempts by using video and computer vision algorithm software.

By covertly videoing the owner drawing their Pattern Lock shape to unlock their device, while enjoying a coffee in a busy café for example, the attacker, who is pretending to play with their phone, can then use software to quickly track the owner’s fingertip movements relative to the position of the device. Within seconds the algorithm produces a small number of candidate patterns to access the Android phone or tablet.

The attack works even without the video footage being able to see any of the on-screen content, and regardless of the size of the screen. Results are accurate on video recorded on a mobile phone from up to two and a half metres away – and so attacks are more covert than shoulder-surfing. It also works reliably with footage recorded on a digital SLR camera at distances up to nine metres away.

Researchers evaluated the attack using 120 unique patterns collected from independent users. They were able to crack more than 95 per cent of patterns within five attempts."

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