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AOC says bigger scandal than Trump's 'lawbreaking behavior' is Dem's refusal to impeach

AOC says bigger scandal than Trump's 'lawbreaking behavior' is Dem's refusal to impeachOcasio-Cortez added further fuel to the impeachment fire by saying the bigger scandal was Democrats' refusal to impeach President Trump.



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California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment Surgeries

California Bans State-Sponsored Travel to Iowa over Refusal to Provide Medicaid Coverage for Gender-Reassignment SurgeriesCalifornia added an eleventh state to its travel blacklist on Friday, banning state-sponsored travel to Iowa over that state's refusal to cover gender-transition surgeries under its Medicaid program.California attorney general Xavier Becerra announced the decision to add Iowa to the travel-ban list, which takes effect October 4 and means public employees and college students will not be able to travel to Iowa on the taxpayer's dime.In May, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed a law blocking Medicaid from paying for gender-reassignment surgeries despite the state Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year in favor of charging taxpayers for the procedures. Gender identity is a protected characteristic under Iowa's Civil Rights Act."The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare," Becerra said in a statement. "California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it."California's travel blacklist stems from a 2016 law allowing the Golden State to ban state travel to other U.S. states that roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Kentucky are also on the list.



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A Mississippi politician abides by the 'Billy Graham rule,' but his refusal to be alone with a woman other than his wife in a work setting could be illegal, according to an employment law expert

A Mississippi politician abides by the 'Billy Graham rule,' but his refusal to be alone with a woman other than his wife in a work setting could be illegal, according to an employment law expertAn employment law expert told INSIDER that state Rep. Robert Foster's refusal to be alone with a woman could violate anti-discrimination laws.



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Ilhan Omar says her refusal to 'pledge allegiance' to Israel does not make her antisemitic

Ilhan Omar says her refusal to 'pledge allegiance' to Israel does not make her antisemiticIlhan Omar has defended herself in the face of criticism after saying she should not need to “have allegiance [or] pledge support” to Israel to serve in the US Congress. The Minnesota representative was involved in a heated exchange on Twitter with Nita Lowey, a fellow Democratic politician, over her recent comments about the influence of pro-Israel groups in Washington. “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country,” Ms Omar said, at an event on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.



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Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee return

Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee returnRussia will help Lebanon return refugees to neighboring Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, accusing the United States of impeding the general repatriation process by declining to assist in Syria’s reconstruction. Lavrov also called on opposition groups in the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib to distance themselves from the Nusra Front group, formerly the local branch of al Qaeda.



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D.C. Metro Sued Over Refusal to Run Some Ads

D.C. Metro Sued Over Refusal to Run Some AdsThe transit authority rejected ads that included an abortion pill and Yiannopoulos’s book.



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Turkey's Erdogan assails Germany over rally refusal

Turkey's Erdogan assails Germany over rally refusalBERLIN (AP) — Turkey's president is assailing German authorities' refusal to let him address Turks at a rally when he visits for the Group of 20 summit, declaring the decision "political suicide."



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Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiateQatar on Wednesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s refusal to negotiate the demands of the kingdom and its allies for ending a crippling embargo on the emirate. Speaking from Washington, where he held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said the Saudi position was unacceptable. “This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can’t just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate,” Sheikh Mohammed said in comments published in Doha.



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Tim Cook’s refusal to help FBI hack iPhone is validated by ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack

Tim Cook’s refusal to help FBI hack iPhone is validated by ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack

The proliferation of the WannaCry ransomware last week unequivocally justifies Apple's steadfast refusal to help the FBI break into an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. As a quick refresher, the FBI last year wanted Apple engineers to create a brand new version of iOS that would allow them to skirt around iOS security measures. As a precaution, a security setting in iOS wipes a device clean after 10 erroneous passcode entry attempts. The FBI, as a result, tried to force Apple to release a specialized version of iOS that would not include this security limitation.

Apple abhorred the very idea from the get-go, with Tim Cook going so far as to say that the FBI wanted Apple to create something that it viewed as "the software equivalent of cancer." From Apple's vantage point, creating software capable of circumventing important iOS security mechanisms was a monumental risk as there is no way to guarantee that the customized software wouldn't eventually fall into the wrong hands.

So while Cook's cancer analogy might have struck some as being extreme, the WannaCry ransomware saga last week proves that once a piece of malicious software is created, it's impossible to keep it out of the hands of malicious actors. According to reports, the WannaCry ransomware — which infected more than 200,000 computers across 150 different countries in less than 24 hours — was based on an NSA exploit released by a hacking collective known as the Shadow Brokers. In fact, WannaCry began infecting computers worldwide just about 4 weeks after the Shadow Brokers released a treasure trove of NSA hacking tools and exploits for anyone in the world to explore and use.

The Intercept adds:

Today shows exactly what’s at stake when government hackers can’t keep their virtual weapons locked up. As security researcher Matthew Hickey, who tracked the leaked NSA tools last month, put it, “I am actually surprised that a weaponized malware of this nature didn’t spread sooner.”

So while former FBI director James Comey promised Apple that they would be able to keep a customized version of iOS from falling into the wrong hands, there's really no way for anyone to make such a promise with 100% certainty. If it's possible for top-secret NSA exploits to eventually see the light of day, it's also possible for the FBI's own arsenal of hacking tools to eventually fall into the wrong hands.

In light of the WannaCry attack, Tim Cook's words during an interview with ABC last year ring truer than ever before: "If we knew a way to do this without exposing hundreds of millions of other people’s issues we would obviously do it. We need to stand tall and stand tall on principle. There’s probably more information about you on your phone than there is in your house… they’re also loaded with the location of our kids in many cases, and so it’s not just about privacy but it’s also about public safety."

And speaking of public safety, one of the reasons why the WannaCry malware first started generating headlines was because it began infecting scores of computers at a number of hospitals all across the UK.

Incidentally, Microsoft on Sunday issued a statement blasting government agencies for hoarding dangerous exploits. The entire piece is worth a read, but one of the most pertinent excerpts reads:

Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action.

The full statement, penned by Microsoft Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith, can be viewed over here.



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