Reality Winner to plead guilty in national security leak case: report | More to Come 

Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was accused of leaking a classified report to a news outlet, will reportedly plead guilty as part of a plea deal.

Source: Reality Winner to plead guilty in national security leak case: report | Fox News

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Disability applications plunge as the economy strengthens

The number of Americans seeking Social Security disability benefits is plunging, a startling reversal of a decades-old trend that threatened the program’s solvency. It is the latest evidence of a stronger economy pulling people back into the job market or preventing workers from being sidelined in the first place.

The drop is so significant that the agency has revised its estimates of how long the program will continue to be financially secure. This month, the government announced that the program would not run out of money until 2032, four years later than its previous estimate last year. Two years ago, the government had warned that the funds might be depleted by 2023.

Source: Disability applications plunge as the economy strengthens :: WRAL.com

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Prof blames mathematics for ‘global disparities in wealth’ | But who’s Counting

A professor claims in a new textbook that learning mathematics can cause “collateral damage” to society by training students in “ethics-free thought.”

Source: Prof blames mathematics for ‘global disparities in wealth’

Knowledge is disparity, but why is that bad?

Ethics based on what? Not all ethical systems have a positive outcome. Survival of the fittest didn’t turn out so well. Communism gets rid financial disparity and replaces it with party loyalty: a total disaster.

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Person dies after setting self on fire in downtown Portland  protesting Homelessness & Mental Health

“It was just like those monks,” said Scot Baughman, who was sitting in a park bench shortly after the incident.

Source: Person dies after setting self on fire in downtown Portland park in apparent protest | OregonLive.com

Portland evening news did not cover the story.

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Germany’s largest automakers back abolition of EU-U.S. car import tariffs | Trump Win, USA Win, Workers Win

The U.S. ambassador to Germany returns to Washington today with a tariff peace offering.

Richard Grenell will present a proposal from Germany’s leading automakers, calling for doing away with all import tariffs for cars between the European Union and the U.S.

That would mean scrapping the EU’s 10% tax on auto imports from the U.S. and other countries and the 2.5% duty on auto imports in the U.S., according to Dow Jones.

In return, the Europeans want President Trump’s threat of imposing a 25% border tax on European auto imports off the table.

Source: Germany’s largest automakers back abolition of EU-U.S. car import tariffs | Fox Business

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Obama cyber chief confirms ‘stand down’ order against Russian cyberattacks During 2016 Election

WASHINGTON — The Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified Wednesday that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in the summer of 2016.

The comments by Michael Daniel, who served as White House “cyber security coordinator” between 2012 and January of last year, provided his first public confirmation of a much-discussed passage in the book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” co-written by this reporter and David Corn, that detailed his thwarted efforts to respond to the Russian attack.

The view that the Obama administration failed to adequately piece together intelligence about the Russian campaign and develop a forceful response has clearly gained traction with the intelligence committee. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the ranking Democrat on the panel, said in an opening statement that “we were caught flat-footed at the outset and our collective response was inadequate to meet Russia’s escalation.”

That conclusion was reinforced Wednesday by another witness, Victoria Nuland, who served as assistant secretary of state for Europe during the Obama administration. She told the panel that she had been briefed as early as December 2015 about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee — long before senior DNC officials were aware of it — and that the intrusion had all the hallmarks of a Russian operation.

As she and other State Department officials became “more alarmed” about what the Russians were up to in the spring of 2016, they were authorized by then Secretary of State John Kerry to develop proposals for ways to deter the Russians. But most of those steps were never taken — in part because officials assumed they would be taken up by the next administration.

“I believe there were deterrence measures we could have taken and should have taken,” Nuland testified.

Source: Obama cyber chief confirms ‘stand down’ order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016

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Police identify dead boy dubbed ‘Little Jacob’ – Mother & Her Girlfriend Arrested

  • Cops said Wednesday body belonged to four-year-old Jayden Alexander Lopez
  • Jayden was found washed up on a beach in the Texan city on October 20, 2017
  • Mother Rebecca Rivera and girlfriend Dania Sarai Amezquita Gomez arrested
  • Rivera charged with dumping body and Gomez with being present at the time
  • Detectives still investigating whether the pair were involved in Jayden’s death

Source: Police identify dead boy dubbed ‘Little Jacob’ eight months after he washed up on a Galveston beach | Daily Mail Online

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