Sen. Rob Portman is just one of the Republican hucksters on the tax bill: Brent Larkin

And not a very good one – he does not lie well. If it passes, I hope he has nightmares when he hears of those who die in Ohio and elsewhere because of his vote. With their Donald Trump Friends and Family Tax Bill, Sen. Rob Portman and his GOP cohorts have gone too far, scheming to pull off the biggest scam perpetuated on the middle class, writes Brent Larkin.

Mavis Staples: ‘All that progress we made – and now we have a liar in the White House’

For this month’s instalment, the singer – whose career spans the protest music of the 60s to Arcade Fire and Gorillaz – talks about the records that shaped her life and politics, from Mahalia Jackson and Dylan to Curtis Mayfield and her beloved friend Prince

In a hotel room in Detroit, a 78-year-old woman is rasping down the phone. She can’t quite hear every word I say, as she spent last night in a loud theatre with her old boyfriend, Bob: “We talk about old times.” Bob is Bob Dylan; Mavis Staples supported him on his most recent American tour.

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10 miles NE of Dover, Delaware

Pretty big shake for Dover!
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Preliminary Magnitude: 4.4(Ml)
Lat/Lon: 39.184 / -75.378
Affected Region: 10 miles NE of Dover, Delaware
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Thursday Open Thread | There are stories you read that makes you blink numerous times, cause you can’t believe them

” On Feb. 15, the FBI directed its employees in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division to remove all entries of fugitives from justice from the background check database and said that “entries will not be permitted” under that category until further notice. Before the FBI memo, there were about 500,000 people identified as fugitives from justice in the database — and all of those names were removed.

Now there are 788.

Think on that.
From about FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND…
TO 788.

Just out there, people.
Not on the database.
Guess what they can do now..

BUY WEAPONS OF DEATH.

Does this make you feel MORE SAFE… or LESS SAFE…”

This is one of those stories.

Hat tip – reader at Balloon Juice

Tens of Thousands With Outstanding Warrants Purged From Background Check Database

Tens of thousands of people wanted by law enforcement officials have been removed this year from the FBI criminal background check database that prohibits fugitives from justice from buying guns.

The names were taken out after the FBI in February changed its legal interpretation of “fugitive from justice” to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.

What that means is that those fugitives who were previously prohibited under federal law from purchasing firearms can now buy them, unless barred for other reasons.

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After Trump was inaugurated, the Justice Department further narrowed the definition to those who have fled across state lines to avoid prosecution for a crime or to avoid giving testimony in a criminal proceeding.

On Feb. 15, the FBI directed its employees in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division to remove all entries of fugitives from justice from the background check database and said that “entries will not be permitted” under that category until further notice. Before the FBI memo, there were about 500,000 people identified as fugitives from justice in the database — and all of those names were removed.

Now there are 788.

Think on that.

From about FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND…

TO 788.

Just out there, people.

Not on the database.

Guess what they can do now..

BUY WEAPONS OF DEATH.

Does this make you feel MORE SAFE… or LESS SAFE…

They are all Law and Order when it comes to Non-White folks..

But, they can’t study White Racist Nationalist Groups..

But, they can Black Lives Matter…

And now, we have a fugitive database, which has pretty much been eliminated.

Now, tell me Ladies and Gentlemen…what would happen if 44 had done this?

Uh huh

Uh huh.

Blackwater founder pitches plan to quell Libya migrant crisis with private police

Scum floats new idea to get rich and important again.

The military contractor and Trump ally Erik Prince, who has faced scrutiny for his human rights record, has a ‘humane’ proposal to try to stop the flow of migrants

Erik Prince, the founder of the private military contractor Blackwater, is pushing a plan to intervene in the migrant crisis in Libya with a proposal involving a privately-trained police force that would mirror his company’s work in Afghanistan.

The proposal, he said, would be a more humanitarian option for the European Union compared to the chaos that is now gripping the oil-rich nation, given widespread reports of grave human rights abuses by militia groups against migrants.

Related: Libyan path to Europe turns into dead end for desperate migrants

Related: ‘Fake news’: Libya seizes on Trump tweet to discredit CNN slavery report

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22-Year-Old Hacker Pleads Guilty to 2014 Yahoo Hack, Admits Helping Russian Intelligence

Those Russian “fishing boats” in the 2000s.

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Karim Baratov, a 22-year-old Kazakhstan-born Canadian citizen, has pleaded guilty to hacking charges over his involvement in massive 2014 Yahoo data breach that affected all three billion yahoo accounts.

In March, the US Justice Department announced charges against two Russian intelligence officers (Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin) from Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) and two hackers (Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov) for breaking into yahoo servers in 2014.

While Karim Baratov (Kay, a.k.a Karim Taloverov, a.k.a Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov) was arrested in Toronto at his Ancaster home by the Toronto Police Department in March this year, Alexsey Belan and both FSB officers currently reside in Russia, unlikely to be extradited.

In the federal district court in San Francisco on Tuesday, Baratov admitted to helping the Russian spies and pleaded guilty to a total of nine counts which includes:

  • One count of conspiring to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by stealing information from protected computers and causing damage to protected computers.
  • Eight counts of aggravated identity theft.

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Prosecutors believe that FSB officers directed the Yahoo hack and contracted Baratov when their targets—which included journalists, government officials, and technology company employees—used email accounts outside of Yahoo’s system.

“Baratov’s role in the charged conspiracy was to hack webmail accounts of individuals of interest to the FSB and send those accounts’ passwords to Dokuchaev in exchange for money,” his plea agreement reads.

However, according to Baratov’s lawyers, at the time of the crime, Baratov had no idea he was working with Russian FSB agents.

Baratov gained unauthorized access to at least 80 non-Yahoo email accounts, including at least 50 Google accounts by obtaining their credentials through “spear phishing” attacks.

Baratov’s sentencing hearing will be held on 20th February next year in federal district court in San Francisco, where he could face 70 to 87 months in jail for the first charge and 24 months for the identity theft charges.

“The illegal hacking of private communications is a global problem that transcends political boundaries. Cybercrime is not only a grave threat to personal privacy and security, but causes great financial harm to individuals who are hacked and costs the world economy hundreds of billions of dollars every year,” US Attorney Brian Stretch said. 

“These threats are even more insidious when cybercriminals such as Baratov are employed by foreign government agencies acting outside the rule of law.”

Besides any prison sentence, Baratov has also agreed to pay compensation to the Yahoo victims and a fine up to $2,250,000 (at $250,000 per count).

Baratov’s arrest is the only one in this investigation. The three other men, including two FSB officers and one criminal hacker, currently reside in Russia, with whom the United States has no extradition treaty.