The indicators are far from conclusive, the researchers warned, and it could be weeks, if not months, before investigators are confident enough in their findings to officially point the finger at Pyongyang’s increasingly bold corps of digital hackers. The attackers based their weapon on vulnerabilities that were stolen from the National Security Agency and published last month.Security experts at Symantec, which in the past has accurately identified attacks mounted by the United States, Israel and North Korea, found early versions of the ransomware, called WannaCry, that used tools that were also deployed against Sony Pictures Entertainment, a Bangladesh Central Bank last year and Polish banks in February. American officials said Monday that they had seen the same similarities.All of those attacks were ultimately linked to North Korea; President Barack Obama formally charged the North in late 2014 with destroying computers at Sony in retaliation for a comedy, “The Interview,” that envisioned a C.I.A. plot to kill Kim Jong-un, the country’s president.
Later, at the White House, Mr. Lavrov met President Trump for what was supposed to be a private meeting, with no reporters or cameras allowed into the Oval Office, save for official photographers from each government. Afterward, the Russian state news agency, Tass, published pictures of Mr. Trump and Mr. Lavrov grinning broadly, alongside the Russian ambassador to Washington, Sergey I. Kislyak.White House officials were furious, saying their Russian counterparts had tricked them. The point of barring the news media, a senior official said, was to prevent the publication of images of a meeting that was, at a minimum, badly timed, given that Mr. Trump had just fired the director of the agency investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia.
As has been pointed out countless times before, this is completely false. China’s undervaluation of its currency came to an end long before Trump even descended down the escalator inside Trump Tower to announce his candidacy. Yet during his campaign, he regularly bashed China for hurting American manufacturers by manipulating its currency, vowing that on his first day in office, he would declare China a currency manipulator.
“I do watch Fox in the morning, and their ratings have gone through the roof because everyone knows I’m watching Fox,” claimed Trump. “But they’re pleasant. And if I do something wrong they report on it. I don’t mean they — if I do something wrong. But it’s really, honestly it’s the most accurate.”Trump turned his disdain to Cuomo, who went toe-to-toe with his counselor Kellyanne Conway just yesterday.”He’s like a boiler ready to explode, the level of hatred,” said Trump. “And … the entire CNN platform is that way.”It was then Lemon’s turn to be bashed.”This Don Lemon, who’s perhaps the dumbest person in broadcasting, Don Lemon at night it’s like — sometimes they’ll have a guest who by mistake will say something good. And they’ll start screaming, we’re going to commercial,” said Trump. “They cut him off. Remember? I’ve seen things where by mistake somebody they bring in a guest and it turns out to be a positive. And they go, I mean they get just killed. The level of hatred.” Still, despite his loathing for CNN, Trump did compliment contributor and supporter Jeffrey Lord.”Poor Jeffrey Lord. I love Jeffrey Lord. But sometimes he’s sitting there with eight unknown killers that nobody ever heard of,” Trump told Time. “And CNN actually is not doing nearly as well as others. They’re all doing well because of me.”Later in the day on Thursday, Trump went back and found a tweet from Rosie O’Donnell from last year in which she called for FBI director James Comey to be fired. Trump quoted her tweet, saying “We finally agree on something Rosie.”
Journalists were barred Sunday from a publicly advertised event in Shanghai aimed at luring Chinese investors into a US real estate project tied to the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, in exchange for immigrant visas.The project – a two-tower luxury apartment complex known as One Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, just 3 miles (5 km) from Manhattan – is being pursued by the KABR Group and the Kushner Companies, which until recently was led by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka.The developers are trying to raise $150 million (135 million euros), or 15 percent of funding for the project. To sweeten the deal the developers are offering investors EB-5 immigrant visas in exchange, according to marketing material by the event’s organizer – the Qiaowai immigration agency.The controversial EB-5 visa program effectively allows wealthy foreigners to buy US immigration visas for themselves and their families by investing at least $500,000 in certain development projects.”Sorry, this is a private event,” said a man stopping journalists from entering a function room on Sunday afternoon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai.
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Germany’s interior minister has presented a 10-point plan on the divisive issue of “Leitkultur” – the idea of establishing dominant German values. Thomas de Maiziere believes this will help integrate immigrants.
Here’s the catch: Heath Mello is a longtime opponent of abortion access who sponsored a 20-week abortion ban in 2010. It contained no exceptions for rape or incest. Mello has also co-sponsored legislation requiring doctors to perform medically-unnecessary ultrasounds, and he voted for a bill to ban insurance plans in the state from covering abortion, which would dramatically restrict access for low-income women. That’s not just “personal opposition”; it’s a clear, concerted campaign to restrict access to abortion.
Under heavy criticism, Sanders doubled down on his support of Mello, telling NPR that Democrats “can’t exclude people who disagree with us on one issue.”
But of course, Sanders is willing to deny his support to candidates who don’t support his economic justice agenda. Just this week, he bluntly panned Jon Ossoff, a pro-choice Democrat in a tight race to flip Tom Price’s Georgia House seat, as “not a progressive.”
In his fight to define what it means to be progressive and to “radically transform the Democratic Party,” Sanders has drawn an unspoken but clear distinction between the economic issues that animate him (on which he says we must not compromise) and reproductive freedom (on which, he says, we should). It’s a vision in which single-payer and free college are essential parts of the progressive, economic justice agenda, while a woman’s right to choose is not.