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Russian hackers tried to ‘disrupt’ presidential election in Dallas

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Russian hackers attempted to break into voter rolls in Dallas ahead of the presidential election but were unable to breach the computer system.

Elections officials in Dallas County, Texas, said hackers could have wreaked havoc on Election Day if they’d been able to manipulate or delete the database of 1.3 million registered voters, reported the Dallas News.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security alerted local elections offices in October to look out for around 600 suspicious Internet Protocol addresses possibly linked to Russian hackers, county officials said.

The county found 17 of those IP addresses had tried to gain access to its servers, officials said, and federal authorities confirmed that at least some of those suspicious users were linked to Russia.

The number of unsuccessful attempts suggests the hackers “expected to disrupt” the county’s voting process, said Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

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“If you disrupt the voter file, then when people are trying to validate at the polls, you got mass confusion,” Price said.

Russian hackers reportedly attempted to break into electoral systems in at least 39 states, a much more extensive attempt at interference than previously known.

It’s not clear whether Russian hackers tried to break into elections systems in other Texas counties.

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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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