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Cyber Command chief: Trump has not given us permission to stop Russian attacks on 2018 elections

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Admiral Michael Rogers (screen grab)

Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had not given him the authority to fight back against Russian attacks on the 2018 U.S. election.

In testimony before a Senate committee, Rogers was asked by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) about the Department of Defense’s ability to respond to cyber attacks from Russia “against our forthcoming elections.”

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“We have been attacked and there are a lot of us that feel like we are still being attacked and that we’re going to be attacked particularly with regard to our elections,” Nelson explained. “So, what’s the holdup?”

“The challenge for us is right now we have this thing called the law,” Rogers replied. “And the legal framework shapes what DOD can and cannot do.”

“What do you need as the commander to say go after and punish these guys that are trying to tear apart our critical infrastructure?” Nelson pressed.

“I need a policy decision that indicates that there’s specific direction to do that,” Rogers said. “The secretary [of defense] would ultimately make a recommendation to the president… and then based on that, we’d be given specific direction and specific authority.”

“So you need a direction and specific authority from the White House?” Nelson remarked.

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“The president ultimately would make this decision,” Rogers stated.

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White women who voted for Trump voice their regrets: ‘I didn’t know I was signing my own death warrant’

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White women played a large part in Donald Trump's surge to the presidency in 2016. Some of those women spoke to Al Jazeera this Thursday and explained why Trump won't be getting their vote in 2020.

Nancy Shively has been voting for Republicans since 1976. She voted for Trump in 2016 even though she wasn't a "big fan."

“Really seeing in living colour … his personality on display, it was just so clear to me how relentlessly narcissistic he is and how he was trying to pawn off responsibility on the governors instead of doing it himself,” she said, adding that when she voted for Trump, "I didn’t know I was [potentially] signing my own death warrant."

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Fox News host interrupts Trump adviser for attacking Kristen Welker: ‘She’s a reporter, not an activist’

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Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Thursday called out Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp after she labeled NBC correspondent Kristen Welker as an "activist."

Just hours before the final presidential debate of 2020, Hemmer asked Schlapp if President Donald Trump's strategy is to attack Welker, who is scheduled to moderate the event.

"We'll see what happens," Schlapp replied. "But we know about the moderator. She's a bit of an activist and we want a fair debate."

Hemmer interrupted: "Sorry, she's a reporter. She's not an activist."

"Well, she worked for NBC and she worked for MSNBC, which I would say is not necessarily fair and balanced," Schlapp replied.

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‘Moron’ Fox News host Laura Ingraham gets hilariously fact-checked after attack on ‘liberal governors’

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Fox News personality Laura Ingraham tried to attack "liberal governors" with a photo of a vacant Washington Dulles International Airport check-in counter.

https://twitter.com/IngrahamAngle/status/1319315252354437120

The problem for Ingraham became clear once the photo was expanded to show Lufthansa, a German airline company next to another check-in for Austrian Airlines.

Most of the rest of the world isn't allowing travelers from the United States into their countries because the coronavirus is far more widespread.

In June, one man posted a video of himself at the Miami Airport in the International Terminal where he too was the only one around. By Ingraham's logic, Gov. Ron DeSantis is just as bad as Virginia's Democratic governor.

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