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Ex-Defense official tells MSNBC: ‘Putin has crossed every red line’ — and Trump has done ‘precisely nothing’

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A former chief of staff for the Department of Defense and the CIA said President Donald Trump has done “precisely nothing” to respond to Russia’s escalating provocations.

Jeremy Bash, who served a senior advisor to Leon Panetta in both roles, disputed the president’s claim that his administration was “working very hard” to counter Russian attacks on American democracy.

“They have done precisely nothing to secure our election systems,” Bash said.

The director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, warned Tuesday that Russia had launched a “cyber attack” against the U.S., but Bash said the president was still claiming that other nations or individuals may be to blame.

“We’re talking about the 400-pound guy in the basement,” Bash said. “He’s minimizing Russia’s role, notwithstanding the intelligence assessments I’ve received.”

“What do they have on him?” co-host Mika Brzezinski asked.

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The Trump administration has refused to enact the Russia sanctions passed by Congress, and the State Department hasn’t spent any of the $120 million budgeted to fight foreign election interference.

“Presidential leadership — I mean, it really comes from the top,” Bash said. “If the president doesn’t convene his national security team and say this is a top priority, it simply won’t get done — and I think that’s exactly what’s happening. The president is sending mixed signals, and his team doesn’t know whether they have the running room to take on Russia.”

The Kremlin and president Vladimir Putin have grown increasingly bold in just the past week, Bash said, with the announcement of two new nuclear weapons and the suspected poisoning of a Russian spy in London.

“Putin has crossed every red line and our government, our president, is doing nothing about it,” Bash said.

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Walmart got a $2.2 billion tax cut — now it’s laying off workers

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Walmart announced it will lay off hundreds of workers in North Carolina despite receiving billions in tax cuts that the Republican Party and President Trump claimed would spur job growth.

The giant retailer will lay off about 570 employees and close its corporate office near the Charlotte airport, despite signing a 12-year lease just four years earlier, the Charlotte Business Journal reported.

The work done at the Charlotte facility will be outsourced to a firm in Arkansas, according to the report.

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Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large

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There’s a growing chorus of U.S. politicians, antitrust scholars and consumer watchdogs calling for stricter antitrust treatment of Amazon, Google, Facebook and other tech giants. Some even say they should be broken up.

Most recently, U.S. lawmakers launched a sweeping review to determine if these companies have become so big and powerful that they are stifling competition and harming consumers, while federal regulators are also gearing up to take action.

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Hacker used $35 computer to steal restricted NASA data

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A hacker used a tiny Raspberry Pi computer to infiltrate NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory network, stealing sensitive data and forcing the temporary disconnection of space-flight systems, the agency has revealed.

The April 2018 attack went undetected for nearly a year, according to an audit report issued on June 18, and an investigation is still underway to find the culprit.

A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized device sold for about $35 that plugs into home televisions and is used mainly to teach coding to children and promote computing in developing countries.

Prior to detection, the attacker was able to exfiltrate 23 files amounting to approximately 500 megabytes of data, the report from NASA's Office of inspector General said.

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