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Sloppy email practices put Trump White House at risk to hackers

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If you get an email claiming to come from the White House, better double-check its authenticity.

The email system in Trump’s White House is not following protocols established by the Department of Homeland Security and is at risk for hackers who could generate fake messages and spoof government addresses, Axios reports.

The information came from an advocacy group called Global Cyber Alliance, which tested the system to make sure that it had implemented a security protocol called DMARC, which allows an email provider to request that another server verify the identity of the sender. That process allows a server to bust fake servers.

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Because of the risks, in October, DHS issued an order for federal agencies to begin using DMARC within three months. Today, 18 of the 26 have not complied.


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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe succinctly debunks Jim Jordan’s defense of Trump

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe debunked the key defense of President Donald Trump that was offered by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during the first televised hearing in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan did not address the fact President Donald Trump solicited foreign election interference in violation of federal law, but attempted to debunk the additional charge that there was extortion/bribery.

The Ohio Republican argued that there could not have been a quid pro quo because the aid was eventually released.

But Tribe, who has taught at Harvard Law for half a century and argued three dozen cases before the United States Supreme Court, fact-checked the congressman who never passed the bar exam.

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GOP operative freaks out over train wreck impeachment hearings: ‘No one wants to be here!’

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Republican lawmakers' attempts to undermine impeachment witnesses Bill Taylor and George Kent on Tuesday were widely seen as a train wreck for President Donald Trump, and one unnamed GOP operative sent a message to a Bloomberg News reporter freaking out about how poorly it's gone.

In a message sent to Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur, the operative said that the hearing has been "a massive f*cking sh*tshow" and claimed that "no one wants to be here."

Just got this message from a Republican operative: pic.twitter.com/KvHLAckA2M

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GOP counsel Steve Castor ripped for ‘drowning’ during impeachment: ‘Someone find a lifeguard’

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The Republican staffer charged with cross-examining witnesses in the televised House impeachment inquiry hearings was roundly blasted online for his incompetence in questioning Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and Ambassador Bill Taylor.

Federalist Society contributor Steve Castor, who has worked for Republicans on the Intelligence Committee since 2005, was hoped to be a hero for Republicans.

“From Tom Davis to Darrell Issa to me to Jim Jordan to Trey Gowdy, he’s always had everybody’s confidence and we are an eclectic group of oversight chairs and ranking members,” former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told The Daily Beast. “And the fact that he’s had all of our confidence is saying something.”

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