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Chaos and dysfunction has crippled a White House office with a crucial role in cybersecurity: report

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On Monday, Politico reported that the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO) is in a state of chaos and dysfunction.

The OFCIO, a division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is a $105 billion office tasked with helping government agencies across the board improve government technology and manage their budgets for equipment. It also plays a crucial role in government cybersecurity.

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But according to one employee, the agency is languishing under “high turnover,” “a lot of infighting,” a “crushing workload” and “inaction from leadership,” possibly with “a debilitating effect on overall cybersecurity in the long run.” A former senior information technology staffer agreed, telling Politico that “This organization looks like it’s in free fall.”

The OFCIO’s parent agency is headed up by Mick Mulvaney, who is currently dividing his time between running OMB and serving as the White House’s acting chief of staff.

The struggles at a critical cybersecurity office come one year before the 2020 elections, amid detailed reports of how the Russian government hacked Democratic organizations in the previous election, and of how vulnerable new electronic voting machines are. A cyberattack on the federal government itself would be yet another added risk.


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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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