Beirut (AFP) - Protest-hit Lebanon has approved an economic rescue plan and requested aid from the International Monetary Fund as it battles its worst financial crisis in decades.But how did Lebanon become one of the most indebted countries in the world? What's the plan out of this quagmire, and how likely is it to work?How did we get here? - After the 1975-1990 civil war, Lebanon set about rebuilding, launching itself on a path of endless borrowing and ballooning debt.Successive governments focused on developing an economy built around services and tourism, and fuelled by foreign investment, ...
Fox News host Sean Hannity appeared to not know that the United States government had been hacked by foreign powers before when he reported about the hacking of Colonial Pipeline.
Speaking to his audience Tuesday, Hannity said, "Now we are the victim of a cyber attack against the U.S." neglecting to mention that the U.S. has been the target of cyber attacks for the past decade.
In fact, the Russian attack on the U.S. government included at least half a dozen federal agencies are, including the Department of Homeland Security's cyber arm and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and State Departments.
Investigators are still trying to determine what, if any, government data may have been accessed or stolen in the hack. As Technology Today explained at the time, not only were they hacking the government agencies, they went undetected for months under former President Donald Trump's government.
In 2016, hackers infiltrated both the Republican and the Democratic parties, but they only posted Democratic emails on WikiLeaks.
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Florida Democrats score big recruitment win as Stephanie Murphy plans Senate run against Marco Rubio: report
On Tuesday, Axios reported that Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) is planning to launch a Senate campaign against Marco Rubio — a recruitment Florida Democrats had been hoping to secure.
"Murphy, who fled Communist Vietnam as a child, calls herself a 'proud capitalist' and has warned Democrats about embracing socialism. She knocked off a longtime GOP House incumbent in 2016 at age 38," reported Hans Nichols and Kadia Goba. "Murphy has been on a 'listening tour' across the state as she explains her life journey." This comes after former President Donald Trump carried Florida by 3 points in 2020 — an unusually wide margin for a state historically decided by razor-thin margins — partly by linking the Democratic Party to socialism in communities of Cuban and Venezuelan ex-pats.
"Murphy is a proven fundraiser," noted the report. "Jumping in now would give her an early start to build her case for the Democratic nomination and potentially force Rubio and allied GOP groups to spend heavily to retain a seat in a state that's trending Republican."
As Axios noted, Florida carries a great deal of significance in national politics, beyond its 30 electoral votes.
"Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is also up for reelection, with Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist already announcing a challenge and Rep. Val Demings mulling her own," said the report. "While Rubio ran for president in 2016, DeSantis could make his own bid for the White House in 2024, assuming he wins reelection. Florida Sen. Rick Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, also has hinted at presidential aspirations."
On CNN Tuesday, reporter Athena Jones profiled voters from Willsboro, a town in Rep. Elise Stefanik's northern New York district — their sentiment best encapsulated by one voter referring to her as "a breath of fresh air" while another called her a "miserable, ambitious demagogue."
"One of just 25 districts in the country to vote twice for Barack Obama, choose Donald Trump in 2016, and pivot back to Joe Biden in 2020," said Jones. "Maybe that's why Elise Stefanik, poised to be the highest Republican woman in Congress after embracing Trump's lies about the 2020 election, are decidedly mixed here in the small town."
"She's done a lot of good stuff for a lot of towns and counties around here," said one voter, while another said, "She's backing the big lie and Trump, too ... Her first term when she ran up here, I voted for her, but I would not vote again for her."
"The 36-year-old Harvard graduate worked as an aid for George W. Bush and Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign," said Jones, noting that she began her career as a moderate and pivoted hard to pro-Trump during the first impeachment. "And she's won over some voters who were pro-Trump ... as her political star has risen, others here come complain he's left her district behind."
"There are a lot of very important issues with many rural areas, drug abuse, health care, broadband access, which is critical now. Education," said Barry Goldstein, a constituent in Essex County. "I don't see her talking about the north country and the issues that are involved here."
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