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Why The Koch Brothers Have So Much Influence On Trump: It Starts With Pence | International Business Times

Billionaire oil and gas magnates Charles and David Koch may not have supported President Donald Trump on the campaign trail, but the …

Donald Trump

What's Wrong With Letting Tech Run Our Schools

It’s politically and ethically fraught, with no proven upside.<p>Silicon Valley tech moguls are conducting an enormous experiment on the nation’s children. We should not be so trusting that they’ll get it right.<p>Alphabet Inc. unit Google has taken a big role in public education, offering low-cost …

Education

Why It’s No Longer Possible for Any Country to Win a War

The last few decades have been the most peaceful era in human history. For the first time ever, fewer people die today from human violence than from …

Geopolitics

Jeff Sessions wants a new war on drugs. It won’t work.

<i>David Cole is national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Marc Mauer is executive director of the Sentencing Project.</i><p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions is right to be concerned about recent increases in violent crime in some of our nation’s largest cities, as well as a tragic rise in …

Jeff Sessions

Prominent Democratic Fundraisers Realign to Lobby for Trump’s Agenda

After President Donald Trump’s upset election victory, Democratic insiders who worked on Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential bid weren’t …

Affordable Care Act

How the government can read your email

It's a provision called Section 702, it's not as limited as supporters say—and this year Congress has a chance to scale it back.<p>With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there’s little oxygen for other policy issues. But one big issue …

Surveillance

Watch the F-35 Fighter Jet's Stomach-Emptying Public Debut at the Paris Air Show

The most expensive weapons project in American history has missed deadlines, smashed budgets, and faced questions regarding its technical abilities. …

Aerospace

Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war.<p>The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League …

Foreign Policy

Most Democrats would consider voting for third-party presidential candidate in 2020: Poll

The Democratic Party, locked in a power struggle between liberals and progressives, has more to fear from the rise of a third-party candidate in 2020 …

Elections

Amazon’s New Wardrobe Service Is Latest Threat for Apparel Stores

Prime members can order items, try them on at home and ship back what they don’t want<p>Amazon.com Inc. is giving shoppers another reason not to visit stores. The online giant is rolling out a free service to let its Prime members try on clothes at home, its latest attempt to crack into the fashion …

Trends

Trump Aides Respond to His Latest Conspiracy Tweets: ‘FML.’

As in, ‘f*ck my life.’<p>After a cascading series of controversies created in large part by Donald Trump’s Twitter account, the president took to his preferred medium again on Thursday to float another conspiracy theory: the Oval Office itself could be under surveillance.<p>Trump ended speculation on …

Donald Trump

CIA malware codenames are freaking amazing.

America’s Central Intelligence Agency has a bit of a bad reputation. That’s possibly because they’re digital voyeurs; high-tech Peeping Toms that almost certainly have footage of you laying a steaming cable, shot through the telephoto lens of a Predator drone.<p>But in this article, I want to shine a …

Security

Woman on Fire - Danielle DiMartino Booth – Money Strong, LLC

There is a delicious liberation in having nothing to lose.<p>That profound realization quickly comes into focus for those who can bear the brutality …

Federal Reserve

Mass Arrest - Adbusters | Journal of the mental environment

It started with Occupy – our modern incarnation of mass political protest. On September 17th people descended into the streets, crowding out the …

Justice

Why Do Democracies Fail?

A new book points to the importance of strong conservative parties—and warns about the consequences when they fall short.<p>Why do democracies fail?<p>It’s suddenly a very urgent and important question. Daniel Ziblatt’s new book arrives just in time to deliver a powerful and supremely relevant …

Democracy

Democrats in Split-Screen: The Base Wants It All. The Party Wants to Win.

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Democrats are facing a widening breach in their party, as liberal activists dream of transforming the health care system and impeaching President Trump, while candidates in hard-fought elections ask wary voters merely for a fresh chance at governing.<p>The growing tension between the …

Bernie Sanders

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

WASHINGTON — America’s fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare to sabotage North Korea’s missile launches, with mixed results.<p>But since they began training their arsenal of cyberweapons …

North Korea

There's No Way to Know How Compromised U.S. Elections Are

Even if there were, there might not be anything officials can do about it.<p>It’s not really all that hard to hack American democracy.<p>That fact should be driven home by a recent article from <i>The Intercept</i> detailing the contents of a highly classified NSA report that found evidence of a massive Russian …

Security

Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election

The report indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states …

Security

Larry Summers: The problem with privatization

We tend in modern economies to take progress for granted and debate only its pace. This is not true with respect to air travel times. A look at airline time tables reveals that today the 8:26 a.m. flight from Boston to Washington National took 103 minutes. The 8:15 a.m. flight in 1982 took 82 …

Air Traffic Control

US intelligence agencies are beginning to build AI spies

A US intelligence director says a lot of espionage is more boring than you might think, and much of it could be handed over to artificial intelligence.<p>“A significant chunk of the time, I will send [my employees] to a dark room to look at TV monitors to do national security essential work,” Robert …

Artificial Intelligence

Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Centrism

Jeremy Corbyn delivers another blow to the defining political myth of our era<p>Last week, after yet another week of anti-establishment upheavals in …

Jeremy Corbyn

Quantum Computing Might Be Here Sooner Than You Think - Bloomberg

It’s a sunny Tuesday morning in late March at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center. The ­corridor from the reception area follows the long, curving …

Quantum Mechanics

US: North Korea's been hacking everyone since 2009

US authorities believe the North Korean government has been using an army of hackers called "Hidden Cobra" to deploy cyber attacks over the past eight years. That's according to the Technical Alert formally issued by the Homeland Security and the FBI, which contains the details and tools NK's cyber …

North Korea

Housing in America: Movin’ on Up - Danielle DiMartino Booth – Money Strong, LLC

While exceptional exceptions exist, history’s shown superb sitcom sequels to be scant.<p>With any luck, you’ve long since forgotten the abysmal attempts …

Real Estate

Telegram founder: U.S. intelligence agencies tried to bribe us to weaken encryption

Pavel Durov, the Russian founder of the popular secure messaging app Telegram has revealed in a series of tweets that <b>U.S. intelligence agencies tried twice to bribe the company's developers to weaken encryption in the app, presumably so it would be easier for the agencies to obtain communications</b> …

Encryption

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.<p>A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.<p>In the report, researchers at the Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence