Hillary Clinton, in March 2015, addresses concerns about her use of a private email server.
The State Department today released the fifth batch of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state, as part of the ongoing effort to make public the more than 30,000 emails she sent and received while in office. The latest release includes about 6,300 pages, containing roughly 3,900 emails sent between October 2010 and September 2011, bringing the total number released so far to nearly 20,000. The State Department will continue releasing monthly batches through January 2016.
The emails offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the operations of the State Department under Clinton, with everything from mundane scheduling concerns to more serious matters of diplomacy. There are some comical gems in there, too. In this email, the White House operator did not forward Clinton's call because she did not believe Clinton was who she said she was:
On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's first state visit to Washington, DC, the Obama administration released alarming new numbers about one of the biggest computer hacks in American history—traceable, officials say, to China—a move that could potentially heighten tension ahead of the historic meeting.
The Office of Personnel Management announced that it had substantially underestimated the number of people whose fingerprints were stolen during the attack earlier this year. About 5.6 million of 21.5 million federal employees, contractors, applicants, and others had their fingerprints stolen during a hack of the OPM's background check databases, the agency reported Wednesday morning. That figure is higher than the 1.1 million previously reported.
An interagency group including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense are reviewing how the fingerprint information could be used in nefarious ways, but it downplayed the immediate impact. "Federal experts believe that, as of now, the ability to misuse fingerprint data is limited," the agency said in a statement issued Wednesday morning, as President Barack Obama and a host of dignitaries hosted Pope Francis at the White House. "However, this probability could change over time as technology evolves."
This week Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting Washington. During a state dinner, President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart are expected to discuss climate change, international business, and, cybersecurity. That last item has recently been a sensitive issue between the two countries, after the United States has repeatedlyaccused China of hacking US corporations and government infrastructure.
Those disputes have turned the state dinner into an opportunity for candidates to try to score some points.During last Wednesday's debate for GOP presidential candidates, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doubled down on his call for Obama to cancel the dinner over the alleged hacking, among other issues. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the dinner should go on, but he came close to calling on the United States to launch a cyberwar against China.
"We should use offensive tactics as it relates to cyber security, send a deterrent signal to China," Bush said during the debate. "There should be super sanctions in what President Obama has proposed. There’s many other tools that we have without canceling a dinner. That’s not going to change anything, but we can be much stronger as it relates to that."
The spotlight will be on China, but the country is hardly alone in cyber aggression. Cybersecurity is an international issue, and attacks are happening all the time, all around the world. This map below from Kapersky Lab, a cybersecurity firm, illustrates that point. It shows different types of attacks coded with different colors, as well as the source of the attack and the target. Click on the map to get more information:
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has taken fire from the right for his lack of foreign policy experience, his immigration proposals, and his apparent eagerness to insult women. Now a conservative free-enterprise advocacy group has attacked him for his views on a more esoteric subject: eminent domain, long held up by conservatives as an example of government overreach.
The Club for Growth launched a $1 million ad buy in Iowa this week that in part attacks the real estate mogul on his support for the practice, in which the government is able to take private property for public use."Trump supports eminent domain abuse," the ad says. "Because he can make millions while we lose our property rights."
If Google searches are any indication, several of the GOP candidates dominated the others during tonight's two debates. The first debate included Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. George Pataki, Rick Santorum, and Gov. Bobby Jindal. The event seemed to be dominated by Graham's quips about drinking, and his lack of time spent in libraries. Graham also saw a surge in Google searches, according to Google Trends:
Then, during the main event, GOP front-runner Donald Trump did well, as usual. But former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina came out strong and held her own all night. Google searches showed her right up there with Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, and even ahead of them at certain points: