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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the inspector general at the Justice Department taking his job seriously as reports surface that his forthcoming report will be highly critical of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. While they sympathize with President Trump’s desire to fix trade imbalances, they fear new steel and aluminum tariffs will have a negative impact on American consumers and the economy. And they slam Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for announcing his opposition to a judicial nominee because the nominee is white and President Obama’s previous nominees were black.

Chatting before the much-anticipated Senate vote to end the government shutdown, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Democrats feeling the heat on refusing to fund the government and taking some steps to get things fully up and running, but they also warn listeners what Democrats and some Republicans really want in an immigration bill to go along with reopening the government. They also don’t believe the FBI’s explanation that it somehow lost five critical months worth of text messages from Peter Strzok, the agent fired form the Mueller special counsel team and bragged about an “insurance policy” against a Trump victory. And they also call BS on the explanation from Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor for attacking Paul, namely that the senator was assaulted from behind and had five ribs broken because he was stacking brush close to their shared property line.

Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America encourage President Trump to scrap President Obama’s unconstitutional and unilateral program allowing illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, noting the issue ought to be addressed by Congress. They also slam former FBI Director James Comey upon the revelation that he decided to exonerate Hillary Clinton in her email investigation long before the investigation was done or key witnesses were interviewed. And they roll their eyes as a Catholic school in California removes most of its statues, including ones of Jesus and Mary, in an effort to be more inclusive and “forward-looking.”

Hacked Macron Emails Dumped on Eve of French Election

 

An election draws near, and thousands of campaign emails are dumped online. Sound familiar?

This time the victim is French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron whose En Marche! Movement was apparently hacked less than two days before French voters decide between him and Marine Le Pen. Nine gigabytes of data were posted anonymously to document-sharing site Pastebin. Macron’s campaign confirmed the breach:

“The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information,” the statement said.

The Election Was Not Hacked

 

Between jeremiads decrying “fake news,” the mainstream media has created and advanced the biggest fake news story of 2016: That the presidential election was hacked.

  • “Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking” New York Times
  • “Obama administration unveils retribution for Russia over election hacking allegations” CNBC
  • “U.S. Slaps Sanctions On Russia For Election Hacking, Expels 35 Diplomats” CBS
  • “Obama sanctions Russian officials over election hacking” USA Today
  • “U.S. Sanctions Russia Over Election Hacking; Russia Threatens to Retaliate” Wall Street Journal

Despite the histrionic claims of the press, the election was not hacked. The Democratic National Committee’s lousy IT security allowed someone to access their emails which were then leaked. Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta fell for an age-old phishing scam that was as believable as getting millions of dollars from a Nigerian prince. Using the spotty media understanding of cybersecurity, they can claim that the DNC and Hillary’s campaign were “hacked,” but the election decisively was not. And the press knows it.

In order to “hack” an election, a nefarious group would have to infiltrate the voting systems of 50 states, plus DC and territories. All of these systems are unique, with completely different architecture, ballot formats, tabulation processes, etc., etc. This did not happen. In fact, some hackers tried breaking into a few different states’ systems weeks before the election, were quickly identified, and prevented from doing so. Likewise, someone attempted to gain illegal access to the Republican National Committee, but since they had a competent IT staff, this too was thwarted.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club podcast for December 27, 2016 it’s the “Was 2016 Awesome or What?” edition. This is episode number 99 of the HLC Podcast, one short of a century, and our final podcast for the phenomenal year of 2016.

Everybody loves a year in review article or story before New Year’s and since this is our last episode for 2016 we each offer three topics that have seized our imagination, thwarted our tightly held assumptions or tickled our funny-bones.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast for November 1, 2016 it’s the Conrad Black’s Life Matters edition. Our special guest is Lord Conrad Black founder of The National Post, author of highly acclaimed biographies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Richard Nixon, and Canadian TV personality. Lord Black is an outspoken Trump supporter who writes for the National Review. He will discuss with us, among other things, what makes America the greatest country on earth and how the “Bush-Clinton-Obama co-regency” threatens to derail that greatness. Further, as a personal acquaintance and longtime business associate of Donald Trump he attests to Trump’s solidity as a businessman and loyalty as a friend (to say nothing of his basic sanity).

Also, we’ll talk about FBI Director James Comey’s leap back into the middle of the 2016 election and the torpedo he launched at the HMS Hillary last Friday by reopening her email investigation. Does Hillary’s first instinct of demanding that Comey release everything immediately make sense? Is her second instinct – to assassinate the messenger by slamming Comey – work any better? Is the enthusiasm gap, where Trump now leads by seven points according to one poll, enough to tilt the election to Donald?

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I have been speculating about the reason why so many emails appear to have been located on a completely unsecured laptop computer in the Weiner home used, apparently, by both Mr. Weiner and Ms. Abedin. The “Powerline” blog surmises that Anthony Weiner took the emails to give himself a “hole card” against being tossed to […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America marvel at the 17-point lead Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is amassing in his re-election bid. They also shake their heads as Donald Trump promises a medical report on Dr. Oz and then abruptly changes course. And they react to Colin Powell’s hacked emails that include frustration he was denied a speech at a university because of the criticism the school received for paying Hillary Clinton a huge sum.

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People will likely discount a political reaction to Comey’s decision by Trump, attributing it simply to political self-interest. If I were a populist like Trump, I would have a subdued response to Comey’s decision, which would largely consist of reading off a list of people who were prosecuted for lesser breaches of security. I would […]

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Profiles in Sucking Up

 

hillary-clinton-rally-brooklynThe WikiLeaks Hillary Clinton email archive is a fascinating information resource. It is the duty of all good citizens to educate themselves about the candidates, and what better way than by reading their work emails? Of note is a certain tone that creeps into virtually all of the correspondence.

For example, Eric Schwartz is the distinguished dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Before that he was the US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. He was also Hillary Clinton’s occasional pen pal. Or at least he was a pen pal by proxy, not writing the then-Secretary of State directly, but occasionally reaching out to her assistants Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin to facilitate communication. We begin the story with an email in May 2011, with news of his taking the position at the University of Minnesota (my emphases in bold):

I promised you I’d let you know the very moment I had made a decision on the Humphrey School. And in what has been the most difficult career decision I have ever confronted, I have decided to accept their offer. It was so difficult because I cannot imagine a more meaningful and fulfilling position than the one I now hold. And I cannot imagine a more inspiring leader than the Secretary — or more support than that which I’ve received from you, and from others on her senior-level team.

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Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain “operational intelligence”—and their presence on the unsecure, personal email system jeopardized “sources, methods and lives,” a US government official who has reviewed the documents told Fox News. This is about the 22 Top […]

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is attempting to elbow Dr. Ben Carson aside in brain expertise, claiming that if she’s elected she’ll eradicate Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. It’s a cause close to the former first lady’s heart, as both she and her husband have repeatedly suffered the devastating effects of memory loss when giving […]

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Hillary, the Unlovable Rogue

 

Conservatives are feeling pretty good as the drip-drip-drip of Hillary Clinton’s missing emails takes over the news cycle. For six years we’ve wanted one of this administration’s scandals to catch the eye of the mainstream press and tarnish Obama’s reputation along with it. Those with more miles on the odometer have waited since the early ’90s for HRC to get her just desserts.

This latest Clinton mess is still in its early days and disturbing insights are popping up on the hour. In a Friday night truth-dump, Spokeswoman/Tri-Delt Rush Chair Marie Harf reversed her pose that the State Department was seeking Hillary’s emails out of their deep love for transparency. Harf now reluctantly admits that the Benghazi committee was a big reason for the panicked search all along.

Clinton and Private Emails at State

 

AP120312029982-638x430I retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2011. From my experience with State Department IT, I would like to raise the following points:

(1). Yes, State Department workers are allowed to use their private emails on Department/Embassy computers. That was a gift from Colin Powell, who recognized that our long days gave us little time at home to communicate with the nonofficial parts of our lives. However, we were always told, when logging in, that we had “no expectation of privacy.” I.e., all our private account emails would be read and saved. It seems, therefore, that somebody was actively shielding Hillary Clinton’s private server system from leaving any traces in Department of State IT. (I assume that that is something that can be done.)

(2). How did Clinton, when Secretary of State, read and respond to classified cables and emails? Every Embassy/Department worker has an unclassified and a classified log-in; confidential and secret material is available only on the latter, and the classified system cannot send anything to the unclassified side. If Clinton had only her home-brew server, registered to the apparently fictitious Eric Hoteham, then she could not have received, or responded to, classified material on her computer. That could mean that she was relying on the inefficient (and less transparent) system of getting classified material only in hard copy, and then directing responses verbally or by hand-written notes — or perhaps her aides figured out a way to leak classified material to her private account.

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It’s interesting that emails get lost at the most coincidentally inconvenient times. I do believe in coincidences, by the way. It’s a coincidence that while I was getting out of bed this morning, a butterfly was flapping its wings in the RoC. But those IRS emails that turned up missing and that just happen to […]

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