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NBC: Americans Hacked, Monitored in Sochi.


Thousands of athletes and visitors to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are having their phones and computers hacked, NBC News reports.

Nightly News host Brian Williams revealed on Tuesday night that the private information on tourists’ electronic devices is being stolen by the Russian network the moment they turn on their devices.

“As tourists and families of athletes arrive in Sochi, if they haven’t been warned, and if they fire up their phones at baggage claim, it’s probably too late to save the integrity of their electronics and everything inside them,” said Williams. “Visitors to Russia can expect to be hacked…and it’s not a matter of if, but when.”

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Reporting from the Russian coastal resort of Sochi, Richard Engel said that the State Department has warned that travelers should have “no expectation of privacy,” even in their hotel rooms.

“And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try and communicate with anything. One of the first thing visitors to Russia will do is log on. Hackers here are counting on it, ” Engel said. “Malicious software hijacked our phone before we even finished our coffee, stealing my information, and giving hackers the option to tap and record my phone calls.”

Hundreds of U.S. athletes competing in the games are likely to have their phones hacked, along with their coaches and training staff, as well as family members and friends who arrive to watch them compete.

The spectacular opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is being held on Thursday night, with the first events starting on Friday.

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By Drew MacKenzie

Ryan: War on Poverty ‘Has Failed’.


House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, saying the United States has lost the War on Poverty, is slamming President Barack Obama’s policies aimed at pulling 50 million Americans up into the middle class as a failure.

“I would give us a failing grade,” the Wisconsin Republican said on an NBC Nightly News segment Thursday commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty speech.”It has failed.”

During an interview with Brian Williams, he attacked Obama’s spending on federal programs, saying that the government keeps “dumping money into programs we know won’t work.”

“We can do better than this. Too many people don’t know what the American idea is anymore,” said the Wisconsin Republican, who was his party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012.

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Ryan claimed that the government has not done enough to encourage local communities to get involved in helping people living below the poverty line. He called on suburban churches to get involved in aiding urban churches. “We’ve got to get our communities engaged,” he said.

Pinning part of the blame on the “family breakdown,” Ryan continued, “People think it’s being handled by government. ‘I pay my taxes.’ People need to get involved in their own communities.” He said the government has to “remove the barriers that allow that to happen” and “stop subsidizing programs that are failing.”

He went on to blame the government for creating a “poverty trap” of taxation that results in millions of Americans giving up on their dream of being economically independent.

President Obama has made it clear that that he plans to take on the issue of income inequality in his second term, which critics say could lead to a renewed effort to increase taxes on the wealthy. But Ryan said the government needs a system of income initiatives that encourages “upward mobility and work.”

Citing the proposals of the late New York Republican Rep. Jack Kemp, whom he described as one of his mentors, he also said that providing education and housing vouchers for the poor would help curb poverty.

“We’ve got to stop quarantining the poor,” he said, noting that too many low-income students are relegated to under-performing schools.

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By Drew MacKenzie

Susan Rice Explains Why She Dropped Out.


AP

Republicans threatening to block Susan Rice‘s confirmation as Secretary of State got what they wanted today when she withdrew herself from the running. In her first interview since withdrawing from the running for Secretary of State, Susan Rice told NBC’s Brian Williams that she could no longer stomach the “very politicized, very distracting” bickering over her confirmation.

“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice told Williams, arguing that dragging out her confirmation hinder Obama‘s progress on issues like immigration, the deficit, and jobs going into his second term. “I didn’t want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done as a country.”

Rice insists that throughout the heated three-month fight over her appointment, she didn’t see herself as a political pawn. “I’m not a victim. I wasn’t set up,” she told Williams. “When you live through something like this, it’s almost an out-of-body experience.” She maintains what she’s said all along—that her initial statements on Benghazi were based on the best intelligence at the time: “I don’t think anybody is ever only blameless, but I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t mislead. I didn’t misrepresent.”

Rice’s interview with Williams echoes many of the points she made in an op-ed that went live on The Washington Post‘s website tonight. She writes of the “baseless political attacks” that crushed her chances of being confirmed. Rice argues that such bickering at home undermines America’s position abroad:

America is seriously weakened when politics come first. If any good can come out of the experience of the past few months, I hope that it will be a renewed focus on the business of the American people—and a renewed insistence that the process of selecting potential candidates for high national security office be treated in the best bipartisan traditions of our country.

As for her appearances on a slate of Sunday talk shows—which Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham focussed on in their charges that Rice misled Americans about what happened to the Benghazi consulate on September 11th—Rice told Williams she was glad to field questions in Hillary Clinton‘s stead. “It wasn’t what I had planned for that weekend originally, but I don’t regret doing that,” she said. “When you’re a diplomat and a public official and a tragedy happens, and it is related to the work that you do, it’s our obligation to try to explain it as best we can to the American people.”

When asked if she wanted the job of Secretary of State, Rice responded, “I would’ve been very honored to serve in that job … How can you not want to, in my field, serve at the highest possible level?”

Source: YAHOO NEWS/ The Atlantic Wire.

DAVID WAGNER

NBC Is Sick and Tired of Employing Donald Trump.


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NBC’s Brian Williams called out Donald Trump for being an arrogant blowhard during NBC’s election coverage, but there’s one small problem. NBC gives Trump his biggest platform of all.

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“This is, as they say, out there and getting an airing tonight, so you might as well know about it,” Williams starts. “Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight. Here’s a sampling…” (Emphasis ours.)

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Williams proceded to read some of these tweets, all courtesy of Mr. Trump:

Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012

This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012

Our country is now in serious and unprecedentedtrouble…like never before.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012

The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012

We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012

There was also this Trump tweet captured below that he’s since (wisely) deleted:

I think I can block you now. RT @realdonaldtrump: More votes equals a loss…revolution!

— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) November 7, 2012

“So there, you have that. That happened,” Williams concluded.

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This is the part where we applaud Brian Williams for taking a stand against an awful, self-promoting blowhard like Trump, who shouldn’t be relevant enough to garner a mention on election night in the middle of a live broadcast. But that’s where we are, and it’s partially NBC’s fault. They are the ones that broadcast Trump into our living rooms in primetime on a weekly basis every year with his stupid and awful reality competition, The Apprentice. They have done so since January 2004, and they plan to do it again in March 2013.

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Donald Trump, you are the loser this time. And a rather sore one, too.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Connor Simpson | The Atlantic Wire

Romney rejects calls for new gun laws after Colorado shooting.


LONDON—Mitt Romney rejected calls for new gun laws in the aftermath of last week’s movie theater shooting in Colorado, insisting new legislation would not have prevented the tragedy.

In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, the presumptive Republican nominee pointed to the fact that James E. Holmes, the suspect in last Friday’s shooting, was “building bombs”—even though it was illegal.

“A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law,” Romney told NBC. “But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening.”

Asked if he had a “problem” with individuals being able to purchase large amounts of ammunition via the internet, Romney said he didn’t think it was possible to “prevent people who want to provide harm from being able to purchase things to carry out that harm.”

“What I wanna do is find the people who represent a danger to America and find them and keep them from having the capacity to use or buy things that could… hurt other people,” Romney said.

The GOP candidate argued that “changing the heart of the American people” may be the only key to cracking down on gun violence. He described himself as a supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but acknowledged he had differences with the National Rifle Association—though he didn’t name a specific issue where he disagreed with the gun rights group.

“Their agenda is not entirely identical with my own,” Romney said. “I don’t know if I line up 100 percent with… almost anybody.”

Speaking from London, where he kicked off a seven-day overseas tour Wednesday, Romney was asked about his speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention on Tuesday in which he criticized President Barack Obama for his “shabby treatment” of Israel. Romney declined to elaborate on his remark, telling Williams he didn’t want to trash Obama while he’s traveling overseas.

“I don’t want to be in any way critical of the president or to be fashioning foreign policy departure from the president, while I’m on foreign soil,” Romney said. “But I can tell you that with regards to any nation that feels its security is at risk that they should have a firm conviction that America is securely behind them. And I hope the people of Israel feel that. I would certainly want to communicate that I as a citizen and a candidate stand with Israel and want to see them have a prosperous and peaceful future.”

[Get more updates from Romney’s overseas trip by following @hollybdc on Twitter]

Romney was asked about a Daily Telegraph report that quoted an unnamed adviser to his campaign suggesting Obama did not fully appreciate the “Anglo Saxon heritage” shared between the United States and Great Britain. Acknowledging he was “not enthusiastic about adopting comments made by people who are unnamed,” Romney disputed the comment.

“We have a very special relationship between the United States and Great Britain. It goes back to our very beginnings—cultural and historical. But I also believe the president understands that,” Romney said. “So I don’t agree with whoever that adviser might be.”

Romney again rejected calls to release additional tax returns beyond the two years he’s pledged to release, telling NBC Democrats “take what’s there, twist it, distort it,  (and) dishonestly use it in attack ads.”

“I just don’t want to give them more material than is required,” Romney said.

Asked about criticism from Republicans that he hasn’t fully explained his personal story to voters, Romney laughed off the suggestion, telling Williams that he’s been more than open about his life.

“I’m happy to talk about my heritage… I’m proud of my heritage,” Romney said, noting that his father was born in Mexico and mentioning his membership in the Mormon church. But he argued it was still too early for most voters, suggesting most people won’t start paying attention to the presidential race until after Labor Day.

“Most folks won’t really get to see me until the debates and will get a better sense of the character that I have,” Romney said.

He declined to offer any details about his search for a vice presidential running mate. Williams asked Romney the suggestion among Republicans that he would pick “an incredibly boring white guy.”

“You told me you were not available,” Romney joked.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

By Holly Bailey, Yahoo! News | The Ticket 

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