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Giving Putin access to Michael McFaul would be a catastrophic mistake for Trump

“And while the Russian intelligence officers would probably allow themselves to be interrogated, they would play games, perhaps reciting Russian fairy tales or swearing in different combinations” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Regardless of his other Russia-related controversies, President Trump would make a catastrophic mistake were he to allow Vladimir Putin’s investigators to interrogate former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.At their Monday meeting in Finland, Putin told Trump that if he granted Russian investigators access to the Americans, Putin would grant special counsel Robert Mueller access to Russian intelligence officers indicted for…

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JPMorgan CEO Dimon issues stark warning about ‘catastrophic’ events if Italy leaves the euro

“Because of the way it has been designed, the European Monetary Union would be hard to reverse without causing catastrophic events,” Dimon told the paper” writes Will Martin for businessinsider.com. Official policy is that the government backs remaining in the European Union, but Matteo Salvini, the Lega Nord’s leader, is an avowed eurosceptic, and is believed to privately back an exit.JPMorgan boss Jamie Dimon has warned Italy’s populist government of the likely “catastrophic” consequences that would come from attempts to pull the country out of the eurozone. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Assault on Yemen’s Al Hudaydah Would Be Catastrophic

“More than three years into its pitiless war, the specter of more death, displacement and hunger is looming over Yemen” reports nytimes.com. Pompeo’s statement was a significant departure from earlier American policy of warning that such an attack could result in a humanitarian catastrophe and conveying that it would do little to end the war if the emirates-backed forces took the Al Hudaydah port from the Houthis. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Disaster diplomacy governs who gets help after catastrophic events around the world

“This field of study is called “disaster diplomacy” and academics have yet to find any instances where diplomatic relations have changed long-term after a disaster” writes Tara Francis Chan for businessinsider.com. “Dealing with disasters typically pushes diplomatic relations along the pathway which it was on before,” Kelman told Business Insider.If diplomatic relations are deteriorating, then dealing with disasters can give excuses to continue moving farther apart.”. “If diplomatic relations are improving, then dealing with disasters can support this improvement temporarily. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Nancy Pelosi hopes to avert ‘catastrophic shutdown’ ahead of White House meeting

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told her Democratic colleagues Tuesday that she hopes the meeting at the White House tomorrow will help sidestep a “catastrophic shutdown” as government funding expires on Jan. 19″ writes Al Weaver for washingtonexaminer.com. “We are fighting for funding for the opioid epidemic, veterans, pensions, disaster relief, National Institutes of Health, Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers.”. “Tomorrow, Leader Schumer and I will meet with Speaker Ryan, Majority Leader McConnell and White House officials to discuss the urgent need to provide robust, responsible…

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UN chief says time running out to prevent catastrophic climate change

“Mr Guterres said world leaders should “show courage in combating entrenched interests” in climate change” writes Mythili Sampathkumar for independent.co.uk. The accord was signed by nearly 200 countries – most recently previous holdouts Syria and Nicaragua – in an effort to curb global carbon emissions and keep global warming to under 2C. The agreement goes into effect in 2020. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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15,000 scientists give catastrophic warning about the fate of the world

“A new, dire “warning to humanity” about the dangers to all of us has been written by 15,000 scientists from around the world” writes Andrew Griffin for independent.co.uk. In their original warning, scientists including most of the world’s Nobel Laureates argued that human impacts on the natural world were likely to lead to “vast human misery”. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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Huge number of Android devices vulnerable to new catastrophic Wi-Fi attack

“On a practical level, it means an attacker can intercept traffic between devices and a router, allowing them to peek inside all non-SSL traffic” writes Matthew Hughes for thenextweb.com. According to Matty Vanhoef, who uncovered the issue, 41 percent of Android devices vulnerable to an “exceptionally devastating” variant of the WPA2 attack, which makes it “exceptionally trivial” to manipulate and intercept traffic.That said, it’s worth noting that the researcher stressses that the issue isn’t with the implementation of the WPA2 protocol, but rather the protocol itself.The attack – known as…

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A Bipartisan Health Plan

“More important, what we should be asking is not whether we want single-payer health care but whether single-party health care reform will get us to universal access” writes Ed Dolan for nytimes.com. Universal catastrophic coverage would bring the United States into the club of nations that provide universal, affordable health care without exactly copying any one system.Another feature that should be especially attractive to liberals: universal catastrophic coverage would apply to everyone regardless of work arrangement. Universal catastrophic coverage has the potential to be a compromise that could appeal to…

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‘The nail in the coffin’: Russia’s top cyber firm ma…

“He reportedly maintains relationships with former and current Russian intelligence officials but has pushed back against claims that his company works with the Kremlin” writes Natasha Bertrand for businessinsider.sg. Investigators believe that software from Russia’s top cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was involved in a theft of top-secret National Security Agency intelligence outlining how the US hacks its adversaries, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.Eugene Kaspersky, the firm’s billionaire founder and CEO, was educated at a KGB-sponsored cryptography institute before working for Russian military intelligence. Source: businessinsider.sg Share This:

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