Author: David Williams

White House budget projects $1 trillion deficit in 2019

President Trump’s first budget (for FY 2018) projected a $526 billion deficit in 2019, under its policies. The FY 2019 Mid-Session Review released last Friday revises his current budget to a $1,085 billion deficit in 2019. That’s an increase of roughly $560 billion, or more than double.

Altogether, tax cuts and spending hikes account for more than four-fifths of the deficit increase between the President’s FY 2018 Budget and the recent Mid-Session Review. Moreover, CBO’s estimates show revenue will fall by $1 trillion, not rise by that amount.

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Maryland elections company bought by Russian oligarch close to Putin

A company that provides key services for Maryland elections has been bought by a parent company with links to a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin, state officials said on Friday after a briefing a day earlier from the FBI.

Maryland officials spoke hours after the US justice department released a grand jury indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers for computer hacking offenses during the 2016 US election, which US intelligence agencies agree Moscow sought to influence in favor of Donald Trump.

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British Protest Trump with Loud Visuals

President Donald Trump said he felt “unwelcome” in London after the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, allowed a 19-foot-tall “Trump Baby” blimp to fly over the Houses of Parliament.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” Trump said in an interview with The Sun. “I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”

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This cyberwar just got real

David Petraeus, a retired US General and (some say disgraced) former intelligence chief says the internet has created an entirely distinct domain of warfare, one which he calls “netwar.” And that’s the kind being waged by terrorists.

Then there’s another kind, and technically any hacker with enough computer skills can do it — whatever the motivation. This kind takes out electricity grids, or jams emergency phone lines with fake calls powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technology.

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