[WASHINGTONPOST] A federal investigation of a land deal led by Jane Sanders, the wife and political adviser of Sen. Bernie Sanders ...The only openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords... (I-Vt.), has accelerated in recent months -- with prosecutors hauling off more than a dozen boxes of records from the Vermont college she once ran and calling a state official to testify before a grand jury, according to interviews and documents.
Half a dozen people said in interviews in recent days that they had been contacted by the FBI or federal prosecutors, and former college trustees told The Washington Post that attorneys representing Jane Sanders had interviewed them to learn what potential witnesses might tell the government.
The investigation centers on the 2010 land purchase that relocated Burlington College to a new campus on more than 32 acres along Lake Champlain. While lining up a $6.7 million loan and additional financing, Jane Sanders told college trustees and lenders that the college had commitments for millions of dollars in donations that could be used to repay the loan, according to former trustees and state officials.
Unsurprisingly, anti-gun advocates were quick to attack the bill. The gun control group Everytown released the following statement after the SHUSH Act was introduced, “The bill would end the federal requirement for background checks on firearm silencer sales, and make it legal for convicted felons, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill to buy and possess silencers to the satisfaction of NRA headquarters, the legislation would profit gun manufacturers, who could mass market firearm silencers at the expense of public safety.”
Um.... it is already illegal for those groups to own firearms so you expect a law to keep them from getting one anyway?
[REUTERS] A decision on whether Illinois becomes the first U.S. state whose bond ratings tip into junk was not imminent on Monday as credit rating agencies said they were still reviewing the state's newly enacted budget and tax package.
Analysts at the three major rating agencies, which rate Illinois one or two notches above junk, declined to comment on the timing of their decisions.
With the help of some Republican votes, the Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature last Thursday overrode Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's vetoes and enacted a $36 billion fiscal 2018 budget and a $5 billion income tax increase.
The action ended an unprecedented two-year budget impasse that ballooned the state's unpaid bill backlog to about $15 billion.
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, a Democrat, on Monday unveiled a five-step plan to avoid a junk rating that included Rauner taking steps to issue up to $6 billion of bonds the legislature authorized to begin paying off bills. He also recommended the governor visit credit rating agencies to assure them he intends to implement the budget package.
A junk rating would make future bond sales more difficult and expensive.
[WashingtonPost] Vice President Pence is spending considerable time cultivating big-money Republican donors at small, private events, including hedge fund managers and executives from brokerage houses, chemical giants and defense contractors, Kenneth P. Vogel reports at the New York Times. Many of these events, whose participants are kept secret from the media and are omitted from Pence’s public schedule, have been taking place at the vice-presidential residence at the Naval Observatory, as well as other nongovernment venues.
While cultivating support from deep-pocketed business interests is nothing new in GOP politics, Pence’s activities raise the question of whether he is doing this for Trump-Pence 2020 -- or for himself. As Vogel’s piece points out, Pence’s intimate confabs with wealthy donors and conservative power brokers "have fueled speculation among Republican insiders that he is laying the foundation for his own political future, independent from Mr. Trump." Continues, and absolutely check out the essayist's bio.
Author - Sarah Posner is a reporter and the author of "God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters." For more than a decade, she has covered the intersection of politics and religion, and more recently has covered the rise of the so-called alt-right in the Trump era. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones and many other publications.
JohnQC, I can't access your link from my work site (NSFW), but the information in the original post makes a LOT of sense.
A computer (the server or a workstation on the local, on-site network) was rebooted, probably under pretext of applying patches, but booted to a Linux installation on a large capacity USB drive. Linux has this capability to allow people to "try out" a specific flavor of Linux without installing it on a hard drive, and thus not lose their Windows installation. This reboot bypasses the Windows workstation/server protection software intended to monitor, record, and block activities *just like this*, for later auditing. The installation was a stand-alone boot, which allowed the drive to be overwritten with the data being copied. The command used to copy the files updates the time-stamp with the current time. The time difference between the youngest and oldest copied files, divided into the total size of all the files copied, gives a rough speed at which the files were written.
The copy speed was 23mb per second: way too high for this to have been done over the internet, which is how a *Russian* hacker could have moved the data off the server after they hacked into it. However, the speed is consistent with a copy to a USB drive inserted into the server. It could have been done using a workstation provided it was a typical 100Megabit or top-of-the-line 1 Gigabit network, and done at a time when it would be very lightly loaded (i.e. at the dead of night, with nobody else around on the network.)
Yeah, it was an inside job.
I cannot address, however, the validity of the accusation that the Guccifer 2.0 "hacking" of these data files was actually a false-flag operation conducted by the DNC to discredit the Wikileaks released. However, I know that a lot of IT security organizations would know how to do it, who also would have been in the tank for the Democrats (especially if well compensated).
[NYPOST] Mayor Bill de Blasio -- fresh off his trip to Germany -- visited the grieving family of slain cop Miosotis Familia on Monday.
Hizzoner paid his respects at Familia’s Bronx home five days after deranged gunman Alexander Bonds assassinated the 12-year department veteran and single mother of three while she sat in an NYPD command vehicle.
De Blasio was blasted for skipping town Thursday on a junket to Germany to protest at the G20 summit rather than visiting the family or attending a Saturday night vigil for the fallen hero.
Another 200 VA workers were suspended and 33 demoted, according to data newly published by the department as part of VA Secretary David Shulkin’s commitment to greater transparency. Those disciplined include 22 senior leaders, more than 70 nurses, 14 police officers, and 25 physicians.
A good start. Glad congress passed the laws to help this happen.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.