Sales of Bulletproof School Bags Jump in Wake of Parkland Shooting

Sales of Bulletproof School Bags Jump in Wake of Parkland Shooting

A Massachusetts company that sales bullet-proof backpacks has seen a spike in sales in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting this week.  The company, Bullet Blocker, sells backpacks that are lined with Kevlar an are capable of withstanding a gunshot it says. Bullet Blocker says it sold 500 bags on Thursday this week alone, a 30% increase in regular sales.  The bags cost between $200 and $500 and weigh 4 ½ lbs.  Most of the sales of the…

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Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

Kelly Unveils New White House Security Protocols in Wake of Rob Porter Scandal

White House Chief of Staff Jon Kelly announced new measures aimed at improving the White House’s security clearance process this week.  The move comes in the wake of intense scrutiny the White House has received over the way it handled domestic abuse allegations leveled against a senior member of the team. Revelations were made public in recent weeks that both of former White House Staff Secretary’s Rob Porter’s ex-wives had come forward with allegations that he had physically, emotionally and…

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U.S. National Security Adviser: Evidence of Russian Interference in Election “Incontrovertible”

U.S. National Security Adviser: Evidence of Russian Interference in Election “Incontrovertible”

National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster said that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now “incontrovertible.”  McMaster was speaking at a security conference in Munich on Saturday. Responding to a question from a Russian delegate, McMaster said that “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible.”  He was speaking of Russian interference.  McMaster was referring to the announcement yesterday by the FBI’s special counsel Robert Mueller, that thirteen Russian citizens have been indicted for…

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Russia Employed Hundreds, Spent Millions on U.S. Disinformation Campaign

Russia Employed Hundreds, Spent Millions on U.S. Disinformation Campaign

Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted thirteen Russian citizens on charges that they interfered with the 2016 presidential election. “Defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government..for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016,” the indictment read. According to the indictment the disinformation campaign…

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FBI Says Protocols Weren’t Followed in Follow Up on Tip About Parkland Shooter, Florida Governor Calls on Director to Resign

FBI Says Protocols Weren’t Followed in Follow Up on Tip About Parkland Shooter, Florida Governor Calls on Director to Resign

Florida Governor Rick Scott has called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign in the wake of an admission by the FBI that it missed a tip that may have prevented a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed seventeen students. The FBI acknowledged earlier today that some “protocols were not followed” when a tip was submitted that warned that 19-year-old shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz had amassed weapons, written “disturbing” social media posts, and exhibited erratic behavior.  That warning, reportedly…

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russians for Interfering in 2016 Presidential Elections

Special Counsel Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russians for Interfering in 2016 Presidential Elections

Special counsel Robert Mueller has announced the indictment of thirteen Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.  The charges include supporting Donald Trump’s campaign as well as “disparaging” Hillary Clinton. At a press conference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the defendants allegedly conducted what they called “Information Warfare” against the U.S., with the expressed goal of spreading distrust of presidential candidates, as well as of the U.S. political system in general. The indictment charges all of the…

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Schiff Criticizes FBI for Attempting to Redact Too Much Information from Democratic Memo

Schiff Criticizes FBI for Attempting to Redact Too Much Information from Democratic Memo

Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff is criticizing the FBI for redacting too much information contained in the Democratic memo.  The memo was written in response to a Republican memo that alleges abuse by the FBI in obtaining FISA surveillance warrants.  Schiff is taking issue with the fact that the FBI is attempting to block any new information from being made public in the memo. “The FBI has identified in the memo, in our response, essentially everything…

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats: U.S. Under Attack from Cyber Sources

The Director of National Intelligence, testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, said that the U.S. remains under Cyber attack and that the attacks are continuous.  “Frankly, the United States is under attack.  Under attack by entities that are using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States,” Dan Coats said. “Frankly, the United States is under attack,” Dan Coats says. “Some of these actors, including Russia, are likely to pursue even more aggressive cyber attacks with…

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Senators Graham and Graham Ask Former NSA Susan Rice to Explain Strange Email She Sent Herself on Obama Administration’s Last Day in Office

Senators Graham and Graham Ask Former NSA Susan Rice to Explain Strange Email She Sent Herself on Obama Administration’s Last Day in Office

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley have sent a letter to former National Security Adviser under President Obama, Susan Rice, asking her to explain an email she sent to herself on the last day of the Obama administration and a day before President Trump was to be inaugurated. The email, which Rice sent to herself, documents a meeting that took place some two weeks before, on January 5, in the Oval Office, between President Obama, former FBI Director James…

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Senator Jeff Flake Suggests Federal Review for Security Clearance Backlog

Senator Jeff Flake Suggests Federal Review for Security Clearance Backlog

Republican Senator Jeff Flake suggested that the security clearance backlog for federal employees should be the subject of a federal review, on Sunday.  “There are signs it does need to be reviewed,” Flake said during an interview.  “I think we’re going to have to talk about that with the Judiciary Committee, certainly in the Senate.” More than 700,000 people are waiting to have security clearances granted from the government, according the U.S. Comptroller Gene Dodaro.  The Government Accountability Office added…

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