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Trump Fires More Barbs at Attorney General Sessions

U.S. President Donald Trump fired new barbs Wednesday at Jeff Sessions, his embattled attorney general, in another salvo against the country’s top law-enforcement official.

In a pair of Twitter comments, Trump questioned why Sessions has not replaced Andrew McCabe, the current acting chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump described McCabe as a friend of James Comey, the FBI chief Trump fired in May while he was leading the agency’s investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

Trump said McCabe headed the investigation last year that cleared Clinton of wrongdoing in her use of a private email server while …read more

Hacker Summit Puts New Focus on Preventing Brazen Attacks

Against a backdrop of cyberattacks that have grown into full-fledged sabotage, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos is bringing a new message to hackers and security experts at the Black Hat conference.

In short: It’s time for hackers once known for relatively harmless mischief to shoulder responsibility for helping detect and prevent major attacks.

The Black Hat security gathering, starting Wednesday in Las Vegas, follows a series of attacks and data breaches that have paralyzed hospitals, disrupted commerce, caused blackouts and interfered with national elections.

Stamos, a keynote speaker, is calling for more emphasis on defense — and basic digital hygiene — over …read more

Congressman Scalise is Released from Hospital After June Shooting

Congressman Steve Scalise was released from a Washington hospital Wednesday almost six weeks after he was critically wounded in an ambush shooting on a baseball field in nearby Virginia.

Scalise, the third highest-ranking Republican in the House, was shot in the hip when a gunman attacked a group of Republican members of Congress who were participating in a baseball practice on June 14.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Scalise is beginning “intensive inpatient rehabilitation,” and added, “He is in good spirits and is looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation.”

Scalise was shot once. The bullet …read more

Invitation: Trump to Announce Foxconn Plant in Wisconsin

President Donald Trump plans to announce Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a liquid crystal display panel plant in Wisconsin, according to an invitation to the event obtained by The Associated Press.

The AP obtained the invitation from a person with knowledge of the afternoon gathering at the White House, but the person wasn’t authorized to publicly release the information. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted earlier Wednesday that Trump planned to make a “major jobs announcement for Wisconsin.”

White House spokesman Josh Raffel confirmed the Trump announcement would be on Foxconn, but said he would not release details ahead of …read more

US Sanctions 13 Senior Venezuelan Officials

The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela’s government, military and state oil company PDVSA on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, seeking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

The United States decided to target individuals for alleged human rights abuses and corruption, while sparing the country for now from broader financial sanctions against its vital oil industry — though such actions, the officials told Reuters, are still under consideration.

The move is aimed at showing Maduro’s socialist government that U.S. President Donald Trump is prepared to make good on …read more