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Vladimir Putin is trying to hack the election. What should US do?


Amy Zegart is Co-Director and Senior Fellow at Stanford University s Center for All-embracing Aegis and Cooperation and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. The opinions bidding in this annotation are hers. Abutting month, America will accept a new president. Best acceptable there will be no cyber hanging-chad moment, no massive aperture that calls into catechism acclamation after-effects or acceptance in the autonomous process. But it would be a aberration to breathe a aggregate blow of abatement on November 9th and achieve the crisis is past. The crisis is aloof beginning. The 2016 acclamation is a admonishing of darker hacks to come.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper afresh appear what abounding cyber experts had continued suspected: High-level Russian admiral accustomed hacks of the Autonomous National Committee and added campaign-related sites. This is the aboriginal time a adopted ability has amid itself anon into an American presidential election. Russian Admiral Vladimir Putin wasn t aloof acid our calendar systems. He was acid our political acknowledgment to see how far he could go to sow disbelief in the best important cornerstone of any democracy: chargeless and fair elections. Our acknowledgment has not helped.FBI Director James Comey has approved to assure Americans that our decentralized voting arrangement is aloof too clunky for one massive aperture to affect the outcome. But sometimes baby changes can accept big effects. Lyndon Johnson s 1948 Senate achievement hinged on a distinct coarse belt area he was accepted with asleep voters. The 2000 presidential acclamation was absitively by aloof 537 votes in Florida. In a bound race, cyber bad actors don t charge to agitate everything. They aloof charge to hit a few counties in Pennsylvania or Florida, two big battlefield states that use cyberbanking voting but in some precincts do not use absolute cardboard analysis trails to affirm results.Pennsylvania and Florida are not alone. Thirteen added states abridgement cardboard analysis trails in either all or some voting locations. Alike back a chase isn t tight, abominable actors do not absolutely accept to bandy an acclamation to succeed: Simply casting agnosticism on the angary of the activity in these states could be enough.Others apostle calling acclamation hacking acts of war to avert the Russians. This feels acceptable and sounds tough. But aegis 101 teaches that if you alarm article an act of war, you d bigger be accommodating to go to war if it happens.Declaring an activity unacceptable and again accepting it alone weakens US believability everywhere, on every issue. There s a acumen the Pentagon has been accurate to abstain this language: It s cryptic how cyber accretion ability assignment or area it could lead. Abounding cyber weapons accept a use it and lose it quality. Once they are in the wild, they can be about-face engineered and possibly acclimated adjoin us.Crossing from the cyber to accurate worlds is alike added uncertain. What happens if we accede to acclamation hacks of war with aggressive strikes? What will the antagonist do next? Going up the accretion ladder is a black and alarming business with sobering possibilities: Would we absolutely barrage nuclear strikes over vote counts in Beaver County, Pennsylvania?Instead of aegis by punishment, the US should apparatus a activity of aegis by denial. The ambition is to abjure adversaries the outcomes they seek — in this case, by apprehension cyber acclamation hacks bush to our autonomous process. The activity starts by architecture bigger defenses, including legislating minimum cyber aegis standards for party, PAC, and campaign-related websites for presidential elections. That would accommodate cardboard analysis trails in every state, starting with ample battlegrounds, so that our acclamation activity can be airy alike if attacked.Building animation additionally requires alteration minds, not aloof systems. Accessible apprenticeship is essential. Approaching cyber attacks could adapt the candor of abstracts so the accuracy will be adamantine to know. Today, back a aperture occurs, we accept the advice appear charge be true. In the future, we charge to accept that annihilation leaked could be false, advised to deceive and manipulate. Because increasingly, it will.Finally, the US government needs to alpha advertence election-related breaches as bound as accessible unless there is a acute intelligence acumen not to. For months, the Russian government s acclamation hacking was the worst-kept abstruse in Washington; anybody knew it, but the White House banned to accede it. This sends all the amiss signals, emboldening bad actors to do added tomorrow than they did today.Fast allegation would advice authorize all-embracing norms that acclamation hacks are alfresco the bound of affable society; move acclamation intrusions from the branch of abstruse intelligence operations that are rarely discussed to adept calendar items that can be about and consistently discussed; and abatement accessible all-overs by authoritative a ambiguous blackmail added concrete.It is one affair to say, Someone is burglarizing your adjacency but we re not abiding who, and absolutely addition to say, The bad guy burglary in your adjacency is Vladimir Putin. Here s his picture. Here s what you can do to assure yourself. The ultimate aim of acclamation hacking is to change how we anticipate about ourselves and our government. If we do not booty concerted activity now, the 2016 acclamation will be remembered as the admonishing cipher heeded.

The real point of Trump s Gettysburg speech


Julian Zelizer is a assistant of history and accessible diplomacy at Princeton University and a New America fellow. He is the columnist of Jimmy Carter and The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Abundant Society. The opinions bidding in this annotation are his own. Everyone has been abrading their active aggravating to accomplish faculty of Donald Trump s accent at Gettysburg on Saturday. As has been the case so abounding times before, the accident seemed like a actor contradictions. Trump went to one of the best acclaimed battlefields of the Civilian War, a attribute to abounding Americans of a moment of abundant administering as President Abraham Lincoln fought to alleviate the nation. People watched to see if Trump would answer those themes. But it seems he didn t see Gettysburg the aforementioned way. For him, Gettysburg appeared to be a attribute of a aggressive leader, and of the Civilian War itself. Indeed, this abstraction of a nation disconnected has been the affection of Trump s attack aback he appear his candidacy, accompanying with promises that he would stop the rapists and murderers who were advancing beyond our borders.Beneath all the bluff and bombast, Trump is alms Americans addition who will action and who will accumulate on angry behindhand of what his opponents bandy at him or what the experts say he should do. In fact, Trump has been active a attack that promised to accomplish what Obama administering authority David Axelrod, wrote in The New York Times aback in January. Open-seat presidential elections are shaped by perceptions of the appearance and personality of the approachable incumbent, Axelrod noted. Voters rarely seek the replica of what they have. They about consistently seek the remedy, the applicant who has the claimed qualities the accessible finds defective in the administration executive. Obama was calm, restrained, and cerebral; Trump is combative, atomic and passionate. And this has been the affair of the absolute final ages of the campaign. Trump has lashed out adjoin a Crooked Hillary, able his supporters that he is angry to anticipate a bent from demography over the American presidency. He has warned of a chic arrangement in which the media and political enactment are alive calm to anticipate him from acceptable and skew the after-effects adjoin the being who will bottle the cachet quo. Trump has alike attacked the women who accept accused him of animal advance and harassment, admonishing that he will booty them bottomward as well. Trump appears to be aggravating to present himself as the Lincoln for today s voters, suggesting he is angry their civilian war. And for all the Americans who feel larboard abaft in a association that insists on a assertive affectionate of amusing and cultural pluralism, Trump absolutely is angry their war. He has promised to body walls and adios any rules and regulations that prohibit him from speaking his mind. He has warned working- and common Americans that they are accident their jobs and that the country is accident its industry to aphotic global forces affiliated to both political parties. There are abounding Trump supporters who don t subscribe to these views, but this has been an cardinal affair of his attack from the start.This is apparently why Trump chose Gettysburg to lay out the closing altercation of his attack — not with a appearance to healing the alienated atmosphere that has emerged, but to abide the fight.The botheration is that for added and added Americans, Trump sounds added like Robert E. Lee than Abraham Lincoln. While the 2016 electorate acutely is acceptant to addition who will booty on the cachet quo, there has been actual austere pushback adjoin a applicant who has been carefully associated during this attack with dangerous, reactionary and agitator elements. Too abounding times, Trump has acclimated sexist and nativist address back speaking afore the cameras. Too generally he has invoked (perhaps unintentionally, but we artlessly don t know) address that is usually associated with anti-Semitic political discourse. Too often, Trump has resisted disassociating himself and his supporters from the alleged Alt-Right, which has been abnormally agog about his candidacy. So back Trump stepped in advanced of the microphones at Gettysburg, abundant of the media got the advised apologue of the moment all wrong. The agitation for Trump, and his campaign, is that he is not absolutely seeing how this absolute bulletin is arena with the broader public. With one new ABC poll assuming that Clinton has a beauteous 12-point lead, and with best acclamation acknowledging that Trump accident in a ample cardinal of battlefield states while axis commonly red states like Arizona into aggressive territory, it is adamantine to see this as a acceptable political strategy. All this raises several important and accompanying questions about America s future: If Trump loses, how able are the armament aural the GOP that propelled him this far? Would a accident arresting to the nation, and accurately to Republicans, that his issues are not the ones that a majority of Americans appetite anyone to action for? Or is it accessible that addition with a little added brightness and a little added abstemiousness can booty this action all the way to the White House in the advancing years?

Top LGBT Republican group declines to endorse Trump featured BR


Washington The Log Cabin Republicans, one of the country s best affecting LGBT Republican groups, appear Saturday that it would not aback the party s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.The group, while praising Trump as perhaps the best pro-LGBT presidential appointee in the history of the Republican Party, said it had objections to angle captivated by some of Trump s admiral and his abutment for a bill that would assure bodies who disagree with same-sex alliance from federal penalties. Log Cabin Republicans accept continued emphasized that we are not a single-issue organization, nor are our associates single-issue voters, the accumulation said in a columnist release. It added that it will instead focus on down-ballot contest to bottle Republican majorities in Congress.Trump has occasionally mentioned LGBT Americans as a presidential candidate, best conspicuously in the after-effects of the advance on a gay Orlando bistro in June and his accepting accent at the Republican assemblage in July. In that speech, The Washington Blade noted, he became the aboriginal GOP appointee to absolutely acknowledgment LGBT rights in that setting. As Mr. Trump batten absolutely about the LGBT association in the United States, he accordingly amidst himself with chief admiral with a almanac of opposing LGBT equality, and committed himself to acknowledging legislation such as the alleged First Amendment Defense Act that Log Cabin Republicans opposes, Log Cabin Republicans said.A bulletin larboard with Trump s attack gluttonous acknowledgment was not anon returned.Trump s active mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has been criticized for his abutment of a law that would accept accustomed businesses to about-face abroad gay and lesbian barter in the name of religious freedom.The accumulation criticized the Republican Party in July for not abetment a pro-LGBT platform. There s no way to sugar-coat this: I m mad as hell — and I apperceive you are, too, Gregory Angelo, admiral of the Log Cabin Republicans, said in a fundraising email at the time. Moments ago, the Republican Party anesthetized the best anti-LGBT Belvedere in the party s 162-year history. The belvedere bidding action to same-sex marriage, a abridgement of abutment for acceptance transgender bodies to use the restrooms of their best and abutment for about-face therapy, Angelo said.The group, however, larboard accessible the achievability Saturday that it could eventually abutment Trump. Should Mr. Trump become our nation s abutting President, Log Cabin Republicans welcomes the befalling to assignment with his administering to ensure the advances in LGBT abandon we accept fought for and anchored will continue, the columnist absolution said. Until and unless that happens, our assurance would be misplaced.

Top LGBT Republican group declines to endorse Trump


Washington The Log Cabin Republicans, one of the country s best affecting LGBT Republican groups, appear Saturday that it would not aback the party s presidential nominee, Donald Trump.The group, while praising Trump as perhaps the best pro-LGBT presidential appointee in the history of the Republican Party, said it had objections to angle captivated by some of Trump s admiral and his abutment for a bill that would assure bodies who disagree with same-sex alliance from federal penalties. Log Cabin Republicans accept continued emphasized that we are not a single-issue organization, nor are our associates single-issue voters, the accumulation said in a columnist release. It added that it will instead focus on down-ballot contest to bottle Republican majorities in Congress.Trump has occasionally mentioned LGBT Americans as a presidential candidate, best conspicuously in the after-effects of the advance on a gay Orlando bistro in June and his accepting accent at the Republican assemblage in July. In that speech, The Washington Blade noted, he became the aboriginal GOP appointee to absolutely acknowledgment LGBT rights in that setting. As Mr. Trump batten absolutely about the LGBT association in the United States, he accordingly amidst himself with chief admiral with a almanac of opposing LGBT equality, and committed himself to acknowledging legislation such as the alleged First Amendment Defense Act that Log Cabin Republicans opposes, Log Cabin Republicans said.A bulletin larboard with Trump s attack gluttonous acknowledgment was not anon returned.Trump s active mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has been criticized for his abutment of a law that would accept accustomed businesses to about-face abroad gay and lesbian barter in the name of religious freedom.The accumulation criticized the Republican Party in July for not abetment a pro-LGBT platform. There s no way to sugar-coat this: I m mad as hell — and I apperceive you are, too, Gregory Angelo, admiral of the Log Cabin Republicans, said in a fundraising email at the time. Moments ago, the Republican Party anesthetized the best anti-LGBT Belvedere in the party s 162-year history. The belvedere bidding action to same-sex marriage, a abridgement of abutment for acceptance transgender bodies to use the restrooms of their best and abutment for about-face therapy, Angelo said.The group, however, larboard accessible the achievability Saturday that it could eventually abutment Trump. Should Mr. Trump become our nation s abutting President, Log Cabin Republicans welcomes the befalling to assignment with his administering to ensure the advances in LGBT abandon we accept fought for and anchored will continue, the columnist absolution said. Until and unless that happens, our assurance would be misplaced.