Daily Bellwether -> IBM, Cisco Share Security Secrets With Russia

The Daily Bellwether
Here are the top Bellwether stories of the day
IBM, Cisco Share Security Secrets With Russia

IBM, Cisco Share Security Secrets With Russia

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found. Russian authorities are asking Western tech companies to allow them to review source code for security products such as firewalls, anti-virus applications and software containing encryption before permitting the products to be imported and sold in the country. The requests, which have increased since 2014, are ostensibly done to ensure foreign spy agencies have not hidden any “backdoors” that would allow them to burrow into Russian systems. But those inspections also … Read More

‘Get this done’: Ryan Promises Permanent Tax Reform this Year

‘Get this done’: Ryan Promises Permanent Tax Reform this Year

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan vowed Tuesday that Congress will approve a broad-based overhaul of the federal tax code this year, laying down a firm deadline for Republicans as he tries to smooth over intraparty differences that have plagued the effort thus far. The White House on Tuesday also endorsed an aggressive timetable. Vice President Mike Pence said Americans can expect the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration by the end of the year. However, Mr. Ryan said the reform package must be permanent, which could force Republicans to obey parliamentary rules that would constrain the size and scope of … Read More

Sealing of Susan Rice Records Angers House Committee Investigating ‘unmasking’

Sealing of Susan Rice Records Angers House Committee Investigating ‘unmasking’

House intelligence committee sources say career officials at the National Security Council are slow-walking the delivery of subpoenaed records on former National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice’s handling of classified information and the “unmasking” of Trump campaign workers — material from the Russian hacking probe that middle-level NSC managers claim was transferred to President Obama’s library and could “remain closed to the public for five years.” One source, speaking only on the condition of anonymity, called the transfer curious and appeared to reflect an effort by former administration officials to obscure evidence on whether Ms. Rice and other top officials in the Obama White House illegally tried to … Read More

Trump Suggests Solar Panels to Help Pay for $20 Billion Border Wall

Trump Suggests Solar Panels to Help Pay for $20 Billion Border Wall

President Trump took a further step back this week from his pledge to force Mexico to pay for the border wall, instead saying he is considering sticking solar panels on top of the fence and selling the energy to help fund the costs. The proposal — which he said he came up with on his own and was revealing for the first time — is the latest in a long line of suggestions for covering a price tag that could easily top $20 billion. “We’re talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We’re thinking about building the wall as a solar wall so it creates … Read More

Trump: Senators Against GOP Health Bill 'Will Probably Get There'

Trump: Senators Against GOP Health Bill ‘Will Probably Get There’

Four Republican senators who do not now support their party’s version of a bill to replace and repeal Obamacare will “probably get there,” President Donald Trump said in an interview airing Friday. “[They are] four good guys and friends of mine,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt during an interview recorded at the White House on Thursday. “I think they will probably get there. We have to see.” Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky said in a statement Thursday they’re open to negotiation before … Read More


Leave a Reply