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How Trump gets his fake news – POLITICO

Just days earlier, K.T. McFarland, the deputy national security adviser, had given Trump a printout of two Time magazine covers. One, supposedly from the 1970s, warned of a coming ice age; the other, from 2008, about surviving global warming, according to four White House officials familiar with the matter.

Trump quickly got lathered up about the media’s hypocrisy. But there was a problem. The 1970s cover was fake, part of an Internet hoax that’s circulated for years. Staff chased down the truth and intervened before Trump tweeted or talked publicly about it.


Firing James Comey to impede an investigation isn’t smoke. It’s fire. – Vox 

Some Republicans had stood by Nixon through his firing of the independent counsel investigating the matter, through multiple aides and Cabinet officials resigning, through the White House’s effort to resist subpoenas for documents and tapes. But when the “smoking gun” White House tape was released on August 5, 1974, Nixon’s remaining support from Republicans evaporated. Two days later, Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-PA), House Minority Leader John Jacob Rhodes (R-AZ), and former presidential candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) went to the White House and informed the president that he had no support left in Congress


It’s Early, But the GOP is Already in the Midterm Danger Zone – NBC News 

Just 29% of Americans say they approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director Comey, while 38% disapprove, according to our new NBC/WSJ poll. Another 32% of respondents don’t have enough to say on the matter. Yet among those who say they have read, seen or heard “a lot” about the firing, 53% say they disapprove, versus 33% who approve. But compare those numbers with these from the same poll: 48% say the health-care legislation that was recently passed by the House and supported by President Trump is a bad idea, versus 23% who call it a good idea. That 25-point gap between good idea and bad idea is larger than the NBC/WSJ poll ever found for Barack Obama’s health-care plan. Back in December of 2013 — following problems with the rollout of the HealthCare.Gov website — 50% had said the Obama plan was a bad idea, versus 34% who said it was a good idea (-16). This past February, however, 43% of Americans called the Obama plan a good idea, while 41% said it was bad (+2).


WannaCry About Business Models – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

The first thing to observe from this timeline is that, as with all Windows exploits, the initial blame lies with Microsoft. It is Microsoft that developed Windows without a strong security model for networking in particular, and while the company has done a lot of work to fix that, many fundamental flaws still remain.

Not all of those flaws are Microsoft’s fault: the default assumption for personal computers has always been to give applications mostly unfettered access to the entire computer, and all attempts to limit that have been met with howls of protest. iOS created a new model, in which applications were put in a sandbox and limited to carefully defined hooks and extensions into the operating system; that model, though, was only possible because iOS was new. Windows, in contrast, derived all of its market power from the established base of applications already in the market, which meant overly broad permissions couldn’t be removed retroactively without ruining Microsoft’s business model.

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