May 2017

Newsweek: Trump Could be Forced to Pay for Trips to Mar-a-Lago in New Democrat Bill

President Donald Trump could be forced to pay for his trips to Mar-a-Lago and refund travel costs already spent on such weekend jaunts in a new bill introduced by a Democrat lawmaker.

California Rep. Ted Lieu shared details of the bill, which would require Trump to pay back the government for money it has spent covering trips taken by the president to properties he owns—including to the so-called winter White House.

The Hill: Ransomware attack inflames intelligence scrutiny

The “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack producing global shockwaves has renewed focus on the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA) and how the government decides to disclose cyber vulnerabilities to the private sector.

The ransomware campaign, which broke out on Friday and has spread to at least 150 countries and 300,000 machines, is widely believed to be based on an NSA hacking tool leaked to the public earlier this year that exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

ABC 7: White House denies report President Donald Trump shared highly classified info with Russia

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is denying a report that claims Trump shared highly classified intelligence about Islamic State militants with a top Russian diplomat.

H.R. McMaster told reporters in a brief statement that The Washington Post report published Monday "is false" and "at no time" were intelligence sources or methods discussed during Trump's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The Hill: Five things to know about this week’s global ransomware attack

Countries around the world, including the U.S., are managing the spread of vicious ransomware on Saturday after the WanaCrypt0r virus brought much of global technology to a standstill on Friday. The malware hit 74 countries, impacting British hospitals, Germany’s rail network, and a Spanish telecom. U.S.-based FedEx apologized for any inconvenience to customers as the massive shipping company recovered from the attack.