FBI struggles to retain top cyber talent

The recent departures of four top FBI cyber officials reflects a troubling trend: The bureau is losing its most seasoned agents and supervisors tasked with disrupting digital threats from Russia and elsewhere, even as threats to the nation’s power grid and elections grow. Close to 20 top FBI cybersecurity leaders have left for high-paying corporate jobs over the past five years, one former veteran agent told POLITICO — a dramatic turnover in a handful of senior jobs. And news of

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Rand calls ex-intelligence officials ‘bad apples’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is doubling down on calls to revoke the security clearances of former intelligence officials who have criticized President Donald Trump, calling the individuals “bad apples.” “We’ve got some bad apples that need to be dismissed from the swamp of Washington,” Rand told a crowd of more than 600 young conservatives at Trump International Hotel in Washington on Tuesday night. “I am thinking, maybe, how about John Brennan, number one?” Those attending the Turning Point USA dinner

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Kudlow: Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow repeatedly accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “betrayal” and saying he “stabbed us in the back” for standing up to President Donald Trump after the G-7 meeting. Speaking hours after Trump ordered the U.S. not to endorse the G-7 communique, Kudlow slammed Trudeau for a “sophomoric play” in holding a press conference after the G-7 meetings and saying Canadians “will not be pushed around.” Soon afterward, Trump tweeted that the U.S. would not

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Improved ape genome assemblies provide new insights into human evolution

New, higher-quality assemblies of great ape genomes have now been generated without the guidance of the human reference genome. The effort to reduce “humanizing” discovery bias in great ape genomes provides a clearer view of the genetic differences that arose as humans diverged from other primates. In the June 8 issue of Science, researchers report on improved orangutan and chimpanzee genomes that were built from scratch using long-read PacBio sequencing and long-range mapping technology. The highly contiguous, newly assembled genomes present

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Researchers reverse cognitive impairments in mice with dementia

Reversing memory deficits and impairments in spatial learning is a major goal in the field of dementia research. A lack of knowledge about cellular pathways critical to the development of dementia, however, has stood in the way of significant clinical advance. But now, researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) are breaking through that barrier. They show, for the first time in an animal model, that tau pathology — the second-most important lesion in the

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DNC rule change angers Sanders supporters

Democratic National Committee officials on Friday moved forward with a proposal to force the party’s presidential candidates to identify as Democrats, a move that drew immediate criticism from a top official in Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign. The prospective rule change, approved by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, would not necessarily impact Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who ran for president as a Democrat. Sources familiar with the discussion said officials believed the rule change could help garner support for

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Forget Rudy: Here are Trump’s fiercest defenders

Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing didn’t quite make the cut to become President Donald Trump’s attorneys in late March. But you’d be forgiven for thinking they’re billing Trump by the hour. Since a plan for the husband-wife duo to represent the president was announced and then aborted, the lawyer-pundits have appeared at least37 times on Fox News alone. Even as Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani acts as a kind of emissary to mainstream news outlets from POLITICO to CNN to the

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