A Senate panel is “very close” to unveiling cybersecurity legislation aimed at helping and encouraging critical-infrastructure providers — including nuclear-power plants — to share more cyber-threat data with each other and the government, a top Republican said Tuesday, according to The Hill newspaper.
Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at a cybersecurity conference in Washington that his panel is finalizing a bill akin to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which the Republican-led House passed in April. Senate Democrats largely balked at that House legislation and the White House threatened to veto it, charging it would not significantly protect citizens’ data privacy.
Chambliss nonetheless said he and Intelligence panel Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are proceeding with their similar legislation, and currently are hashing out the final details, according to The Hill. The GOP senator said he and Feinstein have worked with Representatives Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), who crafted the CISPA, in hopes of ensuring if the Senate bill passes the full chamber that it can be reconciled with the House plan.
At the cyber conference, sponsored by Politico, Chambliss indicated a sticking point members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are still debating: if and how their bill will grant immunity protection to companies that share cyber-threat data with the government, according to Politico. Chambliss further said the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bill will call for establishing a government portal for the cyber-threat data coming from the private sector, which likely would be part of the Homeland Security Department. However, he said he wants the National Security Agency to have access to the private-sector information — something that could alarm privacy advocates.
“You can’t have protection from a cybersecurity standpoint without the NSA being integrally involved,” Chambliss reportedly said. “I mean, they’re the experts.”
Chambliss and other lawmakers said at the Tuesday Newseum event lamented that the pace of cybersecurity legislation has slowed on Capitol Hill since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked intelligence documents regarding the agency’s widespread surveillance activities.
Representative Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) said he suspected lawmakers would not address significant cybersecurity legislation this year. “It’s very difficult at this point,” he told Politico, “given the government shutdown and what happened as a result” of Snowden.
President Obama in February signed an executive order intended to implement some aspects of a cybersecurity bill that died in the Senate last year, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argued would have led to excessive regulations on companies. Obama’s executive order calls for government and industry officials to craft voluntary cyber-threat standards, and an early draft of them is due Oct. 12, according to Politico.
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Before we get to the specifics of this exposé about escorts working the Iowa and New Hampshire primary crowds, let’s get three things out of the way: 1.) It’s from Cosmopolitan; 2.) most of the women quoted use fake (if colorful) names; and 3.) again, it’s from Cosmopolitan. That said, here’s what we learned:
- Business was booming: one escort who says she typically gets two inquiries a weekend got 15 requests in the pre-primary weekend.
- Their primary season clientele is a bit older than normal—”40s through mid-60s, compared with mostly twentysomething regulars” and “they’ve clearly done this before.”
- They seemed more nervous than other clients, because “the stakes are higher when you’re working for a possible future president” but “all practiced impeccable manners.”
- One escort “typically enjoy[s] the company of Democrats more, just because I feel like our views line up a lot more.”
No matter where you stand on mandating companies to include a backdoor in encryption technologies, it doesn’t make sense to allow that decision to be made on a state level. “The problem with state-level legislation of this nature is that it manages to be both wildly impractical and entirely unenforceable,” writes Brian Barrett at Wired. There is a solution to this problem. “California Congressman Ted Lieu has introduced the ‘Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act of 2016,’ which we’ll call ENCRYPT. It’s a short, straightforward bill with a simple aim: to preempt states from attempting to implement their own anti-encryption policies at a state level.”
Much has been made of David Brooks’s recent New York Times column, in which confesses to missing already the civility and humanity of Barack Obama, compared to who might take his place. In NewYorker.com, Jeffrey Frank reminds us how critical such attributes are to foreign policy. “It’s hard to imagine Kennedy so casually referring to the leader of Russia as a gangster or a thug. For that matter, it’s hard to imagine any president comparing the Russian leader to Hitler [as] Hillary Clinton did at a private fund-raiser. … Kennedy, who always worried that miscalculation could lead to war, paid close attention to the language of diplomacy.”
The New Covenant. The Third Way. The Democratic Leadership Council style. Call it what you will, but whatever centrist triangulation Bill Clinton embraced in 1992, Hillary Clinton wants no part of it in 2016. Writing for Bloomberg, Sasha Issenberg and Margaret Talev explore how Hillary’s campaign has “diverged pointedly” from what made Bill so successful: “For Hillary to survive, Clintonism had to die.” Bill’s positions in 1992—from capital punishment to free trade—“represented a carefully calibrated diversion from the liberal orthodoxy of the previous decade.” But in New Hampshire, Hillary “worked to juggle nostalgia for past Clinton primary campaigns in the state with the fact that the Bill of 1992 or the Hillary of 2008 would likely be a marginal figure within today’s Democratic politics.”
At first, “it was pleasant” to see Trevor Noah “smiling away and deeply dimpling in the Stewart seat, the seat that had lately grown gray hairs,” writes The Atlantic‘s James Parker in assessing the new host of the once-indispensable Daily Show. But where Jon Stewart was a heavyweight, Noah is “a very able lightweight, [who] needs time too. But he won’t get any. As a culture, we’re not about to nurture this talent, to give it room to grow. Our patience was exhausted long ago, by some other guy. We’re going to pass judgment and move on. There’s a reason Simon Cowell is so rich. Impress us today or get thee hence. So it comes to this: It’s now or never, Trevor.”