NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a news conference at City Hall where they announced that the two men accused of carrying out last week's bombing of the Boston Marathon planned an additional bomb attack on New York's Times Square on April 25, 2013 in New York City. In interrogations with younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, police have learned that the two had planned to take the car that they hijacked and its driver from Boston last Thursday night and to New York with bombs. The plan was foiled after the car ran low on gas and the two brothers got into a firefight with police. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A recently passed bill to allow the sale of sparklers in New York wouldn’t even apply in the five boroughs, but Mayor Bloomberg is still urging Governor Cuomo to veto it, arguing that terrorists could use the fireworks to make a bomb. The mayor’s office pointed to failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, though he used fireworks containing gunpowder, which isn’t found in sparklers. You can ponder whether the risks are worth it while making your annual pre-Fourth of July trek toConnecticut.
Facebook failed to closely monitor device makers after granting them access to the personal data of hundreds of millions of people, according to a previously unreported disclosure to Congress last month.
Facebook’s loose oversight of the partnerships was detected by the company’s government-approved privacy monitor in 2013. But it was never revealed to Facebook users, most of whom had not explicitly given the company permission to share their information.
JUST IN: DOJ says Acting Attorney General Whitaker will consult with senior ethics officials at DOJ about possible recusal in Special Counsel investigation. DOJ Spox Kerri Kupec says, pic.twitter.com/19ej569Ne2
Recording of Khashoggi killing reportedly points to bin Salman involvement
Shortly after the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to “tell your boss,” believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that the operatives had carried out their mission, according to three people familiar with a recording of Mr. Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence.
While the prince was not mentioned by name, American intelligence officials believe “your boss” was a reference to Prince Mohammed. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, one of 15 Saudis dispatched to Istanbul to confront Mr. Khashoggi, made the phone call and spoke in Arabic, the people said.
Pittsburgh paper’s deep dive into synagogue shooter reveals extent to which internet radicalized him
Accounts from Mr. Bowers’ coworkers of two decades ago, and an analysis of his social media posts in the weeks prior to the massacre, suggest that staunch conservatism metastasized into white nationalism. First fascinated with conservative radio host Jim Quinn, he later became a follower of aggressive online provocateurs of the right wing’s fringe.
According to experts who study extremism, the Internet and social media have created new pathways from strident ideology to radicalism. Efforts to address that by shutting down social media sites can backfire, some experts said, calling for a subtler, but comprehensive approach.
“For the last several years, analysts have warned that these kinds of conditions would lead to these kinds of actions,” said John Horgan, a professor at Georgia State University’s Global Studies Institute and author of The Psychology of Terrorism, published in 2014. “I genuinely fear that we are seeing the culmination of something that has been boiling over for some time now. … And I fear that we’re not prepared for it.”
Fox News continued its Twitter boycott for a fourth day on Monday in an apparent attempt to protest how the social media platform handled tweets surrounding a recent rally against Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Both the network’s main Twitter account as well as the accounts of some of its hosts remained silent Monday. However, other hosts and show accounts continued to tweet.
Fox News last tweeted on Thursday, and a number of accounts associated with the network stopped tweeting Thursday or Friday as well. The company hasn’t released any official statement over its Twitter absence, and a spokesperson declined to comment.
Multiple outlets reported over the weekend that the Twitter break was to protest the social media company’s slow response to requests to delete tweets that contained Carlson’s home address. Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
Who could have predicted the Swift Boat/birther guy would lie?
BREAKING: Roger Stone pal Jerome Corsi tells my colleague @annaschecter that Mueller’s investigators informed Corsi about a week ago he will be indicted for perjury. “When they have your emails and phone records…they’re very good at the perjury trap,” he says.
Dems’ initial (doomed) priority in the House: voting reform
Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.
Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions.
The White House is circulating a draft report by the U.S. Commerce Department over whether to impose tariffs on automobile imports to protect national security, three people familiar with the matter said.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with senior members of his trade team on Tuesday to discuss how to proceed on the potential tariffs, two of the people said. Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, they didn’t give any insight into Commerce’s conclusions.
On a day when U.S. stocks were broadly lower, shares of General Motors Co. declined and Ford Motor Co. trimmed an advance following news of the auto-tariff report.
Florida judge urges calm amid GOP accusations of voter fraud
A Florida judge said he’s seen no evidence of wrongdoing in the vote-counting in Broward County and urged all sides to “ramp down the rhetoric.”
Circuit Chief Judge Jack Tuter said during an emergency hearing Monday that there is a need to reassure citizens that the integrity of the Florida recount is being protected.
To that point, he urged lawyers for Rick Scott and others representing the Republican and Democratic parties and their candidates as well as the Broward County elections office to agree on some minor additions in security, including the addition of three more law enforcement officers to keep an eye on things.
Rick Scott is headed to D.C., though a recount in the Florida Senate race is still underway
Just in: Rick Scott spox tells me “Senator-elect Scott will be traveling to DC this week to participate in some new-member orientation activities, including the photo, and will be voting in leadership elections.” #flsen