Russia didn’t scan election systems, but ‘may have’ looked to break in – US government

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Even though hackers from the Russian government didn’t directly scan election systems in 21 US states, that doesn’t mean Moscow wasn’t looking to break in, the Department of Homeland Security said after complaints about inaccurate reporting.

On Thursday, DHS Spokesman Scott McConnell declined to discuss the specific states the department was alluding to. He said that hackers searched for vulnerabilities to exploit in other government computer systems connected to an …

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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke to Travel to Puerto Rico Tomorrow

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will travel to Puerto Rico tomorrow with other senior administration officials responsible for the federal response to meet with local officials and observe the Hurricane Maria recovery. The Acting Secretary has been in constant contact with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló throughout the response and recovery, and will spend the day

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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke to Travel to Puerto Rico Tomorrow

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will travel to Puerto Rico tomorrow with other senior administration officials responsible for the federal response to meet with local officials and observe the Hurricane Maria recovery. The Acting Secretary has been in constant contact with Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló throughout the response and recovery, and will spend the day

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Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Approves Waiver of Jones Act

Release Date: 
September 28, 2017

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Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Early this morning, in recognition of the severe impacts on Puerto Rico from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke approved a waiver of the federal Jones Act. The decision follows yesterday’s request from the governor of Puerto Rico and the Secretary of Defense’s determination that a waiver is in the interest of

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‘Year late & bad info’: California says DHS falsely accused Russia of hacking its voting systems

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It appears that in its eagerness to accuse Russian hackers of meddling in the US presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wrongly claimed California’s election systems had been breached.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released a statement in which he confirmed that DHS officials had told him that the state’s election system had been “scanned” by Russian hackers.

“Last Friday, my office was notified by the US

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FBI investigating as many cases of domestic terrorism as it does ISIS

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There are currently the same number of open investigations into foreign terrorists as there are into domestic violent extremists affiliated with white supremacists, anti-government and other groups, the newly-appointed FBI director has told lawmakers

Director Christopher Wray said the bureau currently has “about 1,000 open domestic-terrorism investigations,” and “about 1,000 open related to ISIS investigations,” during his first testimony at the Senate Homeland Security Committee Wednesday.

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) questioned …

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US sets 2018 refugee quota at 45,000, lowest since 1980

FILE PHOTO: Syrian refugees take notes during their Vocational ESL class at the International Rescue Committee center in San Diego on August 31, 2016. © AFP / Free

The Trump administration has announced it will limit the number of refugees allowed into the United States for the next fiscal year to 45,000, the lowest level in decades. A refugee resettlement group called the decision “contrary to American values.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefed Congress …

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Top Senate Democrat urges Trump to back independence for Kurds

Kurds celebrate to show their support for the independence referendum in Duhok, Iraq, September 26, 2017. © Ari Jalal / Reuters

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), has urged President Donald Trump and his administration to support an independent Kurdish state after an overwhelming majority of Iraqi Kurds voted for cutting ties with Baghdad in a referendum on Monday.

“The US should stand for self-determination for our strongest partners,” Schumer said in a statement …

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US Army elite airborne division heads to Puerto Rico

An aerial view of an empty main highway is seen in aftermath of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. ©

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The US Army’s elite 101st Airborne Division is sending eight medevac helicopters and more than 70 service members to Puerto Rico to help in the recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria.

It’s the first time the 75-year-old army unit has been deployed to assist in a hurricane …

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DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Testifies at Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing

Release Date: 
September 27, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke testified at the annual U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on threats to the homeland.

Excerpts from Acting Secretary Duke’s testimony are below.

“In recent weeks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria have placed the spotlight on natural disasters.  With FEMA’s leadership, our Department and the

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