Politics

Go deeper: The election hacking that’s taken place in 2018

Sign that says vote in all caps in blue on white paper taped to red wood door.
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There have been four distinct instances of either hacking or suspected hacking in campaigns or election reporting processes so far this year — including two reported distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) hacks, one other suspected hack in the U.S., and even one in Mexico.

The big picture: Intelligence officials have warned that they believe Russia have the capability to go further on election interference. This is also a lesson in how campaigns are still playing catchup on cybersecurity.

Between the lines: Visas harder to obtain amid immigration crackdown

Immigrant families hugging as they're reunited after being separated
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has continued its visa crackdown, recently releasing memos that make it easier for immigration officials to deny visa applications and begin deportation proceedings for those whose extensions or renewals are denied.

Between the lines: Family separation and ICE raids may be one of the more visible ways the Trump administration has created a hostile environment for immigrants, but with fewer headlines and more internal memos, the Department of Homeland Security has been making even legal, high-skilled immigration processes more difficult.

Apple Watches, Fitbit could see price hikes from Trump's tariffs

An employee helps a customer set up his newly purchased Apple Watch. Photo: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Apple Watches, Fitbits, and Sonos speakers — built in China — are among the plethora of products likely to be hit with 10% tariffs through Trump's additional $200 billion in Chinese tariffs, Reuters reports citing government rulings.

Why it matters: The tech companies that could be hit with tariffs could also raise prices on some of their most popular products, Reuters explains, noting that phones and laptops have so far escaped damage from the proposed tariffs.