Dec 4, 2018

Thousands of NRCC emails exposed in pre-midterms hack

Thousands of sensitive emails from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) were stolen in a hack earlier this year, exposing emails of four senior aides to an outsider for months, three party officials told Politico and an NRCC spokesperson confirmed to Axios.

The big picture: The NRCC was alerted by its cybersecurity vendor of the intrusion, which was uncovered in April — just seven months before the 2018 midterm elections. GOP House leadership, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, were not alerted of the hack until this week, when Politico reached out to the NRCC about the incident.

What they're saying: A top party official told Politico they kept the intrusion close to their chest for fear of compromising a search for the culprit. The FBI was alerted of the incident and an internal investigation was launched as well.

The details: Donor information was not exposed during the attack, per the officials.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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