Joe Uchill Mar 14
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Former Secretary of the Navy calls for threat sharing in elections

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who served under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, told Axios that government threat intelligence sharing during elections must improve or voters "won't have confidence that voting has not been tainted."

Why it matters: The Department of Homeland Security will, for the first time, share classified information with officials about cybersecurity threats during elections during the 2018 midterms, but there will still be kinks to work out. "You get silos of information in the government that are tough to break," noted Mabus.

  • Elections were only declared critical infrastructure by DHS in 2016. They do not yet have the distinct peer-to-peer cybersecurity information sharing structure endorsed by DHS, known as an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC).
  • Perhaps not coincidentally, Mabus also announced Wednesday he was joining the board of Anomali, which makes threat intelligence sharing software used by ISACs.
  • His comments might signal an industry push to shore up the ISAC deficiency surrounding elections.

More quotes from Mabus: "We're headed into an election where every intelligence agency warns that Russia will try to effect the elections again."

  • "The time to address challenges is not to wait until crisis."
  • "[Even in the Navy] we knew that [defending against cyberwarfare] was not something we could do by ourselves. We collaborated with other countries' navies, and created threat sharing partnerships."
Khorri Atkinson 9 hours ago
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.

Haley Britzky 9 hours ago
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Former Playmate alleges Trump tried to pay her after sex

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal detailed her relationship with President Trump — which he has denied — in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, including the first time she met Melania and how he tried to pay her after the first time they had sex.

The details: The alleged affair took place while he was married to Melania and shortly after his youngest son was born. McDougal said they met while the Apprentice was filming at the Playboy mansion, and began seeing each other "quite frequently." She told Cooper that Trump told her he loved her "all the time," and that there "was a real relationship there."