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US And UK Announce Sanctions Over China Linked Hacks On Election Watchdog And Lawmakers

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LONDON / CHINA— The U.S. and British governments imposed sanctions on Monday against a firm and two people tied to the Chinese government for a series of malicious cyberattacks on the U.K.’s election watchdog and politicians in both countries.

Officials claimed those sanctioned were responsible for a hack that may have gotten access to information on tens of millions of U.K. voters kept by the Electoral Commission, as well as cyber espionage against politicians who have been vocal about the China danger.

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US And UK Announce Sanctions Over China Linked Hacks On Election Watchdog And Lawmakers

According to the Foreign Office, the hack of the election rolls “has not had an impact on electoral processes, has not affected the rights or access to the democratic process of any individual, nor has it affected electoral registration.”

The Electoral Commission stated in August that it discovered a breach in its system in October 2022 but added that “hostile actors” have been able to access its systems since 2021.

At the time, the watchdog stated that the data included registered voters’ names and residences. However, it stated that much of the information was already in the public domain.

In Washington, the Treasury Department sanctioned Wuhan Xiaoruizhi Science and Technology business Ltd., describing it as a Chinese Ministry of State Security front business that has “served as cover for multiple malicious cyberoperations.”

It cited two Chinese nationals, Zhao Guangzong and Ni Gaobin, who worked for the Wuhan company for cyber operations that targeted vital infrastructure sectors in the United States, “directly endangering U.S. national security.”

Separately, British cybersecurity officials reported that Chinese government-affiliated hackers “conducted reconnaissance activity” against British legislators critical of Beijing in 2021. They stated that no parliamentary accounts were successfully compromised.

Three legislators, including former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith, told reporters on Monday that they had been “subjected to harassment, impersonation, and attempted hacking from China for some time.” Duncan Smith stated that in one instance, hackers impersonating him used bogus email accounts to send messages to his contacts.

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US And UK Announce Sanctions Over China Linked Hacks On Election Watchdog And Lawmakers

The lawmakers are members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, an international pressure group dedicated to resisting Beijing’s expanding influence and exposing alleged human rights violations by the Chinese government.

Before the announcement, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stated that China is “behaving in an increasingly assertive way abroad” and is “the greatest state-based threat to our economic security.”

“It’s appropriate that we take precautions to protect ourselves, and that’s what we’re doing,” he said without revealing any specifics.

China opponents, notably Duncan Smith, have long urged Sunak to adopt a stronger stance on China, labeling it a threat rather than a “challenge” to the United Kingdom, but the government has refrained from using such harsh rhetoric.

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US And UK Announce Sanctions Over China Linked Hacks On Election Watchdog And Lawmakers

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the findings, saying that countries should base their assertions on evidence rather than “smear” others without a factual basis.

“Cybersecurity issues should not be politicized,” ministry spokesman Lin Jian stated. “We hope all parties will stop spreading false information, take a responsible attitude, and work together to maintain peace and security in cyberspace.”

SOURCE – (AP)

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Thousands Descend on New York’s South Bronx for Trump Rally

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Former President Donald J. Trump at a rally in the Bronx: Reuters Image

Thousands of people have gathered on the South Bronx in New York for Donald Trump’s historic event on Thursday night, as he attempts to do what many believe is impossible: turn New York red for the first time since 1984.

Former President Trump’s devoted supporters braved heavy rain to gather at Crotona Park, hours before he was scheduled to take the stage in the deep-blue district that Joe Biden won with more than 60% of the vote in 2020.

Supporters lined up to listen to MAGA rappers, display tattoos honoring the GOP leader, and insist he can follow Ronald Reagan by winning in the Empire State.

People holding Dominican Republic and US flags chant while waiting in line to attend a demonstration for former US President Donald Trump at Crotona Park in the Bronx, New York.

Trump Resonating with Voters

While the gathering was not as diverse as the South Bronx as a whole, it did contain a considerable number of Black and Hispanic voters, with Spanish spoken throughout.

Ed Rosa, who made the short trek from the North Bronx, said he regrets voting for Biden in 2020 and intends to support Trump in November.

He believes the Democratic Party has “become too socialist” and is concerned about the economy and immigration crossing the southern border.

“For 50 years I was a Democrat and switched in the last three or four years,” said Rosa, 60, whose family is from Puerto Rico.

Some in the audience replied by yelling “Build the Wall,” a reference to Trump’s quest for a border barrier between the United States and Mexico while he was in office.

Trump portrayed himself as a better president for Black and Hispanic voters than Biden, slamming Biden’s immigration policy.

Biden’s Race Based Ads

He emphasized that “the biggest negative impact” of the flood of migrants in New York is “against our Black population and our Hispanic population, who are losing jobs, housing, and everything else they can lose.” They are the most affected by what is going on.”

On Thursday, the Biden team aired a pair of TV and radio ads criticizing Trump’s treatment of Black people. These included erroneous accusations that Barack Obama, the first African American president, was not born in the United States, as well as calls for the death of a group of Black and Hispanic adolescents convicted but later exonerated of raping a white lady jogging in New York’s Central Park in 1989.

Janiyah Thomas, Black media director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement that Biden was attempting to divert attention away from “terrible policies that are harming our community,” and that as a senator, Biden helped advance a bipartisan crime bill in 1994, which resulted in more Black men being imprisoned.

Source: Daily Mail, AP

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British Prime Minister Sunak Announces July 4th National Election

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British Prime Minister Sunak Announces July 4th National Election: Reuters Image

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a general election on Wednesday, citing July 4 as the date. After 14 years in power, his Conservatives are widely likely to lose to the opposition Labour Party.

Sunak, 44, stood outside his Downing Street office and announced that he was calling the election sooner than expected, a dangerous strategy given his party’s polling position.

“Now is the time for Britain to choose its future,” he added, highlighting highlights of his tenure in office, including the implementation of the so-called furlough program, which assisted businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will have a general election on July 4.”

Sunak enters the election not only considerably behind the Labour Party in the polls, but also somewhat isolated from others in his party, relying on a small team of advisers to guide him through what promises to be a nasty campaign.

But, with some economic benefits, such as decreasing inflation and the economy growing at its quickest rate in over three years, he appears to have concluded it was time to take a risk and formally offer his program for a new term to voters.

Parties Prepare for Election

The former investment banker and finance minister took office less than two years ago and has since battled to explain his values, growing more upset that what he regards as his accomplishments have gone unnoticed.

Both parties have almost begun campaigning for the election, with their attack lines on the economy and defense already well defined.

Sunak and his government accuse Labour of being prepared to raise taxes if elected, and that the party would not be a safe set of hands for Britain in an increasingly perilous world because it has a plan, which the opposition disputes.

Labour accuses the government of 14 years of economic mismanagement, which has left people worse off, as well as a series of chaotic administrations that have failed to provide the stability that businesses want to stimulate growth.

If Labour wins the election, Britain, historically recognized for its political stability, will have six prime ministers in eight years, a first since the 1830s. Prior to the declaration, Labour stated that it was more than ready for an election.

“We are totally prepared to go whenever the Prime Minister declares an election. We have a fully structured and operational campaign ready to go, and we believe the country is ripe for a general election,” Labour leader Starmer’s spokeswoman told reporters.

Labour Ahead by 20 Points

Last week, Starmer launched his party’s election campaign by promising to “rebuild Britain” and outlining the first steps Labour would take if it formed the next administration.

Labour is roughly 20 percentage points ahead of Sunak’s Conservatives in opinion surveys, but some party officials are anxious that their lead is not as strong as it appears, worrying that many voters are undecided.

Sunak may be attempting to play on this uncertainty while also confusing Labour, which has yet to nominate all of its parliamentary candidates, according to a party veteran.

Sunak will also hope that economic achievements and the first flights in his centerpiece immigration plan, which involves sending illegal asylum seekers to Rwanda, will bolster his party’s fortunes. The earliest probable date for these flights is June 24, ten days before the election.

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Biden’s 2024 Re-Election Campaign Bleeding Donors Over Gaza

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Biden continues to lag behind: Getty Images

The April fundraising totals of President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign fell behind those of his opponent Donald Trump for the first time since the former president intensified his joint operation with the Republican National Committee and hosted high-dollar fundraisers.

After Joe Biden halted arms shipments to Israel in support of its conflict with Hamas, donors who never before considered supporting Donald Trump are now contemplating cast their millions in his direction.

Four donors who contributed tens of millions of dollars during the 2020 election cycle have informed The Free Press that, now that they are aware of Biden’s stance on the Israeli conflict, they are reconsidering their contributions.

The Biden and Democratic National Committee campaigns reported raising over $51 million in April, which is less than the $90 million they raised in March and the $76 million reported by the Republican Party and Donald Trump for the month, according to the campaigns.

Since securing the Republican presidential nomination in March, Trump is now eligible to solicit contributions from the Republican National Committee.

The initial days of April witnessed a record-breaking $50.5 million in donations collected by Trump during an event at the residence of billionaire investor John Paulson in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump has proposed Paulson as a prospective Treasury secretary.

Trump out raising Biden

On Monday, the Save America entity affiliated with Trump filed a report with the Federal Election Commission detailing legal expenses exceeding $3.3 million for the month.

The April fundraising efforts of the Trump campaign were characterized as “extraordinarily remarkable” in light of the candidate’s near-daily confinement to a courtroom for the past four weeks in opposition to Biden’s trial, the campaign said in a statement.

More than five months remain until the November 5 election, and national polls tie Biden and Trump. However, recent polls indicate that Trump holds a slight advantage in the battleground states that will determine the outcome of the election.

The Telegraph reports that on economic issues such as inflation, Trump receives higher approval ratings from voters in general compared to Biden, which is causing concern within the Biden campaign.

Externally, the campaign exudes an aura of unwavering assurance. The organization consistently disparages Trump and the Republicans in its press releases and has allocated tens of millions of dollars towards advertising to support this position.

It disregards polling that consistently indicate the president’s weakness on a national level and, more significantly, in every pivotal swing state. Neither can the campaign assert with credibility that everything is in order, nor have they explicitly embraced the underdog status that the polls appear to bestow.

Biden continues to lag behind with less than six months until Election Day and only four months until early voting begins in three states. An unsuccessful candidate who gained the popular vote at this juncture dates back to 1992.

It is evident that Biden is challenging recent political events, considering Trump’s advantage in the Electoral College, which he likely retains even if he loses the popular vote by two to three percentage points, as he did in 2016.

Biden’s number dismal

Further examination of the data makes matters worse for him. At this time, Biden’s employment approval is at an all-time low for a first-term president. Approximately forty percent is where he stands, which is a tier below where Trump was at the same juncture.

Regardless of the advertising campaigns, positive media coverage, or gradual decline in inflation, his situation has not improved. Without a doubt, the campaign is cognizant of the fact that re-election for an American president has been unattainable with such dismal poll numbers, at least since Harry Truman in 1948.

This likely explains Biden’s unexpected gambit of challenging Trump to a June 27 debate. In general, incumbents avoid debates unless compelled to do so.

The explicit desire for a debate by Biden, which occurs prior to either candidate receiving official nomination from their party, indicates that he is cognizant of the fact that he is deeply trailing and must act swiftly to regain momentum.

Biden’s low favorability indicates that even a credible performance will not right the ship if Trump maintains his position. Biden must make a significant decision if the surveys continue to reflect this dismal state in early August, subsequent to a substantial debate and considerable additional expenditure amounting to tens of millions.

The party is unable to compel him to leave in accordance with the convention proceedings. Almost all the delegates will be secured for him, and they are frequently pledged to and elected directly by Biden. Therefore, Biden has the option to quit the ticket or not.

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