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White House wants to end Social Security numbers as a national ID

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Rob Joyce, the White House cybersecurity czar, said on Tuesday that the government should end using the Social Security number as a national identification method.

"I believe the Social Security number has outlived its usefulness," said Joyce, while speaking at The Washington Post's Cybersecurity Summit. "Every time we use the Social Security number, you put it at risk."

One problem with the Social Security number, he said, is that a victim of identity theft cannot get it changed after it has been stolen.

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Secret Service conducts live test of ShotSpotter system at White House

Enlarge / As seen in 2006, DC cops are using a new tool in fighting crime: the ShotSpotter, which uses highly sophisticated microphones to detect the sound of gunshots and send a signal to dispatchers. (credit: Michael Robinson-Chavez/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

With the president at Camp David for most of the weekend, the United States Secret Service decided that now would be a good time to fire off a few live rounds on the grounds of the White House—so it can evaluate a gunshot-detection technology known as ShotSpotter.

The mounted microphone and computer system is designed to detect gunshots via their audio signature and send prompt alerts to local authorities.

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, the CEO of ShotSpotter, Ralph Clark, said that 90 cities and 10 university campuses currently use it, including recent additions in Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. The system has been in use by the Metropolitan Police Department—which serves the city of Washington, DC—for many years.

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FCC giving special help to right-wing TV news company, Democrats allege

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai should explain why he's taken a series of actions that help the business of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Democratic lawmakers said in a letter to Pai on Monday.

The Democrats told Pai that recent news reports raise questions about "whether actions taken by the FCC under your leadership show a pattern of preferential treatment for Sinclair and whether a series of interactions between your office, the Trump campaign and Trump administration, and Sinclair demonstrate inappropriate coordination."

Also on Monday, a New York Times story titled "How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation" said that "Pai has undertaken a deregulatory blitz, enacting or proposing a wish list of fundamental policy changes advocated by [Sinclair Chairman David] Smith and his company."

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Top White House officials tricked by incredibly basic email scam

White House email scam: Scaramucci, Priebus

An "email prankster" in the UK has tricked numerous high-ranking White House officials into believing he was other high-ranking officials over email, CNN reports. Compromised individuals included now-fired Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, Eric Trump, and the White House official responsible for cyber-security.

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Trump talks increasing fossil fuel exports, relaxing offshore drilling rules

The Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. (credit: Nuclear Regulatory Commission)

President Trump gave a speech about energy in the US today, highlighting six policy issues that will direct his administration’s energy policy for the time being.

The initiatives Trump talked about today were a hodgepodge of new announcements and old policy, focusing on nuclear energy and fossil fuel exports. Despite calling for energy independence, Trump’s speech steered clear of renewable energy like wind or solar. Trump has falsely stated that climate change is a “hoax” and has appointed officials with close ties to the fossil fuel industry to top energy posts.

The new initiatives Trump did talk about included reviving and expanding the nuclear energy sector, reducing barriers to financing coal plants in foreign countries, opening up a new petroleum pipeline to Mexico, pushing more exports of natural gas, opening a natural gas export terminal in Louisiana, and relaxing restrictions on offshore oil and gas drilling.

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