Another wave of powerful cyberattacks started in Europe today, and so far it's affected companies in India and the United States. In Ukraine, it shut down the major airport and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Mikko Hyppönen, a cyber security expert in Helsinki, Finland, says the virus, which already has spread for six to seven hours, will continue infecting sites all over the world because there is nothing in the code to kill it.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants his version of health care reform passed by Thursday. It will only take two Republican defectors to break seven years of promises. Several moderates and conservatives are threatening to vote "no." Yesterday's report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the number of Americans with insurance will drop by 22 million in 10 years. That was enough for his fellow Republican Susan Collins to get off a series of tweets announcing that she will vote against even starting debate. She says the bill hurts "most vulnerable Americans," threatens "access to healthcare in rural areas," and doesn't fix problems in her state of Maine, where "hospitals are already struggling." So today McConnell delayed the vote until after the Fourth of July recess.
Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post (@JeffYoung)
Sarah Binder, Brookings Institution (@bindersab)
Steve Beshear, politician and author (@Steve__Beshear)
Dean Clancy, health policy analyst (@DeanClancy)
Gay men are fleeing from Chechnya to relative safety… in Russia.
Demonstration at the Place des Nations in Geneva
against Chechen persecution of LGBT people, June 13, 2017.
Photo by Rama
Russian journalist Masha Gessen left Moscow to live in the US. For a story in the current edition of the New Yorker magazine, she returns to Russia to write about dozens of gay men who have fled there from Chechnya to avoid a brutal campaign against the LBGT community — by the government, by neighbors and even by family members.
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