Saturday, May 16, 2015

Feds Say That Banned Researcher Commandeered a Plane

A SECURITY RESEARCHER kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of an airplane and caused it to briefly fly sideways, according to an application for a search warrant filed by an FBI agent. - Wired via Drudge

Chris Roberts, a security researcher with One World Labs, told the FBI agent during an interview in February that he had hacked the in-flight entertainment system, or IFE, on an airplane and overwrote code on the plane’s Thrust Management Computer while aboard the flight. He was able to issue a climb command and make the plane briefly change course, the document states.

He told WIRED that he did access in-flight networks about 15 times during various flights but had not done anything beyond explore the networks and observe data traffic crossing them. According to the FBI affidavit, however, when he mentioned this to agents last February he told them that he also had briefly commandeered a plane during one of those flights.

He told the FBI that the period in which he accessed the in-flight networks more than a dozen times occurred between 2011 and 2014. The affidavit, however, does not indicate exactly which flight he allegedly caused to turn to fly to the side.

He obtained physical access to the networks through the Seat Electronic Box, or SEB. These are installed two to a row, on each side of the aisle under passenger seats, on certain planes. After removing the cover to the SEB by “wiggling and Squeezing the box,” Roberts told agents he attached a Cat6 ethernet cable, with a modified connector, to the box and to his laptop and then used default IDs and passwords to gain access to the inflight entertainment system. Once on that network, he was able to gain access to other systems on the planes.

Reaction in the security community to the new revelations in the affidavit have been harsh.

Getting It Wrong in Britain, as Cameron Rocks

The lesson for the next five years: Don’t underestimate him. - Peter Hannaford/American Spectator 5.15.15

Who got it wrong in last week’s British election? The pollsters did, consistently concluding it was too close to call. The news media did—both there and here— by dutifully repeating the same message and predicting it would result in a shaky coalition of parties. Labour got it wrong by promising to take the United Kingdom backward. Only the Conservatives got it right: they won an outright majority of seats in the House of Commons.

Now, Prime Minister David Cameron has another five-year mandate, having promised “renewal” after a period of austerity. In the campaign he promised he would appoint women to a third of the cabinet, and he has. The cabinet has several members who will provide a strong talent bench for the future.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives’ coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats, were reduced to a shadow of their former representation in Parliament and their leader resigned. So did Ed Milliband, the leader of the Labour Party.

Labour’s one piece of business now is to find someone who will take his place and replace his yesteryear message with something more closely reassembling the years of Tony Blair: pro-business, and pro-growth.

One astute observer, a veteran of both British politics and government, pointed out the polls got it wrong because they did not separate “haven’t decided” voters from “I don’t know” ones (a different breed). He said, “The ‘haven’t decideds’ had decided a long time ago, but were not saying so because they were either disaffected Tories who had been flirting with the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) or left-center people who had written off Ed Milliband. They did not want to be bestirred by canvassers.”

Having incorrectly predicted the election outcome, the news media then stroked their collective chins and wrote that Cameron might well be the last prime minister of a United Kingdom. Why? Two reasons: the muscular victory in Scotland for the Scottish National Party and the possibility that a promised plebiscite on membership in the European Union might result in the country’s withdrawal from it.

As to the first, much was made of the SNP’s performance, sweeping 56 of 59 Scottish seats in the House of Commons—at the expense of Labour which had a firm grip on them for years. (The Conservatives held on to their one seat, and their member has been named Secretary of State for Scottish Affairs.).

Without a moment’s reflection, the media concluded that the SNP would demand more autonomy for Scotland and, if they did not get it, would mount another referendum to secede. Forgotten was the fact that they mounted a huge campaign for independence last year and were defeated by Scottish voters, 55-45 percent.

Also, close observers note, most of the new MPs from Scotland have no idea of how House of Commons procedures work and will have to learn them. Their delegation makes up only eight percent of the total membership of Commons. They will be treated fairly by the leadership, but without deference. And, once they are assigned to bill committees and select committees, they will have their hands full grappling with procedural details. Like elections here, what looks to be a rosy election aftermath is more likely to be a chastening experience. Don’t look for another Scottish independence referendum any time soon.

As for the EU plebiscite, Cameron has long promised it midway through a new term, with plenty of time in between to negotiate reforms in the UK’s arrangements with the organization. UKIP was founded on the idea of withdrawal from the EU. That party is still alive, but gasping for breath.

Note to the news media: Don’t underestimate Cameron again.

Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”

“I think Jeb is a reluctant warrior,” real estate mogul and potential Republican primary candidate Donald Trump said on Thursday.

Does Jeb Bush even really want to be US president? Or does he feel, as a Bush, obliged to run, much like Ted Kennedy in 1979? - Matt K Lewis/The Telegraph

Awesome to see Senator Bob Dole out to greet @HonorFlightNet WWII Vets.

Happy #ArmedForcesDay @USMC!

Mitt Romney Fought Evander Holyfield

Friday, May 15, 2015

ISIS fighters seize government headquarters in Ramadi, Iraq

Last week, news outlets uncovered more secret foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation—1,100 hidden donations to be exact. The identities, financial dealings, and levels of interaction with Mrs. and Mr. Clinton are as yet unknown.

Why the Clinton Foundation Scandal Should Terrify Every American - Peter Schweizer/Director Blue

One of the last vestiges of broad-based bipartisan agreement in American politics is the belief that foreign money should not influence U.S. political leaders and their decisions. The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the ban on foreign political money, and President Barack Obama and Republicans have echoed similar themes.

We now know that the Clinton Foundation served as a conduit for the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign individuals, entities, and governments....

BREAKING: Jury sentences Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for role in Boston Marathon bombing

The Federal Communication Commission has spent $110 million on the system, and are now trying to figure out why it hadn't been turned on

Revealed: Amtrak train accelerated from 70 to 106mph in seconds before crash and speed control system that could have prevented deadly derailment WAS installed but not turned on - WILLS ROBINSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

  • NTSB said the commuter service was travelling at twice the speed limit
  • Engineer Brandon Bostian hit the emergency brakes - but it was too late
  • Train came off tracks - killing eight people and injuring more than 200
  • Has been claimed 'Positive Train Control' was in place on stretch of track
  • The system - used to slow the train down - was not turned on at the time
  • There have been installation delays because of problems with radios

The most amazing thing about this article is zero mention that Citizens United was about Hillary The Movie.

Iraq War Veterans Have a Response to Every GOP Candidate Who Just Refused To Back The Iraq War

In June 2014, the most recent Gallup survey, 57% of Americans said it was a “mistake” going to war in Iraq, while 39% disagreed and supported the war.

Wreckage of missing Marine Helicopter found in Nepal

Democrats discover Obama can be a jerk -- and can't handle it.

Consider the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank. For the last six years, he’s spent much of his time rolling his eyes and sneering at Republicans....

“Let’s suppose you are trying to bring a friend around to your point of view,” Milbank writes. “Would you tell her she’s emotional, illogical, outdated, and not very smart? Would you complain that he’s being dishonest, fabricating falsehoods and denying reality with his knee-jerk response?” “Such a method of a persuasion is likelier to get you a black eye than a convert,” Milbank notes. “Yet this is how President Obama treats his fellow Democrats on trade . . .” Yes, well, true enough. But lost on Milbank is the fact that this is precisely how Obama treats everyone who disagrees with him. When Obama — who ran for office touting his ability to work with Republicans and vowing to cure the partisan dysfunction in Washington — treated Republicans in a far ruder and shabbier way, Milbank celebrated....

All that has changed is that he’s doing the exact same thing to Democrats, and it’s making them sad. Specifically, he’s accused Senator Elizabeth Warren of not having her facts straight. He says she’s just a politician following her partisan self-interest.

But here’s the hilarious part: Liberals can’t take it. The president of NOW, Terry O’Neill, accused Obama of being sexist. O’Neill sniped that Obama’s “clear subtext is that the little lady just doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” She added, “I think it was disrespectful.” Both O’Neill and Senator Sherrod Brown also sniff sexism in the fact that Obama referred to Warren as “Elizabeth.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Czechs stopped potential nuclear tech purchase by Iran

Marco Rubio Schools Jeb Bush on Foreign Policy

Marco Rubio proved he can hang with the big hawks in his first foreign policy speech since he declared his run for president.
The student has now become the teacher.

Sen. Marco Rubio, once viewed as a protege of presidential competitor Jeb Bush, schooled the former Florida governor Wednesday evening in the first national security address of his national campaign.

As compared to Jeb Bush, who fumbled and stumbled through his first major national security address, Marco Rubio delivered a master class on foreign policy that spoke to the soul of the right’s hawkish neoconservatives.

In New York City, before the Council of Foreign Relations and their foreign policy experts, Rubio showed himself to be a peer.

In an hour before the Council, he spoke about everything from Filipino typhoon survivors to keeping South China Sea transit ways accessible—and at one point corrected longtime broadcaster and forum moderator Charlie Rose about the extent to which there are Iranian fighters in Iraq.

And he got into the details: he condemned Iranian efforts to develop a long-range ballistic missile capability, a specific gripe of hawkish Iranian experts that doesn’t get much attention. He said the conditions don’t exist for a two-state solution; that the VA system needs to be reformed; that he’s open to Ukraine joining NATO.... ◼ KEEP READING

Poll: Ben Carson ties Jeb Bush for No. 1 in GOP

House sends Iran bill to Obama

The House cleared legislation that would require President Obama to submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Congress for review, but require a supermajority to keep it from being implemented.

The vote was 400-25, with most of the opposition coming from conservative Republicans who felt it was too weak.

The bill would give Congress 30 days to review a deal and decide whether to vote on a resolution of disapproval. If one is adopted, the bill allows another 22-day period during which Obama can veto the resolution and Congress could try to override his veto.

During that period, Obama may not waive any sanctions written into U.S. law. But if the disapproval resolution is not adopted over his expected veto, that restriction is lifted, clearing the way for an agreement to be implemented.

The Ongoing Clinton Protection Racket at @ABCNews Included the Burying of a $40 Million Investment -


UPDATE: Clinton Camp Mgr Mook Interned for Stephanopoulos - Washington Free Beacon
ABCNEWS anchor discloses $50,000 contribution to Foundation - New York Times
#9724; $50,000 $75,000& - Daily Mail
Leaks to POLITICO after FREEBEACON inquiry - Washington Free Beacon
Grilled 'Cash' author Schweitzer - Washington Times
Out as debate moderator - AP
CRUZ: HE'S A 'PARTISAN DEMOCRAT' - Matthew Borly/Breitbart
FLASHBACK: ABC ASSURED WOULDN'T REPORT NEWS - Byron York/Washington Examiner @ByronYork


When asked for some of the details that are inside the TPP agreement, Paul said he’s not allowed to tell us that. But he did say the secret trade deal that his Kentucky colleague, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)54%
, wants to rush through the Senate is about 800 pages long. He added he plans to seek additional information from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office—including a briefing from them—and suspects that the text he read isn’t even the final version of the deal.

“I think I am not supposed to reveal the details of it, but I can tell you it was about 800 pages long,” Paul said.
I think while we’ve gotten at least some headway in understanding what’s in it, I think it raises more questions that will require more research to fully understand what’s in it. We’re going to pursue that with someone from the U.S. Trade Representative—we’re going to pursue more information from them. Some of the questions are whether we’re seeing the final agreement or this is in the interim agreement before the final agreement. That’s a question we still have. I have a feeling that what we’re seeing is a work product, not a final.
Paul said he thinks the “secretive” process hurts the “cause” of TPA and TPP advocates, and is calling on the Obama administration to publicly release the deal’s details before future votes on the matter in the U.S. Senate.

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom: Assange Will Be Clinton's Worst Nightmare

'He has access to information'...
'She is an adversary of Internet freedom'...

Guess what Stephanopoulos didn’t declare — his own financial contributions to an organization that Sunlight Foundation official Bill Allison said operates like “a slush fund for the Clintons.”



Stephanopoulos gave $50,000 to Clinton Foundation, didn’t disclose during coverage of scandal; ABC News: “Honest mistake”; Update: Other coverage without disclosure from 2013, 2014; Update: Two weeks ago, too - Ed Morrissey/HotAir

Remember when George Stephanopoulos declared during an interview with Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer that the book had found no “smoking gun” against the Clinton Foundation and the Clintons themselves?

...Let’s recall the exchange between Stephanopoulos and Schweizer:
STEPHANOPOULOS: As you know, the Clinton campaign says you haven’t produced a shred of evidence that there was any official action as secretary that — that supported the interests of donors.


STEPHANOPOULOS: We’ve done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. And an independent government ethics expert, Bill Allison, of the Sunline Foundation (ph), wrote this. He said, “There’s no smoking gun, no evidence that she changed the policy based on donations to the foundation.”

No smoking gun.

Is there a smoking gun?

SCHWEIZER: Yes. The smoking gun is in the pattern of behavior. And here’s the analogy I would give you. It’s a little bit like insider trading. I wrote a book on Congressional insider trading a couple of years ago and talked with prosecutors.

Most people that engage in criminal insider trading don’t send an e-mail that says I’ve got inside information, buy this stock.

The way they look at it, they look at a pattern of stock trades. If the person has access to that information and they do a series of well-timed trades, that warrants investigation.

I think the same thing applies here.

By the way, what’s important to note is it was confirmed on Thursday, both by “The New York Times” and “The Wall Street Journal,” that there were multi-million dollar, non-disclosed donations that were made to the Clinton Foundation that were never disclosed by the Clintons.

This is a direct breach of an agreement they signed with the White House.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That — that is an issue for them, but it’s not a criminal — it’s nothing that would warrant a criminal investigation.
Gee, maybe that would have been a good time to add, “Just to be clear, I’ve donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation,” for the sake of honesty.

Rubio, Paul, Cruz atop new conservative Senate ratings

BREAKING: House passes bill to end NSA collection of US phone records, setting stage for Senate fight.

House panel sends defense bill to the floor, setting up immigration fight

17 million women might be about to lose their mammogram coverage

As many as 17 million women under age 50 may no longer be covered for mammograms under potential new guidance from a federal advisory panel, according to a new study.

...The backlash toward the draft recommendation has been fierce. The debate has pitted groups like the American Cancer Society against Breast Cancer Action, which penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday entitled, "Stop routine breast cancer screenings.

Similar guidance was also issued in 2009, which received similarly strong opposition and was essentially shelved.

The rule also drew criticism on Wednesday from Chris Jacobs, the policy director at Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's think tank America Next.

He argued that the advisory panel's previous guidance had no impact, though ObamaCare has since given it the power to tell insurance companies which services to cover.

"Obamacare moved that debate from the clinical realm into the policy world by giving the task force jurisdiction over which preventive services insurers must cover," he wrote in a blog for the Wall Street Journal.

House Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Anniversary of Gosnell Murder Conviction

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Israeli water-tech flows to thirsty California

Parched California is already working with Israeli industrialists, government experts and academics on advanced water technologies and long-term strategies to lessen the effects of its severe drought. - Israel21

One example is the $1 billion ocean-water desalination plant Israel’s IDE Technologies is building to provide 50 million gallons of water daily in the San Diego area starting in November.

But that’s just a trickle compared to the flood of joint projects that could get flowing in the coming dry years.

...Both Israel and California have strong agricultural sectors. Four-fifths of all water used in California goes to agriculture.

Israel has developed a system for recycling, purifying, storing and conveying treated wastewater when and where farms need it, along with world-renowned drip-irrigation innovations to use the precious liquid most efficiently.

The revolutionary idea of using purified wastewater for farming was pioneered in the 1980s, when Israel’s natural water resources could no longer support its burgeoning agriculture.

Using advanced filtration technologies developed in Israel, treatment facilities remove contaminants to national and international standards. The water then flows to a buffer of 230 reservoirs built by the Water Authority and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), from which it is pumped to farmers for irrigation.

65% of Californians self-identify as center-right politically. Did anybody report that in the media?

California is not as liberal as you might think - James V. Lacy /California Political Review

The fact is, California is really not as liberal as the politicians it continues to elect. According to a little reported March, 2015 poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (“PPIC”), a respected bi-partisan organization, an eye-popping plurality of 35% of Californians consider themselves to be “conservative”, while 34% consider themselves to be “liberal”, and 30% identify themselves as “middle-of-the-road.”

Looked at another way, a huge majority of 65% of Californians identify themselves as center or right!

THE NEW DETRIOT: Chicago's race to the bottom accelerates - credit downgraded to 'junk' status

Stop using ISIL footage, Obama administration asks networks

Senate Reaches Deal on Trade Vote After Democratic Revolt Against Obama

#domaingate checkmate

Derailed Amtrak train reportedly traveling at twice the speed limit before crash

"U.S. Says Assad Caught With Sarin. Again."

The State of CA has injected itself into the doctor-parent relationship; lawmakers can’t see how creepy this is.

...The unspeakable issue at the root of Pan’s 2012 bill was and still is the influx of children from other countries into California’s public schools, who bring with them new strains of measles, mumps, chicken pox and flu bugs, among other communicable diseases. Children who have recently traveled out of the country also bring home infectious diseases.

But it’s not politically correct to address that problem. Instead the Legislature wants everyone else to get vaccinated....

Size them up—not just as athletes in a horse race, but as what they aim to be: President.

Erick Erickson, the editor who The Atlantic called "the most powerful conservative in America," has a brilliant idea. For his annual RedState Gathering in Atlanta, he issued strict instructions to GOP presidential candidates addressing the group.
I have asked each of the 2016 candidates to focus on one thing: If they become president, their reelection would be in 2020. I'd like them to present their 2020 vision for what the nation should look like after their first four years. We do not need Obama-bashing. We need to know what they would do differently and how they would shape the nation. They should be elected not on their ability to bash the opposition, but their ability to sell a vision for the future that resonates with the base and the nation as a whole.
It's a great concept—and organizers of the general election debates should steal it.

New vid => A Point-By-Point Rebuttal to Obama’s RIDICULOUS “Poverty Summit” Remarks

Common Core is either meaningless or antithetical to a free and pluralistic society.

...Supporters of Common Core are right to lament a broken system that produces mediocre results on average, and acts as a slaughterhouse of dreams at worse. But they have misdiagnosed the problem, and therefore propose the wrong solution. The problem isn’t that 50 states had 50 different sets of standards, but rather that a government-run schooling system lacks the ability to engage in the experimentation, end-user evaluation, and consumer-driven evolution that have produced great advances and increased productivity in other sectors. The solution, therefore, is not to grant more power to bureaucrats to remake our education system from the top down, but to support polices that empower parents to remake it from the bottom up.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

AmtrakDerailment in Philadelphia

#HillaryClinton has yet to give an interview since throwing her hat into the presidential ring.

Clinton Foundation accepts new foreign donations despite campaign promise

A number of foreign donors pledged new support for Clinton Foundation efforts during a conference in Marrakech last week, raising questions about the strength of Hillary Clinton's campaign promise to cut off foreign donations to her family philanthropy while she runs for president.

The Kingdom of Morocco was among the foreign entities that committed to new projects at the Clinton Global Initiative event, which drew dozens of big-ticket donors to the country for a three-day meeting headlined by Bill Clinton. Hillary was slated to attend the Marrakech conference before her name was quietly removed from the schedule earlier this year amid criticism of the foundation's foreign activities.

The Clinton Global Initiative is an arm of the Clinton Foundation that acts a broker between donors and entities that are interested in completing charitable projects. Under the memorandum of understanding that guided the foundation's activities while Hillary Clinton was in office, the Clinton Global Initiative was not allowed to hold major events overseas....

While the State Department spoke out against the Moroccan government in 2011, when Hillary was serving as the nation's top diplomat, her foundation touted Morocco's economic vitality when it announced plans to host the Middle East and North Africa summit in the country.

Hillary's State Department criticized the "lack of citizens' right to change the constitutional provisions establishing the country's monarchical form of government" in 2011 despite the fact that the event was largely funded by a firm owned by the same monarch.

The Clinton Global Initiative conference highlighted a shift in Hillary Clinton's public stance on Morocco, a country whose government she criticized while in office but praised as a "vital hub for economic and cultural exchange" when announcing the event.

Megyn Kelly interviews Ted Cruz

Amanda Carpenter: CRUZ: Foreign policy ought to be dictated by vital national security interests..we should be reluctant to use military force... But if we do use military force we ought to use overwhelming force and get the heck out

Megyn Kelly: I asked @tedcruz if he would have authorized the war in #Iraq. His response: “Of course not.” #KellyFile

“I think foreign policy ought to be dictated by the vital national security interests of the United States.” #KellyFile

“It is not the job of our soldiers and sailors and airmen and Marines to transform foreign nations into democratic utopias.”

Study: Obama regulations cost businesses $80 billion a year, $1.88 trillion, $14,976 'hidden tax' per house

Conflict of Interest: Majority of @HillaryClinton's early fundraisers are being hosted by @ClintonFdn donors.


When a federal bureaucrat is a bigger menace than a big government regulation. - Peter Hannaford/American Spectator 5.11.15

Who is Alice Miller and what’s she wanted for? She is a Washington bureaucrat and, no, she is not wanted for breaking a federal statute. Rather, she misinterpreted a regulation and, in the process, nullified the laws of two states.

She used the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (passed by Congress and signed by then-President Clinton), which requires state governments to allow a person to automatically register to vote when applying for a driver’s license or social services.

The law requires states to use a registration form designed by a federal office called the Election Assistance Commission; however, states may petition the commission to revise the form to include state qualification laws. Laws in both Kansas and Arizona require registrants to show that they are U.S. citizens in order to qualify to vote. The Obama administration does not like voter qualifications and, presumably, Alice Miller doesn’t either. Her title is “Acting Director” of the Election Assistance Commission. She refused to reprint the forms for Kansas and Arizona to conform to state law, as both had requested.

Alice Miller’s action would have gone unnoticed had it not been for an item published in PJ Media by J. Christian Adams. No doubt she would have preferred anonymity.

Was she even authorized to take such an action? Probably not. She was named “Acting Director” in a “line of succession” document written by the commission’s general counsel who was, at the time, himself, the Acting Director. His “line of succession” document was never voted on by the members of the commission, thus lacked authority. Hence Ms. Miller’s action became an unprecedented policy decision supported by Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.

Prior to her role as “Acting Director,” Ms. Miller was a garden-variety bureaucrat at the commission. Before joining it she had been the staff lawyer for the District of Columbia’s Board of Elections and Ethics. That office oversaw D.C. elections. In that job, she once said that elections should be run with a more “‘holistic’ approach to ensuring that elections are usable, secure and reliable.” “Holistic” is a made-up word meaning, “relating to or concerned with wholes.” In this case, her refusal to adjust the forms for Kansas and Arizona means those forms definitely are not “holistic.” So much for consistency.

The two states promptly sued. A federal court sided with them, ordering the EAC to reprint the forms with the corrections in them. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, reversed this and held that Alice Miller did have the power to deny new forms to the two states.

Now, the states have asked the Supreme Court to take the case. The Public Interest Legal Foundation and the American Civil Rights Union (not to be confused with the American Civil Liberties Union) have filed an amicus brief in support of the Kansas and Arizona case.

An underlying problem here is that Congress passes laws without many specifics, leaving it to federal bureaucrats to write (and enforce) regulations that activate the laws. The Federal Code of Regulations now comprises 175,000 pages. As Charles Murray puts it in his new book By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, “let’s withhold compliance with regulations that are pointless, stupid and tyrannical.” Good idea. Alas, it won’t work in this case, where it is a tyrannical bureaucrat, not the regulation, that has caused an unnecessary problem.

Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”