Christopher Krebs Hasn’t Been Fired, Yet

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Krebs’s team worked with states to scan and patch systems for vulnerabilities, lock up voter registration databases and voter rolls, change default passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and print out paper backups, all to build up “resilience” in case of attack. He was protecting, he said, “the crown jewels of election administration.”When the pandemic upended everything, Mr. Krebs’s team shifted focus to securing vote-by-mail systems, despite the president’s campaign again them. That was when Mr. Krebs’s agency got in the White House’s cross hairs.- Advertisement – In interviews, Mr. Krebs countered Mr. Trump by saying mail-in voting would make the election more secure by creating a paper trail, critical for audits to establish that every legal ballot was correctly counted.It also made state registration databases more critical: an attack that froze or sabotaged voter-registration data — by switching addresses, marking registered voters as unregistered or deleting voters entirely — risked mass digital disenfranchisement. Mr. Krebs made it his personal mission to see to it that every last registration database was sealed up.When Mr. Trump called mail-in voting a “fraud” in his televised debate with Mr. Biden, now the president-elect, in September, Mr. Krebs contradicted the president at every turn, again without mentioning his name.- Advertisement –center_img “We’ve got a lot of confidence that the ballot’s as secure as it’s ever been,” Mr. Krebs told any reporter who asked.On Election Day, Mr. Krebs and senior officials held briefings with reporters every few hours to apprise them of any threats. Chad Wolf, the secretary of homeland security, a Trump loyalist and Mr. Krebs’s boss, even appeared at one to praise Mr. Krebs’s work. Despite small hiccups, Mr. Krebs reassured journalists that there was no major foreign interference or signs of systemic fraud.“It’s just another Tuesday on the internet,” he said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Dear Gay Community: Your Kids Are Hurting

first_imgThe Federalist 17 March 2015Gay community, I am your daughter. My mom raised me with her same-sex partner back in the ’80s and ’90s. She and my dad were married for a little while. She knew she was gay before they got married, but things were different back then. That’s how I got here. It was complicated as you can imagine. She left him when I was two or three because she wanted a chance to be happy with someone she really loved: a woman.My dad wasn’t a great guy, and after she left him he didn’t bother coming around anymore.Do you remember that book, “Heather Has Two Mommies”? That was my life. My mom, her partner, and I lived in a cozy little house in the ‘burbs of a very liberal and open-minded area. Her partner treated me as if I was her own daughter. Along with my mom’s partner, I also inherited her tight-knit community of gay and lesbian friends. Or maybe they inherited me?Either way, I still feel like gay people are my people. I’ve learned so much from you. You taught me how to be brave, especially when it is hard. You taught me empathy. You taught me how to listen. And how to dance. You taught me not be afraid of things that are different. And you taught me how to stand up for myself, even if that means I stand alone.I’m writing to you because I’m letting myself out of the closet: I don’t support gay marriage. But it might not be for the reasons that you think.Children Need a Mother and FatherIt’s not because you’re gay. I love you, so much. It’s because of the nature of the same-sex relationship itself.READ MORElast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter With Zimbabwe fast re

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWith Zimbabwe fast re-emerging as one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations, andBeyond is once again taking over the management of the exclusive Matetsi Private Game Reserve at Victoria Falls, including two elegant safari lodges and a 50,000-hectare wildlife concession on the Zambezi River, while also re-establishing an exclusive ground-handling operation in the area.Perfectly in tune with Matetsi Private Game Reserve’s habitats, the exclusive andBeyond Matetsi River Lodge and andBeyond Matetsi River House, a private sole-use villa, offer a safari oasis that combines a wildlife experience and 27km of private Zambezi River frontage with easy access to Victoria Falls. Both the spectacular lodge and villa pay homage to the rich cultural heritage of Zimbabwe by showcasing a theme of wood and copper, the ‘red gold’ of the country’s historical mining industry. Splashes of bright blue remind guests of the rushing waters of the Zambezi River.Here, guests have the opportunity to take advantage of an extensive Safari Shop, fitness centre, massage sala and conference facility. A 25m-long, rim-flow swimming pool stretches along the riverbank, while an exclusive wine cellar boasts eye-level views of the Zambezi River.andBeyond Matetsi River LodgeandBeyond Matetsi River Lodge boasts two intimate camps of just nine river-facing suites each, including two interleading family suites. Each camp features its own guest area with a variety of dining spaces, an interactive kitchen, a convivial bar and an al fresco area that encircles a blazing fire bowl. Each of the nine spacious suites, at the two intimate camps, are encased in local and repurposed materials that reference the ancient fishing and basket-weaving traditions of the region. The clean lines of the interiors are softened by craft pieces and curated natural objects. An ensuite bathroom boasts indoor and outdoor showers as well as a deep circular bath, which looks out over the Zambezi. A private verandah offers a plunge pool and sitting area that overlooks the river.andBeyond Matetsi River House Guests can enjoy the exclusivity of andBeyond Matetsi River House, a four-bedroom sole-use villa that is perfect for multi-generational travel. This private villa boasts two rooms with ensuite bathrooms as well as two interleading children’s rooms with an ensuite bathroom. andBeyond Matetsi River House has its own kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a verandah overlooking the Zambezi and pool. It also comes with a complement of staff, including a dedicated guide, private vehicle, chef and butler, ensuring a tailor-made safari unlike any other.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more