Electoral Cyberattack, Paxton's New Judge, American's Leg Room: Your Tuesday Evening News Roundup

Good evening. Here are some stories you may have missed today.Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here.Russian cyberattack hit electoral systems in 39 states before 2016 electionRussia's cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump's election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database.Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.The new details show the scope of alleged hacking that federal investigators are scrutinizing. But they also paint a worrisome picture for future elections: The newest portrayal of potentially deep vulnerabilities in the U.S.'s patchwork of voting technologies comes less than a week after former FBI Director James Comey warned Congress that Moscow isn't done meddling.Testify: Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to defend his honor against "scurrilous and false allegations" during testimony Tuesday at a Senate hearing.Also in DC: Sen. Ted Cruz and President Donald Trump are on the same page with no firm deadline for Senate Obamacare repeal.  Continue reading...

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