GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

WASHINGTON-Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from Hillary Clinton’s private server, likely by Russian hackers. In conversations with members of his circle and with others he tried to recruit to help him, the GOP operative, Peter W.

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Google Plans Ad-Blocking Feature in Popular Chrome Browser

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is planning to introduce an ad-blocking feature in the mobile and desktop versions of its popular Chrome web browser, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. The ad-blocking feature, which could be switched on by default within Chrome, would filter out certain online ad types deemed to provide bad…

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In Chicago, ‘the Feds’ Are Part of the Problem

President Trump repeated his vow Tuesday to “send in the Feds” if the authorities in Chicago are unable to quell the violence there. His sense of urgency about what he rightly labels the “carnage” in Chicago is welcome. By contrast, President Obama last year dismissed the rising homicides nationwide as a mere “uptick in murders and violent crime in some cities.”

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Trump Renews Warning About ‘Stolen’ Election

Donald Trump is stepping up warnings about “rigged” elections as he trails in polls and faces a mutiny in his own party. At two rallies Monday in Pennsylvania, the Republican presidential nominee told thousands of supporters the election could be “stolen from us.” A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll showed him trailing by 12…

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Hounded Out of Business by Regulators

The company LabMD finally won its six-year battle with the FTC, but vindication came too late. Sometimes winning is still losing. That is certainly true for companies that find themselves caught in the cross hairs of the federal government. Since 2013, my organization has defended one such company, the cancer-screening LabMD, against meritless allegations from the Federal Trade Commission.

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Notable & Quotable: Unfree Speech on Campus

A recent survey reported college students, by a margin of 51% to 36%, favor speech codes. From the forthcoming November issue of the New Criterion: Williams College (Tuition and fees: $63,290) has undertaken an “Uncomfortable Learning” Speaker Series in order to provide intellectual diversity on a campus where (like most campuses) left-leaning sentiment prevails.

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Robot Suits To Help Bank Employees Deliver Heavy Cash Stacks

Robots are starting to turn up in bank branches to greet customers, and now they’re getting ready for service behind the scenes to help older employees lift heavy stacks of cash. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., the core banking unit of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., said Thursday it has rented eight robotic suits developed by Japanese robotic maker Cyberdyne Inc.

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A Local Bank in Amish Country Flourishes Amid Dearth of Small Lenders

BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa.-William O’Brien, chief loan officer at the Bank of Bird-in-Hand, closed so many loans in the bank’s first year of business that locals call him “Gelt Chappie,” or “money man” in Pennsylvania German. Based in a rural village in the heart of Amish country, Bank of Bird-in-Hand is the only new bank to open in the U.S.

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In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files for Bankruptcy

The company behind the in-flight catalog SkyMall filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, a victim of evolving rules and technology that now lets airline passengers keep their smartphones and tablets powered up during flight. SkyMall LLC, its parent company Xhibit Corp., and several other affiliates are seeking a bankruptcy-court supervised sale of their assets, according to papers filed with the U.S.

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Obama Sides with Cameron in Encryption Fight

President Barack Obama said Friday that police and spies should not be locked out of encrypted smartphones and messaging apps, taking his first public stance in a simmering battle over private communications in the digital age. Apple, Google and Facebook have introduced encrypted products in the past half year that the companies say they could not unscramble, even if faced with a search warrant.

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Mobile-payments startup Square has discussed a possible sale to several rivals.

With losses widening and cash shrinking, representatives of mobile-payments startup Square Inc. have discussed a possible sale to several deeper-pocketed rivals, according to people familiar with the matter. Google Inc. discussed a possible acquisition of Square earlier this year, according to three people familiar with the matter.

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