US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 07:03:59

Publisher: Mother Jones

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7 Dec 2018

Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA

The National Rifle Association spent $30 million to help elect Donald Trump—more than any other independent conservative group. Most of that sum went toward television advertising, but a political message loses its power if it fails to reach the right audience at the right time. For the complex and consequential task of placing ads in key markets across the nation in 2016, the NRA turned to a media strategy firm called Red Eagle Media.
The National Rifle Association spent $30 million to help elect Donald Trump—more than any other independent...

Publisher: NYTimes

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4 Dec 2018

Stung by Election Losses, Republicans in the States Seek a Way to Neutralize Democrats

When Democrats won the governor’s office in Wisconsin, it was one of the party’s most celebrated midterm successes in regaining power in the states. Now Republicans are striking back, moving to slash the power of the new governor even before he takes the oath of office.Democrats reacted with fury, crowding the halls of the State Capitol in Madison on Monday and accusing the Republicans of trying to undo an election they had lost.
When Democrats won the governor’s office in Wisconsin, it was one of the party’s most celebrated midterm successes...

Publisher: Truthout

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9 Oct 2018

GOP’s Brian Kemp Purged 1 in 10 Georgia Voters: I’ve Got the Names

My lawyer had to threaten Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp with a federal lawsuit to force him to turn over the names of over half a million voters whose citizenship rights he quietly extinguished. This past week, I released the name of every one of these Georgia voters Kemp flushed from voter rolls in 2017.
My lawyer had to threaten Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp with a federal lawsuit to force him to turn over the...

Publisher: NYTimes

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9 Oct 2018

Trump Campaign Aide Requested Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm

A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals.
A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to...
26 Jul 2018

Russian Hackers’ New Target: a Vulnerable Democratic Senator

The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals. That makes the Missouri Democrat the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference.
The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill...
21 Jul 2018

States purged 16 million voters from the rolls before the 2016 election

States purged more than 16 million voters from the rolls between 2014 and 2016. That number, calculated in a new report published Friday by the Brennan Center for Justice, is a significant increase from previous years and an indication that large numbers of eligible voters are likely being disenfranchised by inaccurate and unlawful voter roll maintenance. The report comes just a few weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Ohio’s voter purge system, clearing the way for more states to move forward with the types of purges that disproportionately impact low-income and minority voters.
States purged more than 16 million voters from the rolls between 2014 and 2016. That number, calculated in a new report...

Publisher: The Intercept

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14 Jul 2018

A Swing-State Election Vendor Repeatedly Denied Being Hacked by Russians. The New Mueller Indictment Says Otherwise.

Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Russian military hackers tried to trick employees of VR Systems, a Florida-based e-voting vendor, into downloading computer-hijacking malware, according to a top-secret NSA report published by The Intercept last year. As recently as last month, the company denied any breach occurred. But, in fact, the hacking attempt worked, judging from an  indictment of 12 Russian military officers prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and handed down by a grand jury today.
Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Russian military hackers tried to trick employees of VR Systems, a...
28 Mar 2018

Are Wisconsin GOPers Blocking Elections To Protect Their Gerrymander?

Wisconsin Republicans are going to remarkable lengths to  avoid holding a pair of special elections for two vacant seats in the state legislature. After a district court ruled last week that Gov. Scott Walker (R) needed to schedule these races as soon as possible, state leadership called lawmakers back to the Capitol for an extraordinary session April 4 to change the law on how and when Wisconsin’s special elections are held. And Walker said he’d sign the legislation.
Wisconsin Republicans are going to remarkable lengths to  avoid holding a pair of special elections for two vacant...
17 Mar 2018

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign. Details of Cambridge’s acquisition and use of Facebook data have surfaced in several accounts since the business began working on the 2016 campaign, setting off a furious debate about the merits of the firm’s so-called psychographic modeling techniques. But the full scale of the data leak involving Americans has not been previously disclosed — and Facebook, until now, has not acknowledged it.
Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were...

Publisher: The Intercept

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5 Dec 2017

GOP’s List of Economists Backing Tax Cut Includes Ghosts, Office Assistants, Ex-Felons, and a Sprinkling of Real Economists

Touting support for their tax cut legislation, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, released a letter this week signed by 137 economists who say they strongly endorse the Republican legislation before Congress.  But a review of the economists listed on the letter reveals a number of discrepancies, including economists that are supposedly still academics but are actually retired, and others who have never been employed as economists. One might not even exist.
Touting support for their tax cut legislation, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Senate Finance Committee, and...

Publisher: Newsweek

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13 Aug 2017

Russia Stole U.S. Presidency, Pro-Kremlin Politician Claims on Live TV

A Russian politician claimed on TV that Russian intelligence “stole” the U.S. presidential election under the nose of U.S. intelligence.Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, appeared Sunday night on a show hosted by presenter Vladimir Solovyov that focused on whether U.S. global influence was in decline.
A Russian politician claimed on TV that Russian intelligence “stole” the U.S. presidential election...
2 Aug 2017

Explosive lawsuit alleges Trump reviewed and approved bogus Fox News story on Seth Rich

A defamation lawsuit  filed by longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler against the network alleges that President Trump was directly involved in concocting a fake  story intended to undercut the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hackers waged cyberattacks against Democratic targets to help him get elected.
A defamation lawsuit  filed by longtime Fox News contributor Rod Wheeler against the network alleges that...

Publisher: The Nation

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10 May 2017

Wisconsin’s Voter-ID Law Suppressed 200,000 Votes in 2016 (Trump Won by 22,748)

According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter ID in Wisconsin. A new study by Priorities USA, shared exclusively with The Nation, shows that strict voter-ID laws, in Wisconsin and other states, led to a significant reduction in voter turnout in 2016, with a disproportionate impact on African-American and Democratic-leaning voters. Wisconsin’s voter-ID law reduced turnout by 200,000 votes, according to the new analysis. Donald Trump won the state by only 22,748 votes.
According to federal court records, 300,000 registered voters, 9 percent of the electorate, lacked strict forms of voter...

Publisher: Vox

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20 Feb 2017

Trump transition ordered government economists to cook up rosy growth forecasts

As the White House staff tries to put together a budget for President Donald Trump, they face a fundamental problem. Trump has promised to cut taxes, increase spending on the military and infrastructure, and avoid cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The only way to do that without producing an exploding budget deficit is to assume a big increase in economic growth. And Nick Timiraos at the Wall Street Journal reports that Trump is planning to do just that — by making things up.
As the White House staff tries to put together a budget for President Donald Trump, they face a fundamental problem....
19 Jan 2017

Trump Budget Nominee Did Not Pay Taxes for Employee

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes for a household employee, he admitted in a statement to the Senate Budget Committee, the sort of tax compliance issue that has derailed cabinet nominees in the past.
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for White House budget director, Mick Mulvaney failed to pay more than...
2 Oct 2016

A million Ohio voters didn’t get absentee ballot mailing

The news release said, “Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced his office will begin mailing absentee ballot applications to voters statewide this weekend.” What it didn’t say was that more than a million of Ohio’s 7.7 million registered voters wouldn’t get the mailing, because Husted’s office had pared the list beforehand.
The news release said, “Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced his office will begin mailing absentee...
28 Sep 2016

Excuse Me, But The DNC Leaks Are Still A Thing

Hillary Clinton’s legitimacy as the nominee is still in question. This is just a reminder that we never actually sorted that out. Here are our next steps. The whole process was proven to be a sham, first with the email leak and now with this double-speak motion-to-dismiss from the DNC lawyers confirming it by claiming that everyone knew it was a sham, but everyone is still operating under the assumption that Hillary’s nomination is legitimate.
Hillary Clinton’s legitimacy as the nominee is still in question. This is just a reminder that we never actually...
15 Sep 2016

Donald Trump, scam artist

Mr. Trump has cultivated the persona of a generous man, repeatedly  claiming on television he would donate to charity “out of my wallet” and  accepting honors from groups he appeared to support. In fact, an exhaustive investigation by Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold shows that Mr. Trump retooled his foundation about a decade ago to act as an intermediary for other people’s charitable giving, a racket from which Mr. Trump gained in reputation and from which he may even have occasionally profited.
Mr. Trump has cultivated the persona of a generous man, repeatedly  claiming on television he would donate to...
29 Jul 2016

DNC Betrayal of Bernie Sanders campaign Worse Than Thought

The DNC was trying to hide the details of the fundraising deal they struck with Hillary bill Clinton; Clinton would do joint fundraising gigs with state democratic parties across the country and allow states to keep only a tiny fraction of the money raised. David Pakman discusses this.The David Pakman Show is a...
The DNC was trying to hide the details of the fundraising deal they struck with Hillary bill Clinton; Clinton would do...

Publisher: Truthdig

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27 Jul 2016

Chris Hedges and Robert Reich Debate the Future of the Progressive Movement

Hedges and Reich debate the choice for this election. Reich argues that we need to elect Clinton and work to build a third party in the next 4 years and Hedges thinks we need to support the Green party now since both candidates are equally disasterous. Great debate.
Hedges and Reich debate the choice for this election. Reich argues that we need to elect Clinton and work to build a...
25 Jul 2016

As Democrats Gather, a Russian Subplot Raises Intrigue

Researchers have concluded that the Democratic National Committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, and metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers.
Researchers have concluded that the Democratic National Committee was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, and...

Publisher: Bill Moyers

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20 Jul 2016

As the GOP Convention Begins, Ohio Is Purging Tens of Thousands of Democratic Voters

Articles gives examples of democrats who voted for Obama being purged from the voter registration list even though the person hasn't moved or changed his registration. Reason used is infrequent voting. At least 144K of such cases in Ohio
Articles gives examples of democrats who voted for Obama being purged from the voter registration list even though the...

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