US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

1 Oct 2019

Trump Was Repeatedly Warned That Ukraine Conspiracy Theory Was ‘Completely Debunked’

President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory that he and his lawyer were pursuing was “completely debunked” long before the president pressed Ukraine this summer to investigate his Democratic rivals, a former top adviser said on Sunday.
President Trump was repeatedly warned by his own staff that the Ukraine conspiracy theory that he and his lawyer were...

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27 Sep 2019

White House Tried to ‘Lock Down’ Ukraine Call Records, Whistle-Blower Says

After hearing that President Trump tried to persuade Ukraine to investigate a 2020 campaign rival, senior officials at the White House scrambled to “lock down” records of the call, a whistle-blower alleged in an explosive complaint released Thursday.
After hearing that President Trump tried to persuade Ukraine to investigate a 2020 campaign rival, senior officials at...

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18 Sep 2019

Mitch McConnell: The Man Who Sold America

McConnell has been unpopular in his home state for years, but his approval rating plunged in one poll to a rock-bottom 18 percent — with a re-election campaign looming in 2020. In January, he had raised red flags among Republicans and -Democrats alike when he took a key role in lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally under FBI investigation for his involvement in 2016 election-meddling; three months later, Deripaska’s aluminum company, Rusal, announced a $200 million investment in Kentucky.
McConnell has been unpopular in his home state for years, but his approval rating plunged in one poll to a rock-bottom...

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14 Sep 2019

Jim Crow Steals N Carolina 9th CD

Stolen again. Democrat Dan McCready supposedly lost the special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District to Republican Dan Bishop by less than 4,000 votes. However, racially biased vote suppression schemes easily account for the supposed GOP victory margin.
Stolen again. Democrat Dan McCready supposedly lost the special election in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional...
12 Sep 2019

A Mystery $325,000 To A Pro-Trump Super PAC Confounds Experts

How the hunt to find out who donated $325k to a pro-Trump Super PAC leads to Florida, Giuliani, and Ukraine. The story introduces a cast of characters from the intersection of Trumpworld, Giulianiworld, and Ukraineworld that provide a backdrop to the mystery of how the $325,000 wound up in GOP coffers.
How the hunt to find out who donated $325k to a pro-Trump Super PAC leads to Florida, Giuliani, and Ukraine. The story...

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10 Sep 2019

Koch Data Mining Sent Anti-Immigrant Ads to Targeted Voters

Last year, when many GOP candidates across the country turned to vicious anti-immigrant advertisements to turn out voters in the midterm elections, some turned to i360, Koch’s state-of-the-art data analytics company. The company is one of the several appendages of the Koch political machine — one that includes a suite of voter outreach organization, lobbying, and campaign messaging tools.
Last year, when many GOP candidates across the country turned to vicious anti-immigrant advertisements to turn out...
30 Aug 2019

DSCC Pressuring Consultants Not to Work With Colorado Progressive

Before the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a 2020 Senate race, it pressured consultants from at least five firms not to work with a leading progressive in the race, the candidate told The Intercept.
Before the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a 2020 Senate...
23 Aug 2019

Joe Biden and the Disastrous History of Bipartisanship

The Democratic presidential campaign playbook has, for decades, included grand promises to reach out to the GOP to solve the nation’s ills. In 2020, some candidates are throwing that playbook out the window.
The Democratic presidential campaign playbook has, for decades, included grand promises to reach out to the GOP to solve...

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21 Aug 2019

How Moscow Mitch Won a New Russian Plant in Kentucky.

Critics of a Kremlin-linked industrial giant investing $200 million in a new aluminum plant in Kentucky say it gives Moscow political influence that could undermine national security. Pointing to Moscow’s use of economic leverage to sway European politics, they warn the deal is a stalking horse for a new kind of Russian meddling in America, one that exploits the U.S. free-market system instead of its elections.
Critics of a Kremlin-linked industrial giant investing $200 million in a new aluminum plant in Kentucky say it gives...

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27 Jul 2019

Mitch McConnell Received Donations from Voting Machine Lobbyists Before Blocking Election Security Bills

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell squashed two bills intended to ensure voting security on Thursday, just one day after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned that Russians were attempting to sabotage the 2020 presidential elections "as we sit here."McConnell said he wouldn't allow a vote on the bills because they were "so partisan," but, as previously reported, earlier this year McConnell received a slew of donations from four of the top voting machine lobbyists in the country.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell squashed two bills intended to ensure voting security on Thursday, just one day...
26 Jul 2019

Congress Needs to Pick Up Where Robert Mueller Left Off

Last week, CNN published an explosive story related to the Trump-Russia case that raised important new questions about ties between Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, and Russia. The report said that CNN had obtained hundreds of pages of surveillance reports compiled for the Ecuadorian government by a Spanish security company, which showed that Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, received “in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 U.S. election, during a series of suspicious meetings” while he lived in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Last week, CNN published an explosive story related to the Trump-Russia case that raised important new questions about...

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26 Jul 2019

McConnell blocks two election security bills

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked two election security measures on Thursday, arguing Democrats are trying to give themselves a "political benefit."The move comes a day after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned about election meddling in 2020, saying Russia was laying the groundwork to interfere in the 2020 election "as we sit here."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked two election security measures on Thursday, arguing Democrats are...
25 Jul 2019

Coal CEO hosts Trump fundraiser as industry’s hurdles mount and workers are left behind

President Donald Trump will head to West Virginia on Wednesday to deliver remarks at a fundraiser hosted by coal baron Bob Murray, underscoring the close relationship the coal industry has with the White House even as the industry steadily declines. The fundraiser comes in the middle of another turbulent month for coal, with Blackhawk Mining the latest company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
President Donald Trump will head to West Virginia on Wednesday to deliver remarks at a fundraiser hosted by coal baron...

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24 Jul 2019

Trump Relies on Populist Language, but He Mostly Sides With Corporate Interests

History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of nonwhite lawmakers, but his attacks also underscored a remarkable fact of his first term: His rhetorical appeals to white working-class voters have not been matched by legislative accomplishments aimed at their economic interests.
History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of...

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16 Jul 2019

History Holds the Antidote to Trump’s Fascist Politics

Education, both in its symbolic and institutional forms, has a central role to play in fighting the resurgence of fascist cultures, mythic historical narratives and the emerging ideologies of white supremacy and white nationalism. Moreover, as fascists across the globe are disseminating toxic racist and ultranationalist images of the past, it is essential to reclaim education as a form of historical consciousness and moral witnessing.
Education, both in its symbolic and institutional forms, has a central role to play in fighting the resurgence of...

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4 Jul 2019

Justice Dept. Reverses Course on Citizenship Question on Census, Citing Trump’s Orders

A day after pledging that the 2020 census would not ask respondents about their citizenship, Justice Department officials reversed course on Wednesday and said they were hunting for a way to restore the question on orders from President Trump.
A day after pledging that the 2020 census would not ask respondents about their citizenship, Justice Department...

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19 Jun 2019

Schumer Hits McConnell For Blocking Election Security Bills

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday blasted Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for stonewalling bipartisan efforts to prevent election interference from foreign governments.
Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday blasted Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for...

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5 Jun 2019

This chart shows how badly the census could undercount people of color

According to a new report from the Urban Institute, the census is on track to severely undercount people of color — even more so than the past two surveys. This chart looks at how the 2020 census would perform if it was conducted at 2010 levels, then compares it to the actual projections using the census planning documents. The effects of the citizenship question aren’t included.
According to a new report from the Urban Institute, the census is on track to severely undercount people of color —...
1 Jun 2019

New documents on the census confirm: Trump’s raison d’etre is white power

The Trump administration has devised a fundamentally racist policy: adding a question to the 2020 Census that will suppress participation by nonwhite people and, therefore, artificially increase white (and Republican) power in a new round of gerrymandering. To do this, administration officials falsely told the public, the lower courts and the Supreme Court that the disadvantage to nonwhite Americans was statistically questionable and that the Justice Department needed the change to enforce the Voting Rights Act.
The Trump administration has devised a fundamentally racist policy: adding a question to the 2020 Census that will...
30 May 2019

Mueller statement on Russia investigation: Special counsel says accusing Trump of a crime ‘not an option’ under DOJ guidelines – The Washington Post

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reiterated Wednesday that his office could not clear President Trump of obstructing justice, asserting in his first public remarks about his investigation that federal prosecutors cannot accuse the commander in chief of a crime, while suggesting Congress still may do so.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reiterated Wednesday that his office could not clear President Trump of...

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20 May 2019

There’s No Boom in Youngstown, but Blue-Collar Workers Are Sticking With Trump

Mr. Betras, who recently stepped down as Democratic chairman of populous Mahoning County, said that while Democrats in Washington harp on President Trump’s unfitness for office, his taxes and possible impeachment, the president is solidifying blue-collar support through an aggressive trade war with China, even if his tariffs mean economic pain in the short term.
Mr. Betras, who recently stepped down as Democratic chairman of populous Mahoning County, said that while Democrats in...

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1 May 2019

Recent Poll Showing Biden in Lead Confuses and Distorts Support for Bernie Sanders

In the poll released April 30, Biden is shown with an impressive 24-point edge over Sanders, with 39% of voters saying they supported him, compared to just 15% for the Vermont senator. However, a Grit Post analysis of the results found that the poll largely excluded voters under the age of 50 in coming to that conclusion.
In the poll released April 30, Biden is shown with an impressive 24-point edge over Sanders, with 39% of voters saying...
30 Apr 2019

On Palestine-Israel, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris miss the progressive wave they seek to ride

On April 13, Democratic primary candidate Cory Booker launched his campaign at a kickoff event in Newark, New Jersey with a slogan of “Justice for All.” Booker’s slogan quickly came under fire from student protesters who responded to his vocal support for pro-Israeli government policies with cries of “Justice for Palestine!”
On April 13, Democratic primary candidate Cory Booker launched his campaign at a kickoff event in Newark, New Jersey...
30 Apr 2019

Why Vermont’s single-payer effort failed and what Democrats can learn from it

Vermont’s foray into publicly financed health care — in a state that in many ways offered the optimal conditions — demonstrates the extraordinary difficulty of trying to convert progressives’ dream of a more just, efficient health system into reality.
Vermont’s foray into publicly financed health care — in a state that in many ways offered the optimal conditions —...
29 Apr 2019

Corporate Media Are Here to Warn You: Medicare for All Is a Very Bad Idea

Despite all the concern trolling, reading the financial press highlights the fact that corporate media oppose Medicare for All not because of legitimate queries and concerns about its implementation, but because they are owned by investors with stakes in maintaining the for-profit status quo
Despite all the concern trolling, reading the financial press highlights the fact that corporate media oppose Medicare...
22 Apr 2019

‘A Really Exciting Proposal’: Elizabeth Warren’s Education Overhaul Would Wipe Out Student Debt, Provide Free Public College

Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel part or all student loan debt for 95 percent of Americans and make public college free for everyone—the latest, and perhaps most ambitious, policy proposal for the 2020 Democratic contender.  Warren announced the policy in a Medium post Monday morning.
Elizabeth Warren wants to cancel part or all student loan debt for 95 percent of Americans and make public college free...
20 Apr 2019

Guide to the Mueller Report’s Findings on “Collusion”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report focuses only on whether crimes were committed. It addresses two Russian conspiracies to interfere in the 2016 election—one involving a social media influence campaign and the other involving the hacking and dissemination of stolen emails. The Report then addresses whether Trump Campaign associates knowingly entered an agreement with the Russian government to assist those conspiracies.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report focuses only on whether crimes were committed. It addresses two Russian...

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20 Apr 2019

Sanctioned Russian Oligarch’s Company to Invest Millions in New Aluminum Plant in Mitch McConnell’s State

Rusal, the aluminum company partially owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, announced plans to invest around $200 million to build a new aluminum plant in Kentucky just months after the Trump administration removed it from the U.S. sanctions list.
Rusal, the aluminum company partially owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, announced plans to invest around $200...

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17 Apr 2019

If Trump Country Soars, Will the President Glide to a Second Term?

In small but politically significant ways, the economy under President Trump has favored regions and constituencies that supported him in 2016. These are the men and women whom Trump called forgotten Americans.
In small but politically significant ways, the economy under President Trump has favored regions and constituencies that...

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16 Apr 2019

‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum

From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly worried that their effort to defeat President Trump in 2020 could be complicated by Mr. Sanders, in a political scenario all too reminiscent of how Mr. Trump himself seized the Republican nomination in 2016.
From canapé-filled fund-raisers on the coasts to the cloakrooms of Washington, mainstream Democrats are increasingly...
26 Mar 2019

The DCCC Is Trying to Put Me Out of Business — and I’m a Democrat.

Six hours after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it was blacklisting firms that work with primary challengers, I met with a potential client who was considering a Democratic primary. The client told me that two consultants dropped out that morning — and now the candidate may not run at all.*
Six hours after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it was blacklisting firms that...
19 Mar 2019

How Executives Vote With Their Wallets

A Harvard study found that executives donate more heavily to Republicans. For the study, to be released Tuesday, they tracked personal political contributions for more than 3,500 chief executives that occupied the corner office anytime from 2000 to 2017. Just 18.4 percent of the executives studied were designated as Democrats. The clear majority — 57.7 percent — demonstrated their affiliation through donations to the Republican Party. Indeed, 75 percent of donations from the median chief executive were directed to Republicans.
A Harvard study found that executives donate more heavily to Republicans. For the study, to be released Tuesday, they...

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13 Mar 2019

Intercept Investigation Leads to Record FEC Fines

It is illegal for foreign nationals to contribute money in connection with U.S. elections. However, APIC and Right to Rise USA attempted to use an odd loophole created by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision to funnel overseas cash into American politics.
It is illegal for foreign nationals to contribute money in connection with U.S. elections. However, APIC and Right to...

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12 Mar 2019

Trump tells RNC donors he doesn’t understand how any Jewish person could vote for a Democrat

“The Democrats hate Jewish people,” President Donald Trump reportedly told Republican National Committee donors on Friday night at Mar-a-Lago. Phones were sealed away in magnetic bags at the closed-door event, but Axios reported on what members of the audience heard.
“The Democrats hate Jewish people,” President Donald Trump reportedly told Republican National Committee donors on...
5 Mar 2019

MSNBC Yet Again Broadcasts Blatant Lies, This Time About Bernie Sanders’ Opening Speech, and Refuses to Correct Them

MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a defining attribute of a news outlet: a willingness to acknowledge factual errors, correct them, and apologize. That they not only allow their lies to stand uncorrected but reward their employees who do it most frequently – especially when those lies are directed at adversaries of the Democratic Party – proves that they are, first and foremost, a political arm of the Democratic establishment.
MSNBC is a dishonest political operation, not a news outlet. It systematically and deliberately refuses to adopt a...
13 Feb 2019

Private Mossad for Hire

Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company pitched members of Donald Trump’s campaign team on its ability to influence the results. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, even asked Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, to offer Zamel’s services to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company...
9 Feb 2019

Why Won’t Democrats Call Israel’s Occupation an Occupation?

Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able to solve: what do you call Israel’s military rule over millions of disenfranchised Palestinians in the territories it seized by force in 1967?
Here’s a riddle any Democrat hoping to be elected president at the crest of a progressive wave in 2020 should be able...
1 Feb 2019

McConnell says bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a ‘power grab’ by Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal holiday is a “power grab,” sparking a fierce backlash online. McConnell was speaking about H.R. 1, legislation that Democrats have made a centerpiece of their agenda since retaking the House earlier this month.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that a Democratic bill that would make Election Day a federal...

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25 Jan 2019

Roger Stone, Adviser to Trump, Is Indicted in Mueller Investigation

Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, was charged as part of the special counsel investigation over his communications with WikiLeaks, the organization behind the release of thousands of stolen Democratic emails during the 2016 campaign, in an indictment unsealed Friday.
Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, was charged as part of the special counsel...
12 Jan 2019

3 GOP Senate Elections Caught In Illegal Campaign Coordination Scandal

For years, the National Rifle Association has insisted that they are no more than a group of private citizens who support the Second Amendment’s guarantees of the right to bear arms. As many have suspected for some time, what they really are is an unregistered lobbyist organization. What’s more, they appear to be committing federal crimes in order to support candidates willing to back their political views in exchange for cash.
For years, the National Rifle Association has insisted that they are no more than a group of private citizens who...

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12 Jan 2019

Documents Show NRA and Republican Candidates Coordinated Ads in Key Senate Races

The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated its political advertising with Republican candidates in at least three recent high-profile US Senate races, according to Federal Communications Commission records. In Senate races in Missouri and Montana in 2018 and North Carolina in 2016, the gun group’s advertising blitzes on behalf of GOP candidates Josh Hawley, Matt Rosendale, and Richard Burr were authorized by the very same media consultant that the candidates themselves used—an apparent violation of laws designed to prevent independent groups from synchronizing their efforts with political campaigns.
The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated its political advertising with Republican...

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5 Jan 2019

Democrats’ First Order of Business: Making It Easier to Vote and Harder to Buy Elections

House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill on Friday as their first order of legislative business that would expand voting rights and curb the influence of money in politics, signaling their commitment to push back on Republican efforts to undermine the democratic process. The legislation, known as HR 1: The For the People Act, would make it easier to vote, crack down on gerrymandering, and reduce the influence of big money in congressional races.
House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill on Friday as their first order of legislative business that would...
25 Dec 2018

Beto O’Rourke frequently voted for Republican legislation, analysis reveals

A new analysis of congressional votes from the non-profit news organisation Capital & Main shows that even as O’Rourke represented one of the most solidly Democratic congressional districts in the United States, he has frequently voted against the majority of House Democrats in support of Republican bills and Trump administration priorities.
A new analysis of congressional votes from the non-profit news organisation Capital & Main shows that even as...

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22 Dec 2018

Senate OKs major changes to Michigan’s ballot initiative process

A revised version of legislation that would set significant restrictions on citizen-led ballot initiatives cleared the Michigan Senate Friday over opposition from Democrats.The most significant change in House Bill 6595 would prevent organizers of a citizen-led ballot initiative from getting more than 15 percent of their signatures required for ballot from any one congressional district.
A revised version of legislation that would set significant restrictions on citizen-led ballot initiatives cleared the...

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17 Dec 2018

Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans on Social Media

The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of activity on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its posts on Facebook, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target...

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8 Dec 2018

How Donald Trump Shifted $1.1M Of Campaign-Donor Money Into His Business

On the day Donald Trump became president of the United States, while inauguration festivities were still in full swing, he officially launched his 2020 reelection campaign. Donations poured in from more than 50,000 people across the country. But according to the latest federal filings, Trump still has not donated a penny of his own, while his businesses continued to charge the campaign for hotels, food, rent and legal consulting. That means the richest president in American history has turned $1.1 million from donors across the country into revenue for himself.
On the day Donald Trump became president of the United States, while inauguration festivities were still in full swing,...

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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...

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7 Dec 2018

Republicans nationwide enact back-up plan after losing elections: just reject the results

Republicans across the country are undermining voters, with lame duck legislatures aiming to strip power from incoming Democratic governors, threatening not to seat a state senator-elect in Pennsylvania, and refusing to implement a ballot initiative in Utah.
Republicans across the country are undermining voters, with lame duck legislatures aiming to strip power from incoming...

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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...

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19 Nov 2018

Trump Campaign Paid Millions to Trump Businesses During Midterms – Mother Jones

Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign raised and spent an unprecedented sum of money during the midterm elections. But much of that cash wasn’t used to help endangered Republicans in Congress—it was used to help Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign raised and spent an unprecedented sum of money during the midterm elections....
8 Nov 2018

How to explain to someone living abroad that Democrats can have over 10 million more Senate votes and still lose

So how could Democrats outpace Republicans by more than 10 million votes and still fall further behind in the Senate? The answer is that there’s really no such thing as a nationwide Senate vote. It all comes down to which states are electing Senators.
So how could Democrats outpace Republicans by more than 10 million votes and still fall further behind in the Senate?...
7 Nov 2018

Without evidence, Trump and Sessions warn of voter fraud in Tuesday’s elections

President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday issued strong warnings about the threat of voter fraud in Tuesday’s elections, echoing the president’s baseless claims that massive voter fraud marred his 2016 election and prompting accusations that his administration is trying to intimidate voters.
President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday issued strong warnings about the threat of voter fraud in...
2 Nov 2018

Midterm Scoreboard Reveals Massive Influence of Pro-Israel PACs on Congressional Candidates

A just-released Midterm Elections Scoreboard shows that Israel partisans have dominated Congress over the past 10 years, despite the preference of American voters, who consistently wish evenhanded policies and feel the U.S. gives Israel too much money. The detailed scoreboard on candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives* shows that 28 pro-Israel PACs and numerous pro-Israel individuals have given candidates millions of dollars in campaign contributions. There are currently no pro-Palestine PACs (although one of the pro-Israel PACs supports some Palestinian positions).
A just-released Midterm Elections Scoreboard shows that Israel partisans have dominated Congress over the past 10 years,...

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2 Nov 2018

As Midterm Vote Nears, Trump Reprises a Favorite Message: Fear Immigrants

Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans could face significant losses in the midterm elections on Tuesday — the president has fully embraced a dark, anti-immigrant message in the hope that stoking fear will motivate voters to reject Democrats.
Immigration has been the animating issue of the Trump presidency, and now — with the possibility that Republicans...

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24 Oct 2018

NRA Accused of “Elaborate Scheme” to Evade Campaign Finance Law

A new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission accuses the National Rifle Association and GOP Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley of engaging in “an elaborate scheme designed to evade detection” of campaign finance violations.
A new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission accuses the National Rifle Association and GOP Missouri...
18 Oct 2018

McConnell: GOP may take another shot at repealing Obamacare after the midterms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Republicans may try again to repeal the Affordable Care Act after the November midterm elections, reviving an issue that polls show has swung sharply in the Democrats’ favor.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Republicans may try again to repeal the Affordable...

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17 Oct 2018

To Avoid Conflicts, Rick Scott Created a Trust Blind in Name Only

Rick Scott had been governor of Florida for barely three months when questions first mounted about conflicts of interest. Fabulously wealthy but a newcomer to politics, Mr. Scott mandated random drug testing for state workers in March 2011, and was pushing the legislature to require it for welfare recipients. The Republican governor, who had made his fortune as a health care executive and investor, also proposed reorienting the state’s Medicaid system toward managed care.
Rick Scott had been governor of Florida for barely three months when questions first mounted about conflicts of...
15 Oct 2018

Voters say they are more likely to cast ballots in this year’s midterm elections

Three weeks before critical midterm elections, voters are expressing significantly more interest in turning out than they were four years ago, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Enthusiasm is up across almost all demographic groups, but the increases are greater among younger adults, nonwhite voters and those who say they favor Democrats for the House.
Three weeks before critical midterm elections, voters are expressing significantly more interest in turning out than...
12 Oct 2018

Complaints of Voter Suppression Loom Over Georgia Governor’s Race

Tensions escalated in the already bitter race to be Georgia’s next governor on Thursday after reports that the state had placed tens of thousands of voters’ registrations on a “pending” list, fueling charges of voter suppression and election rigging.
Tensions escalated in the already bitter race to be Georgia’s next governor on Thursday after reports that the state...

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11 Oct 2018

Post-Maria, Many Puerto Ricans Struggle to Access Adequate ID to Vote

Coralis Camacho Garcia left Puerto Rico almost a year after Hurricane Maria. In July, she moved to Kissimmee, Florida, to find better healthcare for her children. Voting in the midterm elections wasn’t on the top of her mind — nor did she realize the effort it could take to cast a ballot. Camacho Garcia is one of tens of thousands of people to leave the island for Florida. Many of them have faced a bureaucratic nightmare as they attempt to exercise their right to vote.
Coralis Camacho Garcia left Puerto Rico almost a year after Hurricane Maria. In July, she moved to Kissimmee, Florida,...

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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...

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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...

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6 Oct 2018

China denounces ‘ridiculous’ US claims of election meddling

China angrily denounced on Friday renewed US allegations that it was interfering in upcoming American midterm elections.  In a wide-ranging speech delivered on Thursday night, US Vice President Mike Pence said Beijing was meddling in the vote to counter tough trade policies against China. The comments echoed those by President Donald Trump recently.
China angrily denounced on Friday renewed US allegations that it was interfering in upcoming American midterm...
2 Oct 2018

A Short History of U.S. Meddling in Foreign Elections

Meddling in foreign elections is bad. I think we can all agree on that. And almost everyone — bar Donald Trump — seems to believe that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election. So that should be condemned. Here’s the problem, though: U.S. politicians and pundits cannot credibly object to Russian interference in U.S. elections without also acknowledging that the United States doesn’t exactly have clean hands.
Meddling in foreign elections is bad. I think we can all agree on that. And almost everyone — bar Donald Trump —...

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20 Sep 2018

Paul Ryan’s Super PAC Is Flooding Congressional Races with Misinformation About Democrats

With voters sour on President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, Republican lawmakers are facing daunting odds in the upcoming midterm elections — and they’re fighting back with misinformation. In a recent glaring example, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC tied to House Speaker Paul Ryan, is hoping to turn the tide in an Illinois congressional race with a patently dishonest ad attacking a Democratic challenger.
With voters sour on President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress, Republican lawmakers are facing...

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20 Sep 2018

The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far

On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City: Vladimir V. Putin against a Russian-flag background, and the unlikely word “Peacemaker” below. It was a daredevil happy birthday to the Russian president, who was turning 64. In November, shortly after Donald J. Trump eked out a victory that Moscow had worked to assist, an even bigger banner appeared, this time on the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington: the face of President Barack Obama and “Goodbye Murderer” in big red letters.
On an October afternoon before the 2016 election, a huge banner was unfurled from the Manhattan Bridge in New York City:...
13 Sep 2018

Newly Minted House GOP Nominee Recently Defended Gay Conversion Therapy

Republicans’ newly minted nominee to face Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) this fall recently defended gay conversion therapy, a deeply controversial practice of treating homosexuality and transgender identity as mental illnesses or addictions that can be cured.
Republicans’ newly minted nominee to face Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) this fall recently defended gay conversion...

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5 Sep 2018

Shuttered Polling Sites Cast Shadow Over Midterm Elections

Georgia has shut down over 200 polling sites since 2014, and a string of recent closures in a predominantly African-American jurisdiction is raising eyebrows as the midterms approach. The Georgia examples figure in a growing national trend, with stark implications for the upcoming midterm elections, reports the Pew Charitable Trust.
Georgia has shut down over 200 polling sites since 2014, and a string of recent closures in a predominantly...

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4 Sep 2018

Kris Kobach will now have to campaign while under investigation by a grand jury

Last month, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach barely squeaked past Gov. Jeff Colyer in a contentious and scandal-ridden Republican gubernatorial primary. He’ll face Democratic nominee Laura Kelly, a state senator. And while Kansas is as reliably red a state as they come, Kobach will now have to campaign in a general election while under grand jury investigation.
Last month, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach barely squeaked past Gov. Jeff Colyer in a contentious and...

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4 Sep 2018

Trump Blasts Sessions for Charging G.O.P. Members Before Midterms

President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to bring criminal charges against two Republican congressmen ahead of the midterm elections, linking the department’s actions with his party’s political fate.
President Trump on Monday attacked Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, over the Justice Department’s decision to...

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1 Sep 2018

Lobbyist Sam Patten Pleads Guilty to Steering Foreign Funds to Trump Inaugural

An American lobbyist on Friday admitted brokering access to President Trump’s inauguration for a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch in a scheme that highlighted the rush by foreign interests to influence the new administration.
An American lobbyist on Friday admitted brokering access to President Trump’s inauguration for a pro-Russian Ukrainian...

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30 Aug 2018

National Enquirer Had Decades of Trump Dirt. He Wanted to Buy It All.

Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep them from speaking publicly before the 2016 election about affairs that they said they had with him. But it turns out that Mr. Trump wanted to go even further.
Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep...

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30 Aug 2018

Ron DeSantis Tells Floridians Don’t ‘Monkey This Up’ by Electing Andrew Gillum, First Black Nominee for Governor

Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, warned voters in a Fox News interview not to "monkey this up" by electing Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. Tuesday night, Gillum made history by becoming the first African-American gubernatorial candidate to secure a nomination in Florida.
Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, warned voters in a Fox News interview not to "monkey this up" by...

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29 Aug 2018

If G.O.P. Loses Hold on Congress, Trump Warns, Democrats Will Enact Change ‘Quickly and Violently’

President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently” if Republicans lose control of Congress in the midterm elections. Speaking to the group in the State Dining Room of the White House, Mr. Trump painted a stark picture of what losing the majority would mean for the administration’s conservative agenda, according to an audiotape of his remarks provided to The New York Times by someone who attended the event.
President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats “will overturn everything that we’ve done and...
27 Aug 2018

Rauner vetoes bill that would set minimum teacher salary at $40,000 within five years

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday vetoed legislation that would have raised the minimum salary for an Illinois teacher to $40,000 within five years, putting the re-election-seeking Republican at odds with teachers unions once again. The bill approved by lawmakers in the spring would make the minimum teacher salary for next school year $32,076. The number would rise to $40,000 for the 2022-23 term and grow with the Consumer Price Index after that.
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday vetoed legislation that would have raised the minimum salary for an Illinois teacher to...

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26 Aug 2018

Democrats strip superdelegates of power in picking presidential nominee

Democratic Party officials voted Saturday to strip superdelegates of much of their power in the presidential nominating process, infuriating many traditionalists while handing a victory to the party’s left flank. The measure’s overwhelming approval – met by cheers in a hotel ballroom here – concluded a tense summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, which had labored over the issue since 2016. Superdelegates that year largely sided with Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, enraging Sanders’ supporters.
Democratic Party officials voted Saturday to strip superdelegates of much of their power in the presidential nominating...

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24 Aug 2018

White House may have squashed bipartisan Senate bill to stop election interference

A Republican-led, Democrat-supported bill to safeguard US elections from foreign interference is stuck in the bowels of Congress. Here’s a possible explanation: The White House doesn’t want it to pass. The Secure Elections Act, which Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced, would have made significant changes to the way states protect their voting systems in three significant ways.
A Republican-led, Democrat-supported bill to safeguard US elections from foreign interference is stuck in the bowels of...
18 Aug 2018

Officials Defend Plan To Close Almost All Polling Places In Majority Black Georgia County

Election officials in a rural southwest Georgia county are defending a plan to suddenly close seven of the county’s nine polling places against allegations of racial discrimination, saying the ones it wants to close are not sufficiently accessible to people with disabilities Randolph County, the site of the proposed changes, is more than 60 percent black, with a little over 30 percent of residents in poverty ― more than double the national level.
Election officials in a rural southwest Georgia county are defending a plan to suddenly close seven of the county’s...

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16 Aug 2018

Elizabeth Warren unveils bold new plan to reshape American capitalism

Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator tipped as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, has unveiled new plans for legislation aimed at reining in big corporations, redistributing wealth, and giving workers and local communities a bigger say.
Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator tipped as a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, has unveiled new...

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9 Aug 2018

Bernie and his army are losing 2018

Two years after his defeat in the 2016 presidential primary, the Vermont senator has amassed a growing string of losses in races in which he has intervened. Beginning last year, Sanders-backed candidates faltered in an Omaha mayoral race and a nationally watched House race in Montana.
Two years after his defeat in the 2016 presidential primary, the Vermont senator has amassed a growing string of losses...

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1 Aug 2018

Facebook bans pages aimed at US election interference

The social network said in a blog that it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts. It said that there were more than 9,500 Facebook posts created by the accounts and one piece of content on Instagram. In total more than 290,000 accounts followed at least one of the pages involved, it added.
The social network said in a blog that it had identified 17 suspect profiles on Facebook and seven Instagram accounts....
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...

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17 Jul 2018

U.S. Treasury moves to protect identities of ‘dark money’ political donors

The U.S. Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association and Planned Parenthood, to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities. But the move frees labor unions, issue advocacy organizations, veterans groups and other nonprofits that do not receive tax-exempt money from meeting confidential disclosure requirements set in place decades ago.
The U.S. Treasury said on Monday that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically...

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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...

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14 Jul 2018

US indicts 12 Russians for hacking DNC emails during the 2016 election

A dozen Russians were criminally charged on Friday with hacking and leaking the emails of senior Democrats during the 2016 presidential election campaign.Grand jury indictments against the 12 alleged Russian intelligence officials were announced by Rod Rosenstein, the deputy US attorney  general, at a press conference in Washington.
A dozen Russians were criminally charged on Friday with hacking and leaking the emails of senior Democrats...
29 Jun 2018

Trump Backs Russia on Election Interference Ahead of NATO Summit

Just weeks before his back-to-back summits with NATO members in Belgium and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Trump is legitimizing Russia’s claim that it did not interfere in the 2016 election, contradicting the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies.
Just weeks before his back-to-back summits with NATO members in Belgium and Russian President Vladimir...

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28 Jun 2018

Koch network attacks Senators who voted against spending cuts

Starting over Fourth of July weekend, the political network funded by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is planning to release attack ads targeting seven senators who voted against President Donald Trump's $15.4 billion spending cuts package
Starting over Fourth of July weekend, the political network funded by billionaire industrialist Charles Koch is planning...
27 Jun 2018

Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.
To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of...
18 Jun 2018

Trump associate Roger Stone reveals new contact with Russian national during 2016 campaign

One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped into his Jaguar and headed out to meet a man with a Make America Great Again hat and a viscous Russian accent. The man, who called himself Henry Greenberg, offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Stone and Caputo’s interactions with Greenberg mean that at least 11 Trump associates or campaign officials have acknowledged interactions  with a Russian during the election season or presidential transition.
One day in late May 2016, Roger Stone — the political dark sorcerer and longtime confidant of Donald Trump — slipped...
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