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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ossoff Fell Short Despite Nationwide Support In Deep-Red District

In a long-awaited, much-watched runoff seen across the country as an early verdict on Trump’s presidency, youthful Democrat newcomer Jon Ossoff failed to beat veteran Republican officeholder Karen Handel in the race for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.

June 21, 2017

Supreme Court To Decide On Partisan Gerrymandering: Can It Be Used To Create Favorable Voting Districts?

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a closely watched challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin and decide whether it is unconstitutional for party leaders to entrench themselves in power with carefully drawn electoral maps. The case of Gill vs. Whitford is to be heard in the fall, and it could yield one of the most important rulings on political power in decades.

June 20, 2017

White House Ignoring Russia Threat: Former CIA Analyst

A former CIA analyst warns the Trump administration’s approach to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is comparable to how the the Bush administration treated warnings about Al-Qaeda before 9/11. Russia’s influence and propaganda “is continuing in the United States and across Europe,” said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst and targeting officer during an interview on MSNBC ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony Tuesday.

June 16, 2017

Will Russian Hacking Affect Georgia’s Runoff Election?

The past 10 days saw dizzying details about possible election saboteurs. It started with the Intercept’s report of a May 2017 National Security Agency document confirming and detailing Russian intelligence efforts to hack local election offices as a stepping-stone to voting technology. In his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony last week, ex-FBI director James Comey said there could have been “more than 1,000” government and near-government targets.

June 16, 2017

An “Alt-Right”-Affiliated Candidate Nearly Won Virginia’s GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Stewart, who was Virginia state co-chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, heavily courted the “alt-right” during his campaign, which he announced in April 2016. While he was the co-chair, Stewart wrote multiple pieces for “alt-right”-promoting website Breitbart.

June 15, 2017

France Leads The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’

But French voters gave victory instead to a man of the radical middle, Emmanuel Macron. Not everyone loves Macon’s pro-business, pro-globalist program, but he is a mold breaker and definitely not crazy. And boy, do they love the young French president’s jabs at Donald Trump. Macron easily wields the weapon of mockery and delights in turning it on Trump.

June 15, 2017

Britain’s Conservatives Plunged Into Civil War

At least two members of her Cabinet — foreign minister Boris Johnson and the minister overseeing Brexit negotiations, David Davis — are already taking soundings to see if they have enough backing now to oust her, if she resists mounting calls for her to set a timetable for departure.

June 11, 2017

In Striking Global Trend, Youth In U.S., Britain, France And Holland Moving Left

Following the results of the general election in Britain, it is clear that Theresa May overestimated her and the Conservative Party’s chances at securing a majority. At the same time, she and many other British political pundits underestimated the support garnered by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party—gaining 31 seats for a total of 261. A large part of Corbyn’s success: swelling support from young voters.

June 10, 2017
donald trump pope francis melania

The Donald Trump Apology Tour

While greatly admiring Obama’s polish on the world stage, I did find these we’re-not-perfect flourishes to be mildly irritating. We’re all flawed nations talking to other flawed nations. No need to publicly admit one’s faults. This is not couples therapy.

June 9, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Trump Just Reached An Unwanted Milestone In New Poll

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating plunged to the lowest level since he was inaugurated in a poll released Wednesday that also had 60 percent of U.S. voters questioning his ties to Russia.

June 8, 2017
Trump campaign promises

NSA Leak Indicates Real Dangers Of Vote Hacking

That is one of the top takeaways from leaked National Security Agency documents that describe how Russian intelligence services targeted and infiltrated e-mails and computers of a private contractor servicing state voter registration databases in eight states and also sent phishing e-mails to 100-plus local election officials before Election Day.

June 7, 2017
Trump in Ames

Trump’s Lousy Numbers Spell Doom

Thing about Donald Trump is he doesn’t have the numbers. That became apparent starting on Election Day, when he trailed Hillary Clinton, a flawed candidate, by 3 million votes. And that was a high point.

June 6, 2017
Governor Mike Pence of Indiana speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Is Mike Pence Running For President?

As Trump’s Russia scandal continues to swirl, Vice President Mike Pence appears to be looking out for one politician and one politician only: Mike Pence. Since Inauguration Day, the VP has kept plenty busy at home and abroad, often attempting to distance himself from his embattled leader.

June 6, 2017
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Republican Strategists Say They Will Run Against The Media In 2018. Here’s Why That Could Work.

Amid a heated atmosphere of anti-media Republican rhetoric that has at times turned into violence against journalists, McClatchy is reporting that Republican plans for the 2018 elections will feature a “deliberate strategy to help GOP candidates win elections fueled by public hatred of reporters.”

June 6, 2017
Trump voters

Data Show Most Trump Voters Were Middle Income, Not ‘Working Class’

According to an analysis by the Washington Post, Trump’s voting bloc was primarily comprised of middle- and upper-income Americans. An NBC poll of Trump voters from March 2016 showed that only one-third of his supporters had incomes lower than $50,000, while the other two-thirds made more than $50,000. A similar trend arose in the general election as well. According to the American National Election Study, 35 percent of people who said they voted for Trump had household incomes under $50,000. The other two-thirds of Trump voters “came from the better-off half of the economy.”

June 6, 2017

Contractor Charged With Leaking Classified Data On Russian Election Hacking

Federal charges were announced less than an hour after The Intercept published a top-secret document from the National Security Agency that described Russian efforts to launch cyber attacks on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and send “spear-phishing” emails, or targeted emails that try to trick a recipient into clicking on a malicious link to steal data, to more than 100 local election officials days before the presidential election last November.

June 5, 2017
Theresa May

Britain’s Election Has Pollsters Nervous

Before the attack, several opinion polls suggested a shift in public sentiment. Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the post-Brexit snap election for June 8, had been tipped to win in a landslide, but the polls have tightened.

June 5, 2017

Atheist Surge Confounds Right-Wing Evangelicals

Religion was a major backdrop in the 2016 election. Donald Trump campaigned hard in white Christian America, promising voters that he would essentially turn back the clock to an America when religion and Christians overall were more influential in the country.

June 4, 2017
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) waves at the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation's 2015 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington, April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

Elizabeth Warren Launches Ambitious New Project To Hold Betsy DeVos Accountable

Two weeks after Betsy DeVos completed her 100th day on the job, Elizabeth Warren penned a CNN op-ed announcing her new accountability effort aimed at the education secretary and her controversial agenda.

June 2, 2017

Congress Investigates Possible Sessions-Kislyak Meeting

Congressional investigators are requesting more information from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suspecting he may have had another undisclosed meeting with Russia’s ambassador, CNN reports.

June 2, 2017
Putin, Russian Hacks, Russia

Putin: ‘Patriotic’ Hackers May Have Targeted The West

After multiple claims from Western officials that Russia has interfered in national elections, Putin conceded that some “patriotic” people may have been pushed to “fight against those who speak badly about Russia.”

June 2, 2017

US Officials Defend Saudi Monarchy While Attacking Iran Elections

“While you were over there, the Secretary [of State Rex Tillerson] criticized the conduct of the Iranian elections. He did so standing next to Saudi officials. How do you characterize Saudi Arabia’s commitment to democracy?

June 1, 2017

Montana GOP Candidate Cited For Assault After Reporter Says He Was Slammed To Ground

The announcement by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office followed a bizarre series of events in which reporter Ben Jacobs alleged that the front-runner in the race, wealthy software entrepreneur Greg Gianforte, erupted under questioning and body-slammed him.

May 25, 2017

Trump’s Standing In Polls Has Dropped: How Significant Is The Slide?

President Donald Trump’s standing in national polls has consistently declined since the end of last month. His approval rating now sits at the lowest point of his presidency. Here are some questions and answers about what the polls do — and don’t — tell us.

May 24, 2017
Lincoln, Trump

How Abraham Lincoln Found His Anti-Slavery Voice

In fragments that Lincoln wrote, dated by his private presidential secretaries to about April 1, 1854, and inspired by his reading of Fitzhugh, he wrote, “although volume upon volume is written to prove slavery a very good thing, we never hear of the man who wishes to take the good of it, by being a slave himself.”

May 24, 2017