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Friday, October 20, 2017
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Bannon Demands Senators Join Trump Cult To Survive Politically

At this weekend’s Values Voter Summit, Bannon reinforced the GOP’s current state as a cult of personality and proposed using the willingness of GOP senators to publicly praise President Donald Trump and condemn his critics as a litmus test for determining whether the Breitbart boss would support Republican primary candidates.

October 15, 2017
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Red Alert: Voting Machines Vulnerable To Russian Attack

“By the end of the conference, every piece of equipment in the Voting Village was effectively breached in some manner. Participants with little prior knowledge and only limited tools and resources were quite capable of undermining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability​ ​of​ ​these​ ​systems.”

October 11, 2017

Right-Wing Crusader Launches Dangerous Project That Could Slash The Number Of Elected Minorities In California

The right-wing war on voting opened a new front by filing a lawsuit that, if successful, could make it more difficult to elect non-white candidates in California and possibly across the nation. The right-wing war on voting opened a new front by filing a lawsuit that, if successful, could make it more difficult to elect non-white candidates in California and possibly across the nation.

October 11, 2017

‘Partisan’ Gerrymandering Is Still About Race

The Wisconsin voting rights case before the Supreme Court has been cast as the definitive test of whether partisan gerrymandering is permitted by the Constitution. But a closer look at the case and others like it shows that race remains an integral element of redistricting disputes, even when the intent of those involved was to give one party an advantage.

October 10, 2017

Voter Fraud Commissioner Tried To Weaken Voting Rights

One document—the same one Kobach was photographed carrying into a meeting with President-elect Trump in November—is his strategic plan for the Department of Homeland Security in the first 365 days. The entire document is blacked out except for the final section, “Stop Aliens from Voting,” and one point beneath it, “Draft Amendments to National Voter Registration Act to promote proof-of-citizenship requirements.”

October 8, 2017
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Who’s Really In Charge Of The Voting Fraud Commission?

On Friday, in response to a judge’s order, the Department of Justice released data showing the authors, recipients, timing, and subject lines of a group of emails sent to and from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. They show that in the weeks before the commission issued a controversial letter requesting sweeping voter data from the states, co-chair Kris Kobach…

October 7, 2017
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Sen. Wyden Calls For Improved Security Standards For Voting Machines

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) wants to ensure that secure voting systems are in place both for upcoming state elections and the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and he is trying to do so by ensuring that the voting machines used for elections follow cybersecurity protocols.

October 4, 2017
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GOP Braces For Politics Of Gun Debate

But when the National Rifle Association wasn’t present at a congressional hearing on the issue — which has been at the top of its legislative agenda for years — it signaled the GOP might be growing aware of the new optics surrounding the gun debate.

October 3, 2017
California Attorney General Kamala Harris speaks at the Center for American Progress' 2014 Making Progress Policy Conference in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S. November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Kamala Harris Backs Kneeling NFL Protesters In Speech To Atlanta Church

During remarks at Atlanta’s First Congregational Church, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spoke out against President Donald Trump’s bullying of NFL protesters who kneel during the national anthem and described their action as a call to justice.

October 3, 2017

DOJ’s Role In Trump Voter Fraud Panel Questioned Again

The Department of Justice illegally packed the president’s supposedly non-partisan voter fraud commission with Republicans who are sympathetic to Trump’s much-ridiculed charge that millions of non-citizens voted in the 2016 election, seven Democratic senators charged Tuesday.

September 29, 2017

9 Reminders The GOP Has Nominated An Absolute Maniac For Senator In Roy Moore

Meet Roy Moore. When he’s not waving a six-shooter like Yosemite Sam, he can often be founding railing against the evils of homosexuality and the impending institution of Sharia law. After defeating Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary, despite the campaign efforts of President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Moore is on the verge of assuming the seat Attorney General Jeff Sessions vacated in the United States Senate, with Democratic opponent Doug Jones unlikely to receive much in the way of funding from the DNC.

September 29, 2017

Beyond Menendez’s Guilt Or Innocence: Was It Ethical?

This week, as Senator Robert Menendez’s corruption trial heads into its second week, the question of whether the Senator is guilty or innocent has eclipsed the question as to whether his advocacy for his close friend, Dr. Salomon Melgen, was ethical. Indeed, they are not the same thing. Increasingly these days that important nuance, between what’s illegal versus what’s unethical, is often lost or trivialized.

September 26, 2017

Protesters Chanting ‘Nazis Out’ Hit AfD Vote Party

Protests broke out in several German cities against the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany which became the first nationalist party to win dozens of seats in parliament since World War II.

September 25, 2017

What We Do And Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative

On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia.

September 25, 2017
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In Alabama, Two Equally Repellent Senate Candidates

But Alabama is a deep crimson state, a place where the call of tribalism has only grown stronger in the era of President Donald J. Trump. The Republican Party has spent decades pandering to the fears and resentments of conservative whites who are uncomfortable with cultural change, and they in turn have deserted the Democratic Party. So it doesn’t matter if one Republican candidate is crazy and the other is corrupt. One of them will likely end up winning the December election.

September 23, 2017
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Populist Victories Won In This Conservative Colorado Town

Since the 1990s, Colorado Springs has been shaped by an inordinate number of right-wing institutions. Yet, the Springs also is home to a hardy band of progressives, including environmentalists, unionists, women’s champions, scrappy entrepreneurs, LGBTQ activists, students and teachers, a sizeable immigrant population, social justice church groups and some sensible libertarians.

September 21, 2017

Republican Govs Create Fake News Site Disguised As Legitimate Outlet

Never underestimate Republicans’ willingness to pull out a shovel when it seems they’ve hit rock bottom. For proof one need look no further than the Free Telegraph, a website purposely constructed to look like a news publication that’s actually a hyperpartisan bit of propaganda launched by the Republican Governors Association.

September 20, 2017
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Experts Say The Use Of Private Email By Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Isn’t Legal

President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission came under fire earlier this month when a lawsuit and media reports revealed that the commissioners were using private emails to conduct public business. Commission co-chair Kris Kobach confirmed this week that most of them continue to do so.

September 17, 2017
Immigration, Terrorism

GOP’s Audacious Scheme To Hijack Voting And Rig Elections Moving Forward

First came Kris Kobach’s willfully incorrect—but headline-grabbing—accusation on Breitbart.com that more than 5,000 people illegally voted last fall in New Hampshire, delivering an Electoral College majority to Hillary Clinton and a U.S. senate seat to a Democrat. Kobach, an attorney whose anti-immigrant activism launched his career, is the Kansas secretary of state, a current gubernatorial candidate, and co-chair of President Trump’s Orwellian-titled “election integrity” commission.

September 17, 2017
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‘Election Integrity’ Means Voter Suppression

Among true believers on the right, there is no sturdier fiction — no fairy tale more popular — than the one that insists American elections are plagued by voter fraud. “Election integrity” is the hallmark of GOP activists, and stories that purport to show voter fraud are a staple in the right-wing media-sphere.

September 16, 2017
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Why Senate Press Gallery Should WIthhold Credentials From Bannon’s Breitbart News

Introducing former White House chief strategist and Breitbart.com executive chairman Stephen Bannon on Sunday night, CBS News’ Charlie Rose told the 60 Minutes audience that Breitbart is “the website where the alt-right and conspiracy theories meet conventional conservatives.” Rose is right that Breitbart has a long and unsavory history of providing bigotry and paranoia with a bigger audience. But Bannon himself would say that Breitbart is more than that. It’s one of his “weapons,” he told The Weekly Standard when he rejoined the website in mid-August, a “f***ing machine” that he planned to use to “crush the opposition” to President Donald Trump.

September 13, 2017
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Is Vote Suppression Bannon’s Latest Media Ploy?

Why did Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the national voice of the Republican’s toxic effort to hijack elections by rigging the voting process, spread out a pathetic and immediately debunked big lie about thousands of illegal voters in New Hampshire last November—an allegation that was debunked last winter by none other than Donald Trump’s first campaign manager Corey Lewandoski?

September 12, 2017
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How Trump May Be Profiting Off Natural Disasters

Donald Trump proposed to slash funding for federal disaster relief and emergency preparedness programs just months into his presidency. Now, with Hurricane Irma barreling toward the southeastern U.S. coastline and Houston beginning to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, the first family stands to add to its bankroll during—and in the wake of—major natural disasters striking the United States.

September 10, 2017

How The Republicans Stole The States

In September 2015, two months after Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, I asked in these pages if he could accurately be described as a fascist. I decided against the designation. The true fascist states, I concluded—Germany, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile—“suffered weakness in their institutions that are just about unimaginable in the United States. For instance, it is hard to imagine a President Trump turning America into a one-party state.”

September 9, 2017
Immigrants

Trump’s Repeal Of DACA May Become GOP’s Worst Nightmare

Latinos have been mobilizing against Donald Trump since he launched his presidential campaign by smearing Mexicans with racist attacks. But his about-face on DACA, the program allowing 790,000 visa-less youths to attend school and work here, “cuts to the bone” and may push Latinos to reject the Republican Party for years to come.

September 7, 2017