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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Surfing That Blue Wave: A Democrat With The ‘Empathy Factor’

The year’s first primaries and special elections for Congress and state legislature have shown 2018 is shaping up as a historic blue voter turnout, a cycle where a wave of new Democratic women could be elected, and a year where progressives will move from the sidelines into state and federal office.

But beyond these top-line trends, there appear to be deeper common threads among Democrats who are winning primaries and special elections. On top of communication skills, endorsements, funding, and other essential campaign ingredients, many share track records and careers helping others — especially on personal health and household issues.…

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Senate Probers Say Russians Could Alter Voter Files In 2016

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

The Senate Intelligence Committee revealed Tuesday that Russian hackers — who are known to have penetrated at the electronic election systems of at least 18 states — were in a position to “alter or delete” voter registration data ahead of the 2016 election at least some states.

The report, released Tuesday night, does not say which states were vulnerable to this kind of manipulation; it only says that it occurred in a “small number of states.” And while it says that the hackers were “in a position” to carry out this tampering, it doesn’t say if there’s evidence that any registration files were altered.



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Rudy Giuliani Keeps Racking Up Potential Felony Charges Against Client Trump

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com.

It was a head-scratcher when Rudy Giuliani was announced as  Trump’s new top defense attorney just a few weeks ago, while the White House struggles to contain mounting legal woes.

As a lawyer, Giuliani hadn’t practiced inside a courtroom in nearly three decades, and his background was as a prosecutor, not a defense attorney.

Turns out the skeptics were right.

It’s been two days since Giuliani’s scattershot interview on Fox News — where he conceded Trump paid back his attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016 — and the White House is still reeling.…

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