Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Top House Dems Seek FBI Investigation of Possible Trump Connections to Cyber Attacks

Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Elliot L. Engel, and Bennie G. Thompson, the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security, sent a detailed letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting that the FBI assess whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests…

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FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from…

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Voting Hurdles Often Keep College Students Away From the Ballot Box

Students at Rollins College in Florida are designing custom “I voted” stickers for absentee voters. Across the country, the University of Southern California has partnered with county officials to host voter registration events with prizes, games and free food. And at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the student government plans campuswide voter registration drives as well….

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Donald Trump’s Poll-Watching Talk Spurs Call for International Monitors of U.S. Election

Citing Donald Trump’s controversial call to his supporters to challenge voters at the polls, a leading civil rights group is urging international election monitors to beef up their efforts to observe this November’s U.S. presidential contest. It’s the latest reflection of deep concern among voting rights advocates about potential voter intimidation and suppression this fall….

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FEC Commissioner Wants Help Getting Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections

ANN RAVEL, ONE of six members of the Federal Election Commission, called last week for the FEC to take a stand against foreign money in U.S. elections — and on Thursday, she appealed for public reaction. At issue are advisory opinions that gave a green light to domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations who wanted to make donations to U.S. political…

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Trump Poll-Watching Plan Stirs Voter Intimidation Fears

Donald Trump’s call for volunteer election monitors is raising fears about voter intimidation at the polls this fall. “We’re going to watch Pennsylvania,” Trump told a crowd in Altoona, Penn. Friday night. “Go down to certain areas and watch and study and make sure other people don’t come in and vote five times.” “We have…

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Does the First Amendment Protect Deliberate Lies?

“It is not ‘freedom of the press’ when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!” Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday. I will refrain from belaboring the contradictions in his concern for the danger of false statements in public life, because the question he raised is…

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Hillary’s New Deal: How a Clinton Presidency Could Transform America

The political spectacle of the past year has turned the 2016 election into a chasm with profound historical significance. By nominating Donald Trump, the Republican Party has become the vehicle for an authoritarian, nativist nationalism that until now lurked at the fringes of modern American politics. Hillary Clinton has launched a mainstream progressive campaign, in…

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Is The Election Rigged? Yes, But Not As Trump Says

Recently, Donald Trump has been complaining that the election is “rigged.” He points vaguely to recent federal court decisions that have struck down some voter ID provisions, and he has predicted wholesale voter fraud. Study after study has shown that in-person voter fraud in this country is vanishingly rare. But is there evidence that voter…

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