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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…

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Youngstown, Ohio, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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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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NRA to spend $3M on anti-Clinton gun control ad in swing states

The National Rifle Association unveiled an attack ad against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, charging the Democrat, “doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.” The NRA’s political action committee said it will spend $3 million to air the ad on cable stations in swing states. The ad came the same…

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Despite recent rulings, voter ID laws could still scramble calculus in November

Last week, Texas agreed to substantially soften its new voter ID law ahead of November’s election, allowing voters there to cast ballots this fall even if they do not have one of the required photo IDs. The Texas agreement was the latest in a string of victories for voting rights groups–but there are still more…

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