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On presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg's (D - IN) Fox News townhall
"And there are a lot of Americans who my party can't blame if they are ignoring our message, because they will never hear it if we don't go on and talk about it," he continued, adding that "we have to find people where they are, not change our values, but update our vocabulary so that we're truly connecting with Americans coast to coast."Could someone please turn off Sgt. Crybaby's mic, he's annoying us all. I actually am grateful for Fox News to invite Democrats and to them as well for not all turning down their invitations.
Moments after the town hall ended, veteran Fox News journalist Brit Hume slammed Drumpf for "barely" facing interviews from reporters like Wallace, while lauding Buttigieg for doing so.
Still, we have to investigate more news, this one was too substantial, too general in its coverage. No comment on the content that was discussed on air.
The link: NBC News
POLITICO has got some more information for us:
“We’re the ones trying to preserve your health care and they’re the ones trying to take it away,” Buttigieg said. “We are the ones who are actually prepared to deliver on something like paid family leave and they’re against it.”Things you would not have believed to ever hear in your life. Maybe Fox News hosts are secretly liberal but only behave like arseholes for the money. 😁
To someone who doesn't regularly watch Fox News, the setting might have been surprising. The audience was receptive to some of the most liberal lines Buttigieg offered and despite some crosstalk between the host and the South Bend mayor, the interactions were fairly cordial.
The link: POLITICO
And of course, lest we forget, Fox News' on coverage of the town hall:
On fiscal policy, Buttigieg pushed for four distinct tax hikes when asked about the deficit, saying he favored a "fairer, which means higher" marginal income tax, a "reasonable" wealth tax "or something like that," a financial transactions tax, and closing "corporate tax loopholes."A no-go for Fox News viewers, of course. 😁
Asked about third-trimester abortions, Buttigieg asserted that such cases were rare and typically involved an unforeseen circumstance, before refusing to endorse any restrictions whatsoever on late-term abortions. Government statistics indicate that in 2015, approximately 1.3 percent of abortions were performed after 20 weeks.Washington owned slaves as well, but no-one ever intended to remove his name from anywhere. In the end, we shall not diminish someone for owning slaves but for what they stood in this question, namely slave ownership. Whether they fought to preserve this "right," or not.
"You would have thought I would proposed blowing up the Jefferson Memorial in D.C.," Buttigieg joked, noting that his campaign headquarters is on a street named for Jefferson. Buttigieg reiterated that he did not want Jefferson's name stripped entirely from the public square, but instead from honorary titles.
The link: Fox News
#US #USA #news #Politics #Buttigieg #PeteButtigieg #MayorPete #FoxNews #Townhall #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Trump #AbortionRights #ProLife #AntiAbortion #WomensRights #Feminism #Trump #DonaldTrump #ChrisWallace #MinorityVoters #Minority #TaxHike #TaxTheRich #MarginalTaxRate
#ScottMorrison, Australia's conservative #prime-minister, pulled off a #shock #victory in Australia's #national #election Saturday, #defying scores of #polls that #predicted a #defeat, promises an #AustraliaFirst policy agenda.
"I have always believed in #miracles," Mr. Morrison said at his #victory #party. "Tonight is about every single #Australian who depends on their #government to put them #first. And that is exactly what we are going to do."
The final #result of the #election may not be known until late Saturday, Morrison's coalition won more than 70% of the 74 seats of the 76 needed for a #majority, with #Labor on just 66 seats.
However, the #win by #Morrison, who has been #friendly with #President #DonaldTrump, signals a swell of #populist #voters that mirrors similar rises in the #UK and #America.
A significant block of voter #support for Morrison came from outer #suburban seats with #demographics that closely resemble America's #RustBelt, according to #Reuters. Taking office in August, Morrison became the became Australia's fifth prime minister in five years, and the latest figure at the front of the country's tense politics…
PM Modi gives first press conference in five years
I believe we can say some things proudly. Our democracy is a vibrant one, full of goodness. We are the biggest democracy in the world but to showcase our capability is a responsibility we all share.I wouldn't be so proud about this one, there are many critics on the Hindu nationalism you, Mr. Modi, propagate, many Muslims in India feel discriminated. Therefore, you'd better take it slow at this one, you could easily ignite shitstorms online.
I have had a good experience while campaigning. If any of you want to do a research on our campaign I will request party president to give you access. Not a single campaign event was cancelled. And even the weather was with us.
#India #News #Politics #Election #LokSabha #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Modi #NahrendraModi
On the Australian election, and fmr. PM Bob Hawke
Rodrigo Praino, an expert in political behaviour at Flinders University, said the timing of this significant news will potentially hand Labor a free pass but leave the Coalition in an awkward position.It seems to me that he was something of a legend in Australian politics. Unfortunately, I didn't come to know him until now, so, if there is anyone who has got to tell more about him, feel free to share your knowledge with us in the comments (or in a private message if you saw this on Telegram).
"I already feel a responsibility to millions of people to win. But sure, I want to do it for Bob as well tomorrow. I think a lot of Labor people will feel the same way," he said on the Nine Network's Today program.
"It's 25 years since Bob Hawke left the political scene. Grief around the loss of one of our great post-war PMs is hugely significant for those of us who have followed politics closely, but for the vast majority of Australian voters, it doesn't touch them."
Professor Tiernan also highlighted how Mr Hawke's death had forced Labor to make last-minute changes to its campaign — cancelling a planned visit to Queensland, where Labor faces a harder election fight, in favour of Sydney, where Mr Hawke's family lives, and then Labor's Melbourne heartland.
#Labour #Labor #Australia #AUS #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Hawke #BobHawke #Legacy
Congress Democrats to put more pressure on Senate majority leader McConnell
The move is intended to pressure Senate Republicans into taking up House bills and underscores a desire by Democratic leadership to spotlight all the legislation that has languished on the other side of the Capitol.
Separate votes would also help draw attention to little-noticed pieces of the initial bill, such as automatic voter registration or a crackdown on super PACs, which are priorities for the liberal grassroots and something some lawmakers say Democratic leaders have not done enough to promote.
In reality, the approach has little chance of changing McConnell’s mind. The Kentucky Republican has already rejected a wide range of ideas in H.R. 1 — like overhauling the Federal Election Commission and tightening restrictions for political ads. A spokesman for McConnell declined to comment on whether any of the Democrats’ bills could come to the floor, but there’s little reason to think he’ll reverse course.
#Congress #News #Politics #Democrats #BlueWave #McConnell #MitchMcConnell #House #HR #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Republicans #FAC #PAC #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020
Starting the drive north today, so we can vote in Paris this Friday. While we could choose not to vote due to being overseas, this election is too important to not make the effort. Voting below the line this time to make sure our votes count. Voting for the climate and our planet. Let’s hope our voices are heard.
#climateemergency #climatechange #climatestrike #climatebreakdown #ecologicalbreakdown #vote #fridaysforfuture #climateaction #bethechange #ecologicalcollapse #election #voteclimate #stopadani #australia #australiavotes #election
In meiner Familie gehöre ich definitiv nicht zu den politisch engagiertesten - ich bin auch weit davon entfernt, ein Experte auf diesem Gebiet zu sein. Trotzdem sehe ich es als unsere Pflicht an, wählen zu gehen. Wir können so dankbar sein, in einer Demokratie zu leben! Und deshalb sollten wir auch nicht unterschätzen, welche Macht wir als Bürger haben! Die anstehende Europawahl am So, 26. Mai ist enorm wichtig für unsere Zukunft! Laut Weltklimarat sind die nächsten 2-5 Jahre ausschlaggebend für die Zukunft unseres Planeten. Denn wenn erstmal bestimmte Kipppunkte erreicht sind (zB beim Schmelzen der Pole), dann wird es schwer sein, das Ruder noch rumzureißen ... Folgenschwere Naturkatastrophen könnten dann schon bald zum Alltag gehören. Es müssen daher dringend neue Gesetze her, drastische Entscheidungen sind nötig, um die hohen CO2-Emissionen langfristig in den Griff zu bekommen! Europa kann ein Zeichen setzen und als gutes Beispiel voran gehen! Wir müssen uns nur trauen, diese Veränderungen auch umzusetzen! Nicht-wählen kann keine Option sein, es kommt allerdings drauf an, das „richtige“ Kreuz zu setzen. Der Wahl-O-Mat hat eine sehr übersichtliche pdf, welche Partei für was steht! Insbesondere beim Thema Klimaschutz gab es da sehr aufschlussreiche Erkenntnisse für mich (siehe meine Story von heute morgen).
Also, solltest du am 26. Mai nicht Zuhause sein, dann beantrage rechtzeitig deinen Briefwahlschein! 📩☝🏽🌍 In diesem Sinne: Gute Nacht! ❤️
#europawahl #wahlomat #savetheplanet #europe #election #briefwahl #politik #wahlen #europawahl2019 #fridaysforfuture #klimawandel #ipcc #weltklimarat #potd #politics
Many #Democrats including #Pelosi are also claiming that #Barr #lied to #Congress. “He lied to Congress. And if anybody else did that, it would be considered a #crime,” #Pelosi told reporters last month. “Nobody is above the #law. Not the #president of the #United States. Not the #attorney #general.~from here
“Nobody is above the law."
“Nobody is above the law."
“Nobody is above the law."
“Nobody is above the law."
“Nobody is above the law."
The #Obama administration [and #Hillary #clinton] knew #attacks on the #consulate were because of #terrorism, but they #knowingly changed the #narrative to #blame an “ #inflammatory” viral #video — to escape any #culpability of the attacks so close to a #November #election.that's just one of hundreds. and it's been confirmed. Barr didn't lie. #comey did.
On the Filipino midterms
What was shared here is my personal extract from the curated list compiled by Rappler reporters who, as it said the introductory chapter, have followed the campaign trail and the administration's development hitherto. To read the list yourself, follow this link here: Story compilation on Filipino elections
My extract from the articles:
In August, HNP forged alliances with 3 national political parties and 6 local parties from different parts of the country. The national parties they are allied with are Nacionalista Party (NP), Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), and National Unity Party (NUP).
In Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, in a large gathering of northern Luzon local government officials, Carpio mentioned 9 names as belonging to HNP's senatorial lineup with its alliance partners. Apart from the 8 in the first list, she mentioned Roque.
When talking about the half-brothers JV Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada, she teased about the hostility between the two, such that when one attended an HNP event, the other would be absent. But "individually, malaki naman ang na-contribute nila sa ating bansa" (individually, they have made big contributions to our country), she said.
Link to the quotes' story: The second Duterte in the field
PDP-Laban fielded Allan Cerafica against Alan Cayetano, who is running for first district representative; Michelle Anne “Che Che” Gonzales against Alan’s wife Lani, who is running for second district representative; and incumbent Taguig 1st District Representative Arnel Cerafica against Alan’s brother Lino, who is running for mayor.
In the biggest city in Metro Manila, two members of PDP-Laban are eyeing to become mayor and vice mayor. It is a battle between the camp of Vicente “Bingbong” Crisologo and Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.
“All of our political decisions emanate from the local councils. PDP-Laban has local councils all over the country. So they submit recommendations to the national HQ, which in turn submits them to the political committee. This is composed of the most senior and objective PDP-Laban members,” Munsayac said.
Link to this story:PDP Lapan
Abas was first appointed by then-president Benigno Aquino III as Comelec commissioner on April 28, 2015. Two years later, after Andres Bautista resigned as elections chief, President Rodrigo Duterte named Abas Comelec chair on November 22, 2017.
The longtime Comelec field officer said he applied for the post of commissioner. "I was not expecting that I will be picked. I am just an ordinary field officer, and I just showed them what I can do on the field," said Casquejo in an interview quoted by the Philippine News Agency.
Her fiery tweets have spared no one, including a candidate in Tarlac who recently slapped an election officer. "Ipakukulong kita (I will have you jailed)," she threatened the candidate on Twitter.
Link to this last chosen story: On the Comelec Commissioners
#Philippines #Duterte #RodrigoDuterte #SaraDuterte #Midterms #Election #MidtermElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Asia #SouthEastAsia #FarEast #News #Politics
South Africa's ruling party ANC accomplished reelection narrowly
Support for the ANC, which gained 62 percent in the previous election in 2014, has steadily declined since it took a record 69 percent of the vote in 2004. Saturday's electoral showing comes amid growing voter frustration over rampant corruption and high rates of unemployment.I really hope that after Jacob Zuma has been replaced last year, the direction is going to change, to stop this steady decline of the party in popularity and poll outcomes. I mean, this party used to be the party that ended the Apartheid regime, and now, it is but only a shadow of itself.
"We need to correct our mistakes," she said, adding that the election showed voters want an "ANC that is united, and in its unity remains true to the values and principles on which it was founded."
#Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #News #Politics #Zuma #JacobZuma #ANC #SouthAfrica #Africa
Nigerian opposition enforce legal changes in order to adjust electoral system
The People's Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, are challenging the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives' Congress (APC), which triumphed with more than four million votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also pushed back the polls by a week from the initial date after encountering logistical problems made worse by arson attacks on at least two of its offices and bad weather for flights carrying electoral materials.
"Nigeria doesn't have the 'fruit of a poisonous tree' doctrine for evidence admissibility in court, so if Atiku can indeed prove that the results he has are genuine, he may have a case," argued Tunde Ajileye, a partner at SBM Intelligence, a Lagos-based political and economic risk advisory.
#Nigeria #News #Politics #Buhari #Abubakar #PDP #APC #INEC #Election #GeneralElection #Africa #CentralAfrica #Corruption
The results of the meeting in Sibiu, Romania
We reaffirm our belief that united, we are stronger in this increasingly unsettled and challenging world. We recognise our responsibility as Leaders to make our Union stronger and our future brighter, while recognising the European perspective of other European States. That is why today we unanimously agree on 10 commitments that will help us live up to that responsibility:
We will continue to protect our way of life, democracy and the rule of law. The unalienable rights and the fundamental freedoms of all Europeans were hard fought and will never be taken for granted. We will uphold our shared values and principles enshrined in the Treaties.
We will safeguard the future for the next generations of Europeans. We will invest in young people and build a Union fit for the future, able to cope with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
#EU #Europe #EuropeanUnion #Europa #News #Sibiu #Romania #Corruption #EUElection #Johannis #KlausJohannis #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Dăncilă #Politics
#Pelosi said, “We have to make sure — this will sound #political but we have to make sure that the #Constitution #wins the next #presidential election. We can’t be worrying about well, how long is this going to take? Well, that will take as long as it does. And we will press the case so that in the court of #public #opinion people will know what is #right. But we cannot #accept a #second #term for #Donald #Trump if we are going to be #faithful to our #democracy and to the #Constitution of the #United #States.”did the Constitution lose the last election, too, Nancy?
how long is this going to take?How long is what going to take, Nancy? Oh, right - #contesting the #election results in every district in the country. In other words, your vote only counts if it is for a #democrat. she's calling for #anarchy if Trump wins.
press the case so that in the court of public opinion people will know what is right.translation: we're going to #propagandize the public through the #media to make sure we #win, even if we #lose.
But we cannot accept a second term for Donald Trumptranslation: we don't support the #constitutional #election processfounder's minds.
I thought #Republicans were supposed to be the ones that won't accept the outcome of an election?
and by the way, where are her #taxreturns? #SOTH #speaker #prepare #prep
Kellyanne "Alternative Facts" Conway upset about Hillary Clinton's comments
“She lost that election fairly and squarely, and when she says that election was stolen from her to hoots and hollers from the audience, she’s playing a dangerous game,” Conway said. “Here she is two and half years later, literally will not accept the election results because she lost.”And although Ms. Clinton has lost, the Senate, which is mainly occupied by Republicans, can't get off her emails, although Trump commits much higher fleonies. So, why bother about a comment she has made, not intending to let anything follow up beside this? Doesn't she have anything else to do in her WH job, combatting actual facts?
“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” Clinton said Saturday, noting that she worries that Russia will once again meddle in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.
#Clinton #Trump #Conway #HillaryClinton #DonaldTrump #KellyanneConway #News #Politics #US #USA #Election #GeneralElection #Russia #Kremlin #RussianMeddling #ClintonsEmails #Senate #Congress #Election2016 #Elections2016 #Election2020 #Elections2020
Snappish comment on Pelosi's behalf raise anger of Republicans
Conway, who was Drumpf’s third and final campaign manager in 2016 and is now a top White House adviser, blasted “the inability of [Pelosi’s] party and her party’s failed nominee [Hillary Clinton] to accept the election results of 2016.”She only made a semi-funny comment, ok? She didn't question the election's outcome, nor did she commence an investigation on the election's outcome. You can cool down at last, your administration didn't ever produce any seriousness since it took office in 2016. Therefore, you shouldn't bet an eye, Kellyanne "Alternative Facts" Conway.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is part of Drumpf's legal team, said that Democrats, including Pelosi, are “really getting to the point of being malicious. They're trying to suggest he's some kind of monster. They should stop.”No comment on this, this is too easy.
Earlier, the president had retweeted a fervent supporter, Jerry Falwell Jr. — son of the famous, now-deceased evangelist — who asserted, “I now support reparations — Drumpf should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term as pay back for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.”He can pretend to rule over the US when he either sits in his little prison cell or in rehab for the mentally disabled. He already ruled for too long.
At that time, she recalled, she had thought, “If we win by four seats, by a thousand votes each, he’s not going to respect the election. … He would poison the public mind. He would challenge each of the races; he would say you can’t seat these people.”I can clearly imagine this to happen. instead of simply accepting his defeat, he surely would claim that it required a reptition of the election, just as his brother in crime Recep Tayyip Erdogan no demanded it for the city he won his first election in, the city in which he was born, Istanbul. He wishes to be an autocrat, and will try to behave as someone as much as he can, without overturning the entire US system.
“I don’t think this kind of rhetoric is helping,” said Grant Reeher, a Syracuse University political science professor. “If you think the Democrats’ chances are better with a more moderate centrist candidate, just say that. Instead, everything is about Drumpf.”Hm...
#US #USA #News #Politics #Republicans #Democrats #GOP #LeftWing #LeftWinged #RightWing #RightWinged #DonaldTrump #Impeachment #ImpeachTheMotherfucker #Election #GeneralElection #Elections2020 #Election2020 #Pelosi #NancyPelosi #
Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) now favours impeachment
“We’re finally learning the truth about this president. And yes, there has to be consequences. Yes, there has to be accountability. Yes, I think there’s enough evidence now for the House of Representatives to move forward with impeachment,” he said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. “This is our country, and this is the one chance that we get to ensure that it remains a democracy and that no man, regardless of his position, is above the law.”
“Republicans say people don’t care about the Mueller investigation, that it’s a closed deal. When they go to their districts, or people they represent, that’s not what they’re hearing. What about you?” asked The News’ Gromer Jeffers Jr., during a campaign stop in Fort Worth on Friday. “How do you feel about the Mueller investigation and what should happen next?”
Both times O’Rourke had a chance to vote for impeachment, he voted against it: On Dec. 6, 2017, when the House voted 364-58 to kill an impeachment resolution from Rep. Al Green, a Houston Democrat, and again on Jan. 19, 2018, when the House voted 355-66 to kill another try from Green.
Also, so does Al Green, another Texas Democrat: Washington Free Beacon
"I'm concerned if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected. If we don't impeach him, he will say he's been vindicated," Green said. "He will say the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and they didn't take up impeachment. He will say that we had a constitutional duty to do it if it was there, and we didn't. He will say he's been vindicated."
"We must impeach this president. If we don't, it's not the soul of the nation that will be at risk only, it is the soul of the Congress that's at risk. Congress has a duty, a responsibility and obligation that only it can fulfill. No one else can. No other entity can. It is Congress that will have to act," he said. "If we allow political expediency to trump moral imperative, we will have created a shameful situation of this Congress that will never live down, history won't be kind to us. We must impeach him."
#US #USA #Democrats #BlueWave #Trump #DonaldTrump #News #Politics #AlGreen #ORourke #BetoORourke #Texas #Election #Elections2020 #Election2020 #GeneralElection #Impeachment #ImpeachTheMotherfucker
Emotionalism has reached the left wing
After the speeches, Biden is in his element as Uncle Joe, expertly shooting selfie after selfie with voters’ smartphones, high-fiving small children and giving words of encouragement to well-wishers thrilled just to be standing next to a former vice president.
Biden also uses healthcare as a means to talk about “my buddy,” President Obama, whose popularity among Democrats has buoyed the former vice president. While he has always been proud to have served as Obama’s vice president, Biden says the passage of the Affordable Care Act was one of the administration’s high points.
“I have an ambitious plan to rebuild this country — from cleaner renewable energy, cleaner safer transportation, a whole range of things — that I’m going to be laying out,” Biden said. “But you’re going to be laying out on the floor if I keep going, if I laid it all out.”
#US #USA #Biden #JoeBiden #News #Politics #Democrats #BlueWave #Trump #DonaldTrump #Emotionalism #ForThePeople #SaveThePeople #Election2020 #Election2020 #Election #GeneralElection
Joe Biden (D - DE) is running forward in the polls
And a Morning Consult survey released Tuesday found Biden with 36 percent support, followed by Sanders at 22 percent. That’s a 6-point bounce for Biden from the same survey released earlier this month, while Sanders has fallen by 2 points. No other candidate reaches double-digit support in the Morning Consult poll, either.
A Suffolk University survey released Tuesday found the former Delaware senator in the lead in New Hampshire with 20 percent support, followed by Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 12 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is in fourth place at 8 percent.
Biden’s strength in the polls is driven by his broad support from African Americans. Biden has 43 percent support from black voters, according to Morning Consult. Sanders is at 20 percent here, followed by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) at 10 percent.
#US #USA #Poll #Survey #Biden #JoeBiden #Harris #KamalaHarris #News #Politics #Sanders #BernieSanders #Democrats #BlueWave #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020
On Indonesian election
“Once everything is completed, early in January of 2020 we will have this meeting with the DPR, elections organizers (the General Elections Commission / KPU, Elections Supervisory Agency / Bawaslu, the DKPP), and every other stakeholder,” said the Minister in a written statement on Monday.Great to hear that they are so quick to evaluate the outcome and the procedure of the election. Although this election was held late in the first quarter of the year, it's reasonable to hear that they are going to evaluate it all in the beginning of next year.
But seriously, why wait so long? Do they need so much time to count all the votes of their country? I know that this country is large and scattered over a vast space of sea on small islands, but still, if they need support, I am sure that the OECD would be delighted to help them out with personnel and such. No democracy should fail because they can't count their votes.
One element that will be thoroughly evaluated will be the death toll of the poll station working committee (KPPS) members during and after the elections day. In terms of the tragic passings, Tjahjo expressed his condolences and cherishes the members’ dedications.Is there going to be a nationwide commemoration in memoriam of the glorious vote counters? We should celebrate those men and women who gave their livest to enforce their country's democracy. And yes, I am serious.
#Democracy #Politics #News #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #JokoWidodo #Widodo #Indonesia #PewPoll #Asia #SouthEastAsia #FarEast #
Right-winged pundits attempt to spread false rumours about Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) in order to weaken his campaign
The source who spoke to The Daily Beast said Burkman and Wohl made clear that their goal was to kneecap Buttigieg’s momentum in the 2020 presidential race. The man asked to remain anonymous out of a concern that the resulting publicity might imperil his employment, and because he said Wohl and Burkman have a reputation for vindictiveness.
After publication, Kelly told The Advocate that Wohl and Burkman flew him to Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening to participate in the scheme. But Kelly said he didn’t realize what they had planned, and that he didn’t consent to their publication of the Buttigieg allegations under his name.
When the source expressed reluctance, they assured him the scheme would make him wealthy, famous, and a star in Republican politics. Wohl cited the national recognition given to Christine Blasey Ford after she accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during his confirmation hearings last year.
#US #USA #Democrats #BlueWave #JacobWohl #DavidWohl #Trump #DonaldTrump #Troll #DontFeedTheTroll #RightWinged #News #Politics #RightWing #LeftWinged #Leftwing #Buttigieg #PeteButtigieg #MayorPete #SexualAssualt #LGBTQ #WhiteVest #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Election #GeneralElection
More than 270 ballot counters die of exhaustion after Indonesian election
On April 17, Indonesia, for the first time, combined the presidential vote with national and regional parliamentary ones, with an aim to cut election costs, Al Jazeera reported.
On April 23, the health ministry issued a circular letter urging health facilities to offer the utmost care to sick election staff, while the finance ministry sought to provide compensation to the families of the deceased, state media reported.
#Indonesia #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #GubernatorialElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #FarEast #Asia #EastAsia #SouthEastAsia #Widodo #JokoWidodo #Democracy #Fatigue #Exhaustion #Economics #Economy
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19772665
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#HackerNews #270 #counting #die #election #indonesia #more #staff #than #votes
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Devin Nunes (R - CA) hosts frightened fundraiser, doesn't want location to be exposed
The fundraiser at a yet-to-be-disclosed South County location is being hosted by the SLO County Republican Party, and for $150 you can grab a VIP seat that includes a private reception and photo op.If you have heard of the location in which it will be hosted, please tell Devin Nunes' cow where it is so that he can take part in the photo op with him. 😁
But the email also includes this unusual message to recipients: “Due to tight security issues, please DO NOT POST anything about this event on your social media: Not your website, Facebook, Twitter nor any other! Thank you!”This man is such a whimp, you cannot believe! :'D
#US #USA #Republican #GOP #Rightwinged #RightWing #News #Politics #Nunes #DevinNunes #California #FreePress #PressFreedom #Fundraiser #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Coward #Cojones #Whimp #DairyOfAWhimp #Trump #DonaldTrump (Because, he fits everywhere)
A portrait of mayor Pete as a young man
Sick of old people? He looks like Alex P. Keaton. Scared of young people? He looks like Alex P. Keaton. Religious? He’s a Christian. Atheist? He’s not weird about it. Wary of Washington? He’s from flyover country. Horrified by flyover country? He has degrees from Harvard and Oxford. Make the President Read Again? He learned Norwegian to read Erlend Loe. Traditional? He’s married. Woke? He’s gay. Way behind the rest of the country on that? He’s not too gay. Worried about socialism? He’s a technocratic capitalist. Worried about technocratic capitalists? He’s got a whole theory about how our system of “democratic capitalism” has to be a whole lot more “democratic.” If you squint hard enough to not see color, some people say, you can almost see Obama the inspiring professor. Oh, and he’s the son of an immigrant, a Navy vet, speaks seven foreign languages (in addition to Norwegian, Arabic, Spanish, Maltese, Dari, French, and Italian), owns two rescue dogs, and plays the goddamn piano. He’s actually terrifying. What mother wouldn’t love this guy?Talking about this concern having made some mistakes would appear almost relativising, thinking about what they have done so far. They are like the display of irresponsible capitalism.
“And it’s possible, in that way, to — I think — run your own plan and talk about your own case and let others figure out for themselves all the ways in which I am simply not like any of the others.” Operationally, the strategy of his campaign seems to be: Pick up enough Democrats who found Trump’s message appealing to actually win in Iowa and New Hampshire, then ride the momentum and publicity (he’ll say yes to any interview; see here, and here) into Super Tuesday. And from there …
“Obviously, the firm’s made some mistakes, uh, which are embarrassing to the firm. And I only worked on things that I believed in but also decided to leave private practice to come home to my community in the Midwest and make a difference there.” What Buttigieg believed in then was grocery-store pricing, which is what he says he worked on at the firm.
By his late 20s, as he prepared to lead South Bend, he had already come out to a close friend. “That was something that I knew I should do before taking office as mayor, because I didn’t think that I should have a position of that level of responsibility while something as important in my own self was unresolved.”
What does that mean? I have no idea. The campaign website, Pete for America, doesn’t feature a policy section, something that has caught the attention of critics who say Buttigieg is an empty suit — or, in his case, empty dress pants plus a white or blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up (tie, but no blazer). Buttigieg talks in specifics about the Electoral College (he wants to get rid of it) and the Supreme Court (he imagines an extreme reconfiguration, with 15 judges instead of nine, five of them confirmed by unanimous vote of the other ten, a way of ensuring nonpartisanship, he says). On other matters, he is less detailed. “I’m very specific on policy. I just think that we need to talk about values first. You can’t just expect people to be able to derive your values by looking at the minutiae of your policy proposals,” he told me.
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Macedonia going to vote for a new government shortly before EU-election
Pendarovski is the candidate of the ruling Social Democratic Party of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev who championed and implemented the country’s name change, and is deem the pro-Western candidate in the presidential race.The shorthand information for those who didn't know who is going to run for president in this lone country north of Greece, home to Alexander the Great.
Siljanovska-Davkova, on the other hand, is from the conservative and nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party, which was adamantly opposed to the name dispute deal with Greece. VMRO-DPMNE’s former leader and former Prime Minister of the country for nearly a decade, Nikola Gruevski, is presently in exile to escape serving a sentence for abuses while in office.
With 97% of the votes counted, Pendarovski received 42.85% of the votes (323,846 votes), Siljanovska-Davkova got 42.24% (319,240), and Blerim Reka, candidate of North Macedonia’s second largest ethnic Albanian party, won 10.57% (79,915 votes), MIA reported.My headline might therefore be misleading, it seems like they already casted in their votes. 50 percent of the people who were able to vote actually voting isn't that much, though, even for an office that only serves representative functions.
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Is EKRE going to become a threat for Estonia's progressivism and pro-European stance?
EKRE’s popularity gained a significant boost from the formal recognition of same-sex unions in 2014 (which made Estonia the first central or eastern European country to adopt such legislation) and the outbreak of the migration crisis in Europe in 2015. “If you’re black, go back” and “I want Estonia to be a white country” were just some of the comments Martin Helme made in 2013.The paroles couldn't be stupider, this is blatantly racist as f*ck... How would something like this ever enter a modern European parliament? This is comparably disappointing for the European hopeful in Eastern Europe, besieged by the threat from the East.
Today there are just 206 registered refugees of which only 107 are still in Estonia. All others left.This is scaremongering at its finest. Even regarding the small population in this very small country, 206 immigrants are a decreasing amount you are not likely to ever recognise as such. Damn, I guess that even at my university, many more students are from outlandish regions in this world.
Now, it seems that Ratas has taken a Machiavellian option, a coalition with the radical right in order to keep power. The third partner in the coalition is the centre-right party Isamaa, which has of late become a kind of EKRE-light.This is the best use of describing a politician as Machiavellian - take the bitter pill in order to enjoy your power in office. Egoistic in a slight sense, but mostly described to sticking to power at all costs.
She, an EKRE-target herself, said: “We do not have a crisis of democracy. (…) Nevertheless, we have a crisis of values.” There are doubts that the prime minister´s Centre Party, which is close to ethnic Russian voters can cooperate with EKRE, which stands for “defending ethnic Estonians.”That's where we have to ask ourselves how they could stand their decision to coalesce with this party instead of choosing a couple of smaller parties closer to them. Didn't they think they could therefore risk their country's democracy? You cannot say that you are going to coalesce with any other party just in order to avoid a longer session of no government because you cannot find a common ground.
The main organiser, the 25-old Ruuben Kaalep, head of the party’s youth organisation and now an MP, can be regarded as a neo-Nazi. He is part of a network of identitarians and white supremacists, attending conferences from the US to Ukraine. In February 2019, Mr Kaalep organised a presentation involving the work of another US white supremacist, Greg Johnson, whom he has both interviewed and been interviewed by, entitled ”Jewish settlement and humane cleansing”.Great choice by the centre-right party. they certainly care for their country's democracy. We're going to experience some tough times after the EU election.
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Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) compares Bernie Sanders supporters to Trumpists
"I think the sense of anger and disaffection that comes from seeing that the numbers are fine, like unemployment's low, like all that, like you said GDP is growing and yet a lot of neighborhoods and families are living like this recovery never even happened. They're stuck," Buttigieg told high school Democrats in Nashua, N.H., on Friday. "It just kind of turns you against the system in general and then you're more likely to want to vote to blow up the system, which could lead you to somebody like Bernie and it could lead you to somebody like Drumpf. That's how we got where we are."True. Both are populists in their own way, and serve their respective wing in a the populist manner of fighting against the establishment, although Bernie at least never belonged to the establishment he wanted to fight, and only made a lot of money privately via writing a popular book. But that only worked out because he became well-known after running for president twice. It's a difference between the two of them.
"Part of running for president is you wind up competing with people that you like or appreciated or admired many years back," he said. "I don't have the same views on everything that he does."
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TX, TN, AZ turn towards further voting restrictions after surge in Democratic voters
In Texas, state lawmakers are considering adding criminal penalties for people who improperly fill out voter registration forms. Arizona Republicans are proposing new voting rules that could make it more complicated to cast an early ballot. In Tennessee, GOP lawmakers are considering a bill that would fine groups involved in voter registration drives that submit incomplete forms.This is many Republicans' exact comprehension of how Democracy works: When the opposite side experiences a surge in votes, restrict their voters' rights to vote, so that they will improbably be capable of filling out a ballot correctly. Then, you are going to see your party winning in the next election. It might be autocratic and highly unconstitutional, but who cares when you're ruling?
Voting groups in the state say they are concerned this effort could result in jail time for people who don't properly fill out their voter registration forms. Currently, providing false information on an application is a misdemeanor.Ending up in jail for incorrectly filling out your ballot, even inadvertently. This is causing major paranoia over voters' heads. Does this apply for the country that was founded on the belief of freedom for all?
The measure, which already passed in the state's House, is backed by Goins. It proposes fines of up to $10,000 for groups that pay people and that submit more than 500 incomplete forms, with lower penalties for fewer incomplete registration forms.Holy...
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18th Democratic presidential candidate announced run - this time: Seth Moulton (D - MA)
Moulton first came to prominence in 2014 when he unseated long-term incumbent Rep. John Tierney in a Democratic primary and went on to represent the state's 6th Congressional District, a swath of communities north of Boston including Salem, home of the infamous colonial-era witch trials.Yawn...
"Sixteen years ago today, leaders in Washington sent me and my friends to fight in a war based on lies. It's still going on today," Moulton said in a recent tweet. "It's time for the generation that fought in Iraq to take over for the generation that sent us there."
And when Drumpf claimed to be the target of the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history," Moulton responded that "as the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false."Teehee...
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On Andrew Yang, presidential candidate for the end of the world as we expect it to be
The Boston crowd is mostly techies and earnest college kids. I catch a few whiffs of weed but nothing unreasonable given the venue. An iRobot engineer is holding up a “Humanity First” sign. (“People say immigrants are taking the jobs,” he tells me, “but really it’s me.”) Farther back, a man named Joe is selling bootleg Yang2020 hats, copies of the “vaporwave” hats used in Yang memes. According to his Etsy store, he’s made 10 sales online, with at least two more made in person at the rally.Enough of the quotes, read it yourself. It's worth it.
He imagined “an army of smart, enterprising graduates building businesses in Detroit, New Orleans, Providence, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, and other cities that could use a boost.” In 2011, he donated $120,000 of his own money to start Venture For America (VFA), an accelerator meant to build new startups and new jobs in emerging cities outside of coastal startup hubs.
Detroit was still dying, and more cities were joining it each year, collapsing into drug addiction, poverty, and despair. The world of TED Talks and cocktail parties didn’t seem capable of doing anything about it — himself included. In his book, he says he was gripped by two nagging questions: “What the heck is happening to the United States?” and “Why am I becoming such a tool?”
That financial desperation is already destroying lives. For the first time in over a century, US life expectancy has declined for three years running, driven by a rise in opioid overdoses and suicides. A 2017 paper explored an unusual spike in the death rates of white men between 50 and 55, who had become 5 percent more likely to die from alcohol, drug use, or suicide since 2000. (Morbidity researchers classify these as “deaths of despair.”) Taken together, the numbers show us losing everything that makes us human: our intelligence, our sense of purpose, and, finally, our will to live.
_That unremitting bleakness has le some of the more rabid online fans to name Yang as the “chaos candidate,” a title previously held by Donald Drumpf. It’s an “accelerationist” idea, working from the premise that the present society cannot be saved. For accelerationists, the most humane course of action is to bring about collapse as quickly as possible, like ripping off a Band-Aid, to prepare for the next societal order.__
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Latest poll put Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) in top three among Democratic presidential candidates
The online survey from Change Research, a left-leaning polling outlet, finds former Vice President Joe Biden at 21 percent support, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at 20 percent and Buttigieg at 17 percent.
That’s a 15-point gain for Buttigieg in the past month, according to the poll, while Biden has fallen by 15 points and Sanders shed 4 points in the same survey.
In the past few weeks, Buttigieg has become a media sensation and a serious contender, raising $7 million in the first quarter and landing several coveted donors who previously raised millions of dollars for the Obama-Biden ticket.
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General election underway in Indonesia
The presidential race pits incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate, Indonesian Ulama Council Chairman Ma'ruf Amin, against retired general and longtime rival Prabowo Subianto and multi-millionaire businessman Sandiaga Uno.
People in two districts of Jayapura, the capital of volatile Papua province in Indonesia's east, were unable to vote after ballots and ballot boxes were not delivered.
Prabowo, who has been accused of human rights abuses, ran against Widodo in 2014, while Uno is a businessman who spent a few months as deputy governor of Jakarta, after the mass rallies against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (also known as Ahok) who was accused - and later convicted - of blasphemy.
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Turkish president Erdoğan demands rerun of Istanbul mayoral election due to defeat
The move on Tuesday came more than two weeks after unofficial results showed the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) narrowly win in Istanbul.But what if he is going to lose again? Wil lhe file another lawsuit to demand a rerun of his elections? Just asking because, it should be crysstal clear for everyone to see that this is not about any irregularities, but simply because he's a poor loser.
If the appeal is approved, a fresh election will take place on the first Sunday 60 days after the initial vote, which will be on June 2. If rejected, the results will be finalised and the winner will receive his mandate to run the city.
The political uncertainty has added to unease in financial markets. After the AK Party's YSK move, the beleaguered lira weakened to 5.8250 against the US dollar, its lowest level since March 22, bringing its losses this year to nine percent.
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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) allegedly underpaid taxes of years 2013 and 2014
In those two years, O'Rourke and his wife, Amy, reported a total of $15,718 in medical expense deductions. However, at the time, people under 65 could only take the deduction if their medical expenses exceeded 10 percent of their adjusted gross income, and the O'Rourkes' expenses didn't exceed that threshold.Seems like O'Rourke's tax return exposure has already hit back. I can already smell the right-wingers devouring this report, although their president still didn't show his tax returns, for whatever reason (perhaps tax evasion?).
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the issue, noted that the error means that the O'Rourkes appeared to have underpaid their taxes by a total of more than $4,000 in those two years.
"After becoming aware of this error, the accounting firm that prepared the filings was immediately informed and will file an amendment as appropriate,” an O'Rourke aide told the Journal.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I - Vt) clashes with think tank related to Hillary Clinton
“We believe the content of the ThinkProgress video critiquing Sen. Sanders is overly harsh and does not reflect our approach to a constructive debate of the issues,” Tanden said.
“This counterproductive negative campaigning needs to stop,” Sanders wrote in the letter. “The Democratic primary must be a campaign of ideas, not of bad faith smears. Please help play a constructive role in the effort to defeat Donald Drumpf.”
Leading Democrats have reached out to Sanders supporters in the wake of Drumpf’s 2016 victory, though the senator’s letter illustrates the ease at which the fragile efforts toward party unity might be hindered.
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Terry Gou, Head of Foxconn Technology steps back, contemplates presidential run
Terry Gou told reporters Monday at an event in Taipei that he wants to work on a book about his management philosophy honed over 45 years and prepare a younger generation to eventually take over operations at the company. Foxconn counts Apple, Google and Amazon as customers and has said it will build a manufacturing facility in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.
He said he felt “I should tone down my personal influence” in company matters and leave more time for long-term planning.
“I didn’t sleep last night ... 2020 is key for Taiwan. The reason for the tense situation (with China) is because it’s a turning point for Taiwan’s direction for politics, economy, defense for the next 20 years,” Gou said.
“We need peace. We don’t need to buy too many weapons. Peace is the biggest weapon,” Gou said, adding that Taiwan only needs adequate self-defense.
Morris Chang, founder of Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC), retired as chairman last year. In September, Jack Ma, co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, said he would step down as chairman in a year to allow for younger management.
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William Weld (R - MS) to become first Republican challenger to Donald Trump
Weld has accused Drumpf of leaving the nation in “grave peril” and has said his “priorities are skewed toward promotion of himself rather than for the good of the country.” While Drumpf’s overall approval ratings have been poor for much of his presidency, he remains popular with Republican voters. The Republican National Committee in January issued a nonbinding resolution to declare the party’s undivided support for Drumpf.What has to be highlighted too is that he is disadvantageously late to announce his campaign race to become president. I mean, we already see about 18 runners on the Democratic side, which of course is a lot when you imagine that there haver been so many. Now, a couple of months have passed by since the first one announced to run for president, many of them have fallen into oblivion, like John Hickenlooper or Tim Ryan. Does he really think he stands a chance just because the Republican field is underrepresented?
Primary challengers to incumbent presidents have never been successful at stealing the nomination in the modern era, but embarrassing intraparty contests have proved to be the making of one-term leaders, seeding weaknesses that were later exploited by a general-election rival.
Alternately a politician, federal prosecutor, investment banker, lobbyist and even novelist — his political mystery called “Mackerel by Moonlight” was published to mixed reviews in 1998 — the Harvard-educated scion of a prominent Boston family was a lifelong Republican before bolting the GOP to run on the Libertarian Party ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in 2016.
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Trump's re-election campaign has told to have raised $30 mn dollars
The Drumpf campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26.
Drumpf formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years. By contrast, former President Barack Obama launched his 2012 effort in April 2011 and had under $2 million on hand at this point in the campaign.
In 2015, Drumpf swore off outside money, declaring in his opening speech: “I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists’. I’m not using donors’. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”
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Pete Buttigiegs (D - IN) perfect image starts to crack
An Indiana judge will rule soon on whether to release five cassette tapes of secretly recorded conversations between South Bend police officers that led to the 2012 demotion of Police Chief Darryl Boykins, the city’s first ever black police chief.
Buttigieg’s critics say he’s gone to great lengths to conceal the contents of the tapes, which some believe could include racist language by white police officers.
“There’s a level of frustration,” said Karen White, a city councilwoman and Democrat who is black. “We want this issue to be brought to closure to ensure this issue does not polarize our community further. We have a right to know [what’s on the tapes], as do our citizens."
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Pas de débat, mais une tribune : le président ukrainien Petro Porochenko s'est exprimé dimanche devant des milliers de ses partisans dans l'enceinte d'un stade où il avait appelé à débattre son rival dans la course à la présidentielle, le comédien Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued in March says Russian hacking efforts were wide-ranging.
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Voter registration data was one of the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election—which DHS and FBI analysts now say went after systems in every state.
Enlarge / Voter registration data was one of the targets of Russian hacking efforts in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election—which DHS and FBI analysts now say went after systems in every state.
A joint intelligence bulletin (JIB) has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation to state and local authorities regarding Russian hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election. While the bulletin contains no new technical information, it is the first official report to confirm that the Russian reconnaissance and hacking efforts in advance of the election went well beyond the 21 states confirmed in previous reports.
As reported by the intelligence newsletter OODA Loop, the JIB stated that, while the FBI and DHS "previously observed suspicious or malicious cyber activity against government networks in 21 states that we assessed was a Russian campaign seeking vulnerabilities and access to election infrastructure," new information obtained by the agencies "indicates that Russian government cyber actors engaged in research on—as well as direct visits to—election websites and networks in the majority of US states." While not providing specific details, the bulletin continued, "The FBI and DHS assess that Russian government cyber actors probably conducted research and reconnaissance against all US states’ election networks leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections."
DHS-FBI JIBs are unclassified documents, but theyʼre usually marked "FOUO" (for official use only) and are shared through the DHSʼ state and major metropolitan Fusion Centers with state and local authorities. The details within the report are mostly well-known. "The information contained in this bulletin is consistent with what we have said publicly and what we have briefed to election officials on multiple occasions," a DHS spokesperson told Ars. "We assume the Russian government researched and in some cases targeted election infrastructure in all 50 states in an attempt to sow discord and influence the 2016 election."
In fact, DHS Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra told the Senate Homeland Security Committee in April of 2018 that Russia had likely at least performed reconnaissance on election infrastructure in all 50 states. The bulletin raises the confidence in that estimate, however, saying:
Russian cyber actors in the summer of 2016 conducted online research and reconnaissance to identify vulnerable databases, usernames, and passwords in webpages of a broader number of state and local websites than previously identified, bringing the number of states known to be researched by Russian actors to greater than 40. Despite gaps in our data where some states appear to be untouched by Russian activities, we have moderate confidence that Russian actors likely conducted at least reconnaissance against all US states based on the methodical nature of their research. This newly available information corroborates our previous assessment and enhances our understanding of the scale and scope of Russian operations to understand and exploit state and local election networks.
The DHS and the FBI have been criticized in the past for the lack of information made publicly available about election-focused hacking and information operations. In December of 2016, the DHS and the FBI released a joint analysis report detailing broad "Russian malicious cyber activity" that the agencies referred to as "Grizzly Steppe," which largely consisted of restating private sector research findings. An "enhanced analysis" of that activity was released in February of 2017, but it did little to improve on the original other than giving some additional intrusion detection system rules to watch for similar hacking attempts. The second draft reported that the DHS had "observed network scanning activity that is known as reconnaissance" prior to the 2016 election; it also included some generic information about common reconnaissance and malware delivery techniques.
While the latest JIB doesnʼt provide any more real technical information about how systems were attacked in 2016, it does go into some detail in describing the methodical reconnaissance approach "Russian government cyber actors" took in probing for potential vulnerabilities in election systems. Between June and October of 2016, the group associated with the election hacking "researched websites and information related to elections in at least 39 states and territories, according to newly available FBI information," the bulletin states. "The same actors also directly visited websites in at least 30 states, mostly election-related government sites at both the state and local level—some of which overlap with the 39 researched states."
The "actors" performed their research "in alphabetical order by state name," the bulletin states, "suggesting that at least the initial research was not targeted at specific states." The research focused on Secretary of State voter registration and election results sites, but it also drilled down on some local election officialsʼ webpages. As they accessed sites, actors "regularly attempted to identify and exploit SQL database vulnerabilities in webservers and databases."
The FBI and DHS analysts who authored the JIB noted that they had no information on how many of those attempts were successful, aside from two instances when "Russian government operators in June 2016 accessed voter registration files and a sample ballot from a US county website."
The new information that spurred this JIB did not, however, provide any additional insight into the Russian groupʼs attempts to scan for vulnerabilities in, and hack into, the networks of government agencies in "at least 21 states," as the bulletin notes. Some of the details of that effort were provided in the indictment of Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) officers delivered by Special Counsel Robert Muellerʼs probe—at least one state had voter data stolen, though there was no indication that data was tampered with.
Beating the drum
The bulletin included no new technical data for defenders to use. But its purpose is fairly clear—it was meant to get officials in every state on board to prepare for the 2020 presidential elections now. "Since 2016," the DHS spokesperson said, "we have built relationships and improved threat information sharing at every level—we are working with all 50 states and more than 1,400 local jurisdictions, and are doubling down on these efforts as we work with election officials to protect 2020.”
Much of the responsibility for that coordination is placed on DHSʼ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which is, according to recent comments by its director, Chris Krebs, ramping up election security efforts in advance of the 2020 presidential election cycle. The agency got an additional budget of $33 million for Fiscal Year 2019 from Congress specifically for election security efforts. Krebs told reporters in February that the agency is "institutionalizing our election security efforts" and that "as our workforce continues to grow, and it will, our numbers heading up to the 2020 election will only grow," NextGovʼs Frank Konkel reported.
As far as active measures go, the JIBʼs authors advised state and local officials to focus on better operational security and basic website security practices. "In anticipation of the 2020 US Presidential Election," the DHS and FBI bulletin authors warned, "states should limit the availability of information about electoral systems or administrative processes and secure their websites and databases which could be exploited by malicious actors."
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On what is going to affect India's general election's outcome
Hindus comprise about 80% of India’s 1.3 billion people, so the BJP is invoking its Hindu nationalist roots, with Modi at the forefront against the threat of Pakistan, India’s Muslim-majority archrival.
Voting will take place in seven phases over six weeks beginning Thursday. Nearly 900 million people, including 15.9 million first-time voters, are eligible to cast ballots in the world’s largest democratic exercise. Around a million polling stations will be set up, and voters will choose 543 members of the Lower House of Parliament.
But anti-Muslim sentiment in India has become more common and more violent since the BJP came to power in 2014. At least three dozen Muslims have been lynched by self-styled Hindu vigilante groups or mobs on suspicion of illegally moving cows, sacred to Hindus, or eating beef, according to Human Rights Watch.
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