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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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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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. I... show more


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
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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.

"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."
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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.

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.

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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.

#US #USA #Democrats #BlueWave #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Buttiegieg #PeteButtigieg #ORourke #BetoORourke #Biden #JoeBiden


Trump's attacks on Ilhan Omar aim to stoke fears ahead of the 2020 election

Trump and Republicans are using Omar to drive a wedge within the Democratic party and ‘foment hatred of Muslim Americans’

#usa #Omar #Muslims #republican #Democrats #election #politics #trump #racism


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.

#Indonesia #SouthEastAsia #Asia #FarEast #Widodo #Democracy #Election GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #News #Politics


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.

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.
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.
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.

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.
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?).
"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.

#Sanders #BernieSanders #News #Politics #ThinkProgress #CAPAction #Deomcrats #BlueWavve #Tanden #Clinton #HillaryClinton #EveryBillionaireIsAFailure #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020


Terry Gou, Head of Foxconn Technology steps back, contemplates presidential run

1. 660 City News:

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.

2. Reuters:

“I didn’t sleep last night ... 2020 is key for Taiwan. The reason for the tense situ
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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.

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.
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... show more


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.”

#Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #MATA #MAGA #Trump #DonaldTrump #TrumpVictory #Democrats #News #Politics #BlueWave #RepublicanRedWave #US #USA


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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Election en Ukraine : le débat solo de Porochenko


#breakingnews #débat #election #news #porochenko #solo #ukraine

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.Bild/Foto
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DHS, FBI say election systems in all 50 states were targeted in 2016

Joint Intelligence Bulletin issued in March says Russian hacking efforts were wide-ranging.
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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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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu wins general election for 5th term

With 97 per cent of the votes counted, neither of the candidates’ parties had captured a ruling majority, but Netanyahu was clearly in a strong position to form a coalition government with other right-wing factions that have backed him.
I guess that this was the first time I recall in my life in which the last single-digit-percent of votes yet to be counted actually made a significant difference in regards to who has won the election at last. Yesterday night, they couldn't tell who's the winner and therefore reported a temporary stalemate. Now it turns out they do the same mistake as we did in Germany, with electing another Merkel government. Well, I guess that we've got more in common with Israel than one might expect. 😁
Netanyahu highlighted his close relationship with US President Donald Drumpf, who delighted Israelis and angered Palestinians by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017 and moving the American Embassy to the holy city
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Latest Dianne Feinstein (D - CA) meme on electoral colleges makes false claim

The original poster offered no source for the claim, and commenters didn’t ask for one, instead seemingly accepting the quote as legitimate. The included date and name made it easy to locate a brief window of commentary made by Feinstein, who did in fact tweet about the Electoral College on that particular date:
As Ms. Feinstein wrote on Twitter:
Californians are consistently under-represented when voting for president because of the Electoral College. Each elector stands for 712,000 Californians, but smaller states get the same vote for only 195,000 voters. That’s simply unfair. We must eliminate the Electoral College.

As her press release states it:
Every four years, Californians are under-represented when they cast ballots for president of the United States because of the Electoral College. Each elector stands for 712,000 California residents, but a small state like
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Israeli election takes place today - LIVE UPDATES

As the parties scramble to rally last-minute voters, the final poll before the election, published Friday, gave the right-wing bloc a solid lead over the center left, headed by Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan party.

10,000 polling stations are open nation-wide with some 6.3 million eligible voters. Hundreds of thousands are expected to swarm the beaches, malls and amusement parks on Election Day, a national holiday in Israel.

Hadash-Ta'al leader Ayman Odeh casts his vote in Haifa. A photo of a Hadash-Ta’al sign outside of Nazareth the lawmaker posted was vandalized with Hebrew graffiti saying “death to the Arabs" on it.

#Israel #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Netanyahu #BenjaminNetanyahu #Gantz #BennyGantz #BlueAndWhite #Likud


Guy no-one seems to know is running for president, he announced on Late Night Show

Bona note: His name is Eric Salwell

The 38-year-old former prosecutor was first elected to represent California’s 15th Congressional District, covering parts of San Francisco, in 2012, yada yada yada. You know how to read Wikipedia as well as I do. The likelihood Swalwell sticks around long enough that you—or anyone—gets a chance to vote for him for president is pretty slim. The most compelling thing about Swalwell’s hours-old candidacy is that he’s running with a focus on gun control.
And yes, there are 18 people on the Democratic side running for president. No, the boat is not full yet, but I guess we are soon going to capsize because people will have lost all oversight of the field of runners.
#US #USA #News #Politics #Democrats #BlueWave #Election #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #GunControl


Young people under disenchantment with politics have to stand up for Europe

The number of MEPs will reduce from 751 to 705. Ireland will increase its number from 11 to 13, and unless Britain’s self-harming departure from the EU is reversed, which is highly unlikely, Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU.

Right now the site has the EPP at 178, S&D at 137, ALDE at 94, the ECR at 63, the ENF at 59, GUE/NGL at 48, the Greens/EFA at 44, EFDD at 32, new unaffiliated group candidates at 42 plus eight non-inscrits (also unattached to groups.)

In 2014, turnout for the elections across the EU was the lowest ever, a pathetic 42.54 per cent. Populist and right-wing candidates excelled in those elections. The turnout gap between young and older voters is pronounced – 51 per cent of people aged 55+ voted; 28 per cent aged between 18 and 24 voted. The Irish youth turnout fell below even that paltry average, a grim 21 per cent.

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Israeli PM Netanyahu faces heavy backlash with elecotral campaign to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank, not accepting a Palestinian state

Malki told the Associated Press Sunday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jordan that Netanyahu’s pledge was likely aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of a tight race.
Sounds about likely. He is going to need this base to win the election after more moderate candidates have emerged during the electoral campaign season.
Polls have indicated a close race, though Netanyahu’s Likud party is expected to have a better chance than Gantz’s Blue and White slate to form a ruling coalition. Polls forecast more than 60 out of 120 parliament seats for the Likud and smaller right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.

The interviewer asked why he hadn’t annexed some of the larger settlements during his current term. “The question you are asking is an interesting question, whether we will move to the next stage and t
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On Ted Cruz' (R - TX) lawsuit agains tthe Federal Election Committee

No matter what you say about the case, the article or the entire website I hereby share, they personally had me at the first chapter already: «The unlikable, craven hypocrite has a point». This was beyond hilarious. :'D
Cruz is challenging an FEC rule that limits the amount of money candidates can reimburse themselves for personal loans given to their own campaigns. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act limits repayments candidates can give themselves from post-election fundraising to $250,000. Cruz claims he loaned his campaign $260,000 during his Texas Senate battle against Beto O’Rourke.

Wealthy candidates have a First Amendment right (so the story goes) to spend as much as they want to buy themselves an election. But limiting how much they can reimburse themselves arguably disincentivizes profligate personal financing of elections. After $250K, all additional “speech” is a sunk cost. If that means some candidates will not loan themselves q
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Tim Ryan (D - OH) announces run for presidency, the 17th Democrat by now

(Seriously, the presidential field is dangerously overcrowded, this has to stop. We don't need anyone anymore, we can already serve every single preference, as far as I'm concerned. So, if you think about running, don't. Wait for the next presidency in five years. By now, you don't stand a chance anymore, the favourites are out and have flocked the voters around them. You would only fall into oblivion, thus passing your chance in the next election.)
“Those people who voted for [Republican President Donald] Drumpf and wanted a change — and got chaos and no plan and instability — are going to be looking for someone who they can connect with,” Ryan told The Vindicator. “I’ve been to Wisconsin. I’ve been to Michigan. It’s Ohio. I’ve been to Iowa. It’s just like Ohio.”
He's been everywhere, he's been everywhere man, crossed the deserts bare man,he's breathed the mountain air, man Of travelhe's a'had his s... show more

#India #Politics #election

Je viens de faire le test électoral de la RTBF:
  • Ecolo
  • PS
    3 PTB
Il y a donc bien manipulation

#election #Belgique #manipulationélectorale


Lori Lightfoot becomes first African-American mayor of Chicago

“She comes in without being on the precipice of financial disaster. Same with the schools. There’s a $1 billion pension payment that needs to be funded. But we’re not talking about being pushed off the cliff.”

She has also promised to “build the case” for new revenue with some serious cost-cutting, including imposing a risk management system; reining in runaway settlements and judgments; drafting a “comprehensive land use plan”; consolidating the four city employee pension funds; making the city clerk and treasurer executive — not elective — offices; and eliminating redundant city services.

In 2012, Emanuel’s bullying missteps provoked a seven-day strike that was Chicago’s first in 25 years. Four years later, he avoided another strike, only after using an $87.5 million tax-increment-financing surplus that the mayor’s own City Council floor leader acknowledged was “not sustainable.
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Today's Chicago's final election takes place

She's also been endorsed by multiple officeholders in municipal, state and federal levels. Preckwinkle has been board president since 2010, and prior to that served five terms as 4th Ward alderman.

Lightfoot was appointed by Emanuel to head the police board in 2015, and to chair the Police Accountability Task Force in 2016 following the shooting of Laquan McDonald. Lightfoot also served as chief of staff for the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications in 2005. She's been working as a partner at Mayer Brown LLP.

Lightfoot has been endorsed by the Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times. She also has endorsements from some of the mayoral candidates who ran against her in February, including Gery Chico, John Kozlar, Willie Wilson, Paul Vallas and Neal Sales-Griffin.

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Right-winged justice minister Ayelet Shaked sparks controversy with «fascist» ad

In the spot, Ayelet Shaked walks slowly down a staircase, her hair gently tossed by a breeze, as a female narrator whispers seductively in Hebrew: “Separation of powers”, “Restraining the Supreme Court”.
Yes, that's exactly how I would promote a perfume, or my political agenda for the upcoming election. :'D

Seriously, though, her ad is strange. Does anyone clearly know what she promotes? So far, I only looked into her profile on Wikipedia, and to me, she doesn't appear like a fascist, but only like a stronger conservative with slightly libertarian tendencies. As it reads, she is inspired by Ayn Rand's two major books, of which I so far read one, Atlas Shrugged.

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Joe Sanberg contemplates joining the presidential run

(Yes, there simply aren't enough contenders in this barely filled presidential run yet. I mean, we truly need more contenders to choose from, so that even the most radical voter will be able to choose someone to represent him in the White House. no-one should be spared, everyone should have a solid choice!)
Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, increasing corporate regulation, and investing in food stamps and Medicaid to help the poor are the kinds of issues that chased Mike Bloomberg out of the race and Howard Schultz out of the party. Sanberg’s twist: He thinks the policies coming out of his party’s left are actually the best ways to spark growth.

He admitted later that he’s gotten serious about running for president again because of Drumpf’s clear preview of a 2020 campaign all about calling Democrats socialists. “Good luck to them if they want to call me a socialist, because businesspeople aren’t socialists,” he told me.

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Stephanie Carter, ex-wife to former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaks out against misleading photo with Joe Biden

Those claims, made by Flores in an essay published Friday in The Cut, have roiled Biden’s prospective 2020 presidential candidacy and raised new concerns among Democrats regarding his often touchy-feely interactions with voters and government officials across a half-century of public service — evincing fresh doubts about Biden’s political viability in the era of #MeToo.

“After the swearing-in, as Ash was giving remarks, he leaned in to tell me ‘thank you for letting him do this’ and kept his hands on my shoulders as a means of offering his support,” Carter wrote. “But a still shot taken from a video — misleadingly extracted from what was a longer moment between close friends — sent out in a snarky tweet — came to be the lasting image of that day.”

“But her story is
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Erdoğan's AK Party suffers losses, CHP wins in Istanbul

With nearly 98.8 percent of Istanbul's ballots counted at 11:55 p.m., AK Party candidate Binali Yıldırım of the People's Alliance held onto a slim lead with 48.71 percent of the vote, against main CHP's Ekrem Imamoğlu of the Nation Alliance with 48.65 percent of the vote. The difference between the two candidates remain lower than 5,000 votes.

In Turkey's third largest city Izmir, CHP candidate Tunç Soyer is projected to comfortably win the election with 58.06 percent of the vote against AK Party's Nihat Zeybekci with 38.49 percent, as nearly 92 percent of the votes have been counted.
Still, many of these results are comparably narrow, with percentaged achievements not above the 60 percent-margin. I mean, one should have more voters at one's side beyond 56 percent of utmost power. This is low, and is going to leave many voters alike depressed, and unheard.
In MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli's hometown, southern Turkey's Osman
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Gubernatorial Elections take place in Turkey today

Voting started at 7.00 a.m local time (0400GMT) and will continue through 4.00 p.m. local time (1300GMT) in 32 out of Turkey's 81 provinces.

Mobile ballot boxes were brought to the homes of the sick and the elderly who are unable to get out and vote at the designated polling stations.
Oh, I thought that they were offering postal votes as well, as they have it in Germany. Fine, at least those who wanted to vote but weren't able to leave their accomodations have their chance, though. Still, does anyone else believe the electoral aides blackmailed or bribed the sick and the elderly to vote for AKP? I do believe Erdoğan went down to such some low standards.
More than 44 million citizens are expected to vote at 142,777 polling places in 30 biggest cities, called metropolitan municipalities.

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Ukrainian elections take place today - international observers to maintain legal procession

"It's Election Day in Ukraine. It is a great honor to have the chance to observe the Ukraine election with IRI Global at such a critical time in the history of Ukrainian democracy," she tweeted on March 31.
Said Cindy McCain, widow to former AZ Sen. John McCain; she observes the elections for the Republican Institute (for those who are not going to read the article, but stumbled over this post)
A total of 199 constituencies have been created in Ukraine. The approximate number of polling stations, according to the CEC website, is 29,888. Some 101 polling stations are abroad.

Ukrainians are voting for 37 out of the 39 candidates on the ballot, as two of the candidates announced withdrawal after the ballots were printed.

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Zuzana Caputova wins presidential election in Slovakia, becomes first woman in this position

Caputova thanked voters in Slovak, Hungarian, Czech, Roma and Ruthenian: "I am happy not just for the result but mainly that it is possible not to succumb to populism, to tell the truth, to raise interest without aggressive vocabulary."
Does she have the chance to become a lodestar against the rise of populist conmen in the Eastern European region? Hopefully. Unfortunately, she doesn't have a powerful position, since the president in Slovakia, as in other countries too, is only a representative figure, without the power to make fundamental decisions on any actions the country will take.
She is a 45-year-old environmentalist and anti-corruption activist who supports gay rights and opposes a ban on abortion. She has no political experience and ran as the candidate for the Progresivne Slovensko party on a slogan of "Stand up to evil."

Who is Sefcovic? Sefcovic is a career diplomat who is pro-EU and serves as a vice-president
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#TheYoungTurks: Trump colluded with the Russians AFTER the Election

#CenkUygur is seriously spreading a #conspiracy-theory about #DonaldTrump using #TimeTravel to collude with the #Russians after the #Election to steal the election he won in the #Past!! xD

#NotTheOnion #rofl #humor #fun #lol #TYT #YoungTurks #CollusionDelusion #crazy #mental #deranged


Russia won't accept the Ukrainian election's outcome because it can't monitor it

"I think this is a diagnosis. I think this is a disease. When someone submits to the State Duma of Russia a bill on the non-recognition of the elections in Ukraine, this simply means that they think this is the Russian territory. Their thinking is within the 'one people' idiom,” Petro Poroshenko said, speaking on the air of one of Ukraine's TV channels, according to the presidential administration.

Petro Poroshenko added that Ukraine would never return to the Soviet Union or the Russian Empire. "And Ukraine's independence will be guaranteed by our membership in the EU, our membership in NATO. The guarantor of the country's sovereignty and independence will be the Ukrainian Army, which we have created," he said.

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On AOC and the Republicans


Three prior surveys — one in January from Morning Consult, one in February from Fox, and a third in mid-March from Gallup — all found that more Americans had negative views of AOC than had positive ones. This might surprise a lot of Democrats, who see all of her viral clips and impressive performances in congressional hearings and assume she’s a popular rising star.

A large number of Democrats — 44 percent — haven’t heard enough about her to have an opinion. A much smaller percentage of Republicans — 23 percent — can say the same. AOC is simply better known among Republicans than Democrats, and this is driving her unfavorables up.
Does knowledge determine towards dislike with her, or do those same Republicans only believe they know enough of her to have such an unfavourable opinion of her? I mean, they s... show more

On AOC and the RepublicansThree prior surveys — one in January from Morning Consult, one in February from Fox, and a third in mid-March from Gallup — all found that more Americans had negative views of AOC than had positive ones. This might surprise a lot of Democrats, who see all of her viral clips and impressive performances in congressional hearings and assume she’s a popular rising star.

A large number of Democrats — 44 percent — haven’t heard enough about her to have an opinion. A much smaller percentage of Republicans — 23 percent — can say the same. AOC is simply better known among Republicans than Democrats, and this is driving her unfavorables up.
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The life of a DDS is very comfortable, who does not care about other people but themselves and those they know only. The person who doesn't care what happens in our country as long as they are not affected.

Where you don't get worried every time a news story reports again about a poor "criminal" killed because they resisted, sometimes they are below 18 years old, because you don't know them and it didn't happened in your city. "As long as I'm not affected."

The life where you don't care that the nonsense "War on Drugs" is useless overall. For you, atleast there are those who are caught and killed, mostly poor. "It's their fault that they're poor", you say. "As long as I'm alive."

Where you don't care that there are Chinese immigrants who are entering our country illegally, and are even given special treatments, because your boss and clients are Chinese, and that your fellow Filipino workers work hard, in spreading rumors. Panelo was right that our skilled workers are lazy, because look at me, why do I have a job?

The life where you don't care that China is... show more


On the oncoming gubernatorial election in Turkey

1. Ahval:

“Erdoğan is firmly entrenched in an all-powerful presidency after winning re-election last year, but he nevertheless sees the elections for mayors and city councils as a referendum on his authoritarian style of rule.”

Opinion polls show Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) behind in Turkey’s capital Ankara, the industrial hub of Bursa and the southern city of Adana. In Istanbul the ruling party is ahead by less than a point, according to one poll last week.

Bahar, a 29-year-old housewife who wears a headscarf, attended an İmamoğlu rally last week and is planning to vote for the CHP for the first time. “This is a 180-degree turn for me,” she said. “But I’m not afraid of change. When I can’t afford to go to the market, what’s left to fear?
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I don't usually make these kind of predictions, and I really hope this turns out to be wrong. So hear me out, because I think this needs to be said, and getting this out now could be a sort of "information inoculation" in case they really do decide to go ahead and attempt something like this.


So as many of you may know, this is an election year here in Canada. In October we again go to the polls, and Trudeau is suffering his lowest popularity ever. At least domestically. The whole SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal is mostly out of the news cycle now but is still fresh in people's minds. Honestly I don't even think most Canadians fully understand what exactly it was all about, but I noticed it didn't stop them from using it as a jump off point to express their... show more

Wow interesting.

!Progressive Refuge

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) ranks third in Iowa polls

"The biggest surprise in this poll is Mayor Pete, last week we saw him inching up in our national poll, and now he’s in double digits in Iowa, America is going to be asking who is 'Mayor Pete'?" Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson Poll, said.

“If Buttigieg is able to maintain his momentum, his candidacy appears to be pulling from the same demographic of young voters as Sanders, and that could become a problem for Sanders,” Kimball said.
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South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg (D - IN) ranks third in Iowa polls

"The biggest surprise in this poll is Mayor Pete, last week we saw him inching up in our national poll, and now he’s in double digits in Iowa, America is going to be asking who is 'Mayor Pete'?" Spencer Kimball, director of the Emerson Poll, said.

“If Buttigieg is able to maintain his momentum, his candidacy appears to be pulling from the same demographic of young voters as Sanders, and that could become a problem for Sanders,” Kimball said.
#US #USA #Indiana #GeneralElection #Election #Elections2020 #Election2020 #News #Politics #Buttigieg #PeteButtigieg #MayorPete #Democrats #BlueWave #Iowa