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  • State election officials across country returning to paper ballots

    02/19/2018 10:12:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | February 19, 2018 | By Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON — Hoping to counter waves of Russian Twitter bots, fake social media accounts, and hacking attacks aimed at undermining American democracy, state election officials around the country are seizing on an old-school strategy: paper ballots. In Virginia, election officials have gone back to a paper ballot system, as a way to prevent any foreign interference. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe this month ordered county officials to ensure new election equipment produces a paper record. Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to replace a touch-screen voting system with paper. Top election officials around the country are growing increasingly alarmed about this fall’s...
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court issues new election map

    02/19/2018 12:48:33 PM PST · by napscoordinator · 130 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 February 2018 | AP
    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in federal court. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be in effect for the May 15 primary and substantially overhauls a congressional map widely viewed as among the nation's most gerrymandered. The map was approved in a 4-3 decision. Most significantly, the new map likely gives Democrats a better shot at winning seats in Philadelphia's heavily populated and...
  • The Russians Didn't File A FISA Warrant

    02/19/2018 4:55:28 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies ^ | 2/18/18 | Sundance
    Interesting interview. The Russians didn’t keep Hillary out of Wisconsin; the Russians didn’t make Hillary use personal email; the Russians didn’t hire Fusion-GPS; the Russians didn’t pay Christopher Steele; the Russians didn’t make a dossier or deliver work product to the State Dept; the Russians didn’t do the unmasking of campaign officials. The Russians didn’t apply for a FISA warrant; the Russians didn’t lie to a FISA court; the Russians didn’t leak Mike Flynn monitored phone calls; the Russians didn’t use DOJ and/or FBI databases to download FISA 702(16)(17) queries and extract the data to private contractors; the Russians didn’t...
  • Dem Senator Warns Mueller Against Issuing Russia Report Near Midterms

    02/18/2018 8:15:13 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 103 replies ^ | February 19th, 2018
    Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) on Sunday warned special counsel Robert Mueller against issuing a report on his findings in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election near the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. "I don't think we'll know anywhere near the full story until [Mueller] issues his report," Casey said. "But once you get into the summer, and you get close to the election, I think it's a mistake for him to release it late. I think you should wait until after [the election]" Casey said.
  • Mexican Nationals Meddled and Colluded in the 2016 Election

    02/18/2018 9:11:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    American ^ | February 18, 2018 | Jack Cashill
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller laid out the law clearly in his indictment of numerous Russian nationals and groups for their attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. As the indictment notes, the U.S. Department of Justice administers the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA). FARA establishes a reporting protocol for foreign nationals, including non-government individuals "attempting to influence U.S. public opinion, policy, and law." To its credit, the FBI seems to have done a good job tracking Russian individuals and entities that violated FARA even if there was no evidence of collusion with the Trump campaign or Russian hacking of the...
  • Trump breaks with McMaster: Election results 'were not impacted or changed by the Russians'

    02/18/2018 10:21:01 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 63 replies
    thehill ^ | 02/17/18 | BROOKE SEIPEL AND BRANDON CARTER
    President Trump broke with his national security adviser H.R. McMaster on Saturday after McMaster said that indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation show “incontrovertible” evidence of Russia's election meddling. "General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!" Trump tweeted. Trump's comments come after McMaster, speaking at the Munich Security Conference, said “with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now incontrovertible”...
  • The Russians Did Not Swipe the Election but Hillary Killed the FBI

    02/18/2018 7:46:27 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/18/18 | Judi McLeod
    The Russians didn’t steal the election from Obama hand-picked protégé Hillary Clinton. But Crooked Hillary, almost single-handedly killed off the integrity and credibility of the FBI The bottom line on the FBI’s dramatic Friday dump indictment of a St. Petersburg-based “troll farm” and 13 Russian nationals: on the same day the indictments were revealed ‘someone’ in the FBI began leaking the news that special counsel Robert Mueller is still investigating “possible collusion” in the Trump camp. “Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his prosecutors haven’t concluded their investigation into whether President Donald Trump or any of his associates helped Russia interfere...
  • FBI Whiffs on School Shooting [semi-satire]

    02/17/2018 1:15:37 PM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Feb 2018 | John Semmens
    This week, Nikolas Cruz killed 17 and wounded another 13 in an assault on the students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. By law, the school is a designated “gun free zone.” This ensured that Cruz would be able to fire at will until off-site police arrived, which they did within five minutes of being called. By that time the 19-year-old Cruz had ditched his weapon and blended in with the fleeing students. Cruz’s heinous plan was months in the making. Back on September 5, 2017 Cruz posted a YouTube boast “I’m going to be a...
  • How many Mexican nationals within and without our borders should be indicted for meddling?

    02/17/2018 11:27:04 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    How many Mexican nationals from both within and without our borders should be indicted for meddling and conspiracy to defraud the American people? And shouldn't Hillary and the DNC and the entire Democrat congressional caucus be investigated for colluding with foreign nationals (including Mexico's current and past presidents) to interfere in our elections? How many Mexican nationals have fake-named facebook and twitter troll accounts that are used to affect our elections? How many Spanish only radio and TV stations are there that urge Mexican nationals to interfere in our elections with money, rallies, protests, etc, mostly for socialist democrats and...
  • Christopher Steele: The Real Foreign Influence in the 2016 Election?

    02/16/2018 12:42:34 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 2/15/2018 | Peter Van Buren
    ...Steele reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him $50,000 to continue his “research,” though the deal is believed to have fallen through after the dossier became public (an intelligence community source tells The American Conservative Steele did in fact operate as a fully paid FBI asset.) Along the way, the FBI also informed Steele of their separate investigation into Trump staffer George Papadopoulos, a violation of security and a possible tainting of Steele’s research going forward. The Nunes memo also showed then-associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr back-channeled additional...
  • Special counsel indicts 13 Russian nationals in Russia investigation

    02/16/2018 10:02:48 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 306 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 16, 2018
    The Justice Department on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian groups of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere with "with U.S. elections and political processes", according to agency. According to the agency, "the indictment charges all of the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the United States, three defendants with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and five defendants with aggravated identity theft." The indictment says that some defendants "communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign" without revealing their association with Russia. The indictment also says the defendants posted negative information about a...
  • New poll shows Saccone holds slight edge over Lamb in congressional race

    02/15/2018 7:20:05 PM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 12 replies ^ | 2/15/2018 | Wes Venteicher
    A new independent poll shows Republican Rick Saccone leading Democrat Conor Lamb by just a few percentage points a month ahead of a congressional special election in a Republican-leaning district in Southwestern Pennsylvania. If voter turnout resembles other special elections this year, Saccone would get 49 percent of the vote to Lamb's 46 percent, with the remainder undecided or voting for a third party, according to the poll from Monmouth University Polling Institute. Turnout models based on 2014 midterm elections and presidential elections give Saccone an advantage of 4 percent to 5 percent, according to a news release with the...
  • Following the Clintons' Final Con

    02/15/2018 5:25:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | February 15, 2018 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- For years, I have been saying that the Clintons lie when they do not have to, and that they tell a gigantic whopper when a little white lie would be perfectly adequate. This time-honored observation explains many of their past run-ins with the law. Now, in the lurid aftermath of Hillary Clinton's surprising defeat by Donald Trump, we see a variation of my observation playing itself out. Eventually, it will probably land some of Clinton's associates in jail; it will possibly snag even her. In 2016, despite being well ahead in the polls, the Clintons committed various misdemeanors...
  • Democrats plan on Taking U.S. from HildaBeast to GilliBeast in 2020 Election

    02/14/2018 12:06:31 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/14/18 | Judi McLeod
    She’s the senator who’ll take the political world from HildaBeast to GilliBeast proving that in the entitled-to-govern Democrat world, the more life changes the more it stays the same. Whenever Senator Kirsten Gillibrand looks at herself in the mirror, as she is often wont to do, she sees her “greatest role model in politics” Hillary Clinton, only a younger, hotter button version. Like Hillary, Gillibrand sees her gender first, second and last. That’s because in today’s political climate, being gender conscious is all but guaranteed to take you to the top. For those who drove Hillary Clinton down to a...
  • Dems Talk… Wait for It… Hillary 2020!

    02/13/2018 5:56:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Rush ^ | February 13, 2018 | Rush Limbaug
    RUSH: I had this story, I’ve had it I think since late last week and I haven’t gotten to it. And I keep seeing it in different spots in the media out there. And the most recent, the Washington Post has a story suggesting that the Democrats are getting ready to revive Hillary as the nominee in 2020. No, no. It’s not a joke. In fact, I may have mentioned one of the stories last week about this and was cackling about it. But the Washington Post, Robert Costa, who used to be at National Review, has a piece here...
  • DHS pushes back on NBC, 'no evidence' Russians 'manipulated' elections

    02/12/2018 6:00:30 PM PST · by blueyon · 27 replies ^ | 2/12/18 | Paul Bedard
    The Department of Homeland Security made the rare move Monday to officially discredit an NBC News report that claimed a top Trump official found that “Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.” In a statement, DHS said the “breaking news” report was not only wrong and hyped but is also being ripped by other media. In the report, NBC interviewed Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, who said, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually...
  • Cash pours in for two MN special elections (GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY-2/12/2018)

    02/12/2018 5:22:39 AM PST · by TexasGurl24 · 18 replies
    Red Star Tribune ^ | 2/12/2018 | Red Star Tribune
    Two former state representatives are competing for an open Minnesota Senate seat in the suburban southeast metro district. Residents there said it’s the most attention and spending they have ever seen in a local legislative race. It is one of two contentious and high-stakes special elections on Monday, both to replace lawmakers who resigned after sexual harassment scandals, and which stand to test whether the Minnesota DFL can capture the same political momentum that Democrats have been riding to win recent special elections in other states.
  • Potential contenders in 2018 - Mexico’s new political reality

    02/10/2018 2:25:14 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies ^ | Jan2018 | Canninghouse
    Since President Enrique Peña Nieto won in 2012, the Mexican presidential elections of 2018 has had one clear contender: Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Not one to give up easily, Mr. Lopez Obrador has twice run for president as candidate of the left-wing party the PRD (in 2006 and 2012) and has already expressed he will do so again, as the Morena candidate. Since its undeniable success in the mid-term elections, Morena, will now have a substantial amount of funding and a visible platform from which to prepare Mr. Lopez Obrador´s candidacy. Regarding Mexico´s three main political parties, there is less...
  • Tom Del Beccaro: All Corrupt DOJ And FBI Roads Lead To Obama

    02/10/2018 11:58:02 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    Breitvbart ^ | 2-10-2018 | Robert Kraychik
    Holistic analysis of the Justice Department (DOJ) and FBI’s interconnected and ostensible investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump amount to “the worst abuse of political power in American history related to elections,” according to Tom Del Beccaro. Del Beccaro, an attorney and contributor to Forbes, joined Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with co-hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak to discuss his recently published – and continually updated – timeline of events, entitled “Biased FBI and DOJ Officials Broke the Law and Tried to Decide the Election.”“The DOJ [and] the entire Obama administration wound down the Hillary email...
  • Is Robert Mueller Doing What President Putin Wants Done?

    02/07/2018 9:46:52 AM PST · by kathsua · 11 replies
    Janitor's view ^ | February 7, 2018 | Reasonmclucus
    I've never given any serious consideration to the ridiculous claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin coordinated actions with Donald Trump's organization to help Trump win the election. The scenario that proponents of this fantasy describe sounds too much like a possible plot for a Leslie Nielsen or Don Adams comedy spy movie. Putin was with the KGB. There is no way he would have conducted such an amateurish operation if he had wanted to help Donald Trump win. He would not have had anyone who could have been identified as being associated with the Russian government contact the Trump campaign...