Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tag: Election

Making Russia The Enemy

The rising hysteria about Russia is best understood as fulfilling two needs for Official Washington: the Military Industrial Complex's transitioning from the “war on terror” to a more lucrative “new cold war” – and blunting the threat that a President Trump poses to the neoconservative/liberal-interventionist foreign-policy establishment. By hyping the...

WikiLeaks figure says disgusted Democrat leaked Clinton campaign emails

A WikiLeaks figure is claiming that he received leaked Clinton campaign emails from a “disgusted” Democratic whistleblower, while the White House continued to blame Russian hackers Wednesday for meddling in the presidential election and asserted that Donald Trump was “obviously aware” of Moscow’s efforts on his behalf. Craig Murray, a...

Lagarde Says Globalization Needs to Have a More Inclusive Face

Supporters of globalization need to develop a new way to promote open markets that relies on smaller trade deals and helps people who are feeling left out, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. “I certainly hope there is not a move toward deglobalization,” Lagarde said Friday in an...

Presidential Elections: Myths and Deceits

Every aspect of this year’s US Presidential election has been fraught with myths, distortions, fabrications, wishful thinking and invented fears. We will proceed to discuss facts and fictions. Electoral Participation The mass media, parties and candidates emphasized the ‘unprecedented voter turnout’ in the elections. In fact, 48% of the eligible voters abstained. In other words,...

Donald Trump was right: The Election was Rigged. In his favour.

ETHNIC VOTES STOLEN IN CRUCIAL STATES HELP FIX US ELECTION FOR TRUMP, REVEALS GREG PALAST. Throughout the US election campaign one of The Donald’s main refrains was “this election is rigged.” Turns out this particular Trump election rallying cry wasn’t a lie... Well, not entirely. Veteran election investigator Greg Palast has uncovered...

The Nation’s Biggest Banks Have Gotten a $130 Billion Boost from Trump Win

Biggest winner: Bank of America. Donald Trump and the big banks appears to be this year’s biggest story of unrequited love. While Trump has accused Wall Street of trying to ruin the country on the election trail, investors banking on the fact that the next president will be good for nation’s...

Did Republicans Rig the Election?

Fred Leidel was born in 1916, before women got the right to vote. At 99 years old, he biked to the polls in Madison, Wisconsin, on Election Day. He designed propeller blades for airplanes during World War II and was an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin. Everyone...

Google and Facebook Take Aim at Fake News Sites

Over the last week, two of the world’s biggest internet companies have faced mounting criticism over how fake news on their sites may have influenced the presidential election’s outcome. On Monday, those companies responded by making it clear that they would not tolerate such misinformation by taking pointed aim at...

The Election was Stolen – Here’s How…

Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives. Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge...

Trade, Not Immigrants, May Have Been Key Motivator of Donald Trump’s Voters

A deeper look at election results suggests his victory may have come more from his stand against free trade. From the day he rode down an escalator at Trump Tower to launch his campaign, Donald Trump's candidacy was identified most often with one issue: fighting illegal immigration. A deeper look into...

NAACP Calls for Restoration of Voting Rights Act in Wake of 2016 Election

Baltimore, MD – For the NAACP, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the headline story of November 8 is not merely Trump's triumph or Clinton's concession but rather the millions of Americans who were unable or who unnecessarily struggled to cast their votes because of a badly...

Defense Industry Stocks Surge Following Donald Trump Victory

Donald Trump’s upset victory Tuesday has brought joy to the defense industry. Here’s a snapshot from Google Finance. General Dynamics: Raytheon: Lockheed Martin: Boeing: Trump campaigned on maintaining a strong military, but also voiced some skepticism about overseas military engagements and overpayments to defense contractors. The defense stocks surging is a sign that investors believe...

Copper Price Climbs to One-Year High

Gains based on rise in U.S. infrastructure spending after Trump triumph and optimism over China demand. Copper rose to a fresh one-year high on Wednesday, boosted by bets on a rise in infrastructure spending and continued optimism over China demand. Copper for December delivery settled up 2.9% at $2.4480 a pound...

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights Was the Most Under-Covered Story of 2016

There were 25 debates during the presidential primaries and general election and not a single question about the attack on voting rights, even though this was the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Fourteen states had new voting restrictions in...

Why Long Voting Lines Could Have Long-Term Consequences

In Charlotte, N.C., the lines for the first wave of early balloting last month forced some voters to wait more than two hours. In Las Vegas last weekend, voters were still waiting outside a polling place in a Mexican grocery store two hours after it was set to close....

7 specific ways states made it harder for Americans to vote in 2016

It’s too hard to vote in America. That’s the takeaway from what we’ve seen over the past few days of early voting, when multiple states, including swing states like Ohio and North Carolina, have reported long — sometimes hours-long! — lines at the polls. These lines were so bad that...

Emails Warrant No New Action Against Hillary Clinton, F.B.I. Director Says

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, told Congress on Sunday that he had seen no evidence in a recently discovered trove of emails to change his conclusion that Hillary Clinton should face no charges over her handling of classified information. Mr. Comey's announcement, just two days before the election, was...

There Are 868 Fewer Places to Vote in 2016 Because the Supreme Court Gutted...

Nearly half of counties that previously approved voting changes with the federal government have cut polling places this election. When Aracely Calderon, a naturalized US citizen from Guatemala, went to vote in downtown Phoenix just before the polls closed in Arizona’s March 22 presidential primary, there were more than 700...
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Michael Hudson on Hillary Clinton and the US Elections

In this clip from our extended interview, Prof. Michael Hudson, economist and author of ‘Killing the Host – How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy‘, speaks to Ross Ashcroft about the difficult choice faced by Americans in the upcoming US elections. If Hillary Clinton is more capable than...

Black Turnout Soft in Early Voting, Boding Ill for Hillary Clinton

African-Americans are failing to vote at the robust levels they did four years ago in several states that could help decide the presidential election, creating a vexing problem for Hillary Clinton as she clings to a deteriorating lead over Donald J. Trump with Election Day just a week away. As...

Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia

WASHINGTON — For much of the summer, the F.B.I. pursued a widening investigation into a Russian role in the American presidential campaign. Agents scrutinized advisers close to Donald J. Trump, looked for financial connections with Russian financial figures, searched for those involved in hacking the computers of Democrats, and...

FBI director James Comey may be under investigation for Hatch Act violation

Office of Special Counsel received complaint against Comey and says ‘in general’ it opens cases into allegations of interfering with elections. By publicly discussing a renewed investigative focus on Hillary Clinton, the FBI director, James Comey, has placed himself in the crosshairs of a federal inquiry into whether he has...

Russia and France’s Right

How Moscow Is Playing in the French Presidential Elections. The United States is not the only Western country in which Russia is featuring prominently in electoral politics. For the first time since the end of the Cold War, Russia is also a hot topic in the French presidential campaign. In...

Donald Trump believes the United States can get $1 trillion in new roads –...

Inside two weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump has finally released a plan to pump $1 trillion of new infrastructure spending into the U.S. economy. He says it won't cost taxpayers a dime. Trump's economic advisers have embraced a modified version of a theory some liberal economists have been pushing for...

A City Clerk Opposed an Early-Voting Site at UW–Green Bay Because Students Lean More...

Carly Stumpner, a junior biology major at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, had an hour between classes to vote during Wisconsin’s April 5 presidential primary. But when she arrived at her polling place on campus, the line stretched for two hours across the student union. She returned to the...

The Cyber-War on Wikileaks

When the ruling class is in panic, their first reaction is to hide the panic. They react out of cynicism: when their masks are revealed, instead of running around naked, they usually point the finger at the mask they wear. These days the whole world could witness a postmodern version of...

GOP States Keep Ignoring Court Orders to Restore Voting Rights

On July 29, US District Judge James Peterson called Wisconsin’s process for issuing voter IDs “unconstitutional,” “a wretched failure,” and “pretty much a disaster.” The state’s strict voter-ID law “has disenfranchised a number of citizens who are unquestionably qualified to vote, and these disenfranchised citizens are overwhelmingly African American...

Voter ID in Wisconsin, a Slow-Motion Train Wreck

MADISON -- A federal judge held a hearing Wednesday to determine if procedures put in place by Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement the state's new voter ID law were sufficient to protect the right to vote. The advocacy organization One Wisconsin Now was asking the judge to...

Ohio does not want to add most illegally purged voters back to the rolls

The Republican Secretary of State’s proposal would leave thousands disenfranchised. COLUMBUS, OHIO — Ohio native Larry Harmon has been voting since 1976. He has only skipped a couple of elections in his life, when he didn’t feel informed enough or compelled by the candidates on the ballot. Last November, he showed up...

New Email Leak Reveals Clinton Campaign’s Cozy Press Relationship

Internal strategy documents and emails among Clinton staffers shed light on friendly and highly useful relationships between the campaign and various members of the U.S. media, as well as the campaign’s strategies for manipulating those relationships. The emails were provided to The Intercept by the source identifying himself as Guccifer 2.0, who...

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