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Shelenn Ayres - 2019-03-26 12:25:57 GMT
Wow interesting.

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Trump to hold rally in Grand Rapids, MI


Drumpf has previously thanked Michigan for supporting him the in 2016 election. Michigan proved to be one of the key states in securing his victory of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Jean-Jacques, get the guillotine ready, we've got a betrayer to decapitate!
#Trump #DonaldTrump #US #USA #Politics #News #Michigan #GrandRapids #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #Election #Rally
 

Donald Trump fools his own supporters


At first, he acted like it, spending $50 million of his own money from April 2015 to June 2016. But the following month, when he was officially named the Republican nominee for president, his financing model changed. From July to November of 2016, outsiders contributed $234 million while Drumpf put up just $16 million.

The campaign put more than $800,000 into Drumpf Tower Commercial LLC, the holding company through which Drumpf owns his interest in the original Drumpf Tower on Fifth Avenue. Drumpf Tower Commercial LLC took in an additional $225,000 in rent from the Republican National Committee, which coordinated those payments with the campaign. That means that, since the inauguration, Drumpf’s reelection effort has had a hand in funneling more than $1 million into the president’s most famous property.

Real estate experts offered varying opinions on whether $3,000 a month represented an appropriate price. “That’s robbery,” said one person familiar with the New York mar... Show more...
 

Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) raises 6.1 mn dollars overnight


“Six million bucks overnight is impressive and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t understand the game,” said Kirk Wagar, a former top Barack Obama donor who is backing Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). “It’s not the same as when Jeb Bush did it, where he had everyone lined up when they all donated. This guy, as far as I know, didn’t make a bunch of calls. Didn’t have a bunch of people that were pounding people."

“He had to raise more than everyone to continue his momentum. He did. Otherwise, they would have said people gave against Ted Cruz, not for Beto,” said Michael O’Neil, a former Midwest finance director for the Obama campaign. “It is clear, donors were excited to invest in Beto.”

O’Rourke’s campaign is still without a manager and was scrambling to staff up in early primary states. O’Rourke is expected to remain on the road campaigning before returning to his home in El... Show more...
 

Does Beto O'Rourke (D - TX) back Medicare For All?


This week, O'Rourke again moved away from full single-payer health care, saying he supports giving people the option to buy into Medicare. That's far from the approach being pushed by 2020 rival and progressive icon Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who would mandate Medicare for everyone and abolish employer-sponsored coverage.

But more establishment Democrats think it is a smarter strategy politically to allow people to keep their employer-sponsored coverage if they like it rather than mandating an end to it.

To leave people a choice between employer-sponsored coverage and a Medicare For All might help fishing for votes on both sides of the river. I guess this is the right plan, all in all. Why upset the Republicans uselessly? For what?

“He is saying he has natural gifts as a political communicator, and believes he should put them to use for the purpose of beating Donald Drumpf and otherwise making the world a better place,” Chait wrote about O'Rourke. “This is a g... Show more...
 

Kirsten Gillibrand (D - NYS) now officially runs for president


Gillibrand, 52, made the announcement on Twitter with a two-and-a-half- minute campaign video titled "The Brave." She discusses "The Star-Spangled Banner" and urges Americans in "the home of the brave" to support her and her policies.

Gillibrand will conduct an MSNBC town hall Monday in Michigan. Then she is off to Iowa for two days before heading to Nevada. She plans on making her first major speech as a candidate next Sunday in New York – "straight to President Drumpf's doorstep" in front of Drumpf International.

Gillibrand's biggest publicity splash as a would-be candidate was the controversy that flared up last week over how she handled a sexual harassment complaint in her office last year.
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Father prints appeal to vote for Modi in upcoming elections on son's wedding invitation


District Election Officer (DEO) Ranjana, who goes by one name said, “The notice has been served to the person concerned through ARO and he has been asked to be present in person within 24 hours.”

What the heck, people? Why?

Joshi however apologised. “My kids gave the text material for the invitation. I would apologise before the election commission. We are simple people and do not have any inclination towards any political party,” he said.

And that's why you call for people to vote for Modi in the elections?
#Modi #NarendraModi #India #LokSabha #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #News #Politics #WeddingDay
 

On Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend and Democratic president candidate


[...] he believes that millennials are suffering from their elders’ short-term thinking on climate change, economics, and other issues. Whoopi Goldberg wondered whether such a case could be made without alienating older Americans, and Buttigieg watched her intently, absorbing the criticism.

_His close friend Nathaniel Myers recalled that Buttigieg had become entranced by the Norwegian novel “Naïve. Super,” by Erlend Loe, taught himself the language to translate another work by the author, and then started periodically attending a Norwegian church in Chicago to keep up. He plays piano, and has sat in with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Ben Folds. _

The fact that he learnt Norwegian to read more books by this author I heard from @Kenny Chaffin; he brought me to read this article, so to say.

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On O'Rourke's adolescent shennanigans, and his campaign


O’Rourke’s remarks followed a report in Reuters that O’Rourke, as a young member of the computer hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow, wrote an online article about how society could work without money and, in a more disturbing missive, about killing children.

For what it's worth, the latter one is quite edgy.

The report, an excerpt from a forthcoming book about Cult of the Dead Cow, came as O’Rourke pushed through the second day of his presidential campaign in Iowa. He declined to reveal how much money his campaign raised in its first 24 hours, a standard marker of early support in the presidential race.

O'Rourke touched off a frenzied push to raise money online when he announced his candidacy on Thursday. It is unclear when he will release his initial fundraising figures, if at all, or whether he will wait for federal filing deadlines. The candidate was racing between events in eastern Iowa on Friday and was expected to remain in the state the next da... Show more...
 

Slovakia is likely to soon have a female head of state


The leading contenders are Zuzana Caputova, an environmental activist who is in favor of gay rights and opposes a ban on abortion in this conservative Roman Catholic country, and Maros Sefcovic, an establishment figure who is the European Commission Vice-President.

Andrej Kiska, a successful businessman-turned-philanthropist, is not standing for a second five-year term in the largely ceremonial post.

The president has the power to pick the prime minister, appoint Constitutional Court judges and veto laws. Parliament can override the veto with a simple majority, however. The government, led by the prime minister, possesses most executive powers.
#Slovakia #Europe #Europa #News #Politics #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #HeadOfState
 

Greece to vote on reivision of certain constituional articles


The point of controversy between SYRIZA and the main opposition New Democracy Party was the interpretation of Article 110, and the responsibilities of the Parliament which will be formed after the upcoming general elections.

Mitsotakis accused SYRIZA, saying that ”the revision is left in limbo and it is confirmed that SYRIZA treated even the country’s Constitution as a political tool for creating a cheap diversion.”

With 224 MPs voting in favor of its revision on Thursday, the next Government will be able to revise it with a simple majority of 151 votes.

This seriously doesn't sound too good.
#Greece #SYRIZA #Legislation #Constitution #Parliament #Election #Election2019 #Elections2019 #GeneralElection #Politics #News #NewDemocraticParty #Tsipras #AlexisTsipras
Greek Parliament Votes to Amend The Country’s Constitution
 

On Beto O'Rourke's (D - TX) run for president


He has political celebrity after his stronger-than-expected challenge to Sen. Ted Cruz in the midterms. He has a devoted base of fans and network of small donors that would make him instantly competitive. He is already better known and better liked than a number of national Democrats who have been running for weeks. And in preparation for his launch, he reportedly beefed up his already valuable email list, lined up potential campaign hires, and has planned a multiday swing through Iowa this weekend.

It’s possible that he’d be able to ride to the nomination on the force of his personality alone—it’s gotten him this far—but that would be a particular shame considering he’ll face one of the deepest and most diverse primary fields. If Democrats are in the market for soaring rhetoric about bridging the partisan divide, they can get that from Joe Biden, Cory Booker, or Amy Klobuchar—all of whom can offer their own specific cases for what that bipartisanship can produce, u... Show more...
 

Algerian president Bouteflika not going to run for re-election


The arrival of 82-year-old Bouteflika comes amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraws his candidacy for a fifth term as president.

Thousands more workers have begun five days of a general strike closing shop, schools and disrupting transport.

The discontent with Bouteflika has spread outside the country among Algerian's living abroad. In Paris police said up to 10,000 people gathered in the Place de la Republique in the east of the French capital calling on the ailing Algerian president to stand down.
#Algeria #NorthAfrica #northernAfrica #Africa #Bouteflika #News #Politics #Corruption #Crooked #March8 #Election #GeneralElection #Election #Election2019 #Elections2019
 

Ortega releases political prisoners, is upset about earlier votes


At least 325 people died as the unrest dragged on, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Some 770 people were arrested and are considered by the opposition to be political prisoners.

A Foreign Ministry statement also said the government was willing to work to strengthen electoral institutions, deliver justice and grant reparations, and negotiate the suspension of international sanctions. But it stopped short of calling new elections, a critical demand of the Civic Alliance opposition movement.

Ortega's government has recently found itself facing an economic crisis and a $315 million (€280 million) deficit. Last November, the president and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, as well as other top Nicaraguan officials, were slapped with US sanctions for rights abuses.
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The most important elections in the world took place today


The North elects its legislators every five years in events similar to general elections for lawmakers here. But each constituency has a sole candidate and voters can only vote for or against.

And those who dared to vote against were immediately deported into a working camp, apparently.

On Saturday, North Korea’s state-run newspaper the Rodong Sinmun reported that Kim had stressed the importance of economic development, breaking his silence for the first time since his summit with US President Donald Drumpf in Hanoi in February, in which the two leaders failed to strike an accord on denuclearization or the lifting of economic sanctions.

In the 2014 election, 687 legislators were elected, replacing about 55 percent of the Supreme People’s Assembly, according to data from the Unification Ministry here. The KCNA reported that the turnout in 2014 was 99.97 percent, and 100 percent of the votes were in favor of listed candidates.
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Indian General Election to be held on 1st April, results to be released on May 23


The General Elections 2019 may be conducted in seven-eight phases in April-May, suggest reports. Apart from announcing dates for the Lok Sabha election dates, the ECI is also likely to announce the dates for Assembly polls in four states, including Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

"In light of the failure to conduct assembly elections on time in J&K I'm retweeting my tweets from a few days ago. PM Modi has surrendered to Pakistan, to the militants & to the hurriyat. Well done Modi Sahib. 56 inch chest failed," he tweeted.
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Is this handsome prick Beto O'Rourke finally running for president?


It's been 10 days since O'Rourke said publicly that he's made a decision about his political future, but he told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to reveal "it the right way and tell everyone at the same time."

"Everything has skyrocketed. People are sensing that something is coming," said Nate Lerner, the co-founder of Draft Beto, which is trying to push O'Rourke into the 2020 race. "We're in the eye of the storm now."

The storm of uncertainty whether he's going to run or not?

Meanwhile, O'Rourke has begun popping up in public — everything from a Metallica concert to a rally to protest President Donald Drumpf's recent visit to O’Rourke’s hometown of El Paso.
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Elizabeth Warren (D - MA) attacks the big tech companies


Warren, who released her proposal before a rally in New York’s neighborhood where Amazon abruptly canceled its so-called HQ2, called for appointing new regulators and passing legislation to “unwind tech mergers that illegally undermine competition” and prohibit companies from selling their own goods in marketplaces they operate, a clear reference to Amazon’s dominant business.

Internally, however, tech giants have long been gearing up for increasing hostilities in D.C. Facebook has been hiring an army of lobbyists and policy experts in the capital, Amazon is pouring millions into lobbying, and Google set records last year for lobbying spending that reached over $21 million.

“When they spy on their consumers, when they take data without disclosing it, when they use it for things consumers have not approved. Every day brings a creepy new revelation. Of course, the public will want action to defend their rights, it’s only natural. Unless their beha... Show more...
 

On the protests against long-running president Bouteflika


A rally on Friday in the capital, Algiers, was slowed to a near-crawl by the huge numbers taking part, with participation swelled by women marking International Women's Day. Train and metro services were suspended without explanation.

"People are now finally expressing themselves against the government, which has been reducing their rights for decades," Bala told Al Jazeera.

Nekkaz was denied the right to stand in the upcoming elections because he has previously held French nationality, even though he has renounced it and gathered the 60,000 voter signatures needed to run in the ballot.
#Algeria #News #Politics #Corruption #Crooked #Bouteflika #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Nekkaz
 

Finland's right-winged government resigns five weeks before general elections


"Prime Minister Sipila will request his resignation because the healthcare reform cannot be accomplished during this government term," Antti Kaikkonen, the head of Sipila's Centre Party's parliamentary group wrote on Twitter.

He either is very fond of his country's laws and his responsibility, to leave even though in five weeks, he might have lost his position anyway. Or this plan was strategically placed, for a reason nobody but he knows.
#Finland #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #News #Politics #RakeTheForest

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Thousands of people protest for Bouteflika's resignation


In a letter published by Algeria's official APS news agency on Thursday, the 82-year-old leader urged "vigilance" against "domestic and foreign" forces that might infiltrate the demonstrations.

The latest trend in toppling autocracies: Allege foreign forces to intervene in their internal affairs to fuel up demonstrations against them. No sense of reflection to examine their work, looking for any reason to detect any flaws. That's how the whole thing started.

The privately owned Arabic-language news website, El Khabar, quoted the public transport body for Algiers as saying that all bus, tram, train and metro services had been suspended ahead of the rally.

Banners at Friday's protest carried slogans saying: "Algeria is a republic, not a kingdom", and "No elections till the gangs are brought down", Reuters reports.
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DNC not goint to permit Fox News to air general debate


“Recent reporting in The New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Drumpf, his administration and FOX News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates. Therefore, FOX News will not serve as a media partner for the 2020 Democratic primary debates,” Perez said.

“We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate," said Bill Sammon, senior vice president and managing editor of the Fox News Washington bureau. "They’re the best debate team in the business and they offer candidates an important opportunity to make their case to the largest TV news audience in America, which includes many persuadable voters.”
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On the Israeli Blue & White Party

1. i24News:

According to Israel’s Channel 13 television news, the platform will also include a willingness to enter negotiations with the Palestinians while maintaining strong support for a united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, continued Israeli control over the Jordan Valley as well as the retention of Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank.

_While Lapid’s Yesh Atid party has a full booklet laying out its stances on the foremost issues facing Israel as country, Gantz’ Israel Resilience party has appeared to keep almost all of its public statements regarding major policy issues purposefully vague.__

“The question is simple: Bibi or Tibi. That’s what the election is about,” the Likud party statement said, claiming Israelis must choose between Netanyahu (referred to by his widely-used
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Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg not going to run for president


(Unlike the former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Michael Bloomberg felled the right decision not to ruin his entire reputation by running as a self-financed candidate who embraces his so-called independence from anybody. No duties for Howie, huh?)
“I know what it takes to run a winning campaign, and every day when I read the news, I grow more frustrated by the incompetence in the Oval Office. I know we can do better as a country. And I believe I would defeat Donald Drumpf in a general election,” Bloomberg wrote. “But I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field.”

“Many people have urged me to run. Some have told me that to win the Democratic nomination, I would need to change my views to match the polls,” Bloomberg wrote. “But I’ve been hearing that my whole political career.”
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Hillary Clinton not going to run for president


“I’m not running, but I’m going to keep on working and speaking and standing up for what I believe,” Clinton said Monday in an interview with News 12, a local TV channel in New York.

“I’ve told every one of them, don’t take anything for granted, even though we have a long list of real problems and broken promises from this administration that need to be highlighted,” Clinton said.
#US #USA #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #News #Politics #HillaryClinton #HillaryRodhamClinton #Clinton #Democrats #BlueWave
 

Opposition beats centre party in Estonian election


The State Electoral Committee confirmed on Sunday evening that the Reform Party has won the e-vote with 40%. Coming in second is the Conservative People's Party (EKRE) with 13.5%, meaning that Reform won this first round with an overwhelming 26.5% margin.

Reform's e-vote result rose by 2.5% from 37.5% in 2015 to now 40%. The Centre Party also improved its results, from 7.7% in 2015 to 11.7% in the current election.

The Social Democrats meanwhile went from 16.9% in 2015's e-vote to 11.4% this year, losing roughly a third.
#Estonia #Estland #BalticSea #News #Politics #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #ReformParty #Centrism #CentreParty #LeftWing #Leftwinged
 

Four in ten people would vote for Donald Trump


According to a new poll released by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, 48 percent of voters say they would rather vote for the Democratic nominee over the current sitting president — while a smaller 41 percent say they’d “definitely” or “likely” reelect Drumpf.

The president is also struggling with major issues, according to the poll, which surveyed 900 respondents between Feb. 24 and Feb. 27. Some 58 percent doubt his honesty toward the Russia investigation, while another 60 percent disapprove of his decision to declare a national emergency in order to justify building his border wall.

the numbers are comparably low, regarding the fact that this man is a liar, cheater, conrrupt, crook, and so on.

“I should have saved the Pocahontas thing for another year because that destroyed her political career and now I won’t get a chance to run against her,” Drumpf said. “I don’t want to knock out all of the good stu... Show more...
 

Sanders (I -VT) wants to attract black voters


In his speech, Sanders recalled his efforts to desegregate housing as a student at the University of Chicago in the 1960s and read a list of names of young black men killed in police shootings, including Laquan McDonald, whose death at the hands of a Chicago police officer in 2014 sparked outrage and protests across the city.

“We have got to look at candidates not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or gender and not by their age,” he told Vermont Public Radio. “I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society that looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for.”

He acknowledged Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis, who was brutalized and almost died during the protest, and praised the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the African-American civil rights activist whom Sanders supported for president in 1988.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D - MN) on stories related to the Gridiron Club dinner


"I have an interesting base strategy," she said. "George Will wrote a nice column and the Wall Street Journal. And Politico actually did a big story with Republicans saying nice things about me. (Sens.) Roy Blunt, Pat Roberts, and John Cornyn say I'm reasonable, likable, and nice. And then the New York Times gave the rebuttal."

In his place, Drumpf sent his daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Drumpf. She openly pondered how her father, fresh off a more than two-hour long speech at CPAC earlier in the day, could pass up an opportunity to make fun of journalists.

On her campaign announcement during a snowstorm: "As you all know, I am now officially running for President of the United States. You probably saw my announcement in my permanent snow globe. And yes, I'm the first candidate whose motorcade was led by a Zamboni.

She also ran a campaign in Saskatchewan.
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On president candidate Bernie Sanders (I - Vt)


“I grew up a few miles away from here in Brooklyn, in a three-and-a-half room rent controlled apartment. My father was a paint salesman who worked hard his entire life, but never made much money,” Sanders is expected to say Saturday, according to his prepared remarks. “Coming from a lower-middle-class family I will never forget how money — or really lack of money — was always a point of stress in our home. My mother’s dream was that someday we would move out of that rent-controlled apartment to a home of our own.”

But the strategy comes with risks: It could draw more attention to parts of Sanders’ life that could prove damaging, such as when he said more than 30 years ago that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro “totally transformed the society.” And there's a chance it will be viewed by some of his fans as phony.
#Sanders #BernieSanders #PersonalBackground #GeneralElection #Election2020 #Elections2020 #News #Politics #US #USA #Democrats #BlueWave
 

Israel's PM going to be charged for corruption


Before any indictment is filed, Netanyahu is entitled to a hearing to present his side of the story and try to change Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit’s mind, a process that could take months. The prime minister, who cut short a trip to Moscow in anticipation of Mandelblit’s decision, plans to make a televised statement at 8 p.m. local time.

Netanyahu has said he won’t step down unless convicted, and legally he can stay in office until the appeals process is exhausted. But if the nation’s top prosecutor believes the case is strong enough to file charges, that may erode the prime minister’s political support to the point where he’s either voted out in April 9 elections or concludes he has no choice but to resign.

Supporters admire his articulate and tenacious defense of Israel’s security, and diplomatic achievements that eluded predecessors, including the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem last year.
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Mack The Knife reelected by 58 % of the people in Senegal


(His name is Mackie Sall, just saying.)
The majority win hands Sall a second term without a run-off vote.Opposition candidate Idrissa Seck came second with 21 percent of votes, while Ousmane Sonko placed third with 16 percent.

Seck and Sonko have not yet commented on the National Vote Counting Commission’s results, which are preliminary until validated by the constitutional council. The candidates have 72 hours to register an appeal.
#Senegal #WestAfrica #Africa #Election #News #Politics #MackieSall #GeneralElection #Elections2019 #Election2019
 

Necessity of new elections agreed between Libya's PM and Eastern commander Haftar

The full text:

Libya's internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the eastern commander Khalifa Haftar agreed at a meeting in United Arab Emirates on the need to hold elections, the U.N. Libya mission said on Thursday.
It gave no further details in a brief statement.

#NorthernAfrica #Africa #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #News #Politics #Haftar #Libya #Separation #Disparity #Religion #Islam #Terrorism #NoTerrorism
 

Donald Trump Jr. could run for president in 2024


Mr Drumpf made no additional comment indicating his opinion, but it follows increasing speculation that he is planning to follow in his father's footsteps by entering US politics.

Mr Drumpf has also been a strong supporter of his father’s policies on social media, while repeatedly attacking Democrats, journalists and the Mueller investigation into possible Russian interference in the presidential election.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #DonaldTrumpJr #GeneralElection #Election2024 #Elections2024 #Republicans #GOP #RedWave #PresidentTrump #MAGA #Corruption #Crooked #Nepotism #News #Politics

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Another probable candidate for presidency dwells in Iowa


Senate Democratic leaders have approached Hickenlooper about running against Colorado Republican incumbent Cory Gardner, the former governor told reporters.

Hickenlooper has his eyes set on a possible presidential bid. The former Denver mayor is considering joining the crowded field of 2020 presidential candidates and traveled to Iowa for the weekend to meet voters here.

Another underdog in my opinion, next to Mr. Buttigieg. À propos: I didn't hear of him a long time ago, shortly after he announced to run for the Democrats. What happened to him?

“I think I’m the one person out there that could show again and again and again the ability to bring people together,” he told a group of 20 or so voters Saturday morning at a Sioux City coffee shop.
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On the Nigerian election


The elections on Saturday marked the end of a bitter campaign between two frontrunners: incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, and opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, 72, and former vice president of the People's Democratic Party.

The armed group Boko Haram had vowed to disrupt the elections, which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last Saturday delayed for one week, just hours before they were due to open the polls.

Pre-election violence overshadowed campaigning and fears of more violence persisted on election day. Civil society groups say 260 people were killed during elections campaigns between October and February.
#Nigeria #Africa #NorthernAfrica #Election #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #News #Politics #Buhari
 

Two articles on the anti-Democratic disinformation assaults

1. Politico

The cyber propaganda — which frequently picks at the rawest, most sensitive issues in public discourse — is being pushed across a variety of platforms and with a more insidious approach than in the 2016 presidential election, when online attacks designed to polarize and mislead voters first surfaced on a massive scale.

_Not all of the activity is organized. Much of it appears to be organic, a reflection of the politically polarizing nature of some of the candidates. But there are clear signs of a coordinated effort of undetermined size that shares similar characteristics with the computational propaganda attacks launched by online trolls at Russia’s Internet Research Agency in the 2016 presidential campaign, which special counsel Robert Mueller accused of aiming to undermine the political process and elevate Donald Drumpf.__

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Bernie Sanders announced run for president - what about Hillary?


All in all, a campaign roll-out for Hillary would face far more backlash than that of Bernie Sanders, whose 2020 announcement was met with millions of dollars in donations from voters in every state across the country and swift analysis on how the lifelong Independent lawmaker could possibly win in an ever-crowded pool of popular Democrats.

What is funny is that donations to him exceeded all other Democratic candidates within a day. As if he planned this, his fans would have waited with their donations until he finally announced it, to then pour dollars over him.

In reality, he and Clinton both faced unfair obstacles in 2016. The DNC had clearly chosen Clinton as its favourite in the race from early on, seemingly propping her up against her opponent in the Democratic primaries. There is no longer any denying this fact. However, Sanders’ supporters often overlook the historic onslaught of domestic and foreign attacks that simultaneously plagued Clinton’s candidacy.... Show more...
 

On Trump's constant campaign mode


Presidents traditionally ignore their potential opponents as long as possible to maintain their status as an incumbent floating above the contenders who are auditioning for a job they already inhabit.

No candidate has drawn more commentary and criticism from Trump than Sen. Warren, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat. Warren’s past claims of Native American heritage prompted Trump to brand her “Pocahontas” and he has shown no qualms about deploying racially charged barbs harking back to some of the nation’s darkest abuses.
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Democratic president candidate Amy Klobuchar and gun laws


She says banning assault weapons wouldn't hurt her Uncle Dick in the deer stand, nor would background checks.

Unless uncle dick is a deranged psychopath who perforates deers with an M-16. Then, it might hurt him a little bit. But not as much as shotgun shells hurt the customs enforcement who try to take away his rifle.

The Democratic presidential hopeful spoke Monday night at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire. She says her state still hasn't gotten over the 2016 death of Prince, one of Minnesota's most famous residents. He died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.

A freshman House member, Ocasio-Cortez hailed the cancellation as a day "dedicated, everyday New Yorkers and their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed."
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Facebook voids accounts during Moldovan election due to danger of fake news


Facebook said it dismantled scores of pages and accounts designed to look like independent opinion pages and to impersonate a local fact-checking organisation ahead of Moldova’s elections later this month.

The government said it welcomed any initiative to combat “fake news”, saying it did not check the private accounts of its more than 200,000 state employees.

Facebook stepped up efforts to combat disinformation, including accounts in Russia, Iran and Indonesia, over the last year after coming under public scrutiny for not doing enough to stem the spread extremism and propaganda online.
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Nigerian general election postponed to 23rd February


The presidential and national assembly elections will now be held a week later on Saturday Feb. 23. State governorship and legislative elections, originally slated for Mar. 2 have also been postponed to Mar. 9.

Indeed, despite several assurances of its readiness for the vote, INEC has faced difficulties over the past week as two of its offices have been gutted by fire in suspicious incidents.
#Nigeria #Africa #GeneralElection #Election2019 #Elections2019 #Crooked #Corruption #INEC #News #Politics
 

On the potentially misleading MSNBC charts on unofficial president candidates


The poorly chosen title was a bit misleading: These are actually the potential candidates who are not running for president yet. They are still waiting on the sidelines. The candidates who have jumped in are much more promising on the matter of diversity: five women, two black candidates, one Latino, and a practicing Hindu.

The 2018 midterms, branded the Year of the Woman, brought democratic socialist and centrist women alike to Washington. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, is far to the left; Sharice Davids, one of the first two Native American women in Congress, is firmly in the middle. They are both still part of this historic freshman class.

But that need not always be true. The eagerness of Kamala and Elizabeth and Amy to leap into the 2020 fray, and the comparative consternations of Joe and Bernie, is to me a hopeful sign that the latter group recognizes they need to find a lane with more value than the disheartening truth that m... Show more...
 

Elizabeth Warren (D - Mass.) promotes economically populist agenda


Today, Lawrence like many other factory towns in the Northeast and the Midwest is struggling economically after corporate America abandoned the United States and offshored American jobs in the pursuit of profits over patriotism.

Warren fought corporate greed and corruption before crusades against Wall Street were cool. She studied and battled corruption in the financial industry as a professor at the Harvard University Law School before she ran for the U.S. Senate. She used her academic prominence to call for the creation of a federal watchdog agency that would protect consumers against abuses by the financial industry on Wall Street.

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On left-leaning independent candidate and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and his adviser, Steve Schmidt


(Two of the most German American people in the electoral campaign race I have seen so far, regarding their respective family names; Trump doesn't count, only if he went by his real family name, which is Drumpf.)
Just how short, his two longtime friends and podcast partners, Adam Levine and Elise Jordan, found out when they sat down last Tuesday to interview him on their show Words Matter about Schultz’ just announced potential presidential bid and Schmidt’s role as the chief adviser to the Starbucks founder in it.

Schmidt railed at having to defend himself on his podcast with a stream of curses a source present in the studio said consumed six minutes.

Levine presses him on how Schultz could get to 270 electoral votes. Name me one state, give me three or four that he could carry, Levine says. Schmidt ducks the question, says it’s premature, and claims without any evidence that an independent candidacy could o... Show more...
 

Trump makes fun of Ms. Klobuchar's appearance during blizzard-ridden president candidacy announcement


“By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman(woman)!” Drumpf quipped in a tweet in which he also again questioned climate change.

“And I wonder how your hair would fare in a blizzard?” Klobuchar fired back on Twitter.

POTUS, behaving like a firsts-grader in elementary school, after his schoolteacher arrived in the classroom in the wintertime.

Klobuchar announced her candidacy in fitting Minnesota fashion, braving below-freezing winter conditions at Boom Island Park on the shores of the Mississippi River. She was cheered by hundreds of bundled-up supporters, many of whom waved “Amy for America” signs.

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Amy Klobuchar - the Democratic bully


The way Sen. Klobuchar behaves in private with her staff is very different than when she’s in the public eye, and that kind of cruelty shouldn’t be acceptable for anyone.”

A March 2018 article in Politico described Klobuchar as among the “worst bosses in Congress,” with the highest office turnover rate in the Senate. But the new details reported by BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post, if true, are particularly damning. BuzzFeed reviewed e-mails, often sent between 1 and 4 in the morning, in which Klobuchar “regularly berated employees, often in all capital letters, over minor mistakes, misunderstandings, and misplaced commas. Klobuchar, in the e-mails, which were mostly sent over the past few years, referred to her staff’s work as ‘the worst in . . . years,’ and ‘the worst in my life.’”

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Amy Klobuchar (D - MN) announced president candidacy


“I’m asking you to join us on this campaign. It’s a homegrown one. I don’t have a political machine. I don’t come from money. But what I do have is this. I have grit. I have family. I have friends,” Klobuchar said in prepared remarks for a rally Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.

“I will look you in the eye. I will tell you what I think. I will focus on getting things done. That’s what I’ve done my whole life. And no matter what, I’ll lead from the heart.”

An aggressive focus on Iowa and a win there in 2008 helped catapult Barack Obama from underdog status to the Democratic Party’s nomination and eventual victory in that year’s presidential election.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D - MA) announces president candidacy


Over 44 minutes in sub-freezing temperatures, Warren described a political elite "bought off" and "bullied" by corporate giants, and a middle class squeezed so tight it "can barely breathe."

"The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken, he is just the latest and most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America," Warren said of President Donald Drumpf.

"There'll be plenty of doubters and cowards and armchair critics this time around," Warren said. "But we learned a long time ago, you don't get what you don't fight for."

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Election in South Africa on May 8, tensions arise


Full of bluster as ever, Malema, who broke the media embargo on the state of the nation speech by sharing a Tweet with the 8 May 2019 election date before it was mentioned, said he believed Ramaphosa would be the ” last President of the ANC in this country to ever address SONA”.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will set up a special unit to deal with state capture prosecutions. The unit will focus investigating and prosecuting revelations made at the state capture commission. The unit will also deal with “serious” corruption.

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Ramaphosa preaches growth, Malema warns about ANC doing a Mbeki on him
 
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