Trump’s election fraud panel a ‘calamitous failure’ that’s already suppressing the vote

Donald Trump’s sham election commission is doing exactly as well as you might expect or, actually, even worse. Former election officials and civil rights advocates say the panel is a disaster that far from improving voter confidence in our elections is already harming the system and even suppressing the vote. NBC’s Dartunorro Clark writes:

“F at the beginning, F all along, F now. It’s an F enterprise,” said Bob Bauer, a Democrat who served as the co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s presidential election commission in 2013 and 2014.

Most notably, critics say, the commission has already prompted thousands of voters to de-register after a sweeping request for data from every state raised privacy concerns and sparked a bipartisan backlash from election officials. It is fighting several lawsuits. […]

“It was destined to be a calamitous failure,” Bauer said. “It was simply affected from the very beginning by partisan design

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FBI investigating Russian news agency Sputnik

The probe into Russia’s effort to infiltrate and influence the U.S. political system has deepened, Yahoo News reports with the FBI now investigating the Russian news agency Sputnik, to determine if it is “acting as an undeclared propaganda arm of the Kremlin in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).”

As part of the probe, Yahoo News has learned, the bureau has obtained a thumb drive containing thousands of internal Sputnik emails and documents — material that could potentially help prosecutors build a case that the news agency played a role in the Russian government “influence campaign” that was waged during last year’s presidential election and, in the view of U.S. intelligence officials, is still ongoing.
The emails were turned over by Andrew Feinberg, the news agency’s former White House correspondent, who had downloaded the material onto his laptop before he was fired in May. He

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Heller finally admits he voted for Trump, reminding Nevada voters how weak and dishonest he is

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Sen. Dean Heller got a primary challenger last week, and this week he’s showing how craven and desperate he is. Perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian will challenge Heller in the Nevada Republican primary, prompting Heller to try to shore up his right flank:

In a short statement released to The Nevada Independent, Heller — who is up for reelection in 2018 and is being challenged in a primary by businessman Danny Tarkanian — confirmed that he indeed voted for the Republican nominee during the 2016 election after more than a year of vocal criticism toward the party’s nominee.

“Yes, I voted for Donald Trump,” he said in a statement texted to a reporter.

Previously, Heller had tried to look like he was standing up to Trump by talking like a critic while actually voting with Trump 90 percent of the time.

Most notably, he told reporters in

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Heller finally admits he voted for Trump, reminding Nevada voters how weak and dishonest he is

Goal Thermometer

Sen. Dean Heller got a primary challenger last week, and this week he’s showing how craven and desperate he is. Perennial candidate Danny Tarkanian will challenge Heller in the Nevada Republican primary, prompting Heller to try to shore up his right flank:

In a short statement released to The Nevada Independent, Heller — who is up for reelection in 2018 and is being challenged in a primary by businessman Danny Tarkanian — confirmed that he indeed voted for the Republican nominee during the 2016 election after more than a year of vocal criticism toward the party’s nominee.

“Yes, I voted for Donald Trump,” he said in a statement texted to a reporter.

Previously, Heller had tried to look like he was standing up to Trump by talking like a critic while actually voting with Trump 90 percent of the time.

Most notably, he told reporters in

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.

In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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Women are ready to run—for office. EMILY’s List is expanding to help them.

In 2015 and 2016, as Hillary Clinton ran for president, EMILY’S List got a record 920 inquiries from women across the country interested in running for office. Since the election, the number is 16,000, and the organization is ramping up to help as many of them as possible:

EMILY’s List officials said the group is currently in touch with 130 women across 80 U.S. House districts about the possibility of running in down-ballot races. What happens with the 16,000 more broadly comes down, in part, to scale. The team tasked with state and local candidates has nearly tripled in size, but still only stands at 14 people. Eight are “advisers” based regionally in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Montana, Virginia, and North Carolina, officials said.

The revamped training department, led by Mũthoni Wambu Kraal, an EMILY’s List official since 2009, is now working to create a digital platform that

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Democrats may finally be seizing on a moment rife with opportunity—let’s see if they deliver

Democrats appear to have finally recognized the opportunity that is staring them in the face. After riding a populist wave of anger to office, a fatally flawed Republican president is readily tossing aside those that brung him in a seemingly limitless quest to feed his insatiable ego. In the meantime, on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a deeply uncreative and uninspired group of middle managers known as Republican lawmakers have failed to grasp the lessons of 2016—that the only thing that ever made Trump’s candidacy viable was the disdain he expressed, even if insincerely, for nearly everything that defines the GOP and its preferential treatment for the rich in every policy debate from trade to health care to taxes and more. The fact that the guy who now sits in the Oval Office took a wrecking ball to the core of the Republican agenda has left them rallying around the crumbling remains of an

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