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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South Carolina wasn’t competitive yet hackers targeted its voting systems 150,000 times Election Day

Forget the states that swung the election, South Carolina went for Donald Trump with nearly 55 percent of the vote and hackers still bombarded its registration system nearly 150,000 times on Election Day alone. The revelation from the state’s election commission provides some insight into just how extensive the 2016 hacking efforts were and will be again in 2018. The Wall Street Journal’s Alexa Corse writes:

In harder-fought Illinois, for instance, hackers were hitting the State Board of Elections “5 times per second, 24 hours per day” from late June until Aug. 12, 2016, when the attacks ceased for unknown reasons, according to an Aug. 26, 2016, report by the state’s computer staff. Hackers ultimately accessed approximately 90,000 voter records, the State Board of Elections said.

Unlike in Illinois, South Carolina didn’t see evidence that any attempted penetration succeeded, said Chris Whitmire, the State Election Commission’s director of

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South Carolina wasn’t competitive yet hackers targeted its voting systems 150,000 times Election Day

Forget the states that swung the election, South Carolina went for Donald Trump with nearly 55 percent of the vote and hackers still bombarded its registration system nearly 150,000 times on Election Day alone. The revelation from the state’s election commission provides some insight into just how extensive the 2016 hacking efforts were and will be again in 2018. The Wall Street Journal’s Alexa Corse writes:

In harder-fought Illinois, for instance, hackers were hitting the State Board of Elections “5 times per second, 24 hours per day” from late June until Aug. 12, 2016, when the attacks ceased for unknown reasons, according to an Aug. 26, 2016, report by the state’s computer staff. Hackers ultimately accessed approximately 90,000 voter records, the State Board of Elections said.

Unlike in Illinois, South Carolina didn’t see evidence that any attempted penetration succeeded, said Chris Whitmire, the State Election Commission’s director of

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State election officials aren’t getting the answers they need on Russian hacking and 2018

There were multiple Russian efforts not just to spread disinformation to influence the outcome of November’s U.S. elections but to hack into voter registration systems. That’s something that could reasonably concern state election officials … and it sounds like they’re not getting what they need to allay those concerns:

But both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, who are responsible for carrying out elections in many states, said they have been frustrated in recent months by a lack of information from federal intelligence officials on allegations of Russian meddling with the vote. They say that despite the best efforts by federal officials, it may be too late in to make substantive changes.

“I’m doubtful,” said Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, a Democrat. “We shouldn’t feel like we’ve been tied to a chair and blindfolded … It’s very hard to help further instill public confidence that you know what you’re doing if

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Trump bows to Russia on Syrian conflict and election interference ahead of his Putin meeting

Donald Trump and his minions are really rolling out the proverbial red carpet for Russian President Vladimir Putin in advance of Trump’s Friday meeting with him at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Russia was so pleased with Trump’s assertion Thursday that Russia “could well” have hacked the U.S. election but “nobody really knows for sure,” a Kremlin spokesman responded to the speech by urging that people “please note the nuances” of what Trump said. Moscow may as well have said, “Please note the talking point we gave Trump.”

The Trump administration is also striking a conciliatory tone on the Syrian conflict, where Russia has worked assiduously to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. After finding Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people several months ago so objectionable that Trump green lit a U.S. air strike in Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is

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