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facebook races to wipe out election meddling before 2018 midterms as it admits t


after russian interference that rocked the 2016 presidential campaign, facebook admits the giant social network can be bad for democracy.        






these 12 races will be key to who controls the senate after the 2018 midterms


buckle up for a dramatic, vicious, multibillion-dollar fight for control of the senate next year.        






health care vote puts republicans on hot seat in next election cycles


with one hasty and excruciatingly narrow vote, house republicans have all but guaranteed that health care will be one of the most pivotal issues shaping the next two election cycles - including congressional, gubernatorial and state legislative races in the 2018 midterms and president donald trump's likely reelection bid in 2020.just as democrats were forced to defend obamacare in the 2010 midterms - the result was a coast-to-coast drubbing that president barack obama called a "shellacking" - republicans this time will be in the hot seat.gop members of congress will be asked to defend their votes for a bill that could strip insurance from 24 million americans and jack up premiums and deductibles for the country's sickest and oldest citizens.governors, gubernatorial candidates and state leg






fear of trump impeachment has gop running scared of 2018 midterms


republicans meeting in san diego are worried that their career prospects could suffer collateral damage if donald trump’s administration continues to meltdown, leading to possible impeachment proceedings against the president before the 2018 midterms.according to politico, the republican national committee’s spring meeting in coronado is tense affair, following trump’s stunning firing of fbi director james comey which caught not only congressional leaders by surprise, but also members of the trump white house.equally alarming are gop worries that previously solid gop seats in montana and georgia could be lost in special elections before the 2018 midterms — a harbinger of the struggles that lie ahead with an unpredictable and increasingly unpopular president at the top of the party.accordin






crunch report | facebook admits russian meddling in brexit


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candidates line up for congressional races across minnesota


st. paul, minn. — beware, minnesotans: election season is already under way for the state's eight congressional seats.normally a sleepy state thanks to its reputation as a democratic stronghold, the tides have changed as outside groups have spent tens of millions of dollars on recent minnesota races. minnesota could field four or more close congressional races in the midterm 2018 elections.and candidates are lining up fast. iraq war veteran dan feehan is the latest of five democrats to seek the 1st congressional district seat being vacated as rep. tim walz runs for governor. feehan formally launched his campaign monday.in northeastern minnesota, duluth police officer and county commissioner pete stauber is challenging democratic rep. rick nolan. it's been among the most expensive races in






russians reportedly also abused youtube, pokémon go in 2016 election


if you think facebook, twitter and google were the only social networks used by russian operatives to interfere with the 2016 u.s. presidential election, you might be in for a big surprise.international election meddlers even went so far as to use the pokémon go gaming platform to plant fake news and ads in their efforts to rile up users politically, according to an investigative report cnn aired oct. 12.cnn's investigation of a russian-linked account showed that its influence extended to youtube, the tumblr blog site and, yes, even pokémon go, which has an estimated 30 million users in the u.s.the investigation revealed that a specific russian-linked campaign, titled "don't shoot us" and posing as part of the black lives matter movement, used facebook, instagram, twitter, youtube, tumblr






dan rather wants to see democrats battle issues — not just trump


democrats don’t do enough to tie republicans to donald trump, according to veteran newsman dan rather. that is one of many reasons he thinks jon ossoff lost in georgia tuesday. in a facebook post, rather said that the loss doesn’t reflect that democrats can’t win in 2018, it just means they need to work harder and smarter. “the way the districts are drawn make that even more difficult,” he said. “however, democrats have overperformed in heavily republican districts in every special election, even if they haven’t won. that is a big deal.”he explained that democrats will likely continue to be demoralized after the national party spent years intentionally not wanting to win elections. the election will “embolden the republicans and president trump” to claim a mandate but that the republicans






ex-trump aide carter page denies colluding with russians during campaign


carter page, one of president donald trump’s foreign policy advisers during the campaign, was reluctant to say whether he cared about russian meddling in the election saturday, claiming the “bigger meddling” are the “false narratives” building against him and possibly others. the embattled page appeared on cnn and dodged multiple questions from host michael smerconish about whether russian meddling in the election matters to him. page eventually conceded that “if” there was “indisputable evidence” that russians meddled in the election, he would be concerned. the interview came hours after cnn reported russia tried to use trump campaign advisers to infiltrate the election. the fbi obtained a fisa court warrant to monitor page during the election. page emphasized that the most important medd






with 2018 midterms fast approaching, primary contenders fight for parties' futur


long before voters decide in november who will control the house, the senate and 36 governor's seats across the country, the most wide-open primary season in decades will plunge the nation's two major political parties into historic battles over who they are.the long-anticipated 2018 midterm elections are rapidly approaching - a referendum on president donald trump and the gop majority and a gauge of americans' expectations of government. but first the parties and their voters must chart a course through their nominating contests.between march 6 in texas and sept. 18 in massachusetts, thousands of contenders, republican and democrat, will compete at every level of elected office below the presidency for the chance to appear on the ballot in november.races democrats once left uncontested ar






made you click: how facebook fed you political ads for less than a penny


on facebook, a little ad spending goes a long way—and the more contentious the ads are, the farther they may go. facebook inc. disclosed last week that russian entities spent some $150,000 for ads about “divisive” topics during a two-year period that included the u.s. presidential race.compared with the $1.4 billion spent on digital ads in races during the 2016 election season, $150,000 is a drop in the bucket. but the...






turmoil is raising gop fears for the 2018 midterms across the country


as a cascade of controversies consumes the white house, anxiety is rising among republicans well beyond the beltway that president donald trump's troubles could take a severe toll on the party heading into next year's midterm elections and beyond.with a near-daily string of new scandals and unfavorable headlines - including this week's news of a special prosecutor to examine possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia - a growing number of republicans across the country are watching dispiritedly as democrats become further energized to turn out their voters in 2018, potentially tipping not only congressional contests but state and local races down the ballot."there were a lot of things that were promised to be done, and we're just getting a lot of noise out of washington," sai






turmoil in d.c. animates voters in nonpartisan races across minnesota


rich updegrove has knocked on hundreds of doors as he campaigns for a duluth city council seat in tuesday’s election. he expected to find disengagement from the contentious state of national politics and people who believe their vote “really doesn’t matter,” he said.he found the opposite.“across the board, national politics comes up on the doorsteps,” said updegrove, a social studies teacher and first-time candidate. “but there’s no ‘oh, i’m so put off or depressed.’ … they’re energized. they’re turned on to voting. they want to express themselves.”political turmoil in washington is animating this year’s nonpartisan school board and city council races across minnesota. voters’ attitudes provide clues to their moods heading into 2018, when they’ll help decide control of both chambers of con






ap source: facebook to turn over russia-linked ads


washington (ap) — social media giant facebook is expected to provide congress on monday with more than 3,000 ads that ran during the 2016 presidential election and are linked to a russian ad agency.a facebook official tells the associated press that company officials will meet with the house and senate intelligence committees and the senate judiciary committee to hand over the ads. the official has requested anonymity because the meetings are private.facebook said last month that that it had found thousands of ads linked to facebook accounts that likely operated out of russia and pushed divisive social and political issues during the u.s. presidential election.the three committees are investigating russian meddling in the election and have examined the spread of false news stories and prop






republican handel wins georgia house seat in key contest


roswell, ga. (ap) — the latest on georgia’s 6th district congressional race (all times local):12:05 a.m.election returns show that republican karen handel won just over 52 percent of the vote to secure a house seat in georgia.handel defeated democrat jon ossoff on tuesday in georgia’s hotly contested house race in the atlanta suburbs. ossoff won nearly 48 percent of the vote.her victory comes after republican special congressional election wins in montana, kansas and south carolina.republicans are claiming momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms, but each race was much closer than expected for the four districts.those trends leave democrats hopeful they can win a house majority next year. they need to flip 24 gop seats.___10:50 p.m.republican karen handel says finishing the party’s health care






the ceo of cambridge analytica plans a book on its methods, and the us election


alexander nix, the ceo of cambridge analytica (ca) plans to publish a book on his firm’s approach to online campaigning, and its role in the u.s. election. in an exclusive interview with techcrunch he says the book will “talk about our methodology and our approach to communications” in technical terms, and go into how the firm is using psychographics in its campaigns online.the book, with the working title “mad men to maths men,” (in reference to the hit tv drama) will be coming out in germany first, and later internationally.in an extensive interview with techcrunch, published here, nix goes into depth about his company’s position on data, the u.s. election, its ties with the trump campaign and addresses its alleged ties with russia.he says that “old school” traditional creative-led agenc






the ceo of cambridge analytica plans a book on its methods, and the us election


alexander nix, the ceo of cambridge analytica (ca) plans to publish a book on his firm’s approach to online campaigning, and it’s role in the us election. in an exclusive interview with techcrunch he says the book will “talk about our methodology and our approach to communications” in technical terms, and go into how the firm is using psychographics in its campaigns online.the book, with the working title “mad men to maths men,” (in reference to the hit tv drama) will be coming out in germany first, and later internationally.in an extensive interview with techcrunch, published here, nix goes into depth about his company’s position on data, the us election, its ties with the trump campaign and addresses its alleged ties with russia.he says that “old school” traditional creative-led agencies






the ceo of cambridge analytica plans a book on its methods, and the us election


alexander nix, the ceo of cambridge analytica (ca) plans to publish a book on his firm’s approach to online campaigning, and it’s role in the us election. in an exclusive interview with techcrunch he says the book will “talk about our methodology and our approach to communications” in technical terms, and go into how the firm is using psychographics in its campaigns online.the book, with the working title “mad men to maths men,” (in reference to the hit tv drama) will be coming out in germany first, and later internationally.in an extensive interview with techcrunch, published here, nix goes into depth about his company’s position on data, the us election, its ties with the trump campaign and addresses its alleged ties with russia.he says that “old school” traditional creative-led agencies






facebook will show which russian election troll accounts you followed


facebook is building out a tool to show which facebook pages or instagram accounts associated with russian internet research agency election troll farm you liked or followed. launching by the end of the year as part of the facebook help center, the tool will show a list of all the ira accounts you followed.the ira is a group based in st. petersburg, russia with ties to kremlin. it’s been exposed as an office organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns to disrupt the us 2016 presidential election by sowing division in the country. facebook is now on a mission to thwart future election meddling, and be as transparent as possible about previous election interferencehowever, this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the russian troll accounts. that’s important becaus






what senate seats are up for grabs in 2018?


there are 33 senators up for reelection in the 2018 midterms, with 23 of the senators being democrats and the remaining 10 seats being republicans. the current makeup of the senate includes 52 republicans and 46 democrats, with two independents that are considered liberals. chances that democrats would win back control of the senate are slim.…






trump lashes out at obama over latest report on russian election meddling


president donald trump on saturday called out obama administration officials for not taking stronger actions against russian meddling in the 2016 u.s. election, contradicting his past statements and suggesting without proof that they were trying to help democratic presidential candidate hillary clinton.his tweets came after the post revealed friday that the obama white house had received reports as early as august 2016 regarding russian president vladimir putin's direct involvement in the cyber campaign with instructions to defeat or damage clinton and help to elect trump, according to "sourcing deep inside the russian government."the obama administration would not publicly say russia was attempting to interfere with the election until oct. 7, and the news of putin's attempts to aid trump






would a trump impeachment help democrats in 2018?


following the resignation of republican president richard nixon in 1974, a democratic wave helped the party retain control of the house for two decades. with president donald trump’s administration facing an ever-growing russia scandal, democrats are hoping the 2018 midterms could create a similar wave. history suggests a president’s popularity may be an indicator of electoral…






‘bigger meddling’ was done with me than election


appearing on cnn, former president donald trump adviser carter page claimed there was nothing wrong with meeting with his russian contacts during the campaign and complained that he was more affected by fbi “meddling” than the country was by russian interference.speaking with host michael smerconish, page said he gave nothing to the russians that couldn’t have seen on cnn.“nothing i was ever asked to do, or no information i was ever asked for, was anything beyond what you could see on cnn,” page explained. “nothing i ever talked about with any russian official extends beyond that publicly available immaterial information.”asked about the fbi using a file to get a fisa warrant because it contained allegations that he was working with the russians and the trump campaign at the same time, pag






apnewsbreak: georgia election server wiped after suit filed


a computer server crucial to a lawsuit against georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, the associated press has learned.the server's data was destroyed july 7 by technicians at the center for elections systems at kennesaw state university, which runs the state's election system. the data wipe was revealed in an email — sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case — that was obtained by the ap. more emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.the lawsuit, filed by a diverse group of election reform advocates, aims to force georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized election technology. the server in question, which served as a statewide staging location for key el






nikki haley admits trump knows putin lied to him about russian meddling in the e


appearing on face the nation, un ambassador nikki haley washed her hands over the back and forth over between president donald trump and russian leader vladimir putin, saying there was mutual deception going on.speaking with host john dickerson, the former governor of south carolina was fairly blase about the meddling conversation between the two leaders despite the fact trump has continued to assert that countries other than russia may have attempted to sway the election towards him.“i think that is what it is,” ambassador haley said. “president trump still knows that they meddled, president putin knows that they meddled, but he is never going to admit to it and that’s all that happened.”dickerson tried to pin down the trump appointee on what consequences russia will face.“not just russia






trump says putin insulted by us election meddling claim


putin insulted by meddling claim - trumpthe russian leader "said he absolutely did not meddle in our election", president trump says.11 november 2017






did the obama administration respond forcefully enough to russian meddling?


did the obama administration respond forcefully enough to russian meddling in last year's presidential election? that's a question being debated in the wake of new reporting on the scope of russia's interference and the obama administration's efforts to rebuff it. california rep. adam schiff, the ranking democrat on the house intelligence committee, argued sunday that the former president should have done more."i didn't think it was enough to tell them after the election, but rather given the seriousness of this, i think the administration needed to call out russia earlier, and needed to act to deter and punish russia earlier and i think that was a very serious mistake," schiff said during an interview sunday on cnn's "state of the union."schiff speculated that the obama administration mig






facebook will show which russian election troll accounts you followed


facebook is building out a tool to show which facebook pages or instagram accounts associated with russia’s internet research agency election troll farm you liked or followed. launching by the end of the year as part of the facebook help center, the tool will show a list of all the ira accounts you followed.the ira is a group based in st. petersburg, russia with ties to the kremlin. it’s been exposed as an office organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns to disrupt the us 2016 presidential election by sowing division in the country. facebook is now on a mission to thwart future election meddling, and be as transparent as possible about previous election interferencehowever, this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the russian troll accounts. that’s important b






democrats brace for backlash as they vote on new dnc chair


after a string of televised debates, four party-sponsored "future forums" and three months of person-to-person lobbying, the race to lead the democratic national committee is coming to an end - with a vote on saturday that might leave democrats with new divisions.according to multiple campaigns, former labor secretary thomas perez has the largest share of the dnc's 447 voting members ready to support him. rep. keith ellison, d-minn., was running behind him. in the last week, both were endorsed by rivals who were seen to have a few dozen votes between them; before that, perez claimed to be just 44 votes away from victory."we're bringing that black and brown coalition together, y'all," said south carolina democratic party chairman jaime harrison on friday morning during a black history month






facebook will show which russian election troll accounts you followed


facebook is building out a tool to show which facebook pages or instagram accounts associated with russia’s internet research agency election troll farm you liked or followed. launching by the end of the year as part of the facebook help center, the tool will show a list of all the ira accounts you followed.the ira is a group based in st. petersburg, russia with ties to the kremlin. it’s been exposed as an office organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns to disrupt the 2016 u.s. presidential election by sowing division in the country. facebook is now on a mission to thwart future election meddling, and be as transparent as possible about previous election interference.however, this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the russian troll accounts. that’s importan






georgia election server wiped just after lawsuit was filed against officials


a computer server crucial to a lawsuit against georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, the associated press has learned.the server's data was destroyed july 7 by technicians at the center for elections systems at kennesaw state university, which runs the state's election system. the data wipe was revealed in an email sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case that was later obtained by the ap. more emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.the lawsuit, filed july 3 by a diverse group of election reform advocates, aims to force georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized election technology. the server in question, which served as a statewide staging location f






in poland, trump dodges questions on russian meddling


hours before a crucial meeting with vladimir putin, trump refused to say if he would raise the issue of election meddling when the leaders go behind closed doors






ap: republican karen handel wins georgia special election for house seat


republican karen handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in georgia and avoided a major upset after the most expensive house campaign in u.s. history.her victory over democrat jon ossoff in georgia's 6th congressional district comes after republican special congressional election wins in montana, kansas and south carolina.republicans are claiming momentum ahead of the 2018 midterms, but each race was much closer than expected for the four districts.those trends leave democrats hopeful they can win a house majority next year. they need to flip 24 gop seats.the 55-year-old handel is a former georgia secretary of state who built her professional and political career after leaving an abusive home as a teenager. she succeeds republican tom price, who resigned to join presiden






germany and france races confirmed on 2018 f1 calendar


geneva — grand prix races in france and germany have been confirmed on the 21-race formula one calendar for 2018.the german gp, which has struggled with attendances and track fees, was scrapped this year but will return at hockenheim on july 22.the french gp, meanwhile, returns after a 10-year absence and will be hosted at the iconic paul ricard circuit, also known as le castellet, in southern france.paul ricard last hosted the french gp in 1990. the race was then organized at magny-cours from 1991-2008 but was then dropped from the calendar in 2008 because of financial issues.both races were expected to be on the calendar for 2018 but were formally approved during a meeting of the fia world motor sport council on monday in geneva."we wanted to finalize next season's calendar early, so tha






11 ways facebook tried to thwart election interference in germany


facebook may have dropped the ball with the u.s. presidential election, but it was much better prepared for last weekend’s federal election in germany. today, facebook outlined all its efforts to prevent malicious actors from meddling in the election.“these actions did not eliminate misinformation entirely in this election – but they did make it harder to spread, and less likely to appear in people’s news feeds,” wrote richard allan, facebook’s vp of public policy for emea.that includes:deleting tens of thousands of suspicious accountsfighting fake news in video and text clickbaitshowing alternative perspectives on news stories via related articlesoffering space where political parties could describe stances on core issuesproviding a comparison tool for the political partieslaunching an el






georgia election server wiped just after lawsuit was filed against officials


a computer server crucial to a lawsuit against georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, the associated press has learned.the server's data was destroyed july 7 by technicians at the center for elections systems at kennesaw state university, which runs the state's election system. the data wipe was revealed in an email sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case that was later obtained by the ap. more emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.the lawsuit, filed july 3 by a diverse group of election reform advocates, aims to force georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized election technology. the server in question, which served as a statewide staging location f






philippine police stop anti-drug crackdown amid scandal


manila, philippines (ap) — the philippine police chief stopped the use of the national police force in anti-drug operations monday and disbanded all police anti-narcotics units after the president’s brutal crackdown was used as a cover by rogue officers to kidnap and kill a south korean man for money.police director-general ronald dela rosa told police officers he would use the indefinite halt of anti-drug operations to launch a m ive purge of police involved in crimes. a counter-intelligence force would be formed to catch rogue officers and records of those previously implicated in crimes would be reviewed.“no more drug operations now,” dela rosa told police officers at the main police p, without indicating how long the ban would last.an estimated 7,000 drug-related killings have occurred