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voting is at risk; let’s strengthen it


in the wake of president trump’s ludicrous lies about illegal votes in november’s election — immediately after the lies about the size of the audience for his inauguration — it’s tempting to just point and laugh at his apparent insecurity and fears of illegitimacy. he does, though, inadvertently raise a point worth considering: how can we strengthen the integrity of our voting systems?after all, the sitting president is eager to call those systems into question after he wins; this makes it seem likely that he — and the party he represents — will sooner or later begin to reject the result of elections they lose. can technology help us to ensure that elections, and their results, continue to be free and fair? (modulo suppression of voters who simply aren’t allowed to register/vote, of course






woman impersonated lawmaker's wife, snuck into gop retreat


at gop retreat, pence backs trump, vowing probe of voting rollsmike debonis, sari horwitzin a private meeting with congressional republicans this week, vice president mike pence vowed that the trump administration would pursue a wide-ranging probe of voting rolls in the united states to examine whether millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election as president donald trump...in a private meeting with congressional republicans this week, vice president mike pence vowed that the trump administration would pursue a wide-ranging probe of voting rolls in the united states to examine whether millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election as president donald trump... (mike debonis, sari horwitz)






judicial watch’s tom fitton explains why trump may be right about illegal immigr


on tuesday’s breitbart news daily, siriusxm host alex marlow asked judicial watch president tom fitton about a study from the center for immigration studies that revealed that “there could be as many as 43 million non-citizens in the united states right now.” fitton had previously spotlighted this study on twitter as evidence of potential voter fraud issues.“there’s 43 million people who are not citizens and are ineligible to vote, but a good percentage of them do register to vote. and of those that do, some vote,” fitton explained.“most tend to vote democrat. it’s a fact,” he continued. “there’s been a study out of old dominion university that shows it is enough of a vote to sway elections, one way or another. it may have resulted in election, specifically, of al franken to the united sta






republicans and democrats offer competing voting-rights bills in legislature


the voting-rights bills have rekindled debate in washington state over efforts to make local elections more hospitable to minority candidates.republicans and democrats have introduced competing voting-rights bills that have rekindled debate over efforts aimed at making local elections more hospitable to minority candidates. the three bills — senate bill 5067,sb 5068and sb 5267— would remove a 1994 state restriction that prevents most washington cities from replacing an at-large voting system with district elections.at-large voting means candidates run citywide for the office. in districted voting, candidates are picked by voters within a smaller geog hic area. in seattle, seven of the nine city council members are elected by districts while the other two are picked by voters citywide.the c






thinkpad yoga, trx training system, led bulbs, and more


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missouri senate votes down lawmaker, officials' pay raises


jefferson city, mo. — missouri senators on monday voted to deny a pay raise for themselves and other elected officials following pressure from republican gov. eric greitens and hours of sometimes combative debate that continued late into the night.senators voted 25-2 against the raises, which would have meant an extra roughly $1,800 for lawmakers over two years. statewide elected officials would have received 8 percent raises for the next two fiscal years.the senate vote e after greitens personally lobbied lawmakers monday to vote against the raise and publicly criticized them for wavering."this is outrageous," greitens said in a facebook post. "that's the last thing we need and it needs to be stopped."the raises would have come during what's likely to be a tight upcoming fiscal year.democ






chad's moussa faki mahamat named au commission chair


addis ababa, ethiopia - chad's moussa faki mahamat has been elected as the new chairperson of the african union commission, in a vote held at the bloc's headquarters in the ethiopian capital, addis ababa, on monday.after seven rounds of voting, the chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites amina mohamed of kenya and senegal's abdoulaye bathily.two other candidates, botswana's foreign minister, pelonomi venson-moitoi, and mba mokuy, of equatorial guinea, also contested for the seat.the 56-year-old and father-of-five succeeds south africa's n azana dlamini-zuma, the first woman to lead the bloc of 54 states, who did not seek a second term in office after completing a four-year term.kenya was the first to congratulate the newly elected au chief."kenya congratulates him on a race we






skittles goes for the funny


super bowl li is just days away and once again companies are paying big money — at least $5 million — to advertise in the big game.are they getting enough bang for their bucks? you make the call.over the next few days, we’ll provide sneak peeks at some of the ads and you can give them a thumbs up or down by voting in our poll.here we have a spot from skittles, which is going with a playful story line that has a young romeo trying to get the attention o irl by tossing bits of the candy up toward her bedroom window. see what happens — vote in our poll!






clarke: brexit hopes 'like alice in wonderland'


veteran conservative ken clarke likens post-brexit trade hopes to alice in wonderland.mr clarke, who was speaking as mps began two days of debate on a bill to give the go-ahead to the official two year process of leaving the eu, said he had been told he was being too pessimistic about prospects for the uk after brexit.watch more: ken clarke on why he's voting against brexit






chad's moussa faki mahamat named au commission chair


addis ababa, ethiopia - chad's moussa faki mahamat has been elected as the new chairperson of the african union commission, in a vote held at the bloc's headquarters in the ethiopian capital, addis ababa, on monday.after seven rounds of voting, the chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites amina mohamed of kenya and senegal's abdoulaye bathily.who will be the next african union chair?two other candidates, botswana's foreign minister pelonomi venson-moitoi, and mba mokuy, of equatorial guinea, also contested for the seat.the 56-year-old and father-of-five succeeds south africa's n azana dlamini-zuma, the first woman to lead the bloc of 54 states, who did not seek a second term in office after completing a four-year term.kenya was the first to congratulate the newly-elected au chi






african union admits morocco to bloc


addis ababa, ethiopia—the african union on monday admitted morocco as its 55th member, a decision that adds a powerful economy and a western ally to the continental bloc and could stir one of the world’s frozen conflicts.instead of voting to admit morocco as au rules dictate, the african leaders who convened in addis ababa for their regular summit instead decided to debate the question and “reached a consensus,” according to several...






african union to elect new leader in addis ababa


addis ababa, ethiopia - african heads of states have gathered in the ethiopian capital, addis ababa, to elect a new chairman for the african union commission.five candidates are in the running to replace outgoing leader dr n azana dlamini zuma, the first female to lead the bloc of 54 states, who is not seeking a second term in office after completing her four-year stint.security in addis ababa, the seat of the au, has been scaled up as dignitaries and diplomats lobbying for the candidates descend on the city.those seeking the top job in the world's second most populous continent are: kenya's foreign minister amina mohamed, abdoulaye bathily, a senegalese diplomat and academic, chad's foreign minister moussa faki mahamat, botswana's foreign minister pelonomi venson-moitoi, and mba mokuy, a






lion cub kijani makes public debut at fresno chaffee zoo


fresno, calif. (ap) — zoo-goers in central california can finally meet a zoo’s newest lion cub as kijani has made his public debut.the fresno bee reports (http://bit.ly/2kiutxo ) that the nearly 16-week-old lion cub drew a crowd of about 100 people urday during his first public outing at the fresno chaffee zoo.kijani’s debut was delayed until urday because of the weather. the little lion cub can only come out when the temperature is at or above 50 degrees. it is unclear when the cub will come out to play again.kijani was born oct. 11 and was named through public voting. zoo visitors selected the name kijani, meaning warrior, out of six other swahili names.___information from: the fresno bee, http://www.fresnobee.com






gov. john kasich of ohio will have book out in april


new york — ohio gov. john kasich, a prominent republican detractor of president donald trump, has a book deal.thomas dunne books says tuesday that kasich's "two paths: america divided or united" will be published april 25. the book will reflect on kasich's career, his run for the presidency and his views on a wide range of issues, from media coverage of politics to voting rights.the 64-year-old kasich was a leading competitor to trump in the gop primary race and declined to endorse trump after he clinched the nomination. the two have continued to feud, with kasich calling trump's recent immigration executive order "ham-handed," and trump supporting a contender for state party chair in ohio who defeated a kasich backer for the job.






oas commends haiti for concluding vote, notes low turnout


port-au-prince, haiti — international monitors commended haitian authorities on monday for finishing an electoral cycle that started in 2015 but expressed concern over the low participation rate by voters.the organization of american states had 77 observers monitoring a final round of legislative contests as well as long-overdue municipal elections held sunday.in a preliminary report, the mission said holding local elections after 10 years was "an important milestone for the consolidation of democratic institutions in haiti."at the same time it noted that "few citizens chose to cast their vote," especially in urban areas.haiti's electoral officials have not released an official participation rate yet but turnout appeared to be paltry in numerous voting stations across the country.






29th ad meter launches with early voting and facebook live series


ad meter(p o: usa today)usa today announced the return of ad meter for 29th running, sponsored by adobe and wordpress.com. the defining barometer of super bowl advertising, ad meter returns with an industry-first facebook live series, ad meter today, hosted by sports personality ron burke and usa today senior editor laura petrecca, along with a rotating lineup of special guests.fans can sign up to join the ad meter panel to cast their votes for the best super bowl li commercials. voting will officially open on the wednesday, february 1st at noon et before the big game and will close at 1:00 a.m. et monday, february 6th after the vince lombardi trophy is hoisted by the new champions.in addition to the traditional panel voting, usa today will be hosting ad meter today, sponsored by adobe via






29th ad meter launches with early voting and facebook live series


ad meter(p o: usa today)usa today announced the return of ad meter for 29th running, sponsored by adobe and wordpress.com. the defining barometer of super bowl advertising, ad meter returns with an industry-first facebook live series, ad meter today, hosted by sports personality ron burke and usa today senior editor laura petrecca, along with a rotating lineup of special guests.fans can sign up to join the ad meter panel to cast their votes for the best super bowl li commercials. voting will officially open on the wednesday, february 1st at noon et before the big game and will close at 1:00 a.m. et monday, february 6th after the vince lombardi trophy is hoisted by the new champions.in addition to the traditional panel voting, usa today will be hosting ad meter today, sponsored by adobe via






29th ad meter launches with early voting and facebook live series


ad meter(p o: usa today)usa today announced the return of ad meter for 29th running, sponsored by adobe and wordpress.com. the defining barometer of super bowl advertising, ad meter returns with an industry-first facebook live series, ad meter today, hosted by sports personality ron burke and usa today senior editor laura petrecca, along with a rotating lineup of special guests.fans can sign up to join the ad meter panel to cast their votes for the best super bowl li commercials. voting will officially open on the wednesday, february 1st at noon et before the big game and will close at 1:00 a.m. et monday, february 6th after the vince lombardi trophy is hoisted by the new champions.in addition to the traditional panel voting, usa today will be hosting ad meter today, sponsored by adobe via






29th ad meter launches with early voting and facebook live series


ad meter(p o: usa today)usa today announced the return of ad meter for 29th running, sponsored by adobe and wordpress.com. the defining barometer of super bowl advertising, ad meter returns with an industry-first facebook live series, ad meter today, hosted by sports personality ron burke and usa today senior editor laura petrecca, along with a rotating lineup of special guests.fans can sign up to join the ad meter panel to cast their votes for the best super bowl li commercials. voting will officially open on the wednesday, february 1st at noon et before the big game and will close at 1:00 a.m. et monday, february 6th after the vince lombardi trophy is hoisted by the new champions.in addition to the traditional panel voting, usa today will be hosting ad meter today, sponsored by adobe via






gov. john kasich of ohio will have book out in april


new york (ap) — ohio gov. john kasich, a prominent republican detractor of president donald trump, has a book deal.thomas dunne books says tuesday that kasich’s “two paths: america divided or united” will be published april 25. the book will reflect on kasich’s career, his run for the presidency and his views on a wide range of issues, from media coverage of politics to voting rights.the 64-year-old kasich was a leading competitor to trump in the gop primary race and declined to endorse trump after he clinched the nomination. the two have continued to feud, with kasich calling trump’s recent immigration executive order “ham-handed,” and trump supporting a contender for state party chair in ohio who defeated a kasich backer for the job.






valls vs hamon in french socialists' presidential primary


paris — french voters are voting for the socialist candidate who will face a tough battle to beat rivals from the far-left, the far-right and the political center in france's presidential election this spring.sunday's choice in the socialist primary runoff is a stark one, between two candidates on opposite poles of the beleaguered party with sharply different plans for france.with a headline-grabbing proposal to pay all french adults a monthly stipend, the 49-year-old benoit hamon has emerged from obscurity on the socialist left to win the primary's first round against six other candidates last weekend.on sunday, he is facing former prime minister manuel valls.the 54-year-old valls has emphasized his experience in government, which includes a time when attackers killed 147 people in france






haiti holds final round of election cycle started in 2015


port-au-prince, haiti — haiti is holding a final round of legislative contests that close a repeatedly derailed election cycle that started in 2015.president-elect jovenel moise's political faction and its allies are hoping to increase their majority in the parliament in sunday's eight senate runoffs.voters are also choosing 5,500 municipal authorities in local elections that are years overdue and whose tardiness has frustrated many.alix pierre is one of hundreds of voters who flocked to a polling station in the canape vert section of haiti's capital. he says he was relieved elections were concluding "after it took such a long time."turnout elsewhere appears to be paltry, with numerous voting centers reporting only a trickle of voters.moise's oath-of-office ceremony is slated for feb. 7.






people won’t vote once and now 3 million are voting twice?


msnbc’s joy reid went off on president donald trump for his claim this week that three million people, registered in two states, voted illegally in both.“look, this is a guy who loves conspiracy theories,” reid said, noting that it is odd to have an american president who peddles such theories. “he’s now listening to some crank talk about his theory — it just so happens, not only were there 3 million — exactly the number trump loses by — but all of them voted for hillary clinton.”reid said that according to phillips and trump, it isn’t a case where 3 million people could have voted illegally and they voted for a variety of candidates. rather, according to this theory, every single one of them voted for clinton over trump.“we have a country that is near the bottom in the western world for v






ransomware didn't lock people in their el rooms


it sounds like an episode of a tv show: ers take over a luxury el's systems to lock its guests in their rooms. (presumably one of the guests had something of value and, luckily, the show's charming protagonist just happened to be on vacation at the same el.) but that scenario is likely to remain fictional--at least for now--as reports that ransomware left patrons of the romantik see el jägerwirt in austria stuck in their rooms were false.the truth wasn't nearly as exciting. romantik see el jägerwirt did indeed fall victim to ransomware that affected its electronic key system--by preventing the el from generating new key cards. that was a problem, sure, but not anything television-worthy. yet it wouldn't have been hard to imagine the more titillating scenario, largely because it's getting h






democrats targeting seven congressional seats held by california republicans for


the democratic congressional paign committee has released a list of top targets looking ahead to the 2018 elections, and california's republican delegation is a big part of it. of the 61 republicans democrats are looking to unseat nationwide, seven are californians: all of these lawmakers represent districts carried by hillary clinton in the general election, with valadao's district voting for clinton over trump by double-digit margins. many of them seemed to win despite trump in 2016 , out-polling him by at least several percentage points. issa and denham won by the closest margins of the group, with issa eking out a 51-49 win over doug applegate, who has already said he'll run again in 2018 . denham over e two-time challenger michael eggman by less than five percentage points. denha






democrats target 7 congressional seats held by california republicans for 2018 m


the democratic congressional paign committee has released a list of top targets looking ahead to the 2018 elections, and california's republican delegation is a big part of it. of the 61 republicans democrats are looking to unseat nationwide, seven are californians: all of these lawmakers represent districts carried by hillary clinton in the general election, with valadao's district voting for clinton over trump by double-digit margins. many of them seemed to win despite trump in 2016 , out-polling him by at least several percentage points. issa and denham won by the closest margins of the group, with issa eking out a 51-49 win over doug applegate, who has already said he'll run again in 2018 . denham over e two-time challenger michael eggman by less than five percentage points. denha






‘we’re f*cked’ in 2018 because gop governors have ‘rigged the game’ so democrats


we’re only one week into the trump administration and the panel on hbo’s real time is already looking down the road to the 2018 mid-term election and they don’t like what they see.in the “overtime” segment of the hbo show, the panel took up the topic of the m ive women’s march the previous weekend, lauding it but also wondering if the excitement and interest will carry over to the next next election.after council on foreign relations richard haas questioned how many marchers voted, host maher said, “we don’t know.”“but what we do know is that there is an election coming up november 2018,” maher continued. “if the message in that 2018 election is republicans win, we’re f*cked.”breaking down what happened in 2016, with president trump winning states that were previously democratic stronghold






trump’s source for voter-fraud issue is conspiracy theorist


after a paign in which donald trump gave voice to outlandish lies, including claims that justice antonin scalia was suffocated by a pillow, trump has not left his penchant for conspiracy-mongering at the white house door.washington — to support his call for a sweeping federal inquiry into his claims of vast voting fraud, president trump turned friday to a little-known conservative activist whose work on the issue has been widely discredited and who has trafficked in conspiracy theories.“gregg phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal,” trump wrote on twitter, a reference to a claim by phillips, who helped create an app to report voter fraud, that he had “verified” such irregularities. with those words, trump bestowed the imprimatur of the presidency on new ground: the fev






trump’s source for voter-fraud issue is conspiracy theorist


after a paign in which donald trump gave voice to outlandish lies, including claims that justice antonin scalia was suffocated by a pillow, trump has not left his penchant for conspiracy-mongering at the white house door.washington — to support his call for a sweeping federal inquiry into his claims of vast voting fraud, president trump turned friday to a little-known conservative activist whose work on the issue has been widely discredited and who has trafficked in conspiracy theories.“gregg phillips and crew say at least 3,000,000 votes were illegal,” trump wrote on twitter, a reference to a claim by phillips, who helped create an app to report voter fraud, that he had “verified” such irregularities. with those words, trump bestowed the imprimatur of the presidency on new ground: the fev






trump's voter fraud expert registered in 3 states


san francisco — a man who president donald trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the ociated press has learned.gregg phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in alabama, texas and mississippi, according to voting records and election officials in those states. he voted only in alabama in november, records show.in a post earlier this month, phillips described “an amazing effort” by volunteers tied to true the vote, an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found “thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people.”trump has made an issue of people who are registered to vo






trump’s voter fraud expert was registered in 3 states during election – the denv


by garance burke, the ociated presssan francisco (ap) — a man who president donald trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the ociated press has learned.gregg phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in alabama, texas and mississippi, according to voting records and election officials in those states. he voted only in alabama in november, records show.in a post earlier this month, phillips described “an amazing effort” by volunteers tied to true the vote, an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found “thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people.”trump has made an






‘expert’ behind donald trump’s voter fraud claims was himself registered to vote


san francisco — a man who president donald trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the ociated press has learned.gregg phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in alabama, texas and mississippi, according to voting records and election officials in those states. he voted only in alabama in november, records show.in a post earlier this month, phillips described “an amazing effort” by volunteers tied to true the vote, an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found “thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people.”trump has made an issue of people who are registered to vo






senator hammers jeff sessions over his ‘willful blindness’ to russian interferen


senator patrick leahy (d-vt) said tuesday that his colleague jeff sessions (r-al) was not independent enough to serve as the u.s. attorney general for donald trump.“i have very serious doubts that senator sessions would be an independent attorney general,” he said in the senate judiciary committee while explaining why he was voting against sessions’s confirmation. “let me give you a few reasons why.”leahy said sessions had ignored potential conflicts of interest in the trump administration. “sessions has repeatedly evaded my questions on this topic by claiming that he has “not studied the issue.” he even refused to acknowledge that it is a conflict of interest for a president to have a personal financial stake in the policies pursued by his administration. this is the very definition of a






trump takes the reins … and so begins the resistance


trump’s first week in office last week is also the start of opposition and a struggle over american values.any of you who thought the paign rhetoric might end at the white house door knows better now. the first week of the trump presidency has been consistently inconsistent, faithful to falsehoods and always angry. the new president was chosen to burn the building down, and he seems intent on doing just that. that has gotten quite a number of people off their couches, paying attention and even pressing back against the wind blowing from the other washington. trump has energized a growing resistance. he’s also retained the support o ood chunk of the electorate, so the country is in for a robust contest of ideas.record-breaking women’s marches around the country the day after trump’s inaugur






haiti holds final round of election cycle started in 2015


port-au-prince, haiti — haiti held a final round of legislative contests as well as long-overdue municipal votes on sunday, closing a repeatedly derailed election cycle that started in 2015.president-elect jovenel moise's political faction and its allies are hoping to increase their majority in parliament with eight senate runoffs. voters were also choosing 5,500 district authorities in local elections whose tardiness over a decade has exasperated many.alix pierre, a port-au-prince lawyer and one of hundreds of voters gathered at a polling station in the canape vert section of haiti's capital, said he was relieved the 2015 electoral cycle was finally concluding."it took such a long time to get here," he said after casting his vote.turnout elsewhere appeared to be paltry, with numerous voti






ap: trump’s voter fraud expert registered in 3 states


san francisco (ap) — a man who president donald trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the ociated press has learned.gregg phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in alabama, texas and mississippi, according to voting records and election officials in those states. he voted only in alabama in november, records show.in a post earlier this month, phillips described “an amazing effort” by volunteers tied to true the vote, an organization whose board he sits on, who he said found “thousands of duplicate records and registrations of dead people.”trump has made an issue of people who are registered






why judges should forget about finding legislative intent


one of the most important achievements of supreme court justice antonin scalia’s career is the emergence of textualism as an accepted method of statutory interpretation. the basic concept is fairly simple: judges should seek to interpret statutes based on a plain reading of the text.if that fails, judges can look to the words set forth in the full statute for guidance. finally, judges can compare the words used in one statute to those used in another to help find the correct meaning. however, the touchstone of the textualist method is that courts should adhere to the “plain meaning” of the statute. a corollary is that judges should not go searching for meaning in the legislative history (i.e., legislative intent).i have been a member of the federalist society since law school and a fan of






michael bennet to oppose jeff sessions nomination for attorney general


u.s. sen. michael bennet has announced he will oppose the nomination of u.s. sen. jeff sessions to become u.s. attorney general because of sessions’ past stances on immigration reform and also because he does not believe sessions will protect the civil rights of all americans.“the u.s. attorney general must ensure equal justice under the law, regardless of race, gender or ual orientation,” bennet said in a prepared statement released on friday. “jeff sessions has repeatedly opposed efforts to protect the rights and liberties of all americans. i cannot support his nomination.”like other democrats who have announced opposition to sessions, bennet cited president donald trump’s executive orders issued last week on immigration as part of the reason why he would not support the nomination. for






sen. michael bennet says he will oppose jeff sessions’ nomination for ag – the d


u.s. sen. michael bennet has announced he will oppose the nomination of u.s. sen. jeff sessions to become u.s. attorney general because of sessions’ past stances on immigration reform and also because he does not believe sessions will protect the civil rights of all americans.“the u.s. attorney general must ensure equal justice under the law, regardless of race, gender or ual orientation,” bennet said in a prepared statement released on friday. “jeff sessions has repeatedly opposed efforts to protect the rights and liberties of all americans. i cannot support his nomination.”like other democrats who have announced opposition to sessions, bennet cited president donald trump’s executive orders issued last week on immigration as part of the reason why he would not support the nomination. for






‘we will push back,’ heinrich vows in response to trump order


the new mexicanu.s. sen. martin heinrich addressing the n.m. legislature on monday.as customs officials detained travelers and protesters flowed into airports around the country over the weekend, u.s. sen. martin heinrich took to twitter to register his opposition to president donald trump’s ban on refugees.“i will not stand aside as the values that created the greatest nation on earth are trampled,” new mexico’s junior senator wrote urday night, adding the tag “#nobannowall.”the response to heinrich from some social media users was swift: tweets are cheap. do something.in a speech monday to the new mexico legislature, heinrich responded in harsher terms to the president’s order.“president trump’s action seeks to turn us into the kind of authoritarian nation we have always stood up to,” h






trump should forget the time-wasting voter fraud claims and focus on keeping — n


maybe president trump is delusional and really believes that hillary clinton received more votes than him only because millions were cast illegally.that would include hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots in california, which virtually no one who knows anything about the voting process thinks is remotely possible.or maybe trump is just spewing “alternative facts” — his white house’s gift to the national lexicon and comedy — and hoping people will buy the fiction.it could also be because he’s setting up an excuse for the republican-controlled congress to further dilute voting rights by erecting more hurdles between democrats and the ballot box. but i don’t think so.that would mean that trump was actually trying to help the republican party. and, as we’ve seen, he is really all about hims






hamon wins french socialists' presidential primary


paris — benoit hamon, riding to victory from left-wing obscurity on a radical proposal to a pay all adults a monthly basic income, will be the socialist party candidate in france's presidential election after handily beating ex-prime minister manuel valls in a primary runoff vote on sunday.hamon's win sends the divided socialists, weakened by the chronic unpopularity of outgoing president francois hollande, into a tough presidential battle behind a candidate with limited government experience and hard-left politics that could alienate some center-left socialist voters.with ballots counted at 60 percent of polling stations, hamon had almost 59 percent of the vote to valls' 41 percent. valls immediately conceded defeat in the face of the result that appeared like a clear sanction of both his






miss universe contest starts in scandal-hit philippines


manila, philippines (ap) — the miss universe contest is underway in the philippines monday, a country deeply fascinated with beauty contests but also under an international spotlight because of the president’s bloody crackdown on illegal drugs and a police scandal.american comedian and pageant host steve harvey opened the show with a pledge to announce the right winner after he wrongly named miss colombia as the winner more than a year ago when the contest was held in las vegas, causing an uproar.eighty-six candidates are vying for the crown, currently held by pia wurtzbach from the philippines.“one thing i learned in life, when you make a mistake, you gotta keep on moving forward man, that’s all,” harvey said, adding he had surgery done on his eyes so that “when we get to the end and the






gonzaga moves to no. 1 for second time in school history


gonzaga, the last unbeaten team in division i, moved to no. 1 in the ociated press college basketball poll for the second time in school history.the zags (22-0) jumped up from third when villanova and kansas both were beaten in a week when seven of the top 10 lost.gonzaga received 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel monday. the zags were no. 1 for the last three weeks of the 2012-13 season.gonzaga is the fifth team to reach no. 1 this season joining duke, kentucky, villanova and baylor.baylor (20-1), one of the three top 10 teams to not lose, jumped from fifth to second. the bears had six first-place votes and were one point ahead of kansas (19-2), which dropped one place after losing at west virginia before winning at kentucky. the jayhawks had nine first-place vo






hamon to lead socialists into french presidential election


paris — benoit hamon, rising from left-wing obscurity on a radical proposal to a pay all adults a monthly basic income, will be the socialist party candidate in france's presidential election this spring, after he handily beat ex-prime minister manuel valls in a primary runoff vote sunday.hamon's win sends the divided socialists, weakened by the unpopularity of outgoing president francois hollande, into a tough presidential battle behind a candidate with limited government experience and hard-left politics that could alienate some center-left socialist voters.with votes counted at three-quarters of polling stations, hamon had almost 59 percent and valls around 41 percent. valls immediately conceded defeat in the face of the result that appeared to sanction both hollande's polices and his f






hard work starts now for france's socialist candidate


paris — beating a politically weakened ex-prime minister proved easy for benoit hamon, who will represent france's ruling socialist party in the country's presidential election. far harder will be convincing voters that his hard-left platform isn't the recipe for ruin his critics claim.hamon's comfortable victory sunday in a socialist primary runoff against manuel valls owed much to his radical proposal to give all french adults a regular monthly income to protect them in an automated future where machines will take their jobs.hamon's winning margin — nearly 59 percent of the votes in the three-quarters of polling stations tallied — also appeared as a resounding rejection of unpopular outgoing president francois hollande and valls, his prime minister for more than two years.but the path fo






breach site leakedsource apparently raided by feds


image: file leakedsource, a for-profit breach notification site that helped break the news of some of last year's largest data breaches, has apparently been raided by law enforcement. news of the raid, which can't be confirmed at the time of writing, first broke on thursday through a note posted on a virtual markets forum earlier in the day, but it is no longer viewable. leakedsource's website appears to have been pulled offline. the note reads: "yeah you heard it here first. sorry for all you kids who don't have all your own databases. leakedsource is down forever and won't be coming back. owner raided early this morning. wasn't arrested, but all ssd's got taken, and leakedsource servers got subpoena'd and placed under federal investigation. if somehow he recovers from this and launches






valls vs. hamon in french socialists' presidential primary


paris — french voters on sunday were electing the socialist candidate who will face a tough battle against rivals from the far-left, far-right and the political center in the presidential election this spring.the socialist primary runoff offered a stark choice between two candidates — benoit hamon and former prime minister manuel valls — on opposite poles of the beleaguered party, with sharply different plans for france.a more robust turnout than the anemic 1.6 million votes cast in the first round of the primary would help bolster the legitimacy of the runoff winner entering a potentially bruising paign.the increasingly uncertain presidential race was rocked this week by ethics questions faced by conservative candidate francois fillon, a former prime minister. financial prosecutors are in