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Trump ‘will help pay’ legal bills of White House staff and aides

“President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White House official said Saturday” writes Associated Press In for theguardian.com. Trump has repeatedly denied that he colluded with Russia to win the election and has voiced skepticism about the conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russia had a clear preference for Trump in the 2016 campaign.Mueller’s team of investigators has…

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Powerful typhoon drenches Japan on election day, tens of thousands advised to evacuate

“Tens of thousands of people across Japan were advised to evacuate, hundreds of flights were cancelled and train services were disrupted on Sunday as a typhoon roared toward the coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds on a national election day” writes Jiji Press Afp for cnbc.com. Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan and moving northeast at 40 kph on Sunday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition expected to win decisively in general election

“Koike, the party leader, decided not to run for the 465-seat lower house and will not even be in Japan on election day” writes Associated Press for theguardian.com. Voting is underway in Japan’s general election and polls indicate prime minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition will win handily, possibly even retaining its two-thirds majority in the more powerful lower house of parliament.Koike, her hand forced by Abe’s decision, hastily launched a new party to contest the election.A strong election showing would boost Abe’s chances of being reappointed to another three-year term…

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Inflation-busting rise on defence spending blocked by Treasury officials, Whitehall sources reveal

“An inflation-busting rise in military spending is being blocked by Treasury officials in the wake of Theresa May’s disastrous election campaign, Whitehall sources have revealed” writes Ben Farmer for telegraph.co.uk. Officials are rejecting MOD calls to raise funding over 2 per cent of GDP, with some arguing the Conservative’s election failure means they are no longer bound by a manifesto pledge to grow military spending above inflation. A Westminster debate last week heard cross party calls for increased defence spending while a former head of the Army earlier this month…

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Port of Seattle election preview: Steinbrueck vs. Shridhar in Position 4 race

“After emerging from a crowded primary, Renton city official Preeti Shridhar and former Seattle Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck will battle it out in the Nov. 7 election for the sole vacant seat on the Port of Seattle Commission” writes Seattle Times Business for seattletimes.com. While the other two Port races feature an incumbent trying to stave off an election challenger, the Position 4 race is open after commissioner Tom Albro decided not to run again. Source: seattletimes.com Share This:

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Japan Ranks Low in Female Lawmakers. An Election Won’t Change That.

“In this election, the news media has pounded several female candidates for extramarital affairs, including a woman whose husband was the one who cheated” writes Motoko Rich for nytimes.com. Some women say that having more female lawmakers won’t matter. “I’m not really sure whether having so many women there makes that much of a difference,” said Yoko Ishikura, professor emeritus of international corporate strategy at Hitotsubashi University. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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Strong typhoon nears southern Japan the day before election

“Heavy rain and powerful winds are expected to lash large areas of Japan on Sunday as a strong typhoon sweeps ashore, possibly hindering voter turnout in a national election” writes Issei Kato for cnbc.com. Typhoon Lan was classified as an intense Category 4 storm on Saturday, with winds of up to 250 km/h (156 mph), according to the Tropical Storm Risk website. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Spain to force elections in Catalonia in Article 155 crackdown on independence leaders

“He would not confirm or deny the plan to hold a snap election in Catalonia” writes James Badcock for telegraph.co.uk. The Spanish government has struck a deal with the opposition socialists to force elections in Catalonia by early 2018 as part of a package of special powers expected to be unveiled on Saturday.On the eve of a special cabinet meeting at which Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will decide how to deploy Article 155 of Spain’s constitution to bring pro-independence leaders into line, the socialists agreed steps which would take Catalonia…

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‘Our democracy is at stake’: Watch Obama return to the campaign trail to rally voters in Virginia

“And then when it’s an off year election, suddenly, everybody, “What there’s an election going on?”” writes Noah Friedman for businessinsider.com. President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail to support Ralph Northam in his run for Governor of Virginia, warning voters that “our democracy is at stake” if they sit out off year and midterm elections.Off year elections, mid-term elections, Democrats sometimes … y’all get a little sleepy. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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