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Erdogan calls snap elections in Turkey amid crackdown on dissent

“As result of consultations with Mr Bahceli, we decided to hold elections on June 24, 2018, a Sunday,” said Erdogan” writes Our Foreign Staff for telegraph.co.uk. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections in Turkey for June 24, bringing the polls forward by over a year-and-a-half after a call from his main nationalist ally.Both presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on the same day.Bahceli told MHP lawmakers that the elections should in fact be held on August 26, 2018. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Local School Council elections a true test for democracy in Chicago

“On Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools will hold elections for local school council members at hundreds of elementary schools, and on Thursday at dozens of high schools” writes Sun-times Editorial Board for suntimes.com. The LSC elections give us a chance to reiterate our support for a partially elected, hybrid CPS school board.As LSC elections get underway tomorrow, remember this: The district has done its job,  publicizing the elections on billboards and in community newspapers, and extending the deadline for candidates to file.LSCs have had their power checked, but they’re the only…

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U.S., Mexico and Canada hasten NAFTA talks as elections loom: Pena Nieto

“We agreed to keep up work towards reaching a deal and to summon our special negotiating teams to accelerate their efforts,” Pena Nieto told reporters after meeting Pence” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. With U.S. mid-term congressional elections also pending in November, Trudeau said Canada would defer to Mexico and the United States on a timeline. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Republicans are bracing themselves for a coming bloodbath in the midterm elections

“Republican donors and lawmakers are becoming increasingly concerned that the 2018 midterms could be a bloodbath for GOP candidates, according to Politico” writes Pat Ralph for businessinsider.com. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster This November’s midterm elections could deliver a serious blow to the GOP’s majority control over the House and Senate.Many GOP leaders fear that candidates who do not fundraise enough money will find themselves on the wrong side of their elections in seven months. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Facebook at Congress, Day 2: Watch Zuckerberg field questions on regulation, privacy, and elections

“During the hearing, senators pressed Zuckerberg on the nature of privacy in the digital age, whether Facebook is a monopoly, and proposed regulations to better protect consumer data” writes Monica Nickelsburg for geekwire.com. Mark Zuckerberg faces a second round of questioning from Congress Wednesday, with lawmakers challenging him on Facebook’s privacy scandals, disinformation issues, and the role the platform plays in elections.Wednesday’s hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee comes the day after Zuckerberg endured more than five hours of questions from senators in the Judiciary and Commerce Committees.That…

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Mark Zuckerberg is preparing to apologise to Congress this week for Facebook’s data breach scandal

“In the remarks, Zuckerberg said his company has a responsibility to make sure what happened with Cambridge Analytica doesn’t happen again” reports firstpost.com. After resisting previous calls to testify, Zuckerberg agreed to come to Capitol Hill this month after reports surfaced — and the company confirmed — that Cambridge Analytica had gathered Facebook users’ data. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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Facebook will attempt to understand its impact on elections by setting up an independent research group

“Those affected by the data privacy breach will see a detailed message at the top of their newsfeeds” reports firstpost.com. “Facebook and our funding partners recognise the threat presented by the recent misuse of Facebook data, including by an academic associated with Cambridge Analytica,” the blog post noted.”When Facebook data is requested, proposals will be subject to additional review by Facebook’s privacy and research review teams — as well as external privacy experts that the commission identifies,” the post said. Source: firstpost.com Share This:

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Ryan, Pelosi Grip on Power Also in Play in November Elections…

“Pelosi has given no signs that she intends to give up her position, regardless of the November election outcome” writes Anna Edgerton Billy for bloomberg.com. The hold House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have on their party leadership roles could be the biggest casualties of a November election that may upend control of the chamber and remake the power structure in Washington. Source: bloomberg.com Share This:

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“Don’t Mess with Our Elections”: Vigilante Hackers Strike Russia, Iran

“In its blog post Kaspersky said the attack had targeted the Russian speaking segment of the internet” reports vice.com. In a blog post Friday, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said the attack was exploiting a vulnerability in a piece of software called Cisco Smart Install Client.In addition to disabling the equipment, the hackers left a note on affected machines, according to screenshots and photographs shared on social media: “Don’t mess with our elections,” along with an image of an American flag. Source: vice.com Share This:

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