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Trump says ‘stock market would be down 10,000 points by now’ had ‘the opposition’ won the election

“Perhaps more than any other president, Trump has hitched his success to that of the stock market” writes Mark Decambre for marketwatch.com. MarketWatch’s Trump Scoreboard puts both the market and the economy in perspective.He has signed into law a late-2017 corporate tax cut that delivered a fillip to U.S. stocks.President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that the stock market would effectively have crashed had he lost the 2016 race for the White House, reiterating a number of similar statements he has made that have assigned credit to his administration for…

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Australia’s PM says the country’s parliament and three largest political parties have been hacked by a “sophisticated state actor” ahead of a federal election

“Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed Australia’s political parties suffered cyber attacks alongside the Parliament House computer network several weeks ago by a “sophisticated state actor”” writes Chris Uhlmann for smh.com.au. The announcement is likely to intensify speculation that China was behind the attacks, which come just three months before the federal election, though Mr Morrison said there was no evidence of election interference.Sources are describing the level of sophistication as “unprecedented” but are unable to say yet which foreign government is behind the attack. The attacks are understood to…

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Germany’s spy agency is reportedly investigating Russian links to right-wing parties political parties

“BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s domestic spy agency is examining Russia’s ties to far-right parties, including the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), the RND group of newspapers on Thursday cited intelligence sources as saying” reports businessinsider.com. US Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and Moscow’s possible collusion with the Trump campaign.Thomson Reuters Overall, intelligence officials thought the AfD had “minimal and limited contact” with Russia, the report said. Source: businessinsider.com

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Election Security Experts Testify Before Committee

“Several election security experts testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday as the 2020 presidential field continues to widen” writes Joshua Barajas for pbs.org. Watch it in the player above. “Election security should not be a partisan issue, but Congress has done far too little to prevent foreign election meddling after Russia interfered in the 2016 election,” committee Chairman Rep.Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement announcing the hearing, saying that the time to act is now. “The 2020 election season has already begun.The American public deserve to…

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Facebook expanding fact-checking in India before election

“Facebook Inc said on Monday it is expanding its fact-checking network in India ahead of the country’s general election due by May, taking another step to quell the spread of misinformation in its biggest market by users” writes David Paul Morris for cnbc.com. Facebook Inc last week said it is toughening up the rules governing political advertisements in India to create more transparency ahead of the country’s general election. Source: cnbc.com

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Tory chairman criticises election watchdog’s plan to expand powers

“The Conservative chairman has criticised plans by the elections watchdog to acquire powers to prosecute parties and campaigners, citing concerns about the regulator’s “impartiality”” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. Speaking after The Telegraph revealed the regulator’s plans to hand itself powers currently exercised by the police and Crown Prosecution Service, Mr Lewis warned against the regulator becoming “an even bigger quango”. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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DRC election: a defeat for democracy, a disaster for the people

“They show that Martin Fayulu, the opposition coalition candidate, won the presidential election, not by a whisker, but by a landslide” writes Mo Ibrahim for theguardian.com. The major players in the international community have accepted the outcome of January’s elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the name of stability.The results compiled by the independent national election commission (CENI), leaked to the press, confirm those of the Catholic church, which fielded 40,000 observers across the country.It is not too late to insist on the publication of CENI’s…

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Brand Twitter, please stay away from the 2020 election

“Here’s my ask of brand Twitter as we hurtle toward what may be the most important election of our lifetimes: Leave politics the hell alone. 2016 brand Twitter was hardly the highly evolved beast it is today” writes Heather Dockray for mashable.com. The only way to partially protect yourself from brand Twitter in the upcoming election is to rob them of engagement.Over the past two years, brand Twitter has developed an increasingly provocative, personal, and supposedly millennial-friendly voice.Take a look at how brand Twitter has evolved in the past few…

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