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Public, election officials may be kept in the dark on hacks

“Some election officials could be hesitant about public disclosures, concerned their agencies would be portrayed in a negative light” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Federal officials believe Russian agents in 2016 searched for vulnerabilities within election systems in all 50 states.The public still doesn’t know which Florida counties were breached by Russian agents in the 2016 election. Source: seattletimes.com

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Afghan presidential election outcome remains in limbo as results are delayed

“Inconclusive election results marred by fraud in the last presidential election in 2014 nearly tore the country apart” writes Foreign Reporter Covering for washingtonpost.com. One Afghan election official said as many as 500,000 votes from hundreds of polling stations are expected to be discarded because they lack corresponding biometric information. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Elizabeth Warren is making a promise that could help Trump win the 2020 election

“This past week I was angered and concerned when I saw a headline declaring that Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren promised to “not do big-money fundraising events if she’s the Democratic nominee.”” writes Rufus Gifford for businessinsider.com. I have contributed money to multiple candidates and attended the kick off rallies of both Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden. Source: businessinsider.com

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Boris Johnson seeks to charm parliament — with his eye on an election

“Downing Street remains confident the clarity of their message could still win the day in an election” reports politico.com. Such an election stance would leave the Tories open to attack from the Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, who was quick to dismiss Johnson’s deal.MPs could finally back an election, or stalemate could continue, with no clear way forward receiving majority support. Source: politico.com

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Explainer: Bolivia’s ‘Evo’ – socialist icon or would-be dictator?

“The election – expected to be the toughest challenge to Morales’ rule yet – has sparked debate about President “Evo” as he is often known” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Morales, who swept into power in 2006 pledging to bolster Bolivia’s marginalized indigenous groups, is leading in opinion polls ahead of the Oct. 20 vote.”Being in power for over a decade is now starting to wear on President Evo Morales’ government and its legitimacy,” said Marcelo Arequipa, a political science professor in Bolivia. Source: 95kqds.com

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We need to clean house at the Federal Election Commission

“The country deserves a functioning campaign finance agency, especially as we head into the 2020 campaign season” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Witness the recent uncertainty among campaign finance experts as to whether Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s $120,000 giveaway is legal or not.Certainly, there’s little reason to love the FEC. It’s the only federal agency for which its entire mission involves the regulation of core First Amendment activity, and our federal campaign finance laws, rules, and regulations are opaque and confusing. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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From blackface to ‘values’, race becomes more overt issue in Canada election

“In recent Canadian election campaigns, the issue of race lurked below the surface but was less overt” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Mendes cited the PPC’s platforms and a controversial Quebec law that bans certain public employees from wearing religious symbols such as turbans, hijabs and Jewish skull caps in the predominantly French-speaking province. Source: 95kqds.com

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U.S. ambassador to tell House impeachment panel ‘wrong’ to seek foreign influence in election

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. ambassador to the European Union plans to tell the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine that asking a foreign country to act to influence a U.S. election “would be wrong.”” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. According to prepared testimony, Ambassador Gordon Sondland will also tell three Democratic-led House committees that “inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong.”.  Source: 95kqds.com

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