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Progressive Democrats who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) have launched an audit of the results of the disputed California Democratic Party chair election, charging that voters were allowed to cast ballots without proper ID after the candidate they supported lost. Kimberly Ellis, the former director of Emerge America, a women's political organization, lost the election to serve as chair of the California Democratic Party to Eric Bauman, a longtime party operative, in a close race over the weekend. Bauman won by a slim margin of 62 votes out of 3,000 cast. Ellis enjoyed a wave of support from Sanders backers–so-called "Berniecrats," or members of the far-left, activist wing of the party– according to Politico . Her loss sparked protests from her supporters, who decried what they said were irregularities in the electoral process–including the charge that voters cast proxy ballots without proper ID.
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Progressive Democrats who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) have launched an audit of the results of the disputed California Democratic Party chair election, charging that voters were allowed to cast ballots without proper ID after the candidate they supported lost. Kimberly Ellis, the former director of Emerge America, a women's political organization, lost the election to serve as chair of the California Democratic Party to Eric Bauman, a longtime party operative, in a close race over the weekend. Bauman won by a slim margin of 62 votes out of 3,000 cast. Ellis enjoyed a wave of support from Sanders backers–so-called "Berniecrats," or members of the far-left, activist wing of the party– according to Politico . Her loss sparked protests from her supporters, who decried what they said were irregularities in the electoral process–including the charge that voters cast proxy ballots without proper ID.
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The junta says its 2014 coup -- the 12th time generals have successfully seized power -- was needed to bring stability and root out corruption. But critics say the military is deeply hostile to ousted premiers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck, whose parties have won every poll since 2001. Their billionaire clan is popular among Thailand's rural and urban poor and they have urged a return to elections. But the Shinawatras are hated by Bangkok's military-backed elite, who accuse the family of corruption and nepotism. In a statement on Facebook to mark the coup Yingluck decried a lack of "concrete reform" and warned that three years of military rule risked becoming a "waste of time".
TIME - Top Stories
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Greg Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. House Speaker Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio, has been vocal in his opposition, warning it could hurt the Texas economy that has been among the country's strongest in recent years. Top firms, chambers of commerce and lobbyists also have decried the bathroom bill in all forms as bad for business. Many Hollywood actors and music stars have suggested state boycotts, and the NFL and NBA have expressed concerns about it passing even though Houston successfully hosted this year's Super Bowl. Since 2004, Texas has hosted more combined Super Bowls, NBA All-Star Games (three) and NCAA men's Final Fours (five) than any other state. San Antonio is scheduled to host another Final Four in 2018, and Dallas is hosting the 2018 women's NCAA Final Four. Supporters described limiting the scope to schools as middle ground and hinted that it could soften the kinds of costly boycotts that hit North Carolina after it approved its bathroom bill last year.
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The junta says its 2014 coup — the 12th time generals have successfully seized power — was needed to bring stability and root out corruption. But critics say the military is deeply hostile to ousted premiers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck, whose parties have won every poll since 2001. Their billionaire clan is popular among Thailand's rural and urban poor and they have urged a return to elections. But the Shinawatras are hated by Bangkok's military-backed elite, who accuse the family of corruption and nepotism. In a statement on Facebook to mark the coup Yingluck decried a lack of "concrete reform" and warned that three years of military rule risked becoming a "waste of time". — AFP
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Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes , a Democratic member of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, decried Olivers shameful, but seemingly extremely comfortable, choice of words . In an email to Jackson-based CBS station WJTV, Barnes said Olivers comments were offensive to me as the act of lynching was commonly used and most targeted toward African-American men, women and children in the south and especially in our state. She also commended Louisiana for removing a number of Confederate memorials and urged her state to do the same. Oliver made headlines earlier this year for dismissing the concerns of a resident because she wasnt born there, and urged her to leave Mississippi . Oliver, who describes himself as a Christian and has referred to Jesus Christ as the Prince of Peace, was elected to a four-year term in 2015 with nearly 57 percent of the vote in his district, according to Ballotpedia.
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Clint Eastwood regaled the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday with stories from his long career, predicted a possible return to acting and decried the rise ...
The Guardian - Media
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President’s apparent suggestion that the FBI should ‘consider putting reporters in prisonprompts call to action from journalists increasingly under attack President Donald Trump’s apparent suggestion that the FBI should “consider putting reporters in prison” has been decried as a dangerous new assault on press freedom and prompted a call to action by American journalists who have been jailed in the US for their work. Among those who criticised the reported comments are journalist Brian Karem, who spent two weeks in jail in Texas in 1990 for refusing to give up a source and who told the Guardian they were “deeply concerning”. Related: Donald Trump reportedly urged Comey to drop Michael Flynn investigation Continue reading...
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We are not making a statement about his guilt, Ny added. Assange said being detained for seven years without charge while his children grew up and his name was slandered is something that he won't forgive or forget. The United Nations has decried the unfair treatment of Assange, declaring that he was being arbitrarily detained and that his human rights were violated. Assange thanked the United Nations and Ecudor who stood by my asylum despote intense pressure in his address. Ecuador's government welcomed the decision by Sweden, but said it was long overdue. Ecuador regrets that the Swedish prosecutor delayed more than four years in carrying out this interview, said Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Guillaume Long. This unnecessary delay was despite the repeated insistence from the Ecuadorean government — ever since the granting of asylum in 2012 — that this interview was not only possible but that Ecuador would facilitate its carrying out in our embassy.
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After a 7-year stand-off with Sweden, Assange may still not be able to leave the Ecuadorean embassy. British police said if Assange were to leave the embassy, it was still their obligation to arrest him. But the British government has not commented on whether the United States had made a request to extradite Assange. Given that the European arrest warrant no longer holds, Ecuador will now be intensifying its diplomatic efforts with the U.K. so that Julian Assange can gain safe passage in order to enjoy his asylum in Ecuador, said Long. Westminster Magistrates' Court issued a warrant for the arrest of Julian Assange following him failing to surrender to the court on the 29 June 2012, British police said. The Metropolitan Police Service is obliged to execute that warrant should he leave the Embassy. The United Nations has decried the unfair treatment of Assange, declaring that he was being arbitrarily detained and that his human rights were being violated.
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They added that the incident was “unfortunately reflective of your government’s treatment of the press, ethnic minority groups and political opponents.” While some Turks also decried the use of force to quash a peaceful protest, calling it a blemish on the country’s international reputation and a violation of free speech, those who support Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule felt it was justified. Protestersdeserved to be beaten’ “Those terrorists deserved to be beaten,” Atakan, a taxi driver from the city of Erzurum, told a VOA reporter. “They should not be protesting our president. They got what they asked for.” Yusuf Kanli, a newspaper columnist and political analyst, said no matter how bad it may have looked, the scene played right into Erdogan’s image. Watch: Anti-Erdogan Protesters Say They Were Attacked by President's Bodyguards “I believe Erdogan makes use of this type of brawl for internal politics, to solidify his electorate and to get more nationalists to move to his party,” Kanli said.
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Its not just that Fox News and Ailes gave Trump a platform to spout his relentless birther conspiracy about Obama. Or that Ailes, who helped craft former President Richard Nixons anger-stoked presidential campaign, informally advised Trump during his run for president. The real driver that created Trump the politician was the networks decades-long campaign to discredit the biased liberal media and its constant handwringing over political correctness. In Fox-land theres almost nothing worse than PC culture, essentially the idea that white men can no longer say whatever offensive thing is on their mind. Trumps relentless need to attack and offend his perceived enemies perfectly embodies that worldview. The network radically reshaped the Republican party, away from its intellectual roots into more of the party of the everyman that decried academic thought or so-called elite concerns (like the environment) and was best embodied by men like Bill OReilly, whose most recent book, Old School, celebrates what he calls traditional Americans, and rails against sensitive snowflakes.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday pushed back against President Trump after he decried the naming of a special counsel to probe his campaign's alleged ties to Russia's election meddling as the "single greatest witch...
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President Donald Trump on Thursday decried the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between his associates and Russia as the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history. His angry statement in early-morning Twitter posts came barely 12 hours after a more measured response to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel. In that Wednesday evening statement released by the White House, Trump said the investigation will confirm there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity, adding that I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. But as is often the case, he took a different tone Thursday morning on Twitter. With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel appointed! Trump said.
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Money slithers through Washington like a snake, she said. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the armies of lobbyists that blanket the capital like a plague of locusts to shape legislation and the corporations that bury public servants in an avalanche of nonsense in their efforts to undermine regulations. She made an equally impassioned case against the current president, arguing that Trump had brought Beltway sleaze to new heights ― and violated key campaign promises in the process. The president did not invent these problems but, boy, has he made them worse, Warren said. The CEO of Exxon Mobil is now the secretary of state. Goldman Sachs has enough people in the White House to open up a new branch office, she quipped, drawing laughs from the crowd.
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Just take what’s not been in the headlines the last few weeks amid all the West Wing drama and turmoil—a proposed upheaval to the tax code unveiled without any detail about who would pay less, who would pay more and how—“totally unacceptable,” Emanuel said. Or the mounting tension with North Korea as Trump talks about canceling the trade deal and air defense system over South Korea. Or Trump’s invitations to the Oval Office for anti-democratic leaders like Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. “America’s word and America’s reliability is now in question,” Emanuel said. “Come and gone like that.” Emanuel’s hometown has been on the receiving end of Trump’s fury at rallies and on Twitter, where the president has decried (sometimes not completely factually) the violence on the Chicago streets that spiked bloodily last year, with 3,550 shootings in 2016 that left 4,331 victims and 762 people homicides overall.
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Just take what’s not been in the headlines the last few weeks amid all the West Wing drama and turmoil—a proposed upheaval to the tax code unveiled without any detail about who would pay less, who would pay more and how—“totally unacceptable,” Emanuel said. Or the mounting tension with North Korea as Trump talks about canceling the trade deal and air defense system over South Korea. Or Trump’s invitations to the Oval Office for anti-democratic leaders like Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. “America’s word and America’s reliability is now in question,” Emanuel said. “Come and gone like that.” Emanuel’s hometown has been on the receiving end of Trump’s fury at rallies and on Twitter, where the president has decried (sometimes not completely factually) the violence on the Chicago streets that spiked bloodily last year, with 3,550 shootings in 2016 that left 4,331 victims and 762 people homicides overall.
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