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How I Came to Grips With My American Exceptionalism 20.11.2016 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. The fluorescent circus of Election 2016—that spectacle of yellow comb-overs and orange skin and predatory pussy-grabbing and last-minute FBI interventions and blinking memes hewn by an underground army of self-important internet trolls —has finally come to its unnatural end. I had looked forward to this moment, only to find us all instantly embroiled in a new crisis. And unfortunately, it's easy to foretell what, or rather who, will move into the bright lights of our collective gaze now: Americans are going to continue to focus on...well, ourselves. We are obviously not, for instance, going to redeploy our energies toward examining the embarrassing war that we're still waging in Afghanistan, now in its 16th year—something that went practically unmentioned during election season even as fighting heated up there. (You can be sure that Afghans have a somewhat different perspective on the newsworthiness of that war.) We are also not going to spend our ...
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On the road with our American selves 18.11.2016 Le Monde Diplomatique

The fluorescent circus of Election 2016 — that spectacle of yellow comb-overs, and orange skin, and predatory pussy-grabbing, and last-minute FBI interventions, and blinking memes hewn by an underground army of self-important Internet trolls — has finally come to its unnatural end. I had looked forward to this moment, only to find us all instantly embroiled in a new crisis. And unfortunately, it's easy to foretell what, or rather who, will move into the bright lights of our collective gaze (...)

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On the Road With Our American Selves: Or How to Feel Like a Jerk in Mombasa 17.11.2016 Truthout.com
Locals boarding the Likoni Ferry bound for Mombasa, Kenya, on March 20, 2011. (Photo: Xiaojun Deng ) The fluorescent circus of Election 2016 -- that spectacle of yellow comb-overs, and orange skin, and predatory misogyny, and last-minute FBI interventions , and blinking memes hewn by an underground army of self-important Internet trolls -- has finally come to its unnatural end. I had looked forward to this moment, only to find us all instantly embroiled in a new crisis. And unfortunately, it's easy to foretell what, or rather who, will move into the bright lights of our collective gaze now: we're going to (continue to) focus on... well, ourselves. We are obviously not, for instance, going to redeploy our energies toward examining the embarrassing war that we're still waging in Afghanistan, now in its 16th year -- something that went practically unmentioned during election season, even as fighting heated up there. (You can be sure that Afghans have a somewhat different perspective on the newsworthiness of ...
This last-minute voting-machine hack is drawing fire from security experts 7.11.2016 Technology

This last-minute voting-machine hack is drawing fire from security expertsFriday afternoon, US election officials got an unpleasant surprise. The security firm Cylance released a report disclosing a new attack on the popular Sequoia AVC Edge voting machine, potentially compromising both the machine’s public vote tally and a backup known as the Protective Counter. In the home stretch of election season, the result was an alarming reminder of how vulnerable many voting machines still are.


Trump Restraining Order in OH, New Fears of Election Day Havoc in U.S., and 'Fraction Magic': 'BradCast' 11/4/2016 5.11.2016 BradBlog
As we note on more than one occasion on today's BradCast, buckle up! [Audio link to show is at bottom of article.] Just days before the Presidential election, Democrats are in court in 6 different states attempting to preemptively block alleged "voter intimidation" schemes by Trump and the GOP, and today ...
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Three Reasons Why Voting Won’t Be Rigged 4.11.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File People line up to vote in the primary at a precinct in Bradfordton, Illinois.  When Donald Trump describes next Tuesday’s election as “rigged,” he conflates two things.  The first is that “the establishment,” in whatever form, is powerfully arrayed against ordinary Americans and against Trump himself as their tribune. The second, darker and more dangerous, allegation is that the voting process itself cannot be trusted, that even if people come out and vote for him, “massive” voting fraud on Election Day and the manipulation of the count will steal the election from him. The first, though Trump is hardly the best messenger for it, is at least an arguable proposition, and has some resonance in the progressive critique. Trump’s second charge, however, poses a serious threat to our democracy and is an essential tool of authoritarian-leaning demagogues. Just as important: It really can’t happen here. We need to be clear about that, and we also need to be clear about what we do need ...
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Texas officials refute 'vote-flipping' after Trump tweet 28.10.2016 AP National
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- In his latest attempt to cast doubt on the election process, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump raised suspicions Thursday about the voting machines in reliably Republican Texas despite producing no evidence of an actual problem....
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Here We Go Again: About That Voting Company 'Tied' to George Soros: 'BradCast' 10/25/2016 26.10.2016 BradBlog
It's that time of the election cycle again. Happens every four years. (Every two, actually.) On today's BradCast: That moment when partisans on the Right declare Democrats are stealing the election with voting machines owned by George Soros and Democrats worry that Republicans are doing the same via private companies ...
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Mexican ranchera icon serenades Hillary Clinton with an endorsement 21.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary
Campaign 2016 updates: Clinton finishes August with millions more in cash on hand than Trump Sept. 21, 2016, 7:03 a.m. Donald Trump heads to Toledo, Ohio, Wednesday. Hillary Clinton rallies in Orlando, Fla.Hillary Clinton had nearly $20 million more cash on hand than Donald Trump at the end of...
Can the 2016 election be rigged? You bet 16.8.2016 The Hill
Donald Trump has said publicly that he fears the next election will be rigged. Based both on technical capability and recent history, Trump's concerns are not unfounded.A recent...
The Great Unhacking of American Elections?: 'BradCast' 8/5/2016 6.8.2016 BradBlog
On today's BradCast, amidst a fresh flurry of mainstream media coverage of how simple it is to manipulate election results via electronic voting and tabulation systems, Politico Magazine offers a blockbuster cover story describing it as "child's play" and, as it turns out, also serving as a virtual "Best Of" ...
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Politico's 'How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes' Finally Gets Close to Real Solutions 6.8.2016 BradBlog
Please read the cover story of Politico Magazine today headlined "How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes". Ben Wofford's excellent, comprehensive feature summarizes a great deal of almost 15 years of our work here at The BRAD BLOG. He focuses his piece on the core of computer science and ...
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DHS Seeks to Protect U.S. Election Infrastructure - But Is That Even Possible?: 'BradCast' 8/4/2016 5.8.2016 BradBlog
On today's BradCast, after great news on voting rights from a bunch of state and federal courts over the past week, and sudden concerns from the the Right, the Left and the corporate media about the possibility of stolen elections, the Dept. of Homeland Security is finally looking into taking ...
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Someone is trying to rig the election. It’s just not who Donald Trump claims. 3.8.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Someone is trying to rig the election. It’s just not who Donald Trump claims.
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Time to Open Our Nomination System to All Voters?: 'BradCast' 4/21/2016 22.4.2016 BradBlog
On today's BradCast: Tragic breaking news, ridiculous wingnut 'outrage', good news for Maryland voters, and, perhaps, a better way to nominate public officials. [Audio link to the full show is posted below.] First up, coverage of the shocking loss of musical icon Prince, whose death today at age 57 at his ...
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U.S. agency freezes $473 mln aid to Tanzania over Zanzibar election 30.3.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
A U.S. aid agency has cancelled nearly $500 million of funding for Tanzania after disputed elections in the Zanzibar archipelago of the east African country. The U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) said the March 20 vote in semi-autonomous Zanzibar violated Tanzania's commitment to democracy and free and fair elections. The agency's board said Tanzania has "engaged in a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC’s eligibility criteria", and it had voted to suspend its partnership with the government.
US suspends $472m Tanzania aid over Zanzibar vote 29.3.2016 Yahoo: Politics
The United States said Tuesday it was putting on hold a $472.8 million energy grant for Tanzania after the controversial re-run of elections in Zanzibar and the passing of a cybercrimes law. The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US government body that assists developing countries that commit to standards on democracy and basic rights, has "voted to suspend development" of the compact, US Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Childress said in a statement. The March 20 presidential and legislative elections on Tanzania's semi-autonomous islands were a re-run of October polls that were cancelled by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) over fraud ...
U.S. agency freezes $473 million aid to Tanzania over Zanzibar election 29.3.2016 World
A U.S. aid agency has canceled nearly $500 million of funding for Tanzania after disputed elections in the Zanzibar archipelago of the east African country. The U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) said the March 20 vote in semi-autonomous Zanzibar violated Tanzania's commitment to democracy and free and fair elections. The agency's board said Tanzania has "engaged in a pattern of actions inconsistent with MCC’s eligibility criteria", and it had voted to suspend its partnership with the government.
Tanzanian ruling party wins Zanzibar presidential re-run vote - electoral body 21.3.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
The ruling party candidate in Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar was declared the winner in its presidential election, the electoral commission said on Monday. The incumbent Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein, of Tanzania's ruling CCM party, was declared the winner with 91.4 percent of the vote, the electoral commission ...
Tanzanian ruling party declared winner in Zanzibar re-run vote 21.3.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala STONE TOWN, Zanzibar (Reuters) - The ruling party candidate in Tanzania's semi-autonomous Zanzibar was declared the winner in a re-run of presidential elections boycotted by the opposition. The incumbent Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein, of the national ruling CCM party, won 91.4 percent of the votes in Sunday's ballot, the electoral body said after it annulled the initial poll in October that the opposition said it had won. In October, the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) called for a re-run citing fraud, a charge the opposition said was made ...
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