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North Carolina's elections board holds hearing on ballot fraud allegation

North Carolina's elections board is holding a hearing Monday on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. The hearing, slated to last at least two days, will include the results of a monthslong investigation into allegations that a political operative tampered w


Trump Disinformation on Deficits

President Donald Trump misleadingly claimed that “deficits seem to be coming down,” when in fact deficits are rising, largely because of the tax cuts he enacted. In fact, the deficit in the first three months of fiscal year 2019 was 42 percent higher than it was for the same period last year.


Trump calls for ‘5G and even 6G’ wireless tech as T-Mobile and Sprint seek merger approval

President Donald Trump wants to see deployment of the super-fast wireless technology known as 5G — and, inexplicably, 6G, which does not yet exist. “I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” Trump said Thursday in a tweet. “It is far more powerful, faster, and sma


AOC says Amazon HQ2 deal caused rental spike in Queens: Fact check

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was one of the fiercest critics of Amazon's plans to expand in a New York City neighborhood that bumps up against her congressional district, cheering the company’s eventual exit from Long Island City.


Congress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support

Supporters of a measure to cut off U.S. support to Saudi Arabia in Yemen are projecting victory in the coming weeks when the Senate takes up a House-passed resolution. The Trump administration is expected to ramp up its lobbying against the Yemen war powers resolution as the vote nears in hopes of f


Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 2.21.19

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country. * In North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, the State Board of Elections heard testimony from Mark Harris’ (R) son, John Harris, who said he’d warned his father about the candidate’s consultants and their history of il


Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir by former official: NPR

(Reuters) - Former top FBI official Andrew McCabe decried the “relentless attack” he said U.S. President Donald Trump has launched against the agency, according to released excerpts of an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition, to be aired early Monday.


House committee shuts down amendment that would tightened water standards

The House of Delegates Energy Committee overwhelmingly shut down an amendment Tuesday that would have strengthened the limit on carcinogens and toxins allowed in West Virginia's water.


Don't cut off 9/11 support

The Victim Compensation Fund for first responders and other people sickened as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been overwhelmed by claims and is quickly running out.


Va. House Democrats, GOP speaker at odds over who should lead in investigating Fairfax allegations

The Democratic caucus in the Virginia House of Delegates said Tuesday that the sexual assault allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax should be investigated by law enforcement without the General Assembly's involvement.


N.C. congressional contest marred by absentee ballot scheme: official

RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - An investigation of a disputed 2018 congressional contest in North Carolina has uncovered a “coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme,” the state’s elections board executive director said on Monday.


Dem candidate: New NC election a ‘great step forward for democracy’

Dan McCready, the Democratic candidate in a contested North Carolina House race, on Thursday praised the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ (NCSBE) decision to call a new election in light of allegations of ballot fraud by members of the Republican candidate’s campaign.


Meme Misleads on Minnesota’s Somali Refugees

Facebook posts distort the number of Somali refugees who have resettled in Minnesota to advance an unsupported claim about a freshman congresswoman’s electoral victory. Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s family fled from her native Somalia and sought refuge in Kenya before resettling in the U.S., accordin


Gary casino bills clear Senate committee

Proposed legislation that would allow a Gary casino to move on land and shift a second gaming license to Terre Haute is moving forward. The Indiana Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a pair of bills that would allow Gary’s Majestic Star to move from Buffington Harbor to a land-base


New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina officials on Thursday ordered a new contest in the Ninth Congressional District after the Republican candidate, confronted by evidence that his campaign had financed an illegal voter-turnout effort, called for a new election.


UCF President Dale Whittaker offers to resign amid controversy over misspent millions

UCF President Dale Whittaker — barely six months into his tenure — offered his resignation Tuesday amid multiple investigations into how the university used or planned to use nearly $85 million in leftover operating funds on construction, a violation of state rules.


AKLEG Day 37: Dunleavy’s budget would end ferry service to more than 30 communities on Oct. 1

The march through understanding the sweeping impacts of Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s budget continued on Wednesday with much of the attention paid to the Alaska Marine Highway System. The Legislature also heard from Chief Justice Joel Bolger, who called for increased cybersecurity funding.


Absentee ballots will be in the spotlight at hearing on North Carolina House race

RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina State Board of Elections is scheduled to begin its long-awaited hearing Monday into allegations of election irregularities that center around absentee ballots in the still uncertified election between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready in the state’s


Alabama newspaper publisher calls for return of 'the Klan

It's an editorial that is taking the media by storm. Titled "Klan needs to ride again," with no byline, and it's creating a buzz in media and social media. The publisher of the Democrat-Reporter newspaper in Linden, Goodloe Sutton, told the Montgomery Advertiser he was the author of the editorial an


China rejects Australian parliament cyber attack claims as 'baseless' and 'irresponsible'

China has hit back at suggestions it was behind a sophisticated cyber attack on Australia’s political parties, warning “irresponsible” and “baseless” speculation will heighten tensions.