Elections

14.11.2020

Lost Causes, from the Confederacy to Trump

Lost Causes, from the Confederacy to Trump

President Donald Trump has embarked on a lost cause akin to that embraced by Southerners after the Confederacy was crushed. That historical “Lost Cause” falsely posited that the U.S. Civil War was fought not to defend slavery, but, rather, to preserve states’ rights and their cherished Southern way of life. »

12.11.2020

Pentagon Leadership Reshuffle Prompts Fears of “Slow Moving Trump Coup”

Pentagon Leadership Reshuffle Prompts Fears of “Slow Moving Trump Coup”

Former Pentagon officials are expressing alarm over President Trump’s firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and the purge of other top officials at the Pentagon and National Security Agency following the election. Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen said Trump’s conduct is “more akin to a dictatorship than a democracy.”… »

12.11.2020

UN rights chief Bachelet condemns Tanzania election violence

UN rights chief Bachelet condemns Tanzania election violence

The people of Tanzania should be allowed to express grievances “without fear of reprisals” after nationwide elections, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday. In a statement, the High Commissioner for Human Rights said that she had been disturbed by reports of continued intimidation and… »

12.11.2020

Joe Biden Calls Trump’s Refusal to Concede Presidential Election an “Embarrassment”

Joe Biden Calls Trump’s Refusal to Concede Presidential Election an “Embarrassment”

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team says it may sue Emily Murphy, a Trump appointee who heads the General Services Administration, for refusing to sign a letter of “ascertainment” certifying Biden’s win. Without the letter, Biden’s transition team cannot access government funds or communicate with federal agencies. On Tuesday, Biden addressed… »

07.11.2020

The Voters Speak: In Squad We Trust

The Voters Speak: In Squad We Trust

The national election left many Democrats reeling from the depth of support for President Donald Trump. Joe Biden may still eke out an Electoral College victory, while winning the popular vote by more than 3.5 million. With intense focus on key remaining swing states, and an overall loss of Democratic… »

06.11.2020

Biden Takes Lead in Georgia & Pennsylvania, Moving Him Closer to Presidency

Biden Takes Lead in Georgia & Pennsylvania, Moving Him Closer to Presidency

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has taken a roughly 900-vote lead in Georgia and 5,500-vote lead in Pennsylvania as mail-in ballots continue to be counted in key battleground states. According to the Associated Press, which has already called Arizona for Biden, the former vice president has secured 264 electoral votes… »

06.11.2020

Trump’s Path to Victory Narrows as Biden Nears 270 Electoral College Votes

Trump’s Path to Victory Narrows as Biden Nears 270 Electoral College Votes

The presidential race remains too close to call, but Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is closing in on securing enough electoral votes to win, after news outlets projected him winning two key states in the Midwest: Wisconsin and Michigan. According to the Associated Press, Biden has now secured 264 electoral… »

05.11.2020

Trump Falsely Claims Reelection Victory as Battleground States Continue Count

Trump Falsely Claims Reelection Victory as Battleground States Continue Count

Shortly before 1 a.m., Trump took to Twitter to accuse Democrats of trying to steal the election, without offering any proof at all. Then, just after 2:20 a.m., Trump addressed the nation. President Donald Trump: “This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used… »

01.11.2020

Can Social Media Platforms Stop Electoral Disinformation and Respect Free Speech?

Can Social Media Platforms Stop Electoral Disinformation and Respect Free Speech?

US Elections Underscore Challenges of Online Content Moderation By Deborah Brown Social media platforms—under fire for not doing enough to address United States election-related misinformation in 2016—have released a flurry of new policies in recent weeks and months to protect the integrity of the… »

31.10.2020

Count on the National Popular Vote, Not the Electoral College

Count on the National Popular Vote, Not the Electoral College

Donald Trump may be the last loser to win through the Electoral College. Two of the last three presidencies, Trump’s included, have gone to the candidate who lost the popular vote. In 2000, the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the election to George W. Bush. It was later… »

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