By Janet Reitman The New York Times Tues., Nov. 6, 2018 The first indication to Lt. Dan Stout that law enforcement’s handling of white supremacy was broken came in September 2017, as he was sitting in an emergency-operations centre in Gainesville, Fla., preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and watching what felt like his thousandth YouTube video of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. Jesus Christ, he thought, studying the footage in which crowds of angry men, who had gathered to attend or protest the Unite the Right rally, set upon one another with sticks and flagpole spears and flame throwers and God knows what else. A black man held an aerosol can, igniting the spray, and in retaliation, a white man picked up his gun, pointed it toward the black man and fired it at the ground. The Virginia state troopers, inexplicably, stood by and watched. Stout fixated on this image, wondering what kind of organizational failure had led to the debacle. He had … [Read more...] about How U.S. law enforcement failed to see the threat of white nationalism
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caption Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, vote in New York on November 8, 2016. source REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Lawmakers in Washington have been criticized for failing to enact any major legislation since Russia targeted state election systems in 2016. But inaction at the federal level hasn’t deterred state officials. From Virginia to Illinois to Colorado, states across the US have made significant strides in safeguarding their elections. Despite concerns that hackers will return this year to undermine the midterm elections, security experts are confident states will be able to thwart serious attacks. On June 23, 2016, unidentified hackers made their way into the statewide voter-registration system in Illinois. They remained undetected in the system for three weeks until they appeared to intentionally overload the voter-registration website with a massive … [Read more...] about US intelligence officials say Russia will be back to try to undermine the 2018 elections. But here’s why Americans shouldn’t be so worried.
WASHINGTON: US Republican leaders cast a concerned eye toward West Virginia on Tuesday to see whether an ex-con coal baron wins the Senate primary, a move that could trigger panic in a party fretting over keeping its majority in Congress. West Virginia — bedrock Trump country — is one of three US states where voters are choosing Republicans to take on endangered Democratic Senate incumbents, as President Donald Trump's party intensifies its efforts ahead of November's mid-term elections. North Carolina is also holding primaries for a set of crucial House races. The contests in all four states will help frame this year's battle for Congress. But all eyes in political America are on economically struggling West Virginia to see whether divisive candidate Don Blankenship will win the nomination despite an all-out campaign by Republican leaders to stop him, fearing he is too radical to prevail later this year. Trump has already come out against Blankenship, tweeting on Monday … [Read more...] about Republicans rattled as ex-con coal baron seeks W.Virginia Senate seat
FACED WITH mounting pressure from critics and the international community, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday said the next election would be held “no later than” next February. While making his latest promise about the election date, however, Prayut also warned that it would also depend on the situation at the time. “I am not making any threats. Let’s see what happens when the ban on political activities is lifted,” he said. He rejected speculation that his post-coup government was plotting to cause endless delays to the election to stay in power. Suspicions to that effect grew after the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) voted to postpone enforcement of the MPs election bill for 90 days. “Now I will give you a clear answer. The election will take place no later than February 2019,” the prime minister told Government House reporters during a press briefing. He confirmed that an election would be held by then, even though all the … [Read more...] about Election postponed – again
When the federal government reopened on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deal to put off immigration negotiations in favor of a short-term spending plan took center stage – but a bipartisan group of centrist senators were celebrating their own victory. The moderate group, who call themselves the Common Sense Coalition, came together for a series of meetings behind the scenes. Led by Republican Sen. Susan Collins, they were able to successfully create the united front needed to push the leaders of the two parties together to finalize a deal. Whether this centrist coalition will last is unclear. But for the time being, these compromise-minded lawmakers are helping pave the way for bipartisan dealmaking in an age of intractable political tribalism. Meet the 23 senators in the Common Sense Coalition:Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, led the coalition meetings in her office, and used a tribal … [Read more...] about Meet the Common Sense Coalition — the bipartisan group of senators who ended the government shutdown