Election 2016

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Trump Scraps His Own Controversial Commission

Voter fraud panel had a short and troubled existence

(Newser) - President Trump's controversial voter fraud commission is history after holding a grand total of two meetings. The White House says the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity—set up last year to investigate Trump's claims that millions of people illegally voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016—is being... More »

Sources: Russia 'Will Be Back' for Next US Elections

US has had warnings on Russian disinformation campaign, but a 'piecemeal' reaction to it

(Newser) - As the debate about Russia's interference in the 2016 US election pushes into 2018, a look behind the scenes at American counterintelligence efforts reveals red flags have long been waving—but that the US formed what the Washington Post calls a "piecemeal response" rife with players who didn'... More »

Book on Trump Spills Details of His Bad Habits

Related to diet and language, at least while on the campaign trail

(Newser) - Let Trump Be Trump is the title of a book on the president written by two men who advised his campaign, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. The Washington Post got an early look at the book, which will be released Tuesday, and cobbles together anecdotes on what "being Trump"... More »

Melania Trump Never Thought He'd Win

'She didn't want this come hell or high water,' an insider tells 'Vanity Fair'

(Newser) - Count Melania Trump among those surprised that her husband won the presidency. A profile of the first lady at Vanity Fair quotes two insiders who say that Melania gave Donald Trump an ultimatum of sorts: Either run for the presidency or stop brooding about it. "She was very clearly... More »

Trump Jr.'s Messages to WikiLeaks Leaked

He responded to organization 3 times

(Newser) - Donald Trump Jr. privately communicated with WikiLeaks on Twitter before and after last year's election, receiving requests that ran from the reasonable to making Julian Assange ambassador to Australia. Trump Jr. released the exchanges on Twitter on Monday night after they were leaked to the Atlantic , which reported that... More »

Donna Brazile to Critics: 'Go to Hell'

Former DNC chair says she won't be quiet

(Newser) - Donna Brazile has strong words for anyone who wishes she'd kept quiet instead of airing her implication that the Democratic National Committee essentially rigged the 2016 presidential primary for Hillary Clinton. "George, for those who are telling the me to shut up, they told Hillary that a couple... More »

Popular Blogger Didn't Exist, Created by Russian Troll Farm

'Jenna Abrams' and her alt-right views often went viral

(Newser) - The Daily Beast offers a fascinating look at one of the creations of the Russian troll farm that sought to influence the US presidential election: a fake blogger whose online persona was painstakingly crafted starting in 2014. "Jenna Abrams" had a Twitter account, a Medium page, a GoFundMe page,... More »

Donna Brazile Suggests DNC Rigged Nomination for Clinton

Hillary's campaign asserted control of party finances long before she was nominee

(Newser) - Donna Brazile is out with a withering account alleging that the Democratic National Committee worked in cahoots with the Hillary Clinton campaign to make sure Clinton ended up as the nominee. The account, headlined "Inside Hillary Clinton's Secret Takeover of the DNC," is excerpted from an upcoming... More »

House GOP to Investigate FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Probe

Chairmen of 2 committees have questions about DOJ's actions during 2016 election

(Newser) - The Republican chairmen of two House committees announced Tuesday they're opening an investigation into actions the Obama administration's Justice Department took during last year's presidential election, the AP reports. The chairmen said in a statement Tuesday they have several questions, including why then-FBI Director James Comey decided... More »

House of Cards Taught Russian Trolls About American Politics

One way to better understand the American mindset

(Newser) - Members of the so-called "troll factory" that Russian President Vladimir Putin employed to influence the 2016 presidential election were required to watch House of Cards as part of their training in US politics, Yahoo reports. In a television interview broadcast Sunday by the independent Russian TV station Rain, a... More »

Election Fraud Staffer Busted for Child Porn

Ronald Williams II was working on Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

(Newser) - Donald Trump's already controversial Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity took another hit this week when a man working on the commission was arrested on child pornography charges. Ronald Williams II, of Suitland, Md., was arrested late last week by Maryland State Police after they followed a tip indicating... More »

Bannon Emails: Pence Pick Is 'the Price We Pay'

He called Trump's vice presidential selection 'an unfortunate necessity'

(Newser) - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon referred to Mike Pence as "an unfortunate necessity" during the 2016 presidential election. Responding to an email from former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who asked Bannon's thoughts on Pence on the day he was announced as Trump's running mate, Breitbart'... More »

Looks Like the Russians Took Advantage of Google, Too

Company finds 2016 election ads on YouTube, elsewhere, bought by Russians

(Newser) - In the tech world, Facebook and Twitter have taken the brunt of the criticism for allowing Russia to meddle in the 2016 election. Now, we can add Google to the list. The company conducted its own investigation and found that tens of thousands of dollars worth of ads bought by... More »

Russia Might've Favored Twitter for Election Meddling

Research suggests Russian-linked accounts are still sowing discord

(Newser) - Facebook is taking most of the flak regarding Russian social media influence during and after the 2016 presidential election, but Twitter might be more deserving. Citing research by the Alliance for Securing Democracy , the New York Times notes "there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more... More »

Federal Government Notifies 21 States of Election Hacking

Most systems weren't breached ahead of 2016 election

(Newser) - The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached, the AP reports. The government said last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before... More »

Facebook Will Hand Over Russian Ads to Congress

Company says it wants to help with a 'full accounting'

(Newser) - Facebook is reversing course and will turn turn over to Congress copies of ads bought by Russians in the 2016 election. The company had previously balked on doing so over privacy concerns but has changed course after what Mark Zuckerberg called “an extensive legal and policy review," per... More »

Clinton Again Notes US Firm's Role in Tainted Kenya Vote

Cambridge Analytica is owned by Mercer family, Trump supporters

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is clarifying: She doesn't intend to contest the 2016 election. The issue made headlines this week after Clinton told NPR that she wouldn't rule out challenging the legitimacy of the outcome if investigators prove Russia played a major role. In a followup talk with Mic , Clinton... More »

Clinton Won't Rule Out Challenging Election Validity

Although she tells NPR she doesn't think there's any avenue to do that

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's latest interview to plug her memoir might be the most provocative yet. In response to a question, Clinton tells Terry Gross of NPR that she would not rule out challenging the legitimacy of the 2016 election because of Russian interference. However, Clinton adds that she doesn't... More »

Lawyers: Weiner's Teen Sexting Victim Wanted to Sway Election

Though ex-congressman's attorneys also referenced his own 'operatic self-destruction'

(Newser) - Disgraced ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner is no predator and should be spared prison at his sentencing for sexting with a North Carolina teen who dreamed of affecting the US presidential election, his lawyers told a judge on Wednesday. Per the AP , the submission in Manhattan federal court referenced "... More »

Clinton Has 'No Doubt' Trump Team Helped Russians

'Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton blames a lot of people for her election loss in new book What Happened, including herself—and Vladimir Putin. She says that she is now "convinced" that there was collusion between members of President Trump's campaign team and Russians seeking to meddle in the election. "... More »

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