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Top General: Military Won't Get Involved in Contested Election

Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Mark Milley says courts, Congress would have to settle any such dispute

(Newser) - Two weeks ago, what the National Review calls a "bizarre open letter" emerged regarding the upcoming election. The letter from the Defense One site offered a hypothetical in which President Trump refuses to leave office in January after losing the election, then reminded Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen.... More »

Opposition Candidate Flees Belarus: I Had No Choice

'Many will hate me, but God forbid you will ever have to face the choice that I had to face'

(Newser) - The opposition candidate in Belarus' disputed presidential election is no longer in the country, and a rep claims she was forced out. Svetlana Tikhanovskaya appeared Tuesday in a short video saying she'd opted to reunite with her children, who moved abroad after receiving threats during the campaign. "I... More »

North Korea Warns US of Election 'Hair Raiser'

Ministry says US should 'hold its tongue'

(Newser) - Countries that plan to interfere in the elections of other nations don't normally inform the target of their intentions—but North Korea likes to do things its own way. The country's Foreign Ministry warned Thursday that the US election in November could be in jeopardy if Washington doesn'... More »

This State Will Send Everyone a Mail-In Ballot for November

Gavin Newsom has issued executive order in California amid coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - In a US first, one state has committed to sending mail-in ballots to all voters for November's election. Per KGO , Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Friday announcing that ballots would be sent to eligible Californians as the state slowly starts to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.... More »

Trump: China 'Will Do Anything' to Spoil My Reelection

President also doesn't believe polls giving Biden the edge

(Newser) - President Trump's reelection bid is shakier than it was at the end of 2019, thanks to the coronavirus and an upended economy—and he's now pointing the finger at China for that. Trump, who has been vocal in blaming China for the spread of the virus by not... More »

Trump's Midwest Support Hasn't Fallen 'One Inch': Moore

If today were Election Day, foe says, president would win again

(Newser) - Michael Moore isn't happy about it, but he says that if the presidential election were held now, Donald Trump would win again—the same way. The Michigan filmmaker said Trump would lose the popular vote but win the Electoral College, as he did in 2016, Fox News reports. The... More »

'Don't Tell Anyone': Putin Jokingly Offers a Secret

The subject is election meddling

(Newser) - In June, President Trump jokingly told Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election. Putin apparently thinks the joke is still funny. In a panel appearance at Russian Energy Week on Wednesday, he was asked about the concerns that Russia might meddle. "I'll tell you a secret,... More »

'Mayor Pete': It's Official

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor enters the 2020 presidential race

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country, the AP reports. "I recognize the audacity of doing... More »

Just Hours Before Nation's Election, a Postponement

Voting for Nigerian president put off till next Saturday due to unspecified 'challenges'

(Newser) - Nigerians have awakened to find the presidential election delayed until Feb. 23, a week from Saturday, per the AP . In an early-morning statement, the electoral commission cited unspecified "challenges" and said it would give more details Saturday afternoon. Some bitter voters in the capital, Abuja, and elsewhere who traveled... More »

Jolie in 2020? Her Answer Isn't What We Thought

The acclaimed actor spars with BBC host over possible presidential run

(Newser) - Ready to vote for Angelina Jolie? The actress didn't exactly decline when asked on a BBC radio show Friday whether she might jump into politics, CNN reports. "Honestly, if you'd asked me 20 years ago I would have laughed, I really don't know," says Jolie,... More »

As Hillary Re-Emerges, Some Democrats Worry

Former adviser Reines, however, says the party would be foolish to disregard her

(Newser) - "No, I'm not going to run again." So declared Hillary Clinton this week in an interview with BBC Radio. Clinton, however, said she planned to remain in the public eye criticizing President Trump, reports CNBC . One thing that seems clear: Given her re-emergence on the national stage,... More »

A New President Is 'Humbled,' Opponent Cries Fraud

Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the election in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the election there Friday as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa received 50.8% of the vote, while main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa received 44.3%, but the opposition is... 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 »

Obama Issues Rare Statement Ahead of Kenya Vote

Former president asks leaders to 'reject violence and incitement'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has mostly steered clear of politics—at least publicly—since leaving office. There was an alteration Monday, however, on the eve of an election in Kenya. The former president, whose father was born in the country, urged Kenyans to "work for an election—and aftermath—that is... More »

Liberal Headed for a Win in S. Korea Presidential Election

Exit polls show Moon Jae-in will likely take over for disgraced Park Geun-hye

(Newser) - Exit polls in South Korea forecast that liberal candidate Moon Jae-in will win an election Tuesday to succeed ousted President Park Geun-hye, arrested in March for alleged corruption. A Moon win would end a decade of conservative rule in the South and could result in sharp departures from recent policy... More »

Bush Letter to Clinton Has People Longing for Civil Politics

'Your success now is our country's success'

(Newser) - A 1993 letter from George HW Bush to Bill Clinton is suddenly back in the news, being hailed as a great example of grace in defeat and a reminder of what a peaceful transition of power looks like. The letter, which is mentioned in autobiographies by both former presidents, was... More »

Giuliani on 'Rigged' Election: Dead Folks Vote Democrat

Former NYC mayor alleges voter fraud is going to happen in inner cities to help Clinton

(Newser) - Dead men may not wear plaid, but they do vote for Hillary Clinton—at least according to Rudy Giuliani. Donald Trump is convinced the presidential election is rigged , and the former NYC mayor, one of his top surrogates, think he knows who's coming out of the woodwork to help... More »

Maryland's GOP Governor Isn't Voting for Trump

Larry Hogan says he might write another name on ballot

(Newser) - Maryland's Larry Hogan has become the latest governor to decide that being a Republican doesn't mean you have to vote for Donald Trump. After months of skirting the question, Hogan told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't plan to vote for Trump in November, reports the Baltimore Sun... More »

Trump Will Treat You to the Benghazi Movie Tonight

If you live in Iowa and are somehow able to RSVP

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Urbandale, Iowa, can take in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for free Friday night … courtesy of Donald Trump. He's rented out space at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre and anyone who RSVPs can attend the 6pm showing free. That's an $8... More »

Obama Gives Biden His 'Blessing'

"Certainly he's got something at stake here," says White House spokesman

(Newser) - Big day for Joe Biden: Over lunch at the White House, he received President Obama's "blessing" to run for the Oval Office. A top Democrat gave CNN the news and said Obama would neither advise Biden against running nor hinder his candidacy. What's more, sources say Biden... More »

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