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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....

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....

Dixville Notch Keeps Its Place at the Front of the Voting Line

New Hampshire town preserves midnight balloting by adding a resident

(Newser) - Every four years, the nation's attention shifts briefly to Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The town has opened the doors of its polling place at a tick after midnight for presidential primaries and general elections for almost 60 years. That tradition was at risk but has been spared, NECN reports....

GOP Voters Like More Trumps for 2024

Pence leads poll, but two of the president's children are right up there

(Newser) - You'd think we should settle the 2020 presidential election first, but a poll has jumped ahead to gauge support for possible GOP nominees in 2024. The SurveyMonkey poll, conducted for Axios , found a significant portion of voters who are Republicans or lean that way haven't gotten enough of...

'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,...

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...

As France Votes, Louvre Is Evacuated

Suspicious bag left outside courtyard where Macron planned to celebrate

(Newser) - Emmanuel Macron's campaign press office says a suspicious bag that prompted the evacuation of the courtyard outside the Louvre museum where the centrist French presidential candidate has planned to celebrate election night. Macron's team said a press room had been set up at the downtown Paris location and...

Nicaraguan Prez's Running Mate: His Own Wife

Opponent says move is 'absolutist, totalitarian'

(Newser) - A plot straight out of House of Cards is playing out in Nicaragua: On Tuesday, President Daniel Ortega chose his wife as his running mate ahead of a November election that he's "heavily favored to win," securing a third consecutive term, reports Reuters . Ortega, 70, of the...

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...

Egypt Stalls Election Decision

Experts fear military could be against civilian rule

(Newser) - Hosni Mubarak stepped down just over a year ago, but Egypt still shows few signs of a presidential election on the horizon. An election commission was supposed to announce a timetable, but even that has been delayed—officially because of problems organizing voting procedures for Egypt's expatriates. Nominations for...

François Hollande to Run Against Sarkozy

Longtime party official says he can restore 'French dream'

(Newser) - The French Socialists have a candidate for next year's presidential elections (and, surprise, it's not DSK), so now preparations can really begin for the Nicolas Sarkozy showdown, reports the BBC . The Socialists yesterday chose François Hollande—a longtime party official who has never held a ministerial-level office—...

Wyclef Jean Shot in Hand in Haiti

Treated for gunshot as Haiti goes to vote

(Newser) - As his country goes to vote for the presidential race he was barred from, it's oddly Wyclef Jean who's instead making news. The Haitian-born singer has been released from a hospital outside Port-au-Prince after he was shot in the hand last night, reports the AP . A rep for Jean, as...

Bomb Defused on Iranian Airliner

(Newser) - A home-made bomb found aboard an Iranian airliner was defused after an emergency landing, reports the BBC. Plainclothes security guards discovered the bomb in a bathroom of the plane shortly after take-off from Ahvaz, an oil-rich area along the Iraq border marked by unrest among minorities. The incident signals rising...

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