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Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is dismissing claims from a Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer” that he managed to gain access to the private server where Clinton stored her emails while secretary of state.

Hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, who was extradited to the U.S. in March to face computer crime charges, told NBC News and Fox News in jailhouse interviews that he looked at information on Clinton’s server after obtaining details about the set-up from emails Clinton exchanged with Clinton outside adviser Sidney Blumenthal. The interview is set to air Sunday.

“It was like an open orchid on the Internet,” Lazar told NBC, claiming there were “hundreds of folders.”

“For me, it was easy. It was easy for me, for everybody” to get into the system, he told Fox.

Lazar told Fox he only looked at that server roughly twice because it was not interesting to him. “I was not paying attention. For me, it was not like the Hillary Clinton server, it was like an email server she and others were using with political voting stuff,” he said.

Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said Lazar is untrustworthy and his assertions defied logic in light of the fact that Blumenthal’s emails were published online several years ago in a hack attributed to Guccifer. He is now under indictment over that hack and others, including one that involved a family member of Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

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Final attempt to save Spain from second election in six months fails as socialist leader tells king he cannot form government.

A last-ditch attempt to save Spain from going to the polls for the second time in six months failed after the leader of the Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE), Pedro Sánchez, told the king that he could not muster enough seats, saying, “I cannot and should not submit myself for investiture”.

After a second round of meetings with party leaders failed to produce an agreement, King Felipe VI decided that no political party has enough support to form a government and confirmed that elections would be held on 26 June.

The general election held on 20 December resulted in no one party having a majority. Nor could an alliance of the right between the People’s party (PP) and Ciudadanos, or of the left between the Socialist Workers and Podemos, reach the magic number of 176 seats.

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The Federal Election Commission has declared Jill Stein eligible to receive federal matching funds. Stein is seeking the Green Party nomination for president for 2016.
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OP's note: Sending love to all Sanders supporters. <3 Jill Stein collaborating with Sanders seems like a pretty cool idea.


[4/13 general election] 6PM Tentative Voting Percentage: 58%, up 3.8% from the 19th general election

Jeonnam highest at 63.7%, Daegu lowest at 56.7%

The CEMC (Central Election Management Committee) revealed the voting record: out of 42,100,398 eligible voters, 24,432,533 people voted in the 20th general election, giving a 58% voting record. This is up 3.8% from the 54.2% of the 19th general election in 2012. It is also 1.4% higher than June 6th, 2014’s local election rate of 56.8%.

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Majority “crushing defeat”, floor leader’s “won by 1 seat” … The Minjoo Party 123 seats – Saenuri Party – 122 seats

In the 20th General Election for National Assembly, The Minjoo Party broke away from the Saenuri Party and won by 1 seat. Now April 14th, 6AM, the vote is completely confirmed and out of 253 seats, The Minjoo Party won 110.

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Saenuri’s crushing defeat, The Minjoo’s acclamation, The People’s Party Gust of Wind

On the 13th, the 20th General Elections were carried out, with the Saenuri Party failing to secure the majority of the National Assembly. For the first time in 16 years, starting in 2000, a new political situation has developed, with the minority now the majority. Last January, the formed party of The People’s Party rapidly rose in the Honam area, creating a 3 Party political system. The division fought a hard battle, with The Minjoo Party becoming leader after an overwhelming victory.

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Oh Se Hun “In the general election, my presidential candidate future skyrockets but they called for a misunderstanding”

On the 13th at 11PM, at Seoul Jongro’s own polling station, Saenuri Party’s Oh Se Hun showed his face with a calm expression and shared his thoughts on his loss. He lost today in the 20th General Elections to The Minjoo Party’s Jeong Se Gyun.

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The power of the national assembly is changing after 16 years… a steep path ahead for President Park’s remaining 22 months

President Park’s “3 Party minority to majority system” has revealed a new situation. Park didn’t anticipate this situation for her total 4 years. Even from last night, the Blue House had not given up hope that they could grab the majority of seats and have now fallen into shock. An advisor said “We did not expect this” and couldn’t continue. Another said, “I’m worried about how we will operate the government the remaining months.”

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Sources: Naver 1, 2, 3, Oh My News 4, Naver 5

I translated all these articles myself, that's why the wording seems so weird. I'm nearly fluent in Korean, but still not native, and lots of these words are difficult.. haha... :( if tl;dr or confusing for you, check my comment!

The superdelegate system is baffling and stupid, given that it’s composed of unelected randos who are free to support any candidate, and, in so doing, can potentially sway an entire primary election. Nevertheless, a bad way to voice your protest of that system is to threaten and/or harass the superdelegates. Don’t do that.

One superdelegate controversy—whether one should threaten them, like, physically—became an issue on the GOP side of things in early April. That’s when racist, sexist bigot, political operative, and Trump fan Roger Stone threatened to publicize the hotel room numbers of any RNC delegate who switched their support away from Trump.

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Note: The common denominator here is not Sanders supporters, but that guys remain the worst. I agree with the commenter that said that most people in this community are socially and politically aware women, so I have edited the article to address what I think the root of the problem is (guys on the internet being the worst, not Sanders supporters in general, as many Sanders supporters in this community are women or poc).

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Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — who has run off an impressive string of primary victories — dismissed actual vote totals that show former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a commanding lead, saying those votes “came from the South.”

Host George Stephanopoulos noted Clinton’s lead in delegates and asked the senator if he would take his fight for the nomination to the floor of the convention.

“Well, here’s what I think,” Sanders replied. “I think at the end of the day, what Democrats all over this country want to make sure is that somebody like a Donald Trump or a Ted Cruz does not end up in the White House. And I think what more and more Democrats are seeing is that Bernie Sanders is the stronger candidate.”

“She’s getting more votes,” the host pressed.

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WASHINGTON — When it comes to nominating presidential candidates, it turns out the world’s foremost democracy is not so purely democratic.

For decades, both major parties have used a somewhat convoluted process for picking their nominees, one that involves ordinary voters in only an indirect way. As Americans flock this year to outsider candidates, the kind most hindered by these rules, they are suddenly waking up to this reality. And their confusion and anger are adding another volatile element to an election being waged over questions of fairness and equality.

In Nashville a week ago, supporters of Donald J. Trump accused Republican leaders of trying to stack the state’s delegate slate with people who were anti-Trump. The Trump campaign posted the cellphone number of the state party chairman on Twitter, leading him to be inundated with calls. Several dozen people showed up at the meeting at which delegates were being named, banged on the windows and demanded to be let in.

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NOTE: I don't agree with the way this piece lumps the Sanders supporters with the Trump supporters. (Among other things, I really don't see a "sense of futility" in the Sanders camp, at least not at this point.) But I thought this was interesting and informative in spite of that, especially in terms of the historical perspective on how the nominating process has evolved over time.
Bill Clinton was supposed to be stumping for Hillary Clinton in Philly today. Instead, he spent a considerable amount of time explaining to Black Lives Matter protestors why they need to stop being so loud.

The clip above was perhaps the most egregious of Clinton’s condescending, tone deaf remarks, as he clashed with protestors in an attempt to defend his 1994 crime bill that raised the nation’s prison population by over a million. The entire exchange, as you can see below, is deeply uncomfortable and often infuriating.

In just six minutes, Clinton manages to say all of the following:

- “Here’s the thing. I like protestors, but the ones that won’t let you answer are afraid of the truth.”

- “Hillary spent her time trying to get healthcare for poor kids—and who were they? Their lives matter.”

- “I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out into the street to murder other African American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens—she didn’t.”

- “You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth.”

- “The reason they know it’s true is [the protestors] won’t hush. When somebody won’t hush and listen to you, that ain’t democracy. They’re afraid of the truth. Don’t you be afraid of the truth.”

- “I’ll tell you another story about a place where black lives matter: Africa.”

No doubt that’ll be all from Bill Clinton for a while.

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One of the country’s toughest voting restrictions takes effect for the April 5 primary.

Johnny Randle, a 74-year-old African-American resident of Milwaukee, moved to Wisconsin from Mississippi in 2011, the same year the state legislature passed a law requiring a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot. Randle, with the help of his daughter, petitioned the DMV to issue him a free ID for voting because he could not afford to pay for his Mississippi birth certificate.

After a five-month “adjudication process,” the DMV denied his request. His daughter ultimately tracked down his Mississippi birth certificate, but the name listed, Johnnie Marton Randall, did not match the name he’d used his entire life, Johnny Martin Randle. The DMV said that he would either need to correct his name through the Social Security Administration and get a new Social Security card reflecting the name on his birth certificate or go to court to “change” his name and “provide court documents reflecting that your name has legally been changed to read as ‘Johnny M Randle.’” But Randle worried that any change to his Social Security information might interrupt the monthly disability payments he survives on. (This account comes from a new lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s voting restrictions filed by Democratic lawyer Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s campaign counsel.)

Randle was forced to choose between his livelihood and his right to vote. As of the April 5 presidential primary, he is still not able to vote in Wisconsin. After voting without incident in the formerly Jim Crow South, he was disenfranchised when he moved to the North. Stories like Randle’s are why the Wisconsin Supreme Court dubbed the voter ID law a “de facto poll tax” and it was blocked in state and federal court until a panel of Republican-appointed judges reinstated the measure in 2014.Read more...Collapse )

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I knew voter i.d. laws were bad, but this is so much worse than I ever imagined. And that chart showing the difference in early voting hours is disgusting. *shudder*
Here’s what you need to know.

Livestream Time & Link
The hearing (and the livestream) will start at 10 a.m. local time (which is 1 p.m. Eastern). The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Arizona House of Representatives Building, in Room HHR 4. The direct link to the livestream from House Hearing Room 4 is here. You can also see links to all the House Hearing livestreams here.

According to the Arizona State Legislature, the Committee on Elections is hosting the special meeting, which will include testimony from Helen Purcell, Maricopa County Recorder, along with comments from the public on their experiences trying to vote. This is a nonpartisan meeting, addressing voting issues that both Democrats and Republicans faced and what can be done to fix the problems.

(Note: There was some confusion for some viewers because Arizona does not do daylight savings time. If you were expecting the meeting to start an hour earlier than it did, that might be why. It starts at 1 p.m. Eastern.)

Protests Are Also Happening Today
Several protests are also taking place today. There will be a March on Maricopa at the State Capitol at 9:45 a.m. local time, to coincide with the hearing. More than 200 are expected to attend.

There will also be two protests from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.: one in Tucson at the federal courthouse and one at the federal courthouse in Phoenix. These will will demand a complete counting of all provisional ballots, a random recount of unsorted vote-by-mail ballots, and the reinstatement of The Voting Rights Act.

The complaints about the primary are twofold. First, many polling stations were shut down in Maricopa County, resulting in voters having to wait three hours or more just to vote. In fact, the early results of the election were called while people were still standing in line waiting to vote. In addition, many voters who had previously been registered as Democrat were told they were now inactive or unaffiliated and couldn’t vote at all.

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