Author: Sam Levine

Eric Holder Rips Republicans For Trying To Make It More Difficult To Vote

THE HUFFINGTON POST Former Attorney General Eric Holder says it’s “shameful” Republicans are seeking to implement photo ID laws and other measures that make it more difficult to vote. Holder, who is leading a national redistricting reform effort, accused Republicans of trying to suppress potential voters who are less likely to support them. He made the remarks during the National Action Network’s annual convention in New York City on Wednesday.  “Some Republicans have declared, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em, change the rules.’ Make it more difficult for those least likely to support Republican candidates to vote,” he said. “This is...

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Another State Shows Voter Fraud Isn’t A Widespread Problem

THE HUFFINGTON POST Voting irregularities in North Carolina accounted for just 0.01 percent of nearly 4.8 million votes in last year’s general election, according to a State Board Of Elections audit released on Friday. The State Board Of Elections said that even if every irregularity was proven to be voter fraud, there wasn’t enough of it to have influenced the outcome of any race. “One ineligible vote is too many in any election; however, our analysis of irregularities does not indicate any contest was affected in November,” Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections, said in...

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Khizr And Ghazala Khan Endorse Democrat In Virginia Governor’s Race

THE HUFFINGTON POST Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Gold Star family that delivered one of the most powerful messages at Democratic National Convention, have endorsed Tom Perriello in the Virginia gubernatorial race. The couple sent out a fundraising email on Perriello’s behalf Wednesday morning. The message focused on President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban Muslims from the U.S., citing Islamophobic attacks and highlighting how the candidate they’re backing would fight back. “Resisting President Trump and defeating the hate and bigotry that he sows will take people of conviction and good conscience standing up and fighting back. Tom Perriello is one of those people,”...

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Congressman Who Shouted ‘You Lie’ At Obama Gets A Taste Of His Own Medicine

THE HUFFINGTON POST In 2009, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted “You lie!” at then-President Barack Obama during his address on health care to a joint session of Congress. On Monday, Wilson faced angry constituents who chanted his own insult back at him. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, attendees at a question-and-answer session at Aiken Technical College in Graniteville, South Carolina, gave Wilson a rough reception. When the lawmaker, who voted against extending the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, claimed he’d worked to prevent violence against women, audience members chanted “You lie!” They did it again when he tried...

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Kansas Democrats Are About To Show Just How Big The Anti-Trump Wave Actually Is

THE HUFFINGTON POST  Voters in Kansas’ fourth congressional district are heading to the polls on Tuesday in an unexpectedly close race. And there’s a chance they’ll send President Donald Trump a rebuke in the first federal election since he won the White House in November. The contest is over the seat formerly held by Mike Pompeo, the tea party congressman Trump picked to run the CIA. Republicans have a considerable advantage in the district, which is home to Koch Industries, as Pompeo was re-elected by over 31 points in November. Ron Estes, the Republican state treasurer, remains the favorite...

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Kansas Democrat Boasts Of Support From Bernie Sanders Group In Close Race

THE HUFFINGTON POST A Democrat running for a congressional seat in an ultra-conservative district is touting support from a Bernie Sanders-aligned group in the final days before a Kansas special election on Tuesday that appears to be unexpectedly close. There’s been a swell of support for James Thompson, the Democrat running to fill the seat vacated by Tea Party congressman Mike Pompeo, who was tapped by President Donald Trump to lead the CIA. Republicans have stepped up spending in the race, signaling they could be worried about the result. Along with the Kansas race, Democrats are looking to special...

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Rex Tillerson Defends Not Taking Reporters On Foreign Trip, Says ‘He Doesn’t Need’ Them

  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended the State Department decision not to bring the American press corps with him on his trip to Asia, saying he wasn’t “a big media press access person.” In an interview with the conservative Independent Journal Review, the only outlet allowed on the trip, Tillerson said he would evaluate whether to take reporters with him on a case-by-case basis, depending on whether he needed them to communicate his message or not. “First and foremost is what is my mission and why am I going? How can I best accomplish that mission? What’s the most effective way for me to do that? I’m not a big media press access person. I personally don’t need it,” said the former ExxonMobil CEO in the interview, published Saturday. “I understand it’s important to get the message of what we’re doing out, but I also think there’s only a purpose in getting the message out when there’s something to be done.” Some reporters were quick to point out that the job of the press isn’t simply to communicate the needs of the secretary of state or his department, but to hold America’s chief diplomat accountable. Rex Tillerson does not appear to understand that he now works for the U.S. taxpayer, not ExxonMobil:https://t.co/iQmaYHinnl — Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) March 18, 2017 Tillerson has no concept he doesn’t work for Exxon shareholders; he...

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Just A Reminder That Trump Has Still Provided Zero Evidence Of Voter Fraud

  This is an ongoing feature keeping track of the lack of evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election. It will be updated intermittently, and should any such evidence be offered to the public, we will note it. President Donald Trump still hasn’t provided any evidence of voter fraud in the U.S., despite repeatedly claiming that it’s a widespread issue and that thousands of people voted illegally in New Hampshire in November. Trump, who has tapped Vice President Mike Pence to lead an investigation into the issue, first made the New Hampshire claim last month during a closed-door Oval Office meeting with Democratic and Republican senators. The president told the group that he lost the state and that former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) didn’t retain her seat because thousands of people had been bused in to the state to vote illegally. Multiple studies and investigations have shown that widespread voter fraud does not exist. Still, the White House hasn’t backed down. Stephen Miller, a top Trump aide, said it was obvious there was voter fraud in New Hampshire. “I can tell you that this issue … is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real, it’s very serious,” Miller said two days after Trump’s initial claim. Apparently, it isn’t so widely known. New Hampshire election officials said immediately after Trump’s...

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