F.E.C. Dismisses Case Against Democrats Over Outreach to Ukraine

The Federal Election Commission voted 4 to 2 not to pursue accusations that Democrats in 2016 sought help from Ukraine to damage Donald J. Trump’s campaign.

#democratic-national-committee, #foundation-for-accountability-and-civic-trust, #manafort-paul-j, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #telizhenko-andrii, #ukraine, #weintraub-ellen-l, #whitaker-matthew-g

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The D.N.C. Didn’t Get Hacked in 2020. Here’s Why.

A devastating email breach of the D.N.C. roiled Democrats in the final months of 2016. An unassuming security official made it his mission to prevent a recurrence.

#bob-lord, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #democratic-congressional-campaign-committee, #democratic-national-committee, #podesta-john-d, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #schultz-debbie-wasserman, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Democrats Who Lost in Deep-Red Places Might Have Helped Biden

A study by a liberal group found a reverse coattails effect in 2020: Down-ballot candidates may have helped elect President Biden, rather than the other way around.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #elections-state-legislature, #presidential-election-of-2020, #run-for-something, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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The Presidential Primary Calendar Stinks. Now’s the Time to Shake It Up.

Democrats should take the opportunity to reform an out-of-touch system.

#democratic-national-committee, #nevada, #primaries-and-caucuses, #state-legislatures, #voting-and-voters

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Tom Perez on Democrats’ Mistakes and Why Iowa Shouldn’t Go First

In an interview, the former D.N.C. chairman discussed a possible bid for Maryland governor and said Iowa and New Hampshire starting the presidential nominating process was “unacceptable.”

#democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #elections-governors, #maryland, #perez-thomas-e, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Fox Settled a Lawsuit Over Its Lies. But It Insisted on One Unusual Condition.

Why did the network insist an agreement with the family of a murdered young man remain undisclosed until after the election?

#conspiracy-theories, #democratic-national-committee, #dobbs-lou, #fox-news-channel, #hannity-sean, #media, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rich-seth-conrad-1989-2017, #rumors-and-misinformation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Jaime Harrison Said to Be Pick for Next D.N.C. Chair

Mr. Harrison, a veteran of South Carolina politics, was the Democratic nominee against Senator Lindsey Graham and shattered fund-raising records in the race.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #harrison-jaime-r-1976, #south-carolina

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10 Months Later, Iowa Democrats Blame National Party for Caucus Meltdown

With the future of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation Democratic caucuses in jeopardy, the state party sought to shift blame for a breakdown that delayed results for days after the Feb. 3 contest.

#democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #iowa, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #primaries-and-caucuses

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Our Political System Is Unfair. Liberals Need to Just Deal With It.

There are few if any pathways to changing either the Electoral College or the structure of the Senate in the near-term.

#abrams-stacey-y, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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After 2016 Shock, Wisconsin Democrats Picked Themselves Off the Floor

Hillary Clinton’s narrow loss refocused the party’s efforts to reclaim support and power after years of Republican statehouse dominance.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #green-bay-wis, #karofsky-jill, #milwaukee-wis, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walker-scott-k, #wisconsin

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Battles Over Voting Rules Fuel Concern About Postelection Fights

Even as early voting has gotten underway, some pivotal states are still litigating how ballots should be cast and counted, creating uncertainty that is being fanned by President Trump.

#absentee-voting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #elias-marc-e, #michigan, #north-carolina, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #politics-and-government, #postal-service-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Democrats and Republicans

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly aiming at Biden campaign officials.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials of Both Parties

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly targeting Biden campaign officials.

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Democrats Belatedly Launch Operation to Share Information on Voters

Democrats have been far behind Republicans on compiling and sharing information that can be used by campaigns, state parties and super PACs.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #democratic-national-committee, #emilys-list, #perez-thomas-e, #political-action-committees, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa

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Flat Polls. Weak Ratings. Do Political Conventions Have a Future?

Ratings were down and polls barely budged. Did the August conventions offer a road map for saving a flailing political institution?

#democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #news-and-news-media, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-elections-us, #ratings-audience-measurement, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party

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Biden Expected to Surpass $300 Million Raised in August, Shattering Record

The fund-raising total would exceed previous monthly hauls and is more than double what the former vice president raised in July.

#actblue, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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The Trump Campaign Accepted Russian Help to Win in 2016. Case Closed.

“Cooperation” or “collusion” or whatever. It was a plot against American democracy.

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Biden Said, ‘Most Cops Are Good.’ But Progressives Want Systemic Change.

Joe Biden’s comment at the convention that “most cops are good” and that the bad ones need to be prosecuted struck an array of activists as discordant at a moment when many are calling for transformational change.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #police, #police-reform, #presidential-election-of-2020

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What We Learned From Report on 2016 Trump Campaign and Russian Interference

Senators divided along party lines about whether to conclude that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin’s election sabotage operations.

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8 Takeaways From the Senate Committee Report on Russian Interference

Senators divided along party lines about whether to conclude that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin’s election sabotage operations.

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Decrypted: The block clock tick-tocks on TikTok

In less than three months and notwithstanding intervention, TikTok will be effectively banned in the U.S. unless an American company steps in to save it, after the Trump administration declared by executive order this week that the Chinese-built video sharing app is a threat to national security.

How much of a threat TikTok poses exactly remains to be seen. U.S. officials are convinced that the app could be compelled by Beijing to vacuum up reams of Westerners’ data for intelligence. Or is the app, beloved by millions of young American voters, simply a pawn in the Trump administration’s long political standoff with China?

Really, the answer is a bit of both — even if on paper TikTok is no worse than the homegrown threat to privacy posed by the Big Tech behemoths: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google . But the foreign threat from Beijing alone was enough that the Trump administration needed to crack down on the app — and the videos frequently critical of the administration’s actions.

For its part, TikTok says it will fight back against the Trump administration’s action.

This week’s Decrypted looks at TikTok amid its looming ban. We’ll look at why the ban is unlikely, even if privacy and security issues persist.


THE BIG PICTURE

Internet watchdog says a TikTok ban is a ‘seed of genuine security concern wrapped in a thick layer of censorship’

The verdict from the Electronic Frontier Foundation is clear: The U.S. can’t ban TikTok without violating the First Amendment. Banning the app would be a huge abridgment of freedom of speech, whether it’s forbidding the app stores from serving it or blocking it at the network level.

But there are still legitimate security and privacy concerns. The big issue for U.S. authorities is that the app’s parent company, ByteDance, has staff in China and is subject to Beijing’s rules.

#adware, #android, #apps, #bytedance, #china, #democratic-national-committee, #electronic-frontier-foundation, #extra-crunch, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google, #market-analysis, #motherboard, #national-security-agency, #operating-systems, #privacy, #security, #social, #tc, #tiktok

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Milwaukee’s Lost Mega-Event: ‘It’s the Ghost Convention Now’

The Democratic convention starts Monday. But none of the leading participants will be in Milwaukee, the host city. Hotels there were closed and the bars of America’s most beer-loving city were eerily barren.

#barrett-tom-1953, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #lasry-marc, #milwaukee-wis, #perez-thomas-e, #presidential-election-of-2020

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Trump Raises $165 Million With G.O.P. in July, Overtaking Biden

Joe Biden raised $140 million last month. A record-setting pace of money continues to flood into the presidential campaign.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden’s Milwaukee Trip Is Canceled, and So Is a Normal Presidential Campaign

The Democrats bowed to the realities of the pandemic and canceled the major in-person speeches that were still planned for their convention this month.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delaware, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #milwaukee-wis, #presidential-election-of-2020, #wisconsin

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Trump Still Defers to Putin, Even as He Dismisses U.S. Intelligence and the Allies

Say this about President Trump’s approach to Moscow: It’s been consistent.

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Inside the Shrinking 2020 Democratic Convention in Milwaukee

An event that was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee may now involve just 300, with plans still far from settled a month before the convention.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #milwaukee-wis, #presidential-election-of-2020

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Democratic Officials Tell Members of Congress to Skip the Convention

The directive ensures that little will happen at the convention in Milwaukee beyond speeches by former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., his vice-presidential nominee and a handful of other top party leaders.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #jacksonville-fla, #milwaukee-wis, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Dizzying Amounts of Money Pour Into the Biden and Trump Campaigns

The candidates together raised over a quarter of a billion dollars in June, pointing to Joe Biden’s financial turnaround, President Trump’s resiliency and the 2020 campaign’s staggering cost.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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We Talked to More Than 50 Democratic Officials. Almost All Want to Divert Police Funding.

Interviews with superdelegates and members of a Biden-Sanders task force found near-unanimous sentiment for redirecting money away from policing, with positions beyond what Joseph R. Biden Jr. has proposed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bowman-jamaal, #budgets-and-budgeting, #castro-julian, #democratic-national-committee, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sanders-bernard

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How Joe Biden Is Catching Up to the Trump Money ‘Juggernaut’

In May, Mr. Biden passed President Trump in fund-raising for the first time. A surge in donations has helped cut into the president’s financial advantage.

#actblue, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #dillon-jennifer-omalley, #parscale-brad-1976, #perez-thomas-e, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j

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Biden Raised More Than Trump in May, His First Month Leading the Money Race

It was a reversal of fortunes for the former vice president and a testament to the advantages of his first full month of fund-raising in concert with the Democratic National Committee.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Biden and D.N.C. Raised Nearly $81 Million in May, a New High

The former vice president had struggled with fund-raising throughout much of the primary campaign, but the pace of giving has sharply increased.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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If Democrats Hold a Big Convention, Will Anybody Come?

The Times interviewed 59 delegates who will help nominate Joe Biden. Most said they don’t want to risk their own health, or the health of others, by attending a full-scale convention in Milwaukee.

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Democrats Will Take Their First Step Toward a Virtual Convention

A vote by the party’s rules committee comes as officials hold out hope for some kind of in-person celebration in August, even as a large gathering appears increasingly unlikely because of the coronavirus.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #milwaukee-wis, #presidential-election-of-2020

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Biden and Trump Teams Each Raised Over $60 Million in April

President Trump and the Republicans, who brought in slightly more, maintain a vast cash advantage. But Mr. Biden’s substantial haul is likely to buoy Democrats who are worried about his ability to compete financially.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There? No Political Canvassers, for the First Time Maybe Ever

Candidates and political parties are struggling to plan for a fall campaign without some of the most basic building blocks of politics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Joe Biden Would Rather Be Talking About Something Else

Anything else, really.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #klobuchar-amy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reade-tara, #unemployment, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Democrats, It’s Time to Consider a Plan B

Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden demand action.

#metoo-movement, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reade-tara, #sex-crimes, #womens-rights

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Joe Biden, Tara Reade and the Truth

Americans deserve to know more about a sexual assault accusation against the likely Democratic Party nominee.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-national-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reade-tara, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-delaware

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New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary

The State Board of Elections scrapped the state’s June 23 Democratic nominating contest, citing the risk of spreading coronavirus, in a move opposed by supporters of Bernie Sanders.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #board-of-elections-nys, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #sanders-bernard, #spano-andrew-j

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Biden Will Fund-Raise With D.N.C. and His Appointee Will Lead the Committee

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is beginning to consolidate control over the Democratic National Committee and will have the ability to raise badly needed cash.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cahill-mary-beth, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #dillon-jennifer-omalley, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sanders-bernard

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Joe Biden Starts General Election Nearly $187 Million Behind Trump

New fund-raising figures show the depth of the financial hole in which Mr. Biden finds himself against a president and Republican Party that have built up a huge war chest.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #democratic-national-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #priorities-usa, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j

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Ex-Field Organizer Sues Bloomberg Campaign, Alleging Breach of Contract

A former campaign worker for Michael Bloomberg filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on Monday, arguing she and thousands of others were tricked into taking their jobs and are owed overtime pay.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #democratic-national-committee, #presidential-election-of-2020, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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How the Coronavirus Changed the 2020 Campaign

The three major presidential candidates have quickly pivoted to try to shape a new political discourse, as they face a real-time test of leadership in a national crisis.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #debates-political, #democratic-national-committee, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #sanders-bernard, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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