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EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton says, “no one, including me, is…

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton says, “no one, including me, is saying we will contest the election”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she’s not going to contest the results of the election, clarifying a comment she made Monday on NPR in which she said wouldn’t rule out questioning the legitimacy of the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign.“I think no one, including me, is saying we will contest the election,” Clinton said Tuesday during a roundtable interview with Mic in its New York office. “I’m in the very large group of people who believe that, you know, there’s no legal basis, no constitutional basis for that.”However, Clinton also said there are “serious questions being raised by the congressional investigation,” as well as the inquiry headed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Read more.

Trump TV is here and its goal is to get him re-electedNearly…

Trump TV is here and its goal is to get him re-elected

  • Nearly nine months after Trump was elected, “Trump TV” is beginning to take shape as part of the president’s 2020 re-election ambitions.
  • The two hosts of pro-Trump videos that have been published on Trump’s Facebook page so far are Lara Trump — wife of the president’s son, Eric — and Kayleigh McEnany — a former pro-Trump commentator for CNN and a recently hired Republican National Committee spokesperson.
  • Both women ended their segments with the same sign-off: “And that is the real news.” 
  • The Washington Post fact-checked McEnany’s claims, referring to the minute-and-a-half video as “state TV”; others despaired that the videos were an example of an overt propaganda effort.  Read more (8/8/17)

VP Mike Pence shuts down suggestion he’s eyeing 2020 run…

VP Mike Pence shuts down suggestion he’s eyeing 2020 run following ‘New York Times’ report

  • Vice President Mike Pence is already preparing for the 2020 presidential election — and if a recent New York Times report is to be believed, it may not be as vice president.
  • Amid President Donald Trump’s plummeting approval ratings and continually erratic behavior, the New York Times reported Saturday that several Republicans are gearing up for potential presidential runs in 2020, including prominent Trump critics Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.
  • The most notable 2020 contender, however, is Pence, whose advisers, the Times wrote, “have already intimated to party donors that he would plan to run if Mr. Trump did not.” Read more. (8/6/2017 4:01 PM)

Elections watchdog group seeks answers after Georgia drops…

Elections watchdog group seeks answers after Georgia drops 590,000 from voter rolls

  • A watchdog group is pushing the state of Georgia to explain why more than 591,000 people were struck from the voter rolls.
  • “Each of the 591,548 voters affected by the move had already been on the state’s ‘inactive’ registration list,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this week. That means those voters had not cast a ballot, updated their registration or address or responded to efforts to contact them for at least three years.
  • Let America Vote, an advocacy group run by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, wrote in a Wednesday letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp that federal law doesn’t permit the purge of voters simply for not voting.
  • In the letter signed by Let America Vote’s senior policy adviser, Leigh Chapman, the group requested specifics on the people removed from the rolls and documents related to the purge. Read more. (8/3/2017 10:33 AM)

Rep. John Delaney declares himself the first 2020 Democratic…

Rep. John Delaney declares himself the first 2020 Democratic candidate for president 

  • The first Democrat has entered the 2020 presidential election in the hopes of challenging President Donald Trump
  • Maryland Rep. John Delaney, who represents a Maryland House seat that encompasses the suburbs of Washington, announced his candidacy in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday.
  • “It is time for us to rise above our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the seemingly impossible,” Delaney wrote. 
  • “This is why I am running for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.” Delaney’s bid is quixotic, to say the least. Read more (7/28/17)

New study projects a stunning drop in 2018 millennial voter…

New study projects a stunning drop in 2018 millennial voter turnout in battleground states

  • The 2016 presidential election — and its outcome — may have given plenty of Americans a new sense of urgency when it comes to civics.
  • But a new study projects that 40 million Americans who voted last year will likely not show up at the polls for the 2018 midterms.
  • And that two-thirds of those “drop-off” voters will be millennials, unmarried women and people of color.
  • The report, just out from the Voter Participation Center and Lake Research Partners, “Comparing the Voting Electorate in 2012-2016 and Predicting 2018 Drop-off,” notes that many of those expected not to cast a ballot next year live in key battleground states like Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Ohio. Read more (7/21/17)

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million…

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots, and there exists no evidence to suggest otherwise. Yet Kris Kobach — who is vice-chairing the White House’s “voter fraud panel” under Vice President Mike Pence — told MSNBC’s Katy Tur that the popular vote total is in doubt. Read more (7/19/17)

Despite public’s pleas, FEC won’t move to block foreign meddling…

Despite public’s pleas, FEC won’t move to block foreign meddling in elections, commissioner says

  • The Federal Election Commission’s Ellen Weintraub is on a mission — but thanks to party politics, she says, it’s far from accomplished.
  • Weintraub, a Democrat who joined the agency in 2002, has been pushing for her group to respond to reports of foreign meddling in U.S. elections, laying out a six-point program for how the commission might do so.
  • “The mere allegation that foreign interference may have occurred shakes the faith of Americans in our democracy,” Weintraub wrote in the memorandum. Read more. (7/17/2017 3:45 PM)