Tag: Senate

Broward’s Brenda Snipes Searches Her Office for Over 2,000 ‘Missing’ Ballots

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Embattled Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is personally overseeing the search within her headquarters here for purportedly missing ballots to account for the 2,040-vote discrepancy in the number of votes cast in her county during the Midterm Elections. The discrepancy came in the difference of total votes registered from the initial machine […]

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Facebook Fallout Ruptures Democrats’ Longtime Alliance With Silicon Valley

The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning “fake news” to flourish. But those tensions burst into open warfare this past week after revelations that Facebook executives had withheld evidence […]

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On Washington: They Battled Over the Supreme Court, but Stuck Together on Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON — After a popular bill to improve prison education and training programs breezed through the House last May, criminal justice reformers in the Senate faced a crucial choice: run with it or hold out for more far-reaching changes to sentencing laws. The two main proponents of a sentencing overhaul […]

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How Facebook Wrestled With Scandal: 6 Key Takeaways

For more than a year, Facebook has endured cascading crises — over Russian misinformation, data privacy and abusive content — that transformed the Silicon Valley icon into an embattled giant accused of corporate overreach and negligence. An investigation by The New York Times revealed how Facebook fought back against its […]

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A Real Chance at Criminal Justice Reform

Perhaps it’s a coincidence that a new criminal justice reform proposal has emerged in the Senate less than a week after the departure of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But Mr. Sessions — a devout reactionary on matters of criminal justice — never met a reform effort he didn’t want to smother. […]

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Wins Battle to Replace Sen. Jeff Flake

Democrat congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner of Arizona’s U.S. Senate race Monday night, almost a week after final midterm election votes were cast. Republican Martha McSally showed an early lead in the race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake as one of Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, but after two days of vote counting, that […]

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Democrats Can’t Play It Safe. They Need Inspiring Candidates.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, progressive African-American Democratic candidates, may not have won their races for governor in Florida and Georgia (both are still too close to call). But the strategy they followed is still the best strategy for Democrats to win: inspiring, mobilizing and turning out voters of color […]

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Soros-Tied Hillary Alumni Group Helping to Organize Volunteers for Florida Recount

Demand Justice, an organization founded by former members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and associated with a “social welfare organization” financed by billionaire activist George Soros, is helping to organize volunteers to aid Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign with the Florida recount. Demand Justice sent out a blast email asking for “volunteers to help out […]

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You Have a Right to Weariness

ImagePresident Trump at the White House, in March.CreditSaul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Do we have a right to weariness in an era of animus? More precisely, can we afford it, or is exhaustion a luxury reserved for those whose wealth, privilege and status insulate them from the losses the […]

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Let the People Vote

ImageVoters waiting in a long line to vote in the 2018 midterm general election, outside a polling station located at Robious Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia. CreditMichael Reynolds/EPA, via Shutterstock The United States finally has the pro-democracy movement that it needs. Last week, ballot initiatives to improve the functioning of democracy […]

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This Is Us, Halfway Whole

We avoided Midnight in America. The president concocted a frightscape, the caravan from hell ready to storm our white picket fences, the military deployed as a political stunt, the Constitution inches from the shredder. By any measure, the election was a referendum on our sickly, staggering democracy. Nearly 70 percent […]

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Mueller Has a Way Around Trump and His Minions

In a stunning move on the heels of the midterm election, President Trump has forced the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed an outspoken critic of the Mueller investigation — Matthew Whitaker — as acting attorney general, shunting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to the sidelines. This raises […]

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Florida Official Overseeing Vote Count Destroyed Ballots, Accused of Not Removing Dead Voters from Rolls

The Florida official put in charge of counting votes in Broward County — the most liberal county in the state — for the gubernatorial and Senate race previously destroyed voter ballots, a judge ruled, and was most recently accused of not removing dead voters from the voter rolls. Broward County Board of Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes […]

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The Midterm Results Are a Warning to the Democrats

For months we’ve heard from sundry media apocalypticians that this year’s midterms were the last exit off the road to autocracy. On Tuesday, the American people delivered a less dramatic verdict about the significance of the occasion. In a word: meh. Are you interested in seeing Donald Trump voted out […]

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The Polarizer-in-Chief Meets the Midterms

ImageClearing campaign material outside a polling station in Houston on Wednesday.CreditTamir Kalifa for The New York Times There is no clearer sign of the changing shape of the Democratic coalition than the fact that going into the 2018 midterm elections, six of the 20 richest congressional districts were represented by […]

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Trump, Under Scrutiny and Unleashed

Well, that was bittersweet. I’m not sure I would call Tuesday’s election results the blue wave many expected, but liberals absolutely made progress — and history — as Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives, in part by electing a historic number of women to the body. Furthermore, the […]

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Trump Was Not Repudiated. He Was Rewarded.

If Donald Trump inaugurated a new era of conflict in American politics, Tuesday’s midterm elections were just another skirmish, not a turning point in the war. Republicans lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than Democrats lost in 1994 or 2010, when Bill Clinton and Barack Obama were in […]

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Despite Loss of House, Trump Claims ‘Big Victory’ and Threatens Democrats

WASHINGTON — George W. Bush saw a “thumpin’.” Barack Obama saw a “shellacking.” Donald J. Trump sees a “Big Victory.” Never one to admit defeat, even in the face of a major setback, President Trump wasted little time on Wednesday morning trying to frame his party’s election losses as a […]

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House Democrats Can Constrain Trump. They Can Also Overreach.

After Donald Trump won the election in 2016, he was in a position of great power to cut taxes, repeal Obamacare and build border walls to his heart’s content — if congressional Republicans cooperated. Of course, they didn’t always cooperate, but Mr. Trump was also able to push forward his […]

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Midterm Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways

Suburbs defect as Trump’s base holds ImageAbigail Spanberger flipped a House seat in the suburbs of Richmond, Va.CreditErin Schaff for The New York Times The divergent outcomes in the House and Senate — a Democratic takeover in one chamber, and Republican gains in the other — exposed an ever-deepening gulf […]

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The Success in Beto’s Failure

ImageBeto O’Rourke giving his concession speech in El Paso.CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times HOUSTON — The condolence emails are already coming in, from New York, and California, and from my neighbors down the street, who are mostly limiting themselves to unprintable but predictable four-letter words. Yes, Beto O’Rourke lost to […]

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