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President Trump wants a border wall. He wants it black. And he wants it by Election Day. - The Washington Post
"President Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 presidential election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules, according to current and former officials involved with the project.

He also has told worried subordinates that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly, those officials said.

Trump has repeatedly promised to complete 500 miles of fencing by the time voters go to the polls in November 2020, stirring chants of “Finish the Wall!” at his political rallies as he pushes for tighter border controls. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed just about 60 miles of “replacement” barrier during the first 2½ years of Trump’s presidency, all of it in areas that previously had border infrastructure."
crime  xenophobia  assholes  propaganda  GOP  elections  borders  CBP 
august 2019 by conner
What happened with West Virginia’s blockchain voting experiment?
"But numerous election technology experts sounded the alarm over what they said was the enormous potential for glitches and security risks on people’s mobile devices, the networks that hosted them, and the servers that held their information. Amid the words and phrases they used to describe West Virginia’s experiment: “horrible,” “horrific,” “completely nuts,” “high-flying blockchain promises,” “the Theranos of voting,” and “no.” Some pointed to the lack of transparency around the app, others to the inherent weaknesses of conducting an election over the internet at all. "
voting  technology  westvirginia  capitalism  security  hacking  policy  elections 
july 2019 by conner
Trump says no healthcare vote until after 2020 election - BBC News
"US President Donald Trump has said he wants to wait until after the 2020 election to draft a new healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

The move reverses Mr Trump's call last week to quickly scrap ex-President Obama's signature law, taking some Republicans in Congress by surprise."
GOP  idiots  politics  elections 
april 2019 by conner
‘Netanyahu Delegitimized Me’ – Foreign Policy
"FP: What are your thoughts about the recent merger, promoted by Netanyahu, of national-religious parties with the Jewish Power party, whose politicians consider themselves disciples of Rabbi Meir Kahane.

TL: I remember the old days when Meir Kahane was elected to parliament. Likud members left the room when he spoke. And our Supreme Court said that part of being a democracy is that a racist party can’t be elected. It’s a new world now. The fact is, you always have extremists. This happens in every society. The real question is what the leadership is doing with it. And when the leadership that should be basically the mainstream is embracing these extremists, this is what worries me the most."
bibi  israel  palestine  politics  elections  occupation  hamas  PLO  gaza  likud  knesset 
february 2019 by conner
Lebanon election: Hezbollah leader declares 'victory' - BBC News
"More than a million refugees have fled to Lebanon since then, swelling the population by 25% and overwhelming public services."
lebanon  hezbollah  elections 
may 2018 by conner
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