Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report : NPR

The president told reporters, “Let people see” special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, as Trump again denied any collusion with Russia prior to his election in 2016.

Source: Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report : NPR

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New Voting Systems

When is Pennsylvania getting new voting machines?

In April 2018, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres informed counties they must select new voting systems that provide a paper record and meet 21st-century standards of security, auditability and accessibility no later than Dec. 31, 2019, and preferably have a system in place by the November 2019 general election.

As of October 9, 2018, one Pennsylvania county, – Susquehanna – has purchased and received delivery of new voting equipment that meets the state’s new standard, and several other counties are close to selecting new systems.

Most other counties are exploring their voting system options, examining machines and seeking public input as well as quotes from vendors. Most counties appear likely to implement new systems in 2019. Some counties, may choose to wait until the 2020 primary.

Status of new voting system certification

Any voting system selected by a county must be certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the Pennsylvania secretary of state. The EAC and the Pennsylvania Department of State evaluate voting systems under current federal and state standards. Pennsylvania has developed new standards of security and accessibility that manufacturers must meet to achieve state certification.

Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar certified the Dominion Voting Systems’ Democracy Suite 5.5-A (PDF) on January 17, 2019. The  Unisyn Voting Solutions OpenElect 1.3.0.2A (PDF), the Election Systems & Software’s EVS 6.0.2.1 (PDF), and the Unisyn Voting Solutions OpenElect 2.0A2 (PDF) systems have been certified under the new standards. The Department has a list of all certified voting systems and electronic poll books at https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/OtherServicesEvents/Pages/Voting-Systems.aspx

Another system is currently in the certification process, and testing of an additional system will begin soon. Counties will have the option to use paper ballots or voting equipment that prints a paper record so voters can verify their vote before casting their ballot.

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Pelosi says she backs lowering voting age to 16 | TheHill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced her support on Thursday for lowering the federal voting age to 16, telling reporters during a press conference that doing so would be a boon to voter engagement in the U.S.

Pelosi said Thursday that lowering the voting age would drive interest in politics among younger Americans who are learning about the subject in high school. The Speaker said that changing the voting age to 16 would help drive a higher level of voter awareness and turnout.

“I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government, to be able to vote.”

Source: Pelosi says she backs lowering voting age to 16 | TheHill

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to eliminate the Electoral College | Fox News

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she supports eliminating the U.S. Electoral College during a town hall broadcast on Monday night.

“I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted,” she said. “We need to put some federal muscle behind that, and we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there.”

Warren said she also supports a new flag for Mississippi, which is the only state to have Confederate imagery on it.  The Mississippi state flag’s use of a Confederate battle emblem was legally challenged in 2017, but the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Source: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to eliminate the Electoral College | Fox News

Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears | Fox News

California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday, accusing the social media site of “shadow-banning conservatives” including himself to influence the 2018 elections, explicitly and systematically censoring opposing viewpoints and “ignoring” lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.

Source: Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears | Fox News

‘The Five’ take on Beto O’Rourke’s hand gestures | Fox News

Beto O’Rourke made headlines after it was announced the former congressman raised over $6 million dollars in 24 hours to begin his presidential campaign — but his growing number of hand gestures also caught the attention of “The Five” on Monday.

Source: ‘The Five’ take on Beto O’Rourke’s hand gestures | Fox News

Fox News pulls Jeanine Pirro’s show after remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar

A week after questioning U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s hijab and patriotism on the air, Fox News pulls host ‘Judge Jeanine’ Pirro’s show.

Source: Fox News pulls Jeanine Pirro’s show after remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar

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@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx.

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Bernie Sanders’ staffers unionize in first for presidential campaign

It is the first major presidential campaign to do so.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign announced Friday it will be the first major presidential campaign to have a unionized workforce, as party activists push Democratic candidates to mirror their progressive platforms within their own campaigns.

“Bernie Sanders is the most pro-union candidate in the field, he’ll be the most pro-union president in the White House and we’re honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized workforce,” Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement

Source: Bernie Sanders’ staffers unionize in first for presidential campaign

Peter Strzok: Clinton, DOJ struck deal that blocked FBI access to Clinton Foundation emails on her private server

Fired FBI agent Peter Strzok told Congress last year that the agency “did not have access” to Clinton Foundation emails that were on Hillary Clinton’s private server because of a consent agreement “negotiated between the Department of Justice attorneys and counsel for Clinton.”

That agreement was revealed in newly released congressional transcripts from Strzok’s closed-door testimony at the House Judiciary Committee on June 27, 2018.

When asked by then-majority general counsel Zachary Somers if “the Clinton Foundation was on the server”, Strzok testified that he believed it was “on one of the servers, if not the others.” But Strzok stressed that due to an agreement between the DOJ and Clinton, they were not allowed to search Clinton Foundation emails for information that could help in their investigation.

Source: Peter Strzok: Clinton, DOJ struck deal that blocked FBI access to Clinton Foundation emails on her private server

‘Godfather’ actor claims Robert F Kennedy may have plotted Marilyn Monroe’s murder to stop her from going public about JFK | MEAWW

Godfather actor Gianni Russo in a recent interview claimed that Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe was killed, explaining how the murder was cloaked as drug overdose.

Speaking to the New York Post, Russo, who claims to have had an affair with the late Hollywood icon, also alleged that Monroe didn’t die of barbiturate overdose as stated officially.

Source: ‘Godfather’ actor claims Robert F Kennedy may have plotted Marilyn Monroe’s murder to stop her from going public about JFK | MEAWW

U.S. to withdraw personnel from Venezuela embassy amid turmoil

The United States announced plans to withdraw all remaining personnel from its embassy there this week.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement Monday night on Twitter. “This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy,” he wrote.

Source: U.S. to withdraw personnel from Venezuela embassy amid turmoil

Cheney rips Dems for lack of action taken against Omar for comments | Fox News

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., continued her attack on Sunday on last week’s Democratic resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry – saying that it was nothing more than a move to protect Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., by not calling her out by name.

Source: Cheney rips Dems for lack of action taken against Omar for comments | Fox News