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Texas attorney general exposes millions of voters’ Social Security numbers

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The office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott mistakenly gave attorneys access to millions of Social Security numbers in a case against the state’s voter ID law, officials admitted Wednesday.

The numbers were included with a voter database the state was ordered to turn over to plaintiff attorneys. Abbott’s office reportedly said that only the last four digits were supposed to be visible, but they were later informed that was not the case, and that up to 6.5 million Social Security numbers were compromised.

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Abbott’s office insists the data was not exposed to the public. He reportedly dispatched police officers to collect copies of the voter database, which was contained on encrypted hard drives sent to lawyers in Boston, Washington and New York.

Texas Democratic Party spokeswoman Rebecca Acuna told The San Antonio Express News that Abbott’s mistake would not have happened if he’d “spent as much time protecting Texans as he does trying to disenfranchise them.”

Her message is approximately the same as the Obama administration’s. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it would block the Texas voter ID law, which requires voters to present a photo identification before casting a ballot.

The administration warned that voter ID laws like Texas’s threaten to disenfranchise thousands of minority voters across the nation. And in Texas, that situation is especially dire, with many of those same voters already facing decreased representation thanks to Republicans’ redistricting schemes.

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Voter ID laws have been shopped in numerous states by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative lobbying group funded by wealthy interests, which purports to write bills for lawmakers.

Republicans favor ID laws because they fear an orchestrated campaign of voter fraud could tip elections against them. There is, however, no evidence of widespread voter fraud occurring anywhere in the U.S.

Instead, ID laws have been empirically demonstrated to drive down the number of votes (PDF) cast for Democrats by minorities, students, the poor and the elderly, who are less likely to carry a photo ID.

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Texas is one of a number of historically discriminatory jurisdictions required by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to obtain preclearance before changing their voting laws. Because of that, any changes to its election laws must be approved as non-discriminatory by the DOJ before they’re implemented state-wide.

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Eric Trump bashes the children of politicians profiting off their family name to enrich themselves: ‘It is sickening’

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President Donald Trump third child blasted children of politicians profiting from their relationship during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News with Jeanine Pirro.

"So where does Joe Biden get off been so pompous and above it all?" Pirro asked.

"If I was doing the same thing that that family was doing I’d be in jail," Eric Trump said.

"Why is it that every family in politics enriches themselves?" he asked. "It is sickening."

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Trump ‘has done nothing wrong’: Lindsey Graham does not think ethnic cleansing is an impeachable offense

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed President Donald Trump for allowing Turkey's ethnic cleansing of the Kurds in Syria, but then defended the president against impeachment during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Graham told Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro that he worried that 15,000 ISIS fighters could escape, allowing the terrorist caliphate to reconstitute.

The South Carolina Republican declared that America "will not tolerate" ethnic cleansing.

But then he was asked about impeachment.

"Impeachment is a bunch of bull," Graham declared. "It is BS."

"The president has done nothing wrong," Graham argued.

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Trump is ‘feeling threatened and running scared’ to cancel G-7 at Doral: ‘Art of the Deal’ co-author

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President Donald Trump announced late on Saturday evening that he was reversing his administration's decision to hold the G-7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf club.

Trump had received harsh criticism for the selection violating the constitution’s domestic and foreign emolument clauses.

Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump, said the announcement was a sign Trump is feeling threatened.

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