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Trump’s decision to create a ‘voter fraud’ panel backfires — now it might investigate Russian hacking

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President Donald Trump earlier this year created a panel to investigate the “voter fraud” that he believes cost him the popular vote in the 2016 election — but now it appears that decision might backfire on him.

The Boston Globe reports that two members of Trump’s “voter fraud” commission now want to investigate whether Russian hacking that targeted voting systems in multiple states compromised the integrity of the 2016 presidential election.

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“There’s stuff coming out now that states were hacked in this election,” said New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat who is a member of Trump’s commission.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap echoed Gardner’s concerns, and said that any commission on voter fraud would have to investigate Russian hacking to have legitimacy.

“If you are looking at the integrity of the election, you have to look at things that might compromise that integrity,” he said. “That includes things that might happen electronically.”

Republican Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State who is co-chairing the commission, signaled a willingness to investigate ways that Russian hackers may have breached states’ voting systems.

“In the initial descriptions of the commission, election security and the integrity of equipment and voter databases was not specifically described,” Kobach said. “But if it’s something the commission wants to discuss, we can.”

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Even though American intelligence agencies found that Russian hackers breached voting systems in more than two dozen states, they said that they had seen no evidence that these hackers managed to change electronic votes to alter the outcome of the election.


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Ethics committee warns sitting federal judges not to affiliate with the Federalist Society

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On Wednesday, the Judicial Conference's Codes of Conduct Committee, a national panel of high-ranking federal judges responsible for policy-making on U.S. courts, released a draft advisory opinion warning federal judges against affiliating with the Federalist Society, one of the nation's foremost associations of conservative and libertarian lawyers.

The opinion also singled out the American Constitution Society (ACS), the Federalist Society's progressive counterpart.

"The Committee advises that formal affiliation with the ACS or the Federalist Society, whether as a member or in a leadership role, is inconsistent with Canons 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the Code," stated the opinion. "Official affiliation with either organization could convey to a reasonable person that the affiliated judge endorses the views and particular ideological perspectives advocated by the organization; call into question the affiliated judge's impartiality on subjects as to which the organization has taken a position; and generally frustrate the public's trust in the integrity and independence of the judiciary."

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Donald Trump’s Secretary of State apparently thinks Spanish is spoken in Lebanon

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The president of United States is often criticized for getting his facts wrong, especially when it comes to understanding the world.

Trump made up the country of "Nambia" while not knowing that Bhutan and Nepal (which he pronounced "nipple") are real countries. He said the country of Belgium "is a beautiful city" and once told the prime minister of India that the country does not share a border with China (their shared border is 2,500 miles).

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‘Schumer is the Devil!’ Screaming pro-Trump protester storms the Senate gallery before being seized by Capitol police

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On Wednesday, during the second night of arguments in the impeachment trial, the Senate chamber was startled by a screaming protester — evidently opposed to removal of President Donald Trump — charging the gallery before being seized and thrown out by Capitol police.

The protester, who reportedly was shouting about abortion and calling on senators to dismiss the charges, was ordered ejected from the chamber by Chief Justice John Roberts. He continued to shout as he was being removed from the premises.

A protester just burst into the Senate gallery, Gallery 5, across chamber from the dais, yelling something like "Jesus Christ! They're trying to overturn the election!" Capitol Police instantly grabbed him and pulled him out to the hall. Yelling continued. #impeachmenttrial

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