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Facebook’s Zuckerberg hires Hillary Clinton’s 2016 pollster amid rumors of a presidential run

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Though he hasn’t announced any plans to run for office, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s penchant for hiring high-profile wonks makes it seem all the more likely that he’ll be running for president soon.

As per Politico, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have hired Joel Benenson, a Democratic pollster who worked as an adviser for President Barack Obama and a strategist for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign.

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He was hired to conduct research for the couple’s philanthropic Zuckerberg-Chan initiative, but paired with hiring Obama’s former campaign manager David Plouffe as their policy director, the move towards politics seems all the more likely.

Along with Plouffe, the couple also hired Amy Dudley, former communications adviser to Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), earlier this year.

In a Facebook post from Iowa (the traditional first stop on presidential campaigns based on their early caucus date), Zuckerberg said he isn’t running for president, but as Politico noted, his name has floated as potential candidate “along with just about every other billionaire or elected official with half the name recognition of a second-tier Trump adviser.”


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New York cop who became El Chapo’s security guard arrested for selling cocaine and taking bribes

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A New York cop is being prosecuted after he was outed for selling cocaine and taking bribes after he went to work for drug kingpin El Chapo.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Officer Ishmael Bailey had his bail set at $50,000 after he was arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. He was charged with possession and sale of narcotics, conspiracy, bribe receiving as a public servant and failing to perform duties as a public servant.

Lawyer Jeff Cohen argued that Bailey had two children and had to pay child support. The lawyer explained that Bailey “does understand the severity of his charges.”

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A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

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While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

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Right-wing activists call on Mitch McConnell to stop blocking election security bills

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing renewed pressure to take up election security legislation, from a pair of unlikely sources: Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon.

Norquist — who once famously said that he wanted to slash government to a size where he could "drown it in a bathtub" — called for hand-marked paper ballots, and urged Congress to pass something similar to the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, which would have given states incentives to switch to secure voting methods and promoted data-sharing to identify threats. The measure was first introduced in 2017 by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Lankford (D-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), but never came to a vote.

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