This year’s presidential election might come down to students. More than other large voting blocs, their turnout varies enormously from election to election, and some of the most important swing states have lots of students.The Big Ten schools alone — in states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio — will almost certainly influence who sits in the Oval Office in a few months. Same goes for universities in both Arizona and Florida.But during this pandemic year, with so many students not where they expected to be, they face unique challenges in casting their ballots. If they don’t turn...
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Ivanka Trump won't be placed under the watchful eye of a court monitor who will oversee the Trump Organization to prevent the company from reorganizing to avoid a fraud lawsuit.
The New York attorney general's office and a state judge agreed to exclude the former president's eldest daughter from the recent order authorizing a retired federal judge to monitor the company's dealings to ensure it stops lying to banks and insurers, but Ivanka Trump distanced herself from the company and her family in her filing, reported The Daily Beast.
“Ms. Trump has had no involvement for more than five years," her lawyers argued in a Nov. 7 appeal. "Ms. Trump has had no role as an officer, director, or employee of the Trump Organization or any of its affiliates since at least January 2017."
New York attorney general Letitia James filed a $250 million lawsuit against the Trump Organization in August, and James' office has filed court papers alleging that Ivanka Trump was a "key player" in many of the transactions under investigation, including deals involving fake documents and dubious property valuations.
However, her attorneys noted that Justice Arthur F. Engoron did not single her out in court when he ordered the court monitor, arguing that James never intended to pose an injunction against her, and the attorney general's office, her lawyer and the judge signed an agreement excluding her from the monitor.“The term ‘defendants’... including the monitorship order… excludes Ivanka Trump,” reads the agreement.
Hobbs’s office flagged election conspiracy tweets months before she launched her campaign — undercutting GOP claims
The Arizona Republican Party is calling for the attorney general to investigate what it claims might be a violation of campaign finance law and pundits are saying the email to a cybersecurity nonprofit amounted to election interference.
But there’s one glaring problem with the Republican Party’s claim that Secretary of State and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs might have broken campaign regulations or that she interfered with the midterm election: When her office sent the request to take down the tweets, Hobbs wasn’t running for office. In fact, there were no candidates for governor at the time.
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The request to take down the tweets was sent Jan. 7, 2021, the day after the attack on the Capitol. Hobbs announced that she was running for governor almost five months later, on June 2, 2021.
The failed Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection aimed to overturn then-President Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 election, and was motivated by a deluge of lies about the election claiming that Trump actually won, but his victory was stolen by massive and coordinated fraud. There is no proof of any such claims.
The Arizona Republican Party and its chairwoman Kelli Ward did not respond to requests from the Arizona Mirror for clarification or for proof that Hobbs had asked for tweets to be removed after she launched her campaign.
“This email exchange is from January 2021, as shown in the screenshot. Not only was it taken entirely out of context, it has nothing to do with this year’s midterm election,” Assistant Secretary of State Allie Bones said in a statement. “This is yet another example of conspiracy theorists trying to create chaos and confusion by casting doubt on our election system. It’s unfair to Arizona voters and it’s harmful to our democracy.”
The version of the email that has been circulated online is heavily redacted, as it came to light in a court case filed by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana that attempts to tie President Joe Biden and other members of his administration to social media censorship.An email from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office to the Center for Internet Security is a cybersecurity nonprofit that works with businesses and government, on Jan. 7, 2021.
The Mirror obtained an original copy of the email, which shows it was sent by C. Murphy Hebert, the office’s communications director, to the Center for Internet Security, which in turn contacted Twitter. The Center for Internet Security is a cybersecurity nonprofit that works with businesses and government, and served as the go-to agency to report mis-, dis- and malinformation posted on social media at the time, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
“It is standard practice for government entities, organizations, and corporations alike to report content on social media that violates a platform’s terms of service,” Bones said in a statement. “It’s the Secretary of State’s job to make sure that voters are informed about how to vote and how our election system works. One of the ways we do that is by working to counter disinformation online that can confuse voters.”
In the email, Hebert flagged two tweets from a user with the handle “@normal_every” with the name “What are you hiding?” The account, whose description read “stop them from stealing,” has since been suspended.
“These messages falsely assert that the Voter Registration System is owned and therefore operated by foreign actors,” Hebert said in the email. “This is an attempt to further undermine confidence in the election institution in Arizona.”
One of the tweets tagged prominent election conspiracy theory advocates Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, Tracy “Beanz” Diaz and Mark Finchem, a Republican state legislator who was integral in Arizona’s “Stop the Steal” movement. Finchem ran for secretary of state this year but lost to Democrat Adrian Fontes.One of the tweets flagged as misinformation by the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office on Jan. 7, 2021. Screenshot via archive.org/Wayback Machine
After receiving the report from Hebert, CIS contacted Twitter and the tweets were deleted within about 30 minutes of the initial report.
Kari Lake, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who lost to Hobbs by more than 17,000 votes in last month’s election, spoke about the deleted tweets on Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson’s show Monday night. Lake, a Trump-endorsed election denier, has not conceded and is expected to file a suit challenging the election results sometime this week.
During the interview, Carlson claimed that Hobbs worked with Big Tech to “censor her (Lake’s) voters.” Neither Carlson nor Lake mentioned that Lake didn’t announce her candidacy for governor until June 1, 2021, about five months after the tweets were deleted.
Lake responded that her Twitter page was taken down at some point during the campaign because Twitter “didn’t like a tweet” that she shared and that her page was only restored after she deleted the tweet.
“It makes me wonder who was behind that,” Lake said, adding that she believes Twitter is “a propaganda arm of our government.”
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Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has voiced support for the protest movement sparked by Mahsa Amini's death, describing as "beautiful" its main slogan — "Woman, life, freedom".
The authorities, who have struggled to contain the protests, describe them as "riots" fomented by Iran's arch foe the United States and its allies including Britain and Israel.
Khatami, a reformist who served as Iran's president from 1997 to 2005 but has been effectively silenced by the establishment for years, has come out in support of the movement.
The 79-year-old described the slogan "Woman, life, freedom" — the main chant heard at the protests — as "a beautiful message that shows movement towards a better future".
"Freedom and security must not be placed against each other," he said in a statement quoted by ISNA news agency Tuesday, on the eve of Students' Day.
"Freedom must not be trampled on in order to maintain security" and "security should not be ignored in the name of freedom," he said.
Khatami also spoke out against the arrest of students who have been at the forefront of the protests that erupted across Iran since Amini's death in custody on September 16.
The imposition of restrictions "cannot ultimately ensure the stable security of universities and society", he said.
In his statement, Khatami also called on officials to "extend students a helping hand" and to recognize the "wrong aspects of governance" with their help before it is too late.
Khatami was barred from appearing in the media after mass protests triggered by the disputed 2009 re-election of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran's top security body, the Supreme National Security Council, said on Saturday that more than 200 people have been killed in the unrest.
An Iranian general said last week that more than 300 people have been killed in the unrest, including dozens of security personnel.
Norway-based non-governmental organization Iran Human Rights said on November 29 that at least 448 people had been "killed by security forces in the ongoing nationwide protests".
Thousands have been arrested, including prominent Iranian actors and footballers.