'We're Gonna Win Big-ly.' Trump wins Indiana Primary for GOP, Cruz drops out

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The votes in the Indiana presidential election primary tonight are still being counted, but GOP Party chairman Reince Priebus has already declared Donald Trump the “presumptive GOP nominee” after Ted Cruz dropped out of the race.

Trump needs 1236 delegates to formally get the nomination, and he's well on his way. John Kasich hasn't ended his campaign, but he hasn't been seen as a credible contender for a while. Trump has dominated this election cycle in many ways.

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Poll: Half of America Believes Presidential Elections 'Rigged'

A voter casts his ballot in the Pennsylvania primary at a polling place inside a firehouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 26, 2016.   REUTERS
A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that more than 50% of U.S. voters believe the system that American political parties use to select their candidates for President is "rigged." Over two-thirds of those polled want to see the process changed.

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Snapchat is fighting for your right to take selfies in the voting booth

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You know how people like to go vote, then walk around for the rest of the day/week/forever with an “I Voted” sticker on their lapel? Millions of people like to Snapchat their lives online, and they'd like to snapchat “I Voted” with voting booth selfies. Just one problem. Taking pictures of your ballot is illegal in many states.

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Brand New Congress: 535 progressive candidates, 1 ticket

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Some of the technology activists who were key to the Dean, Obama and Sanders campaign have a new, audacious program: they're going to run 535 bipartisan candidates for office in the 2016 election, backed by a single website for fundraising, grassroots organizing and messages, based on Bernie Sanders' political platform. Read the rest

Why Internet voting is a terrible idea, explained in small words anyone can understand

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In this 20 minute video, Princeton computer science prof Andrew Appel lays out the problems with Internet-based voting in crisp, nontechnical language that anyone can understand. Read the rest

Could America Ever Become a Direct Democracy?

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Today we travel to a future where America has converted to a direct democracy. Everybody votes on everything!

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In this episode we explore the U.S. states that have direct democracy systems in place today, how to apply that model to the whole country, how to even gather all those votes, and what could go so, so very wrong with this idea.

Illustration by Matt Lubchansky.

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Irregularities in New York primary robbed some of right to vote, say Sanders supporters and officials

Polling station in NYC during the New York primary elections, April 19, 2016. REUTERS

The New York primary results are still being tallied, but Trump has won the GOP vote, and Hillary Clinton is emerging as the Democratic party winner. Widespread reports of voting irregularities have Bernie Sanders' campaign and some elected officials calling the state's primary voting system "a disgrace." New York City officials were quick to blame the city Board of Elections for stripping more than 125,000 Democratic voters from the rolls.

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How to vote in the New York Democratic primary (please share!)

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The New York State Democratic primary is a "closed primary" that excludes anyone who isn't a registered Democrat from casting a ballot. Many people say they are registered Democrat but have been purged from the list, or had their affiliations changed to Republican or Independent. Some have posted images of what they say are forged signatures on voter registration cards. Read the rest

Bernie Sanders' secret weapon: indie rockers

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How do you get millennials to pack the house at your campaign rallies? Easy: all you have to do is win the hearts and minds of the nation's hottest indie rockers and they'll volunteer to be your opening act. Read the rest

George Clooney's neighbor threw a $27/plate Sanders fundraiser to counter Clooney's $33K/head Hillary event

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99 Cents Only store magnate Howard Gold lives next to George Clooney. On Saturday night, both of them threw political fundraisers for would-be 2016 Democratic presidential candidate. Read the rest

Barack Obama: Taking money from 1 percenters compromised my politics

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In last night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton defended her enormous super PAC fundraising machine by saying, "President Obama had a Super PAC when he ran. President Obama took tens of millions of dollars from contributors. And President Obama was not at all influenced when he made the decision to pass and sign Dodd-Frank, the toughest regulations on Wall Street in many a year."

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Bernie Sanders responds to CEOs of Verizon and GE: "I welcome their contempt"

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Bernie Sanders denounced the CEO of GE for the company's tax-dodging practices and the CEO of Verizon for doing the same and exploiting its workers, 40,000 of whom are out on strike. Read the rest

Walmart heiress donated $378,400 to Hillary Clinton campaign and PACs

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Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart fortune, donated $353,400 to Hillary Clinton's "Victory Fund" and another $25,000 to the Ready for Hillary PAC. Read the rest

Philippines electoral data breach much worse than initially reported, possibly worst ever

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In late March, the Philippine Commission on Elections website was defaced in an Anonymous op, and a few days later, Lulzsec Pilipinas dumped its voter database. At the time, the Commission claimed that no sensitive information was exposed in the breach, but that is clearly not the case. Read the rest

Boston Globe previews a front page from the Trump presidency

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The Boston Globe's front page today is a piece of design fiction that offers a glimpse of the first days of a Trump presidency, with headlines like "DEPORTATIONS TO BEGIN: President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue"; "Curfews extended in multiple cities"; "Markets sink as trade war looms"; "US soldiers refuse orders to kill ISIS families"; and many sly digs, including the news that "NASA engineers halted the launch of an unmanned probe amid fears that its new gold leaf trim would interfere with radio communications." Read the rest

Spike Lee interviews Bernie Sanders: Vermont, Trump, Clinton, guns and Brooklyn

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The Hollywood Reporter arranged for a sit-down between Bernie Sanders and Spike Lee (who recently spoke for Sanders at a rally in the South Bronx) and the two talked (MP3) about the lay of the electoral land. Read the rest

Pope invites Bernie Sanders to Vatican to speak about "social, economic, and environmental" issues

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Though Sanders says he disagrees with the pope on rights for women and LGBT people, he lauds the pontiff for "injecting a moral consequence into the economy," and so he will speak at the Vatican next week. Read the rest

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