The guy who started Serbia's ethnic cleansing led a pro-Trump rally in Belgrade

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Vojislav Seselj, leader of the Serbian Radical Party and loud-mouthed bigot whose racist invective kicked off Serbia's horrific ethnic cleansing campaign, led a pro-Trump rally in Belgrade to protest the state visit of Democratic VP Joe Biden. Read the rest

Cards Against Humanity launches a PAC to "drive Trump nuts"

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There are two new CAH decks being marketed by the organization's new PAC: one bearing Trump's likeness, the other with Hillary's. At the end of the sales period, Cards Against Humanity PAC will add up the total sales of each of the America Votes With Cards decks and "depending on the sales" give all the proceeds to the Hillary campaign. Read the rest

If the 2016 election is hacked, it's because no one listened to these people

Ever since the Supreme Court ordered the nation's voting authorities to get their act together in 2002 in the wake of Bush v Gore, tech companies have been flogging touchscreen voting machines to willing buyers across the country, while a cadre computer scientists trained in Ed Felten's labs at Princeton have shown again and again and again and again that these machines are absolutely unfit for purpose, are trivial to hack, and endanger the US election system. Read the rest

Trump is an object lesson in the problems of machine learning

Trump's algorithm is to say semi-random things until his crowd roars its approval, then he iteratively modifies those statements, seeking more and more approval, until he maxes out and tries a new tack. Read the rest

Trump only writes the angry tweets, the nice ones are written by a staffer with an Iphone

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On August 6, artist Todd Vaziri observed that all of Trump's angry tweets come from the Twitter client for Android, while the more presidential, less batshit ones come from an Iphone; Vaziri speculated that the latter were sent by a staffer. Read the rest

McNichol is the UK's Wasserman Shultz: Corbyn supporters will be able to vote in Labour leadership race

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The parallels between the Bernie Sanders insurgency and the vicious UK Labour Party fight over its left-leaning, incredibly popular leader Jeremy Corbyn keep on coming: now there's a Labour analogue to Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the corrupt, hawkish, disgraced former chair of the DNC, who was forced to resign after the DNC email leak revealed her extensive dirty-tricks campaign against Bernie Sanders. Read the rest

Foreign influence: how a Chinese businessman funneled $1.3M to Jeb Bush's campaign

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Gordon Tang and Huaidan Chen -- Chinese nationals who live in Singapore -- own a global property speculation and development empire whose US branch is called American Pacific International Capital Inc. They followed a recipe set out in a memo by Charlie Spies, a top Republican lawyer, in order to funnel $1.3M to Jeb Bush's PAC, then Tang offered a reporter for the Intercept $200,000 not to mention that he had been investigated for smuggling, tax evasion and bribery by the Chinese government. Read the rest

Bureaucrats disqualify Hong Kong legislative candidates for insufficient loyalty

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2014's Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong was an uprising over the Chinese government's announcement that it would exercise a veto over who could stand for election to the Hong Kong legislature (as Boss Tweed said, "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating."). Read the rest

The Vlogbrothers guide to voting in every state in the union

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In a series of easily digested, 2-minute videos, Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green explain how to vote -- from registration to voter ID laws to absentee ballots to casting your vote. Read the rest

Activists are crowdfunding to build a wall around Trump Tower

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The Wall in Trump project is looking for enough money to rent the sandbags they'll require to build a 4' tall, 3' wide, quarter-million pound "wall of solidarity" around Trump Towers, using volunteer labor that will be welcomed regardless of whether you can prove US citizenship. Read the rest

Reminder: the GOP has been attacking veterans and their families for years

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After Donald Trump attacked the family of a dead Army captain, fallen in the field, on the ground that they were Muslims, many were shocked at the new low that the Republican presidential candidate had sunk to. Read the rest

Isis joins Donald Trump in denouncing Khizr Khan

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Foundational to Trumpism is the idea that Islam and democracy are incompatible, so Muslims can never be true members of western, industrial states -- which is precisely what Isis believes about Muslims. Read the rest

He thinks he's going to lose! Trump says U.S. Presidential election "could be rigged"

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One day of bad polls and Trump's feeling hopeless, telling a crowd that the November election could be "rigged" and adding that Hillary Clinton is the devil.

He told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he had heard "more and more" that the contest would be unfair. He offered no immediate evidence.

At another event he called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton "the devil".

Mr Trump has come under fire from across the political divide for remarks he made about the parents of a US Muslim soldier killed in action.

On the forthcoming vote, he told supporters "I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest".

He later repeated the claim on Fox News, adding "I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it's going to be taken away from us."

To call another candidate "The Devil" is unprecedented in predominantly-Christian America, where locals often place deep stock in religious traditions. Read the rest

When Today's Teens Run for Office

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Today we try to figure out what happens when our future presidential candidates have thousands of Tweets and Tumblr posts and Instagrams in their online record.

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What happens, when today’s teens start running for office? When their entire internet history is there, searchable, for us to read? What if these teens Tweet something at 15 that they might regret at 45? Do we learn to accept that their opinions have changed? Or do we go through every candidate's entire social media history to find dirt on them? Does that tactic still work in the future? Or do we all just throw up our hands and admit that teens have bad opinions and that hopefully those opinions have changed?

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Lessons from the DNC: Ronald Reagan, the Southern Strategy, and "abnormal politics"

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John Scalzi makes a very good case that the DNC's major message is that "this year is not about Democrat versus Republican, or conservative versus liberal, it’s about normal versus highly fucking abnormal" -- but Corey Robin persuasively argues that abnormality has been normal for a long time in the GOP: "the rational, prudential conservatives [Democrats] think they know [in the GOP] are in fact ultra-revanchist songstresses of domination and violence." Read the rest

North Carolina's voter suppression law struck down as "racist"

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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has invalidated parts of North Carolina's voter suppression laws, ruling that the requirement to show photo ID was enacted "with racially discriminatory intent." Read the rest

"Tellin The World" 1972 voting PSA aimed at 18-25 y/o working-class voters

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Amy Sloper writes, "This is a really timely (while still feeling dated) voting PSA about the importance of tellin' the world your opinion by voting." Read the rest

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