Google says China- and Iran-backed hackers hit Biden and Trump campaigns

Google official says “no sign of compromise” of either campaign

Donald Trump campaign resumes in-person fundraisers in June. What COVID-19?

• One Trump fundraising event in Dallas next month has a price tag of $580,600 per couple.

Impeached president Donald Trump is scheduled to headline in-person fundraisers as early as June, which would be his first since the coronavirus outbreak stopped campaign events in March. Read the rest

Here's what Facebook employees are saying about Zuckerberg's decision not to remove Trump's threats of violence

“If we fail the test case here, history will not judge us kindly.”

Leaked internal Facebook posts reveal that Facebook employees are horrified that Mark Zuckerberg and C-suite executives refuse to remove impeached president Donald Trump’s threats of violence. Read the rest

Twitter fact-checks Trump tweet for first time

[Update: Shortly after this post, Trump lashed out at Twitter, on Twitter.]

This is huge. Twitter today for the first time labeled a tweet by the President as misleading. Read the rest

Trump threatens to cut Michigan from federal money over mail-in voting, as 10,000 in state flee breaking dams

UPDATE: He threatened Nevada, too.

Trump now threatening to punish the entire state of Michigan for the crime of sending out ballot applications to eligible voters.

Michigan is having a rough month. The coronavirus outbreak led to a state-wide lockdown, which armed protesters defied at the state capital. Last night, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency for part of the state, after heavy rains broke two dams, displacing thousands of residents. Read the rest

Criminal hackers breach law firm, threaten to release Trump documents

A criminal hacker group that breached a major entertainment law firm says it will release documents on President Donald Trump if it doesn’t receive $42 million in ransom. Read the rest

White gunmen storm Michigan Capitol with assault-style rifles, lawmakers inside State House share disturbing video and photos

An armed protest by armed men who say they are opposed to coronavirus restrictions took place at the Michigan State House today. Read the rest

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorses Joe Biden for president

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday became the latest high-profile Democrat to endorse Joe Biden for president.

The California Democrat, in video remarks, said Biden offers “hope and courage, values, authenticity and integrity.” She said he’d be a “voice of reason and resilience” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More at AP. Read the rest

Facebook says it will show geographic origin of some posts, to thwart foreign political disinformation campaigns

On Wednesday, Facebook said it will label posts from popular accounts to reveal their geographic origin, an attempt to limit election-year political misinformation by foreign entities. Read the rest

Washington state sues Facebook a second time over political ads

“FACEBOOK already paid $238,000 in 2018 to resolve a previous dispute over political advertising in Washington state.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules governor can't postpone Tuesday presidential primary

Coronavirus outbreak fears are not sufficient reason for the governor of Wisconsin to postpone the state's Tuesday primary election, a state supreme court ruled late Monday. Read the rest

Biden projected to win Arizona, adding up to 3 wins in one primary night

The Florida, Illinois, and Arizona Democratic primaries were held Tuesday, and Joe Biden swept to victory in all three. Read the rest

Trump campaign buys '$1M+ a day' YouTube election day masthead ads: Reports

In the days leading up to the U.S. presidential election and on Election Day, YouTube's homepage will reportedly be advertising only one candidate: Donald Trump. Read the rest

Facebook allows pro-Bloomberg posts from paid staffers, may change that now

Facebook is reportedly considering making it just a wee bit clearer that pro-Bloomberg political campaign posts come from paid staffers on Michael Bloomberg's political campaign. Yes, 2020 is bonkers. Read the rest

'Sandworm' hacking group linked to Russian GRU's Main Center for Special Technology, says U.S.

U.S. State Department blames Russia for cyberattacks that hit neighboring Georgia in October 2019

By identifying Russia's digital assaults on neighbors, US hopes to raise awareness of ongoing GRU attacks on US Read the rest

Billionaire Bloomberg won't have to disclose finances until late March

“What does this guy worth $60 billion own, who wants to be president?” Read the rest

Researchers say Voatz voting app has big security flaws, 4 states using it for 2020 elections anyway

Researchers at MIT say the voting app Voatz, which is being used by at least 4 states in the 2020 elections, has major security flaws that could allow an attacker to intercept and alter votes, while making voters think their votes have been cast correctly, or trick the votes server into accepting connections from an attacker. Read the rest

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