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A century after Benito Mussolini’s black-shirted fascists marched on Rome to seize control of Italy, the far-right is poised to regain power in the country democratically. Giorgia Meloni, a 45-year-old native of Rome and the co-founder of the “post-fascist” party Brothers of Italy — who has openly praised Il Duce while demonizing immigrants and gays — is poised to become the first woman prime minister in Italian history.
In a recent campaign video, Kim Crockett, the Republican nominee for Minnesota secretary of state, focuses on a ballot drop box to cast doubt on their security — and question the need for them in the first place.
Say what you want about hardcore MAGA and QAnon types, they are highly motivated. When it comes to stopping imaginary pedophile rings, getting educational concepts banned from schools where they weren’t taught in the first place, supporting a made-up wall to keep out fake floods of foreigners, or protecting themselves from Bill Gates personally implanting microchips into their bodies, they have some very strong opinions and are willing to fight for them.
It’s taken a series of unfortunate events but we’ve now arrived at a terrible place where elections may be rigged without being challenged, and elections will almost certainly be challenged without having been rigged. What’s led us to this dangerous impasse are decades of ignoring evidence that our computerized elections are vulnerable to covert manipulation; the advent of a president who saw no great obligation to leave office if defeated; and the fierce “our elections are perfect” response of the system’s defenders against the “Stop the Steal” attack.
If past is prologue, experts worry that the US Postal Service will not be able to handle the number of absentee ballots that are expected to be cast during this fall’s midterm election. In 2020, the Postal Service performed poorly in similar circumstances, with many ballots arriving late to voters’ homes or not at all. Now, the Postal Service has created an “election mail strike” team to oversee issues associated with mailed ballots, but experts are doubtful that these efforts will guarantee better election security.
Former tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is now most famous for his failed political campaigns. He sought the 2020 Democratic nomination for president and then ran to become the party’s nominee for New York City mayor in 2021. Although rejected both times, he found a loyal online following, something of a personal brand and base.
With distrust in elections at an all-time high and in the face of raging misinformation, a North Carolina poll worker has made it her mission to save future elections at the local level by bringing people from all parties together and educating them on how the process actually works.
Before Russia’s invasion made Ukraine a worldwide cause célèbre, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s nation was seen as a work in progress, a fledgling democracy still plagued by corruption and malign outside influence.
Election integrity experts are sounding the alarm that many election workers will leave their positions on the front lines of democracy unless they are protected from the types of threats and harassment that hundreds of them experienced after the 2020 election.
BEIRUT — Celebratory gunfire mixed with fireworks lit up the sky over the capital of Lebanon on Sunday night, as preliminary election results indicated a significant shake-up in the country’s fraught domestic politics. In what’s seen as a rebuke of powerfully entrenched elites who have ruled the country for decades — and who helped trigger one of the world’s worst economic crises in 150 years — opposition candidates won 13 out of 128 seats in the national parliament.
My daughter, 28, recently wrote in an email to me, “I’m so disappointed in how the world is right now, I don’t vote because of it.” Here is my response to her. Dear L_____, A lecture is coming that you’ll probably feel you could live without. Nevertheless, I persist. I don’t blame you for being disappointed, or worse. But when you’re disappointed and frustrated and angry with how the world is, that’s just the time to vote!
Imagine a well-intentioned but perhaps naïve NASA engineer proposing to equip the International Space Station (ISS) with a $3.7 million car alarm to prevent it from being stolen. Seeing how nobody has ever tried to steal the ISS (and that a car alarm would do nothing to stop a thief), this would be a truly useless expenditure. That being said, it would be a harmless waste of taxpayer money proposed by a well-meaning government official. Somebody with more sinister motives, on the other hand, could do a lot of damage with that kind of money. And that brings us to Florida Gov.
When former President Donald Trump called Vladimir Putin a “genius” for invading Ukraine, it was embarrassing to many conservatives. But no more so than Viktor Orbán’s 12-year bromance with Putin, which culminated in a visit to Moscow two weeks before the invasion.
It may be hard for many Democrats to fathom, but some voters seem a lot less scared of Donald Trump than they should be. While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics:
“I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting.” — Martin Luther King Jr., July 1963.
Donald Trump’s always shown he can win even when losing, and Republicans have bought it once again.
In November 2020, I heard from Len Colodny, a journalist, author, and old friend (now deceased), about something the GOP operative Roger Stone had told him. Both he and I knew Stone, and I was aware that Stone, who has a reputation for exaggeration, tended to be right often enough in his claims not to dismiss them.
From state capitals, to Capitol Hill, to the Supreme Court, the new champions of “election integrity” cast themselves as defenders of an old American tradition.
Texas is in political chaos. The fastest growing state in the union is completely ruled by Republicans in all branches of state government, and as such, the Democrats of the state have been pulling every trick in the book to delay and deny legislation designed to cement GOP power there.
Electoral Forensics — it is a field of which I consider myself a pioneer, certainly as it applies to the computerized voting era in the US. It is an endeavor I once only half-jokingly referred to as cleaning up after the election circus with a statistical pooper-scooper.
Florida Republicans recently enacted severe restrictions on the voting process following the unfounded claims of fraud in the 2020 election — but experts say Republican voters may end up as collateral damage. “[Republican legislators] have stated that they think it will help them. They have been very transparent that they are doing it for political reasons … but it certainly will impact Republican voters also,” said Cecile M. Scoon, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Q-Crazy) is heading to the Iowa State Fair, traditionally a must-visit stop for any politician with White House aspirations. A few years ago, this wouldn’t have been news. After all, the fair attracts all kinds of kooks and strange acts.
A microcosm of next year’s midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election is playing out in Virginia, where former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a centrist Democrat, is facing off against deep-pocketed Republican newcomer and Trump devotee Glenn Youngkin in a gubernatorial contest already marked by negative ads and the potential for record campaign spending.
More than 53,000 people convicted of felonies in Minnesota, who have served their sentences and are paying taxes, taking care of their families, and participating in their communities, are not allowed to vote. “We live in a society that says that if you do something, if you’re held accountable, and you do your time, you’re supposed to have the opportunity to now come out. You’re supposed to be reintegrated in the community. You’re supposed to have your rights back,” said Cedrick Frazier, Democratic member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Joe Manchin has a lot of power. The West Virginia legislator is one of 50 Democratic senators, but, as a representative of a small, conservative state, he has no problem breaking rank with his party. And with the Senate split evenly along party lines, this means the fate of the Biden administration’s initiatives often rests in his hands alone. Which means the Democrats have to please him to pass their agenda. Which means he can hold out for whatever he wants. Which he does.
The audit of Arizona’s 2020 election results in Maricopa County is scheduled to finally wrap up this week, more than a month behind schedule. The recount, done by a private firm hired by Arizona’s Republican-led state Senate and by disgruntled right-wing million and billionaires, has focused in recent weeks on searching for secret watermarks and Chinese bamboo fibers in the ballots. Nothing was found.
After losing a war to Turkey-backed Azerbaijan last fall, Armenians are polarized over the most tantalizing political choice in their post-Soviet history.
President Joe Biden engaged in just a bit of historical revisionism in remarks after his meeting in Geneva with Vladimir Putin.
While Democrats in Washington are unable to unite to expand voting rights, Republicans across the country continue to promote and pass state laws that restrict voters. More than 389 bills in 48 states aim to make voting harder. Georgia, Texas, and Florida may get the lion’s share of attention, but Republican lawmakers are hard at work enacting voter suppression laws in many states that fly under the national media radar, such as Kansas, Montana, and Arkansas.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is all but running the Senate now — and he insists he won’t support his fellow Democrats’ bill to thwart state voter suppression laws unless GOP senators join him.
Reading Time: 5 minutesIn the wake of the bloody insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, one question lingered along with the stench of tear gas and bear spray — was that abomination a one-off, or was it in fact the start of something new, something far more ominous?
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[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2021-02-11_James_Evan_Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: Time Magazine games conspiracy theorists with a nothingburger about the (s)election; German government caught paying researchers to justify their coronavirus restrictions as countries put the break on vaccines; and Nevada prepares to institute technocratic Innovation Zones.
[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2021-01-14_James_Evan_Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the pre-planned selection psyop has the intended effect; the infowar escalates as battle lines are formed; and the narrative seeds for ending the scamdemic are planted by the scammers themselves.