Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The bizarre election fraud hearings that could lead to a new...

At a North Carolina hearing, investigators have laid out in detail an “unlawful,” “coordinated,” and well-funded plot to tamper with absentee ballots in a US House election that remains uncalled more than three months after Election Day — finally bringing clarity to one of the most bizarre election scandals in recent memory. On Thursday afternoon, after four days of evidence indicating fraud and an attempt to conceal the scheme from state investigators, Republican candidate Mark Harris himself told the state election board that he believed a new election should be called. Harris had been the apparent winner on Election Night...

Trump’s tweets saying he’s already building the border wall, briefly explained

President Donald Trump wants his social media followers to know that even if Congress is unwilling to give him as much money as he wants for a border wall, he’s nonetheless building it. And he really is — with a couple significant caveats. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted a time-lapse video from the Army Corps of Engineers that shows construction of bollard fencing along the southern border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. “We have just built this powerful Wall in New Mexico,” Trump wrote. “Completed on January 30, 2019 — 47 days ahead of schedule! Many miles more now under construction!...

Bernie Sanders is running for president again. This time, he’s a...

Sen. Bernie Sanders caught the establishment Democratic Party off guard three years ago; few anticipated the strength of his candidacy and message. Things have changed. Sanders announced on Tuesday he is running for president again — but this time, he’s not the underdog. This time, he is a frontrunner who, despite coming in second in 2016, has fundamentally altered the Democratic Party. Sanders, now 77 years old, is the most popular senator among constituents in America and consistently ranks among the top potential 2020 candidates in early polls. That said, he’s joining a packed field, including progressive firebrands like Sen....

16 states sue the Trump administration over national emergency declaration

Sixteen states, including California, New York, and Michigan, are suing over Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to obtain funding for a border wall. The suit against the Trump administration is the latest one the White House faces over the president’s announcement. The ACLU as well as the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy have also said they’ll pursue lawsuits against the Trump administration. The states’ lawsuit, much like the others, argues that the Trump administration is bypassing Congress’s constitutional authority over federal funding and hurting states in the process. “If the President is essentially stealing money that’s been allocated...

Vox Sentences: The pope will listen to survivors

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. The Vatican prepares to talk about the sexual abuse of minors; Australia is hit with a cyberattack. “The Protection of Minors in the Church” Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Vatican prepared Monday for a Thursday meeting called “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” which will address the long and destructive history...

North Carolina investigators describe “unlawful” ballot tampering scheme in House election

At a North Carolina hearing Monday, investigators started laying out in detail an “unlawful,” “coordinated,” and “well-funded” plot to tamper with absentee ballots in a US House election that remains uncalled more than three months after Election Day — finally bringing some clarity to one of the most bizarre election scandals in recent memory. State investigators established their theory of the case — that a Republican operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, directed a coordinated scheme to unlawfully collect, falsely witness, and otherwise tamper with absentee ballots — and a worker who says she assisted him in the scheme delivered explosive testimony...

Trump just issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan military: abandon Maduro...

President Donald Trump just issued an ultimatum to Venezuela’s military: Either join with the US-led effort to depose Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, or suffer immense consequences. Maduro’s troops can defect and support the US-backed challenger — Juan Guaidó — “or you can choose the second path, continuing to support Maduro,” Trump said on Monday at Florida International University. “If you choose this path, you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit, and no way out. You will lose everything.” Since January, the Trump administration, joined by governments in the Americas and Europe, has called for Venezuela’s socialist president to step...

Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 presidential campaign

The controversial Democratic senator from Hawaii is running for president in 2020. Contributors: Vox Staff Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic representative from Hawaii, was first elected to Congress in 2012. She announced her presidential run on January 11, 2019, joining a growing field of Democratic contenders seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 presidential election. Gabbard initially excited the left because she was an outspoken economic progressive...

Kirsten Gillibrand’s 2020 presidential campaign

The New York lawmaker is running on a strong message that women are the future of the Democratic Party. Contributors: Vox Staff Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images On January 15, 2019, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced an exploratory committee for a run for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, becoming the second senator to make her interest in the 2020 race official. The New York lawmaker is running on a strong message that women are...

Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign

The longtime lawmaker announced her candidacy at a rally in Oakland, California, on January 27. Contributors: Vox Staff Image credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images Kamala Harris, a California lawmaker and longtime prosecutor, is running for the Democratic nomination for president. She made her announcement during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019. Harris is only the second African-American woman to serve in the Senate, and her entry...