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Source: CTV

No early election: PM vows next federal vote to be held in October 2019

Today 00:34 GMT

Mark your calendars, and set those countdown clocks: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that the next federal election will not be called early.

Under current federal election law, general elections are held on the third Monday of October, in the fourth year after the previous federal election, but this does not prevent an election from happening earlier. The Governor General of Canada has the power to, following the advice of the prime minister, call an election at another date and dissolve the current Parliament.

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Source: Fox News

North Carolina GOP vows to override Dem governor’s veto of voter ID bill

Today 00:34 GMT

Republican leaders in North Carolina’s GOP-dominated General Assembly vowed late Friday to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a state voter identification bill.

“We are disappointed that Gov. Cooper chose to ignore the will of the people and reject a commonsense election integrity measure that is common in most states, but the North Carolina House will override his veto as soon as possible,” state House Speaker Tim Moore said in a statement. “Despite the governor's personal feelings on voter ID, the fact remains that the constitutional amendment passed with a broad mandate from North Carolinians," GOP Senate leader Phil Berger added, calling Cooper's arguments a “tired rehash of unconvincing talking points rejected by the voters.”

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Source: DW

Germany mulls crackdown on social media bots

Today 00:34 GMT

Social media bots are attacking the core elements of democracy and it is "high time" for Germany to fight them, senior CDU lawmaker Ralph Brinkhaus has said.

Many German lawmakers were flooded with messages during the recent debate on the UN migration pact, in what appeared to be the work of social media bots, said Ralph Brinkhaus, the head of the parliamentary group of the ruling conservative CDU party.

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Source: Global News

Trump asks if ‘SNL’ is legal day after skit that imagines Clinton won U.S. election

Today 00:34 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump raged against Saturday Night Live on Sunday after the show aired a skit imagining a world where Trump was never president and Hillary Clinton had won the election instead.

In the skit, Eric Trump is smart because he now has time to attend adult education, Melania Trump has no accent because being around Trump before had hurt her language skills and U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence has now pursued his true career calling as a DJ.

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Source: The Guradian

‘Things must change’: DRC hopes for fresh start as election looms

Sunday 08:03 GMT

Not only are these impractical in the harsh conditions of the DRC, where electricity is unreliable or non-existent, but they could be vulnerable to manipulation, opposition leaders claim.

Angela, who did not want to give her family name for fear of attracting ennuis or troubles, had walked across the city to the Avenue Salongo very early in the morning to greet Félix Tshisekedi, one of the main opposition candidates.

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Source: The Guradian

Fire destroys new voting machines ahead of DRC election

Friday 06:59 GMT

A fire has destroyed much of an election commission warehouse in Kinshasa as tensions rise in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with just 10 days to go before historic presidential elections which could see the country’s first-ever democratic transition of power or bring further instability and violence.

The fire damaged thousands of controversial new voting machines and has stoked fears the poll will be undermined by logistic challenges and fraud.

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Source: Common Domain

Trump’s transparency makes the actions to oppose him perfectly clear

Friday 20:01 GMT

A GOP committed to pursue Trump’s authoritarian goals will remain dangerous even after Trump’s presidency ends — Americans will never be more than an election away from a return to the kind of chaotic, illiberal presidency we have now.

It was no surprise to learn recently that Paul Manafort’s lawyers wereleaking information to Trump’s personal legal team while Manafort was supposed to be cooperating with Mueller.

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Source: The Guradian

Russian spy Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy against US

Friday 20:01 GMT

The judge said: “I am satisfied that Maria Butina is fully competent and capable of making a decision today … I will accept the guilty plea and Maria Butina is judged guilty of this offence.”

Maria Butina, who built powerful network that reached into Donald Trump’s circle, tried to infiltrate the influential National Rifle Association (NRA) and relay intelligence on American politicians to a Russian government official.

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Source: Common Domain

Judge Rejects GOP Congressman’s Challenge of Maine Election System

Friday 19:06 GMT

A federal judge in Maine ruled Thursday in favor of the state’s ranked-choice election system and against Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who challenged the voting process after losing a close race last month.

U.S. District Judge Lance Walker said the system encourages First Amendment expression without voter discrimination

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Source: BBC

Cohen insists he was directed by Trump

Saturday 12:41 GMT

US President Donald Trump's former lawyer insists he was directed by his boss to make hush money payments during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen admitted to making false statements to Congress about a property deal Mr Trump was looking into in Moscow in the run-up to the 2016 election.


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