WASHINGTON — When the Justice Department unsealed criminal charges detailing a yearslong effort by a Russian troll farm to "sow division and discord in the U.S. political system," it was the first federal case alleging continued foreign interference in U.S. elections. Earlier Friday, American intelligence officials released a rare public statement asserting that Russia, China, Iran and other countries are engaged in ongoing efforts to influence U.S. policy and voters in future elections. The statement didn't provide details on those efforts. That stood in contrast with the criminal charges, which provided a detailed narrative of Russian activities. Russian activities have also been outlined in previous criminal cases. A look at what is known about foreign efforts to interfere in U.S. elections: WHAT IS THE U.S. WORRIED ABOUT? The U.S. has a lot of concerns; ballot tampering, hacking into campaigns, open and covert attempts to sway voters. Friday's announcement didn't suggest that … [Read more...] about Is there interference in the 2018 US midterm elections?
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The US economy is humming with unemployment near multi-decade lows, inflation back at target and GDP growth the fastest it’s been in years. Unsurprisingly, the US Federal Reserve expects to move policy settings into restrictive territory in 2020. While a clear tailwind for the US dollar, Westpac Bank says there’s a risk the greenback may weaken ahead of the US midterm elections. After eight rate hikes in just under three years, monetary policy settings in the United States are no longer deemed to be “accommodative”, at least according to the US Federal Reserve. After a decade of helping to boost the US economy, the tailwinds from ultra-low interest rates are now starting to dim with policy gradually moving towards neutral, where they neither add nor detract from economic activity. Based on the median forecast from individual Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members, not only is policy likely to move to what are deemed to be neutral levels of around … [Read more...] about Westpac says the US dollar may come under pressure ahead of November’s midterm elections
Polls have painted the race as the closest election for a Texas statewide office in recent history. But some say the only poll that matters is the election. Here’s what you’ll need to know to make your voice heard. Am I registered?The last day to register to vote in the November elections is Oct. 9. Find out if you're already registered and see other important dates on VoteTexas.gov, the Texas secretary of state's website.You can obtain a voter registration application from your county voter registrar's office, libraries, most post offices and high schools. You can also request a postage-paid application be mailed to you or fill one out online, but you must print it and mail it to your county office. Here are links to the offices for counties in North Texas:Dallas Collin Denton Ellis Kaufman Rockwall TarrantWhen can I vote?Early voting starts Oct. 22 and ends Nov. 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. And if you’re … [Read more...] about How to register to vote, who’s on the ballot and what you need to know for Texas’ midterm elections
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByMark Landler and David E. Sanger Sept. 26, 2018 UNITED NATIONS — President Trump accused China on Wednesday of interfering in the midterm elections to damage him politically because of his tough tactics on trade. Speaking at the United Nations Security Council, where he was presiding, Mr. Trump said, “They do not want me or us to win, because I am the first president to ever challenge China on trade.” Mr. Trump has accused the Chinese of election meddling before, but never so bluntly or in such a high-profile international setting. He offered no evidence of how China might be interfering, or of whether its tactics went beyond trying to influence the battle over trade. Previously, Mr. Trump has accused the Chinese of aiming tariffs at American farmers, workers, and … [Read more...] about Trump Accuses China of Interfering in Midterm Elections
KENT: How are the "bad actors" now in 2018 different than they were in 2015, '16, and ’17? CHAKRABARTI: We're looking all around the world to make sure that this same kind of playbook that bad actors used in 2016 is not used again. We are staying ever vigilant, looking everywhere for this kind of activity as a means of stopping it. And I think a lot of the work that we're doing, for example, around political ad transparency, helps prevent this kind of behavior. With political ad transparency, we're making it so that anybody who sees a political ad on Facebook can see who is behind that ad and who paid for that ad. I think that helps create a much more trustworthy environment for political discourse on our platforms. …It is an arms race. And we're always working to try to stay one step ahead. As an example, the bad actors out there have gotten more sophisticated. They're better at hiding their location... So we also have gotten better at finding when people are trying to … [Read more...] about Inside Facebook’s ‘arms race’ to protect users ahead of midterm elections