p A petition calling for the impeachment of US president Donald Trump has amassed over 1.1 million signatures.Between failing to shake hands properly and being caught in the middle of an ongoing probe over alleged links to Russia, it's probably the last thing he needs right now.The campaign, led by campaigning non-profit "Free Speech for People" and civil liberties collective "RootsAction", is asking Congress to pass a resolution calling for the House Committee to investigate if sufficient grounds exist for removing Trump from office.On 26 May, the administrators of the petition announced it had reached 1,125,110 signatures."More than one million people all across the country have called for this impeachment investigation in light of the president's direct and ongoing violations of the anticorruption clauses of the constitution," John Bonifaz, president of Free Speech for People, told Democracy Now!He continued: "His refusal to divest fully from his business interests placed him on a collision course with the constitution from the day he took the oath of office.
p Voting machine hacking could turn very uglyOrganizers at the DEF CON hacking conference in July are planning a mass cracking of US electronic election machines.The event, which for over 20 years has attracted the best and the brightest in the hacking community, will see a group hackathon against the voting machines that are used in every US election these days.The purpose is to check whether the machinery that underpins the electoral system is up to scratch."Pretty much, just like everything else, it's time for hackers to come in and tell you what's possible and what's not," DEF CON founder Jeff Moss told Politico."We're only going to play with them for a couple of days, but bad guys can play with them for weeks or years."
p Six days after the 9/11 attacks, in 2001, President George W. Bush to the Islamic Center in Washington to dampen fears of a clash of civilizations between the Islamic world and the West.“The face of terror is not the true face of Islam,” he said.“Islam is peace.” Three days later, at a joint session of Congress, Bush defined the challenge from Al Qaeda in political rather than religious or cultural terms.This will be an age of liberty here and across the world.” A central theme of Bush’s Presidency was fostering democracy through nation-building.At the Presidential last October, in Las Vegas, he was particularly critical of Saudi Arabia.“These are people that kill women and treat women horribly, and yet you take their money.” He continued the theme in his first days in office, with an executive order that banned travel from seven countries (later downgraded to six) with predominantly Muslim populations.
We all probably should care more about the 2020 census, because John Thompson, the director of the Census Bureau and the man in charge of running the 2020 census, stepped down last week.To get an idea of what Thompson’s departure means, I spoke to Kenneth Prewitt, former director of the Census Bureau and the current Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and the Vice-President for Global Centers at Columbia University, about why we should care.Literally every American social program uses census numbers to allocate resources.If the Veteran’s Administration wants to place a hospital for elderly veterans, they obviously want to select a location heavily populated by elderly veterans.Prewitt continues, “Or take emergency relief.If they’re wrong, they don’t find people.”
Last weekend, many sighed with relief when Emmanuel Macron was elected French president.Now the countries of the EU elections mean for us the cliffhanger, which have a stake in the Finnish economy, the EU's existence, the future of democracy as well as liberty, fraternity and equality.Elsewhere have moved jytkyvaaleista to choose from can become someone other than gallup-favorite.Profit can, as long as you can promise the right things and to speak convincingly.No longer – c'est fini!the French movements in the electoral field are fast like a parisian puck on the rink: a three-goal lead, losing in the third period.
p The Federal Communications Commission says it wants to hear from you about the future of net neutrality.But in opening its virtual doors to the public, it’s also opened them to spammers and trolls, some of whom might have even managed to knock the FCC’s site offline this past week.The promise of digital democracy goes something like this: In the early days of the United States, few people could travel to the capital to voice their opinions on the issues of the day.But in the digital age, communications travel nearly instantly, removing or at least dramatically lowering the barriers to participation.The agency’s call for input on this seemingly wonkish policy topic has already attracted hundreds of thousands of public comments.In 2014, comedian and Last Week Tonight host John Oliver did the seemingly unthinkable: He helped turn net neutrality into a rousing mainstream issue.
"Finland has lost the largest parliamentary democracy of the sponsor," said parliamentary president Maria Lohela release."president Mauno koivisto of the work of the Finnish parliamentary strengthening is worth immeasurable."Lohela recalls how Koivisto in the spring of 1981 to refuse to accede to the president's erovaatimuksen.Koivisto look at the time that the government had the parliamentary support of the majority."Parliamentary government in our country began to strengthen this interpretation ever since.as President Mauno Koivisto served to strengthen the parliamentary and responsible government in relation to the president of the institution.
in International politics, university lecturer Heino Nyyssönen from the university of Turku has done a remarkable job by putting Hungary in the recent history of events in order.the name of the Work is dramatic, but give a too pessimistic impression.the Republic of the end refers to the year of 2010 constitutional change in which the country's official name was changed to the republic of Hungary to a mere Hungarian.Nyyssönen has summed up the events by reading the left-wing Népszabadság newspaper the numbers of the Hungarian EU-membership period, i.e. since 2004.the Country's leading party, Fidesz, and its leader, prime minister Viktor Orbán in 2010 election win after taking the country in a nationalist direction.Nyyssönen manages to bring this development to the historical depth.
p As President Trump continues to degrade our democracy and diminish the freedom of the press, Twitter’s CFO/COO Anthony Noto sees a marketing opportunity.Trump issued a thinly veiled threat this morning on Twitter, saying that maybe he should cancel the century-old tradition of daily White House press briefings, offering instead to issue written responses for the sake of accuracy.Of course, there are countless (actually countless, cough Sarah Huckabee Sanders cough) reasons why the White House press briefing is critical to the coverage of the President and his ability to communicate with the public.To name just a few, live press briefings allow the media to push back on false statements, ask questions, get clarifications, and allow the public to watch these exchanges live.But with Trump, in particular, the removal of the daily press briefing is even more dangerous.Trump, armed with his two Twitter accounts, has already used social media more than any other President, and his Twitter feed seems to purposefully undermine and circumvent the media.
p Today, in the middle of a truly impressive example of “tweeting through it,” President Trump sent out—possibly from the toilet—the following message: “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???” (Three question marks indicate just how good an idea this is.)He was following up on an earlier tweet, in which he suggested that his “surrogates” don’t always get everything right because he’s “a very active President with lots of things happening.”A little while later, Anthony Noto, Twitter’s COO, fired off the following reply:This follows the classic rule of business: Always Be Hustlin’ To Our Inept And Horrible President For Your Shit Platform, Even If He’s Suggesting A Troubling Erosion Of A Vital Free Press.Unfortunately, the replies do not seem to concur; it’s too early to tell what The Ratio will be.
A President enabled by a spineless and supine Congress that fails to exercise its oversight powers isn’t a weak executive at all: he is a potential despot.Since the end of January, he has appointed one of his closest political allies, , to run the Justice Department; fired an acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, who had warned the White House that the national-security adviser was compromised; and axed forty-six U.S.Attorneys, one of whom, , had jurisdiction over Trump’s business empire.He also claimed, falsely, that it was not Trump but Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, who removed Comey.McConnell curtly dismissed calls for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation, saying that such a move would “only serve to impede the current work being done” on Capitol Hill, where committees in the House and Senate are also looking into Russia’s meddling in the election.Last October, after the release of the “Access Hollywood” video in which Trump boasted of grabbing women by the genitals, Ryan said that he would , who was then the Republican nominee.
The justice system doesn’t always work, and podcasts like Undisclosed are there to make sure we don’t forget.Undisclosed takes the listener through the investigation, trial, and verdict of controversial cases, such as the death of Freddie Gray, with meticulous detail that makes every episode sound ripe for a multi-part TV documentary.What makes it a standout is how the reports connects listeners to topics and people from around in the world in surprising ways — making bus riders in Bogota relevant to morning commuters in San Francisco — while covering some of the most interesting news of the day.Left, Right & Center is a weekly 30-min podcast assembled by one of Los Angeles’ radio stations.Slate’s Political Gabfest is a weekly news round up, discussed by host, David Plotz and, usually, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon.The show covers news mainstream media often neglects, in a similar fashion to Democracy Now, but with a lot more swearing and humor.
p Hello to y’all newsreaders, American democracy is in flames.Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey yesterday afternoon.Comey was the man leading (one of) the investigations on Trump’s ties to Russia.So absolutely no cause for concern, right?Sean Spicer hid in some bushes to avoid reporters.Then he answered questions in the dark for ten minutes.
p Concerned that advertisers could take advantage of emotionally vulnerable teens, more than two dozen nonprofits urged Facebook Wednesday to publicly release the research the tech firm did on teens who feel “worthless” or “insecure.” /p p “We are concerned about how this information might be used by marketers and others to take advantage of young people, tapping into their emotions and unique developmental vulnerabilities for profit,” the May 10 letter stated.“There are also serious health and ethical implications of using such research findings to target youth.” /p p The letter, which was addressed to Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, asked the company to release an internal document that was leaked to The Australian./p p The media outlet claimed this month that the research Facebook did on teenagers not only raises “profound ethical questions” but shows how the world’s largest social network is gathering data on the emotional state of teens to sell targeted ads./p p Facebook in May released a statement calling the premise of the article “misleading,” noting that it doesn’t offer advertisers tools to target users based on their emotional state./p p But nonprofits, including the Berkeley Media Studies Group, Center for Digital Democracy, the Consumer Federation of America and other groups that advocate for privacy or consumer rights, say they want to know more./p p The groups also asked the company to explain in more detail what the research was intended for, what happened and Facebook’s practices.
Without warning or provocation, he summarily fired the independent-minded director of the F.B.I., James Comey.Comey had been overseeing an investigation into whether there was any collusion between Trump’s Presidential campaign and the government of Russia.With Comey out of the way, Trump can now pick his own man (or woman) to run the Bureau, and this person will have the authority to close down that investigation.It amounts to a premeditated and terrifying attack on the American system of government.Things like this are not supposed to happen in a liberal democracy, especially in one that takes pride, as the United States does, in safeguards put in place against the arbitrary exercise of power.In recent times, the only possible precedent is the Saturday Night Massacre, of October 20, 1973, when Richard Nixon fired the special prosecutor investigating Watergate, Archibald Cox.
After many years of practice, the systems in place are finely tuned but getting to this final stage requires some improvement.Plus there's a lack of an official candidate database.Formed in 2010, the Democracy Club aims to bring the democratic process into the digital age by providing election details online.During the 2015 general election, the site's efforts included collecting a list of candidates, and showing people where to vote on the day.As such, the group of volunteers (which numbers around 20) is creating a database of all those standing for election and providing more information about the sector.We're confident there's some we may have missed and if there's a particularly useful election tool (or app), let us know and we'll add them to the app.
The Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, the creation of the United States of America—what if all this was a terrible idea, and what if the injustices and madness of American life since then have occurred not in spite of the virtues of the Founding Fathers but because of them?In my Philadelphia grade school, we paraded with flags, singing “The Marines’ Hymn” and “Here Comes the Flag!” (“Fathers shall bless it / Children caress it / All shall maintain it / No one shall stain it.”) We were taught that the brave Americans hid behind trees to fight the redcoats—though why this made them brave was left unexplained.Stirred into the larger pot of recent revisionism, these arguments leave us with a big question: was it really worth it, and are we better off for its having happened?(Both were seeking to sway or supplant the “establishment Whigs.”) This isn’t the familiarly rendered divide between Tories and Whigs; the authoritarian reformers were less fusty country squires attached to old English institutions than an élite executive class of intellectuals and aristocrats committed to the Empire and to the reform of institutions that were seen as preventing the Empire from being maximally efficient.They wanted a strong monarch surrounded by a circle of aristocratic advisers; very limited democracy; reform in the Army and Navy; and a tax-heavy system of mercantile trade—all of it intended to make the Empire as profitable as it needed to be.With lucid authoritarian logic, Johnson explained that even though the American citizen might not have a vote on how he was taxed, “he still is governed by his own consent; because he has consented to throw his atom of interest into the general mass of the community.”
[…] The risks at stake are profound and represent a fundamental threat to our sovereignty.”Alex Younger, head of MI6, December, 2016“It’s not MI6’s job to warn of internal threats.It’s owned by Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of eBay and PayPal, who became Silicon Valley’s first vocal supporter of Trump.And Cambridge Analytica is one point of focus through which we can see all these relationships in play; it also reveals the elephant in the room as we hurtle into a general election: Britain tying its future to an America that is being remade - in a radical and alarming way - by Trump.But everyone – AggregateIQ, Cambridge Analytica, Leave.EU, Vote Leave – denied it.
in Parliament this proposal freezes the Finnish capital market.instead, could the applicant show that, as well as to guarantee access to information holdings, as well as authorities and the media, but would also allow for competition.the Future of the Finnish company may not tender securities to the center, which would list their securities.securities holdings of the public is a Finnish peculiarity, which is in Europe not elsewhere.in Sweden, the investor may choose, does he use of its securities for storing personal securities account, or whether his investment management registry through the so-called ' laaritilillä.Transparency in particular of financial or political power holdings is important in a democracy.
Therefore, states and democracy-promoting institutions have to change their business earlier, experience more.a Good example to use in the Uk small-scale stir I caused the campaign of the royal research ship names.Loosely translated, that means Boat boat face.Serious authorities would not accept the name, because it was not considered a suitable precious vessel.Finally, the research vessel christened the anthropologist and wildlife documentary filmmaker sir David Attenborough's according to the.”Imagine how much positive publicity Boaty McBoatface should have the world at sea!