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Facebook will let researchers study how advertisers targeted users with political ads prior to Election Day

Facebook is aiming to improve transparency around political advertising on its platform by opening up more data to independent researchers, including targeting information on more than 1.3 million ads that ran in the three months prior to the US election on November 3rd of last year. Researchers interested in studying the ads can apply for access to the Facebook Open Research and Transparency (FORT) platform here.

The move is significant because Facebook has long resisted willfully allowing access to data around political advertising, often citing user privacy. The company has gone so far as to even disable third-party web plugins, like ProPublica’s Facebook Political Ad Collector tool, that collect such data without Facebook’s express consent.

Numerous research groups around the globe have spent years now studying Facebook’s impact on everything from democratic elections to news dissemination, but sometimes without full access to all the desired data. Only last year, after partnering with Harvard University’s Social Science One (the group overseeing applications for the new political ad targeting initiative), did Facebook better formalize the process of granting anonymized user data for research studies.

In the past, Facebook has made some crucial political ad information in its Ad Library available to the public, including the amount spent on certain ads and demographic information about who saw those ads. But now the company says it wants to do more to improve transparency, specifically around how advertisers target certain subsets of users with political advertising.

“We created this tool to enable academic researchers to study the impact of Facebook’s products on elections, and included measures to protect people’s privacy and keep the platform secure,” reads a blog post by Sarah Clark Schiff, a Facebook product manager, published on Monday. “By making the targeting criteria, such as location and interests, selected by advertisers running social issue, electoral or political ads available for analysis and reporting, we hope to help people better understand the practices used to reach potential voters on Facebook.”

Schiff says Facebook is open to partnering with academics to “further understanding of the impact of digital advertising on the US 2020 elections.” The company will also be retaining its US 2020 Election Spend Tracker, but it will be moved to its Elections page, where it will still be available for download.

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Events that marked the political events in Quisqueya in 2020 and presage 2021 | The State

When we speak of events, we refer to issues that do not occur frequently or very often, which due to their impact, be it social, individual, local or global, modify reality at a certain moment with consequences in the medium or long term. The history of humanity has been marked by great events at all levels that changed its course, events such as; the French Revolution, the arrival of man on the moon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the September 11 attack, among others.

Other events in which the man himself has not had a direct intervention, but that could be a consequence of many of his actions, include the earthquake / tsunami in Japan in 2011, most recently the appearance of the Coronavirus, generating in the world a radical change in what we knew as everyday life, and a long list of events that, probably thanks to them, humanity has managed to take significant steps forward in the various fields of knowledge.

At the local level, the Dominican Republic has been marked by political events worth mentioning, since achieving its independence in 1844, to have several dictatorial governments, with a transition to democracy in the recent past with the overthrow of Trujillo (1961), giving way to the first democratically elected government in 1962, with the assumption of power by Juan Bosch (overthrown 7 months later). On the other side of the island, in Haiti, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the neighboring country, signifying a radical change to its situation for the next two decades.

The year just ended (2020), has left its milestones in the land of merengue, bachata and the most beautiful beaches. I wanted to stop and analyze each and every one of the events that, from my point of view, have had the greatest impact on the Dominican population politically speaking, I decided among many, eight (8) events:

  • Postponement of municipal elections, endangering Dominican democracy and questioning the credibility of the electoral body. This generated large demonstrations calling for the resignation of the members of this body.
  • The holding of elections in a pandemic due to the coronavirus, a situation used by the PLD to try to position its candidate during the campaign. In the end, “the shot backfired.”
  • The defeat in the presidential elections in July of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) was an omen that began in February with the municipal elections and, consequently, their departure from power after 16 years in office. Generating this the stampede or the abandonment of the party of figures and congressman to pass to another political force.
  • The arrival to the presidency of the Republic of Luis Abinader and the PRM, after several attempts and with their slogan “El Cambio” and “Se Van”, won the favor of the popular vote.
  • The first “defeat” of former president Leonel Fernández, reaching a number of votes well below what he claimed to have (10%), even with those results they were left with considerable strength and representation at the congressional level for the not so distant future, managing to be the second majority. Here the phrase, “losing is won” fits very well.
  • The submission of several former officials for alleged acts of corruption in the past administration with the named anti octopus operation. As a result of the appointment of an independent Public Ministry and why not, as a result of citizen pressure, former officials accused of association of criminals and embezzlement of funds to favor relatives and close associates of former President Danilo are managed to sit on the dock of the accused. Medina.
  • The change in the way of doing politics, the arrival of the pandemic in the middle of the election year, forced political parties to adapt to a new way of campaigning without mass events, making social networks the new scenarios to promote their proposals for Bell.
  • The resignation of an official of the current government accused of corruption. As an unprecedented event, the resignation of the youth minister was constituted, who probably, due to pressure from the population, was forced to resign from her position as a public official. With this action, he left the Dominican president in good standing, whose government’s commitment is not to allow a single act of indelication or contrary to the rules.

Eridania Bidó Fernández is co-founder and Executive Vice President of the Center for Public Policy, Development and RD Leadership (CPDL-RD). She has a Master’s Degree in Senior Public Management, is a Specialist in Public Function and Quality Management, Writer for Communicated Policy, and has more than 10 years of professional career at the public level. Bidó is also an International Election Observer for Latin America. Twitter @EridaniaBidoF

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Trump plans political revenge against the 10 Republican representatives who voted in favor of impeachment against him | The State

Outgoing President Donald Trump in a file photo.

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Outgoing President Donald Trump forges a political revenge against the 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted in favor of a “Impeachment” or impeachment against him as a result of the assault on the federal Capitol on January 6.

A Wall Street Journal report this week indicates that the president would have asked for information from the group of 10 after Wednesday’s vote in the lower house.

Although Trump’s strategies against naysayers within his own Party are unclear, the report indicates that the mogul wants to know who the lawmakers are and if he has ever done anything for them. The president also reportedly asked who could compete against them if they face reelection in two years.

Even if Trump leaves the position on January 20 along with the inauguration of Joe biden, it is expected that the Republican will continue to have influence over the legislators of that delegation in Congress.

House Republican No. 3 Liz Cheney of Wyoming has already begun to feel the pressure of Trump’s moves, according to the report. Some members of the Freedom Committee have asked him to resign, which Cheney has resisted.

But the differences between Cheney and Trump date back to when they clashed over foreign policy. The president called for his removal during a speech prior to the riot in Washington.

The other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump were Representatives Tom Rice of South Carolina; John Katko, from New York; Anthony González, from Ohio; Peter Meijer, from Michigan; Adam Kinzinger, from Illinois; Dan Newhouse from Washington; Fred Upton, from Michigan; Jaime Herrera Beutler, from Washington, and David Valadao, from California.

Possible scope of impeachment

After the approval of a second political trial against the president, it is now up to the Senate to address the matter. However, the process seems out of the question at least before Biden is sworn into office.

House of Representatives Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi he must send the articles of impeachment to the Senate, a key step for the impeachment process to continue in the Upper House.

“We have to determine what kind of evidence we should present to the Senate to prove our impeachment article,” Democratic Representative Diana DeGette, one of those in charge of the process in the House of Representatives, told CNN on Thursday.

Thus, the planning of the trial in the Senate is in a preliminary stage.

The report from the Efe agency indicates that although the process would not entail the official dismissal of the president, since he would have handed over the Presidency to his successor, a conviction would imply disqualifying him from holding public office in the event that he stands for the election in 2024 .

Other privileges he would lose include a lifetime pension equal to what a minister earns (about $ 220,000 annually), or his right to have an honorable funeral and to be buried, if he so wishes, in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Google to Halt Political Ads for US Presidential Inauguration


Alphabet’s Google will stop selling political advertisements referencing US elections across its services until at least January 21, following last week’s violence at the Capitol, according to an email to advertisers seen by Reuters.

The email said the action was taken “following the unprecedented events of the past week and ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration,” which takes place on January 20.

In a statement, Google said it would “temporarily pause all political advertisements in addition to any advertisements referencing impeachment, the inauguration, or protests at the US Capitol.”

The move, to take effect on Thursday, will make no exceptions for news organizations or merchandisers running advertisements.

On December 10, Google had lifted a temporary ban on election-related advertisements, which took effect after polls closed in the November US presidential election and aimed to curb misinformation and other abuses on its platforms.

Facebook also paused political advertisements after the November 3 election, only briefly unfreezing advertisements around the US Senate election in Georgia earlier this month.

A Google spokeswoman said the company had been employing a limited version of its “Sensitive Event” policy since the January 6 storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, which meant it did not allow advertisements referencing the political violence at the Capitol.

The policy seeks to prohibit content that potentially capitalises on events like public health emergencies or natural disasters.

In the email, which was first reported by Axios, Google also reminded advertisers of its policy against advertisements that promote hate or incite violence. “Given the events of the last week, we are extremely vigilant about enforcing on any advertisements that might reasonably be construed as crossing this line,” it said.

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Will fill political vacuum in Haryana as soon as it arises: Selja


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New Delhi, January 14

Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja on Thursday said many ruling party lawmakers were in touch with the opposition Congress MLAs and the Congress was ready to fill a political vacuum should any arise in Haryana.

Selja said many MLAs of the ruling alliance are unhappy and anguished over the attitude of the BJP in the farm agitation and laws.

Asked if the Congress could attempt to form a government in the state, she said: “Let those circumstances arise first. There can never be a vacuum in politics. We are ready to fill the vacuum in Haryana as and when it arises.”

Kumari Selja at the farmer’s protest site at Bastara toll. Tribune Photo: Sayeed Ahmed

Selja had last week demanded the resignation of Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar, saying he had lost the faith of the people and the authority to stay in power.

Haryana Assembly Opposition leader BS Hooda has been demanding that the Governor call an assembly session and the Khattar government be asked to prove its majority.





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Covid-19 Malawi: Four political figures die days after Madonna visit

Four senior political figures in Malawi have died from Covid-19 just days after Madonna visited the country and met the president unmasked as part of a trip that saw her visit five countries in three weeks.

Local Government Minister Lingson Berekanyama and Transport Minister Sidik Mia both succumbed to the disease in the early hours of Tuesday.

The former Governor of Malawi’s central bank, Francis Perekamoyo, and the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Ernest Kantchentche, have also died.

It comes after several members of the government were infected at a meeting in the president’s office on December 21 that was attended by all 31 members of cabinet.

The following day labour minister Ken Kandodo tested positive, but he has since recovered. Another minister, Rashid Gaffar, is self-isolating at home. 

Malawi’s Transport Minister Sidik Mia (pictured) has died from Covid-19 as infections rise in the southeastern African nation

Madonna (pictured) has visited Malawi as part of a worldwide holiday, meeting with political figures and often seen unmasked

Madonna (pictured) has visited Malawi as part of a worldwide holiday, meeting with political figures and often seen unmasked 

On Monday, the southeastern African nation recorded 452 new Covid cases and 10 new deaths, the highest daily average since the first case was confirmed in April.

The resurgence in infections has seen 30 per cent of confirmed cases registered in the past two weeks alone. 

Malawi has so far recorded more than 9,000 cases of Covid-19 and 235 deaths. 

But in spite of the rising cases in Malawi and across much of the world, the Queen of Pop has clocked up 11,707 air miles jetting from Los Angeles to London then to Africa as part of a lavish winter trip. 

The singer, 62, has been accompanied on the getaway by her boyfriend, American backing dancer Ahlamalik Williams, 26.

While on her trip to Malawi, Madonna met with the President Lazarus Chakwera (pictured)

While on her trip to Malawi, Madonna met with the President Lazarus Chakwera (pictured)

She was also joined for much of the trip by five of her children. 

They spent a week in Malawi where they met with President Lazarus Chakwera, mixed with locals and visited a hospital which Madonna founded.

The government figures who died on Wednesday were members of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), the main partner in an alliance that delivered victory to President Chakwera last year. 

Mia had even been tipped as a possible successor to Chakwera.  

‘We are paying the price because many of us are back to the old ways of not wearing masks,’ the president said in an address to the nation on Sunday.

‘When I say many of us, I am including myself and all of us who are working in government,’ he added.

Madonna (pictured in Kenya this week) has reportedly visited five countries in just three weeks clocking up a massive 11,707 air miles, despite Covid travel bans

Madonna (pictured in Kenya this week) has reportedly visited five countries in just three weeks clocking up a massive 11,707 air miles, despite Covid travel bans 

The singer, 62, has been accompanied on the getaway by her boyfriend, American backing dancer Ahlamalik Williams, 26 (pictured together in Kenya this week)

Madonna's eldest son Rocco is seen drinking tea while on holiday

The singer, 62, has been accompanied on the getaway by her boyfriend, American backing dancer Ahlamalik Williams, 26 (pictured together in Kenya this week, left). Right: Madonna’s eldest son Rocco is seen drinking tea while on holiday

‘It (coronavirus) has now infected all sectors of society, including members of parliament, members of cabinet, members of the media, and members of the clergy.’

Malawi’s government was barred from implementing a lockdown last year after a high court ruled the restrictions would unfairly impact the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.

There are currently no limits on movement or gatherings. Face masks are encouraged but not mandatory.

Travellers arriving in Malawi and Kenya do not have to quarantine as long as they have negative coronavirus tests. 

MailOnline has contacted a representative for Madonna for comment.  

What travel restrictions are in place in Malawi? 

  • All nationalities can travel to Malawi by air for business or leisure, but they must have a negative Covid test
  • Passengers arriving without valid documentation are required to provide samples for testing and isolate for 14 days
  • Following a surge in cases, land borders were closed to all but citizens and residents in late December
  • Airports remain open

All four of Madonna’s adopted children hail from Malawi, and the singer has been spending time in their home country, which she calls her ‘home away from home’. 

She capped off her week in Malawi with her four youngest children by visiting the Jacaranda School for Orphans near Blantyre. 

The Queen of Pop was officially at the school to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Madame X Dance Studio.

Madge proudly posed beside the sign at the studio – which was paid for through non-profit organisation Raising Malawi – which she co-founded with Michael Berg in 2006.

Her youngest – Stella and Estere – were adopted from Malawi at the start of 2017. 

They lived in the Home of Hope orphanage in Mchinji for two years before their adoption.

When asked what drew her to her kids, Madonna said: ‘It’s inexplicable. Why do you fall in love with the people you fall in love with?’ You look into the eyes of somebody, you feel their soul, you feel touched by them — that’s it.’ 

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The Difficult Position of Vice President Mike Pence and Why He Became a Key Figure in the US Political Crisis | The State

“Where is Mike Pence?”

That was one of the slogans that was chanted last Wednesday among the crowd of Donald Trump followers who stormed the United States Capitol to show their rejection of the certification of the election of Joe Biden as the next president of that country.

The current Republican Vice President, who has been one of Trump’s most loyal officialsHe had suddenly become a traitor in the eyes of the mob.

“I heard at least three of the mutineers on Capitol Hill say they hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol tree as a traitor. It was a common phrase that they were repeating. Many more only spoke about how the vice president should be executed, “said photographer Jim Bourg, from Reuters agency, who was present at the scene, on his Twitter account.

And it is that a short time before, that same day, Pence seemed to have crossed a red line when not agree to Trump’s proposal of using his position as president of the Senate (a position that corresponds to all those who hold the vice presidency in the United States) to try to reverse the results of the presidential elections of November 3, which Trump has labeled as fraudulent without providing evidence.

According to a Reuters agency photographer, some mutineers spoke of wanting to find Pence to hang him. Reuters

Pence has spent the past four years juggling to interpret the current president’s heterodox proposals in such a way that they fit within the legal and institutional channels of traditional politics, while avoiding casting any question of Trump or his ideas. .

However, the request to try to reverse the results of the presidential elections was something that was beyond any balancing act and, apparently, has ended up opening a gap between the president and his vice president.

Paradoxically, however, what happened on Capitol Hill on Wednesday has placed Pence in a difficult situation and, at the same time, has made him a central figure in resolving the current political crisis in the United States.

The game of succession

Mike Pence standing behind President Donald Trump during a press conference
Pence considered himself Trump’s political successor, according to several analysts. Getty Images

Some US media have pointed out that Pence’s original bet was to become the political heir to Trump and succeed him in 2024, after having accompanied him for eight years in the White House.

Those plans would have obviously been disrupted by the victory of Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the presidential elections on November 3, but also by Trump’s decision not to admit defeat.

On that election night, Trump delivered his speech declaring himself the winner of the election based on partial counts and, at the same time, accusing the Democrats of wanting to cheat.

So when it was Pence’s turn to speak, he said he believed they were headed for victory and that they had to be vigilant to protect the integrity of the vote (in an obvious nod to Trump), but made no express mention of the alleged fraud. An impeccable act of balancing.

From that moment, while Trump insisted and failed in his political and legal attempts to reverse the election results, Pence knew how to stay on the sidelines.

However, in recent days the president decided that the way to remain in the White House was for Pence – as president of the Senate – to refuse to certify the results of the voting.

Trump publicly placed Pence in a compromised position when on January 5 he said in a tweet that “the vice president has the power to reject the votes (of the Electoral College) chosen fraudulently.”

Donald Trump during a political rally on January 5, 2021
Donald Trump put Pence in a tight spot during a political rally on January 5, 2021. Getty Images

And, even more, when he said at the rally with his followers in Washington on January 6 that he would be disappointed if Pence did not try to reject some of these Electoral College votes. “Mike Pence will have to help us,” Trump told the crowd.

That same day, shortly before the session, the vice president released a letter to Congress in which he made it clear that could not agree to the request of the agent.

“My reasoned judgment is that my oath to support and defend the Constitution prevents me from claiming a unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” wrote Pence, echoing a criterion widely shared by jurists, according to which the The role of the president of the Senate in certifying the votes of the Electoral College is merely ceremonial.

Shortly after, Trump would line the batteries against him in one of the last messages he was able to publish before Twitter suspended his account:

“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, giving states an opportunity to certify a series of corrected data and not the inaccurate and fraudulent data that they were previously asked to certify. America demands the truth, ”he wrote.

Mike Pence with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
Mike Pence presided over the plenary session of Congress that ratified the election of Joe Biden. Getty Images

Pence, faithful to the balance

After the assault of the Capitol by Trump’s followers, many have held the president responsible for what happened and the voices calling for it to be removed from power without being allowed to complete the barely 11 days left in the White House.

This circumstance, paradoxically, makes Pence the key political figure of the moment. This is due not only to the fact that he would be responsible for assuming the reins of the government if Trump is removed from office, but also because one of the mechanisms to that removal goes directly through the hands of the vice president: Amendment 25 to the United States Constitution.

This provision was established in the 1960s, after the death of John F. Kennedy, to regulate the presidential succession in the event that the president is incapacitated for office.

This rule contemplates a scenario in which the president is not qualified to fulfill his duty but does not want to resign. Then, the vice president and a majority of the cabinet can declare that the president cannot exercise his position and, thus, remove him.

However, Trump could object to his removal. In that case, the vice president and the cabinet could leave him in power or insist on his removal, forcing the case to go to Congress, where approval requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of both houses.

The leader of the Senate Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer, has said that Pence should invoke thisto amendment to oust Trump from power.

This possibility, however, carries the risk for Pence of ending up definitively alienating the faithful and mobilized Trump bases that he aspired to inherit.

Chuck Schumer, Leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Chuck Schumer, leader of the Democratic caucus in the Senate, says that Pence will invoke the amendment to oust Trump from power. Getty Images

According to Schumer, if the vice president does not act, Congress could initiate proceedings for an impeachment against the president.

“What happened on Capitol Hill was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not remain in office for another day, “said the Democratic leader.

Between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, Trump was already subjected to a political trial of this type, from which he was acquitted thanks to the votes of the Republicans in the Senate and, despite everything, it is not clear that a new attempt will result successful.

But if that happened, then the man tasked with handing over power to Joe Biden on January 20 would be none other than a very short-term president named Mike Pence.


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Jim Carrey creates new political piece of ‘Killer Clown’ Donald Trump after Capitol coup

Jim Carrey creates a new political piece of ‘Killer Clown’ Donald Trump after Capitol coup where one woman was fatally shot

Jim Carrey has used his platform and artistic ability to criticize Donald Trump and his affiliates through an arduous four-year term. 

The 58-year-old actor released his latest piece on Twitter Wednesday evening, just hours after a mob of white nationalists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the count of electoral college votes certifying the presidential elections, with Congress later declaring President-elect Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Despite more than 60 failed, rejected or dismissed lawsuits filed by Trump challenging the presidential elections, the former reality star only conceded to defeat on Jan. 6 after his supporters entered Senate chambers during a destructive riot where one female follower was fatally shot.

Huge: The 58-year-old actor released his latest piece on Twitter Wednesday evening, just hours after a mob of white nationalists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the count of electoral college votes certifying the presidential elections, with Congress later declaring President-elect Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States

‘But Covfefe, the Killer Clown didn’t just come to take lives. He’s here to murder the truth and weaponize ignorance,’ Carrey wrote across an image. 

Trump was pictured with neon green eyes and a Titleist golf ball nose, a casual nod to his hundreds of visits to courses around the country while in office.

Jim Carrey has used his platform and artistic ability to criticize Donald Trump and his affiliates through an arduous four-year term.

Jim Carrey has used his platform and artistic ability to criticize Donald Trump and his affiliates through an arduous four-year term.

‘Today’s defilement of the Capitol dome is the harvest of Republican negligence and outright sedition from the top down. The chronic symptoms of a corrupt President and Senate are now in full effect,’ he wrote.

His lips were covered in bright red paint with orange lines etched into a wrinkled face. 

‘Sorry Joe… this clown made you a wartime president whether you like it or not,’ he added 

Wednesday’s display of neo-nationalism as Trump supporters replaced the American Flag with Trump banners and carried Confederate Flag’s into the Capitol building was met with little force as police were seen taking selfies with rioters while lawmakers and staff were forced to shelter in place as they feared for their lives.

‘We love you, you’re very special,’ Trump said in a taped address to his supporters where he, once again, claimed the election was ‘stolen from us’ before adding, ‘We have to have peace, so go home.’ 

Skills: Carrey picked up painting six years ago and has since shared a series of politically motivated drawings with his Twitter followers

Skills: Carrey picked up painting six years ago and has since shared a series of politically motivated drawings with his Twitter followers

Fright night: He showed Donald Trump turning into a werewolf underneath a full moon ahead of the presidential elections

Fright night: He showed Donald Trump turning into a werewolf underneath a full moon ahead of the presidential elections

Trump was later banned from multiple social media platforms after thanking ‘great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long.’

Carrey picked up painting six years ago and has since shared a series of politically motivated drawings with his Twitter followers.

‘Kelly Loeffler was fully briefed on the threat of Corona virus,’ he wrote on an image of the former Georgia Senator. ‘She assured Georgians they were safe and while they died she dumped and traded stock. Now, with over 350,000 dead, she’s swimming in blood money and asking for your vote. #greedkills’ 

'Kelly Loeffler was fully briefed on the threat of Corona virus,' he wrote on an image of the former Georgia Senator. 'She assured Georgians they were safe and while they died she dumped and traded stock. Now, with over 350,000 dead, she's swimming in blood money and asking for your vote. #greedkills'

‘Kelly Loeffler was fully briefed on the threat of Corona virus,’ he wrote on an image of the former Georgia Senator. ‘She assured Georgians they were safe and while they died she dumped and traded stock. Now, with over 350,000 dead, she’s swimming in blood money and asking for your vote. #greedkills’

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Turkey calls for calm and urges ‘common sense’ to resolve ‘political crisis’ in the US

Turkey’s foreign ministry condemned Wednesday’s siege of the US Capitol building by supporters of President Trump as America’s global rivals seized on the chaotic scenes from Washington.

Turkey called for calm and urged for ‘common sense’ to resolve the ‘political crisis’ in the US after protesters broke into the United States Capitol aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Foreign Ministry called the events ‘worrying’, saying ‘we believe that the US will overcome this domestic crisis calmly,’ with Turkish citizens in the US being urged to stay away from crowded places where demonstrations are held.

‘We follow the events in the USA with concern and invite the parties to calmness. We believe that problems will always be solved within law and democracy,’ Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop said on Twitter.

‘As Turkey, we have always been in favour of the law and democracy and we recommend it to everyone,’ he added. 

Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured on Wednesday. Turkey's foreign ministry called the events in the US 'worrying', saying 'we believe that the US will overcome this domestic crisis calmly'

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pictured on Wednesday. Turkey’s foreign ministry called the events in the US ‘worrying’, saying ‘we believe that the US will overcome this domestic crisis calmly’

'We follow the events in the USA with concern and invite the parties to calmness. We believe that problems will always be solved within law and democracy,' Turkey's Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop said on Twitter (pictured)

‘We follow the events in the USA with concern and invite the parties to calmness. We believe that problems will always be solved within law and democracy,’ Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop said on Twitter (pictured)

A number of allies also reacted with alarm to the scenes in Washington DC as a number of countries outside the US maintained live coverage of the events.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the scenes were ‘disgraceful’ and called for the peaceful transition of power, with Biden’s inauguration set to take place on January 20, when he would take over from the incumbent.

‘Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress,’ Johnson tweeted. ‘The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.’

Keir Starmer, Leader of the UK Labour Party – the country’s opposition party – also reacted to the events, saying: ‘Horrendous scenes from the US. These are not ‘protesters’ – this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people.’

The first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon described the scenes as ‘utterly horrifying’ and called for ‘solidarity with those … on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power.’

Speaking to Canada’s News 1130 radio station in Vancouver, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he was concerned and ‘following the situation minute by minute.’

‘I think the American democratic institutions are strong, and hopefully everything will return to normal shortly,’ he added. 

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the scenes were 'disgraceful' and called for the peaceful transition of power on Twitter (pictured)

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the scenes were ‘disgraceful’ and called for the peaceful transition of power on Twitter (pictured)

Keir Starmer, Leader of the UK Labour Party - the country's opposition party said: 'Horrendous scenes from the US. These are not 'protesters' - this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people.'

Keir Starmer, Leader of the UK Labour Party – the country’s opposition party said: ‘Horrendous scenes from the US. These are not ‘protesters’ – this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people.’

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: 'Enemies of democracy will be happy to see these unbelievable pictures from #WashingtonDC,' he wrote. 'Riotous words turn into violent acts — on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the #Capitol. The disdain for democratic institutions is devastating'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: ‘Enemies of democracy will be happy to see these unbelievable pictures from #WashingtonDC,’ he wrote. ‘Riotous words turn into violent acts — on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the #Capitol. The disdain for democratic institutions is devastating’

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: ‘Enemies of democracy will be happy to see these unbelievable pictures from #WashingtonDC. Riotous words turn into violent acts — on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the #Capitol. The disdain for democratic institutions is devastating.’

Protesters in Germany attempted to story the Reichstag government building in Berlin during a mass rally against coronavirus restrictions.

‘The United States Congress has been the symbol of freedom and democracy around the world for centuries,’ wrote Armin Laschet, the leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous federal state. 

Protesters made it into US Senate Chamber as Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump

Protesters made it into US Senate Chamber as Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump

‘The attacks on the Capitol by fanatical Trump supporters hurt every friend of the United States,’ he said.  

Wednesday’s ordinarily mundane procedure of Congress certifying a new president was always going to be extraordinary, with Republican supporters of Mr Trump vowing to protest over the results of an election that they have baselessly insisted was reversed by fraud.

But even the unusual deliberations, which included the Republican vice president and Senate majority leader defying Mr Trump’s demands, were quickly overtaken. 

In a raucous, out-of-control scene, protesters fought past police and breached the building, shouting and waving Trump and American flags as they marched through the halls.

One person was reported shot at the Capitol, according to a person familiar with the situation. That person’s condition was unknown.

The attack forced politicians to rush from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC

Supporters of Donald Trump are seen inside the US Capitol after rioters breached security and entered the Capitol 

President Trump issued a restrained call for peace well after the protests was under way but did not urge supporters to disperse. Earlier he had seemingly egged them on to march to Capitol Hill.

Senators were being evacuated. Some House politicians tweeted they were sheltering in place in their offices.

Demonstrators fought with Capitol Police and then forced their way into the building, not long after a huge rally near the White House during which Trump egged them on to march to Capitol Hill.

Politicians had convened for an extraordinary joint session to confirm the Electoral College results.

Though fellow Republicans were behind the challenge to Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College victory, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sought to lower tensions and argued against it. He warned the country ‘cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes’ with ‘separate facts.’

Mr McConnell declared: ‘The voters, the courts and the states all have spoken.’

But other Republicans, including House GOP leaders among Mr Trump’s allies were acting out the pleas of supporters at his huge Wednesday rally up Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House to ‘fight for Trump.’

‘We have to fix this,’ said Rep Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the GOP whip.

The last-gasp effort is all but certain to fail, defeated by bipartisan majorities in Congress prepared to accept the November results. Mr Biden is to be inaugurated on January 20.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021

Still, Mr Trump vowed to he would ‘never concede’ and urged the massive crowd to march to the Capitol where hundreds had already gathered under tight security.

‘We will never give up,’ Mr Trump told his noontime rally.

Vice President Mike Pence was closely watched as he stepped onto the dais to preside over the joint session in the House chamber.

Mr Pence has a largely ceremonial role, opening the sealed envelopes from the states after they are carried in mahogany boxes used for the occasion, and reading the results aloud.

But he was under growing pressure from Trump to overturn the will of the voters and tip the results in the president’s favour, despite having no legal power to affect the outcome.

‘Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!’ Mr Trump tweeted.

But Mr Pence, in a statement shortly before presiding, defied Mr Trump, saying he could not claim ‘unilateral authority’ to reject the electoral votes that make Mr Biden president. 

The Washington, D.C., police chief said at least five weapons have been recovered and at least 13 people have been arrested so far in the pro-Trump protests. 

As darkness began to set in, law enforcement officials were working their way toward the protesters, using percussion grenades to try to clear the area around the Capitol. Big clouds of tear gas were visible.

Police were in full riot gear. They moved down the West steps, clashing with demonstrators.

Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier declared a 6 p.m. curfew. 

The chaos caused the Capitol to go on lock down and disrupted the certification of the electoral college vote that would cement Biden’s victory. 

The session of Congress comes one day after voters in Georgia apparently handed a pair of stunning victories to the Democratic Senate candidates over Republican incumbents.

The projected Democratic sweep means a 50-50 split in the Senate with Democrats holding the tie-breaking vote in Vice President Kamala Harris – giving Biden much freer rein to carry out priorities, starting with accelerating Covid relief.

Raphael Warnock, the pastor at the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King once preached, was projected to defeat Republican Kelly Loeffler, a 50-year-old businesswoman appointed to the Senate in December 2019.

Warnock, 51, would be just the third African-American to win a Senate seat from the South.

In the other Georgia race, Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 33-year-old video producer, was projected to defeat Republican David Perdue. 

‘We love you. You are special.’ Trump finally addresses Capitol mob HE unleashed and says ‘Go home now. We have to have peace’ 

Donald Trump told his mob of supporters that he ‘loves’ them, but to ‘go home’ after they rampaged past police barriers to storm the U.S. Capitol.

But despite calling for his supporters to stand down, he continued to peddle the baseless claims that the ‘election was stolen’ in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

‘There’s never been a time like this where such a thing happened where they could take it away from all of us – from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people.

‘We have to have peace. So, go home. We love you. You’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace,’ Trump said.

It came hours after Trump stirred them into a frenzy at his ‘Stop the Steal’ rally, telling them to march on the U.S. Capitol. 

The president still has not conceded the election and earlier Wednesday addressed a crowd at the ellipse spouting conspiracy theories that he still had a path to win – if Vice President Mike Pence did his bidding, as well as if GOP lawmakers revolted.

Pence did no such thing.

 

The chaotic scenes unfolded soon after Trump addressed thousands of protesters and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. After protesters started clashing with law enforcement following the Capitol breach, Trump tweeted to his supporters to 'stay peaceful'

The chaotic scenes unfolded soon after Trump addressed thousands of protesters and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. After protesters started clashing with law enforcement following the Capitol breach, Trump tweeted to his supporters to ‘stay peaceful’

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Political Landscape 2021: What Contests Will There Be in New York and Who Are the Candidates? | The State

2020 was left behind as one of the election years most intense of recent times, where the battle for the Presidency of the United States turned into a close fight between Trump and Biden, which still has the current White House tenant showing no signs of wanting to pack suitcases.

And although this 2021 has just begun, beyond the expectation that exists before the next possession of Joe Biden as national president, in the city of NY he electoral arena it is already in full action.

This year for the Big Apple it will be an election year large proportions, not only because New Yorkers will go to the polls to elect the successor of Bill de Blasio in the Mayor’s Office, by 2022, with more than a score of applicants for the second most important position in the country, but there are also other contests that will define the direction in which the city will head for the near future.

The biggest contest that will have a great impact at the political level in 2021 has to do with the Municipal Council, which will change its face. Of the 51 members that make up this body, a total of 29, that is, more than half will not be able to seek re-election due to a time limit, so they will be open races that will bring new politicians to the legislative arena, which currently has 48 Democrats and three Republicans.

27 Democrats and 2 Republicans will not remain on Council, and among those who leave, recognized political figures of the city stand out, who have influenced the destinies of recent years, such as the president of the legislative chamber, Corey Johnson, the president of the Transportation Committee, Ydanis Rodríguez and the president of the Immigration Committee, Carlos Menchaca, among others.

The primaries will not be in September, as is usually done, but will take place June 22 and the general elections are scheduled for The 2nd of November.

The fight for Mayor’s Office is joined by positions such as the Ombudsman’s Office, which holds Jumaane Williams, the presidencies of Manhattan, with Gael Brewer at the helm, and Queens, with Donovan Richard newly elected, as well as the Bronx, Staten Island and Brooklyn, for limited terms. Likewise, the Comptroller’s Office, currently held by Scott Stringer, and other positions have dozens of candidates starting engines in their campaigns.

Here is a list of several of the main races that will define the political map of New York City for 2021, with the candidates who hope to succeed after the upcoming elections.

New York City Hall
In this contest, more than twenty candidates of different political positions have emerged, including former officials of the De Blasio Administration, community activists, and current holders of public offices. On the list of contenders are several figures of Hispanic origin, such as council member Carlos Menchaca and community organizer Dianne Morales, who hope to make history with campaigns based on the power of communities, away from large corporations.

Applicants:

  • Eric Adams: Current Brooklyn Borough President, Democratic Party
  • Andrew Yang: Former presidential candidate for the Democratic Party
  • Shaun donovan: Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Quanda Francis: President of Sykes Capital Management
  • Kathryn Garcia: Former New York City Sanitation Commissioner
  • Raymond McGuire: Citigroup executive
  • Carlos Menchaca: Chairman of the Immigration Committee of the City Council
  • Dianne Morales: executive director of a nonprofit organization and community activist
  • Scott stringer: New York City Comptroller
  • Loree sutton: Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans Services
  • Maya wiley: New School teacher, former attorney for Bill de Blasio, and former chair of the Civil Complaints Review Board
  • Other candidates are: Democrats Quanda Francis, Zach Iscol, Ray McGuire, Paperboy Prince, Joycelyn Taylor, Aaron Foldenauer, Kevin Coenen, and Eddie Cullen. Also, Republicans Bill Pepitone, Curtis Sliwa, Cleopatra Fitzgerald and Abbey Laurel-Smith.

Ombudsman
The office of the Ombudsman, held by former councilman Jumaane Williams, will be subject to electoral scrutiny and the current head of that portfolio is seeking his re-election. The special importance of this position is that in the line of succession of the Mayor of the City, if the municipal representative is absent, it is the Ombudsman who assumes power.

Applicants:

  • Jumaane williams: current owner of that office
  • Theo Chino: Democratic candidate, who serves as a computer engineer and activist
  • Anthony Herbert: Democratic candidate, who is serving as a community consultant

New York City Comptroller
This year, due to expiration of office limits, Comptroller Scott Stringer must leave his post and give way to new management of the body, which acts as fiscal director and auditor of the use of state and municipal government funds. Whoever wins the race will be in office for 4 years and can run for re-election.

Applicants:

  • Brian Benjamin: Democratic state senator for Harlem and the Upper West Side, who worked especially on issues like police reform
  • Brad lander: Councilor for Brooklyn, considered one of the most progressive voices on the legislative body
  • David weprin: Assemblyman for the 24th District of Queens in the NY State Legislature, since 2010
  • Kevin Parker: State Senator of the NY Legislature for Brooklyn’s 21st District

Manhattan District Attorney
For the position of prosecutor Cyrus Roberts Vance Jr. there are a dozen applicants, including several women. An assemblyman and two former officials of the Prosecutor’s Office appear among the contenders. This office is considered one of the most important prosecutors in the city in charge of analyzing police reports and deciding prosecutions.

Applicants:

  • Diana Florence: Democrat-affiliated, the prosecutor worked in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for 25 years where she managed the Construction Fraud Task Force. In dialogue with El Diario, the candidate assured that she is running for office to defend people who never thought they would have a chance to win their cases and fight “against the interests of the powerful and corruption.” The case of Carlos Moncayo, a 22-year-old undocumented Ecuadorian carpenter who “was buried alive in an unprotected 14-foot ditch in the middle of a multi-million dollar construction site in lower Manhattan” is one of his best-known cases.
    “Moncayo’s family deserved justice, and Florence prosecuted the company and the foreman for Carlos’s death. In her 25-year career, Florence was the first to prosecute a domestic violence case without the victim to testify in court, obtained the largest conviction for wage theft in the country, returning $ 6 million to 500 immigrant workers and fought against the landlords who deceive and harass people to get them out of their apartments ”, assured his campaign.
  • Lucy Lang: Aspiring Democrat, she joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under then-Chief Robert Morgenthau, and has served as a senior prosecutor for homicide and domestic violence under prosecutor Cy Vance and a policy and project advisor.
  • Tahanie Aboushi: is a lawyer who has fought for the protection of civil rights, daughter of immigrants from Palestine.
  • Alvin bragg: Democrat-affiliated, the former deputy state attorney general and federal prosecutor, is running a progressive platform without accepting money from corporations for his campaign
  • Liz crotty: Democrat, former prosecutor in the Manhattan Division of Investigations under District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and current attorney
  • Janos Marton: Democrat, American Civil Liberties Union civil rights attorney and corruption investigator
  • Eliza orlins: She is a public attorney and former member of Legal Aid, who has been on reality shows like “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.”
  • Dan Quart: Assemblyman of the State Legislature for the East Side of Manhattan
    Tali Farhadian: Democrat-affiliated, he was a prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, where he worked in justice for wrongful convictions. She was also the secretary to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Manhattan Borough Presidency
Before the departure of Gael Brewer due to a time limit in that office, the chair of that county will be empty and so far six candidates are in the competition, including councilors Mark Levine and Ben Kallos. In Manhattan there are more than 1.5 million registered voters, largely Democrats.

Applicants:

  • Lindsey boylan– Former Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor to the Governor and Former Candidate for New York’s 10th Congressional District in 2020
  • Elizabeth caputo: Former Chairman of the Manhattan Community Board # 7
  • Brad Hoylman: State Senator in the NY Legislature
  • Ben kallos: Councilmember for New York District 5
  • Mark Levine: President of the Municipal Council Health Committee
  • Kimberly watkins: Activist and progressive leader

Brooklyn Presidency
Eric Adams, county president and mayoral candidate, cannot seek his re-election for a limited term and among the list of Democratic candidates who aspire to that position there are more than a dozen names, including a couple of Latinos

Applicants:

  • Antonio Reynoso: Councilor of Dominican origin
  • Robert Cornegy: Municipal Councilor
  • Khari Edwards: communal activist
  • Robert Elstein: artist
  • Mathieu Eugene: councilor of Haitian origin
  • Shanduke McPhatter: activist
  • Jo Anne Simon: member of the State Assembly
  • Lamor Whitehead-Miller: Shepherd
  • Other applicants are: Pearlene Fields, Anthony Jones and Robert Ramos Jr.

Queens Presidency
Current county chairman Donovan Richards, who took office in December after winning a special election to replace Sharon Lee, the interim president who replaced current county attorney Melinda Katz, will seek full term reelection. .

Applicants:

  • Donovan Richards: current county chairman and former councilman
  • Stan morse: community organizer
  • Jimmy Van Bramer: City Council member for Queens

Presidency of The Bronx
The current president Rubén Díaz Jr., due to his limited mandate, cannot run for a fourth consecutive term, so his position will be free and 5 candidates, some councilors, are seeking to rise to the chair.

Applicants:

  • Fernando Cabrera: Latino councilman for that county
  • Nathalia Fernández: New York State Assemblyman for District 80
  • Vanessa Gibson: New York City Councilor
  • Activists Víctor H. Gutiérrez and Samuel Ravelo, they are also in contention

Staten Island Presidency
Republican James Oddo has a limited term, so he will not be able to seek re-election for a third term either.

Applicants:

  • Steven Matteo: member of the Municipal Council and Leticia M. Remauro seek the nomination for the position

city ​​Council
The Municipal Council, the body in charge of making the laws of the City of New York, will also be the scene of major disputes in 2021, since 29 seats of the 51 that make up that body will remain empty, meaning that the next Municipal Council will have a new face . A total of 27 Democrats and 2 Republicans will no longer be in that chamber.

Within the contests for the legislative body, that of the 10th District of Manhattan draws special attention, where the seat is empty because the incumbent, Ydanis Rodriguez, who is rumored to be added to the list of candidates for the Presidency of Manhattan, will not be able to seek his re-election due to term limits.

Applicants:

  • Carmen De La Rosa: Assemblyman of Dominican origin
  • Angela Fernandez: community organizer
  • Johanna garcia: activist and community leader
  • Other candidates are Josue Pérez, Manny De Los Santos and Nayma Silver-Matos

Councilors who will not seek reelection in 2021

  • District 1: Councilmember Margaret Chin
  • District 3: Councilman Corey Johnson
  • District 5: Councilor Ben Kallos
  • District 6: Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal
  • District 7: Councilman Mark Levine
  • District 10: Councilor Ydanis Rodríguez
  • District 14: Councilor Fernando Cabrera
  • District 16: Councilmember Vanessa Gibson
  • District 19: Councilor Paul Vallone
  • District 20: Councilman Peter Koo
  • District 22: Councilor Costa Constantinides
  • District 25: Councilman Danny Dromm
  • District 26: Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer
  • District 27: Councilmember Daneek Miller
  • District 29: Councilmember Karen Koslowitz
  • District 32: Councilman Eric Ulrich
  • District 33: Councilman Stephen Levin
  • District 34: Councilor Antonio Reynoso
  • District 35: Councilmember Laurie Cumbo
  • District 36: Councilman Robert Cornegy
  • District 38: Councilor Carlos Menchaca
  • District 39: Councilman Brad Lander
  • District 40: Councilman Mathieu Eugene
  • District 42: Councilmember Inez Barron
  • District 46: Councilman Alan Maisel
  • District 47: Councilman Mark Treyger
  • District 48: Councilor Chaim Deutsch
  • District 49: Councilwoman Debi Rose
  • District 50: Councilmember Steven Matteo

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