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Log In. Perhaps most arresting is the assessment that , the Russian president, sees the election attack as payback — not offense, but defense.

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He has borne a serious grudge against Mrs. Clinton, who he believes denigrated him when she was secretary of state and encouraged the pro-democracy protests in Moscow that erupted against him in 2011. Mr. Putin, the report says, sees the hidden hand of the United States in the leaking of the Panama Papers, files stolen from a law firm that exposed the wealth of his closest associates, secreted in offshore accounts. He even blames the United States for the exposure — carried out mainly by international sports authorities — of Russian athletes for their widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs. “From the Russian perspective, this is punching back,” said Christopher Porter, a former C.I.A. officer who now studies cyberattacks at the firm FireEye.

Mr. Remembering Dale Bumpers. If you’re a Democrat dreaming about your perfect presidential candidate, here’s where your fantasies might take you: Start with a child from a small town deep in the heart of a red state.

Remembering Dale Bumpers

Endow him or her with unusual intelligence and a strong set of values—honesty, compassion, civic engagement—passed down from a father who was a community pillar. Story Continued Below Give him a good education, a stint in the military and a gift of the gab that fuses eloquence with an inexhaustible supply of down-home humor. Put him through a crushing burden—the death of his parents in a car crash—that brings him back to the small town of his birth to manage his family’s store. Then, well into middle age, watch him mount a campaign for governor, with no money and 1 percent name recognition, against some of the most formidable politicians of his time—and watch as he vanquishes them one by one.

Single transferable vote - Wikipedia. To Build a Better Ballot. No, this is not about the 2016 U.S. election.

To Build a Better Ballot

Not just that, anyway. First, I need to explain a weird glitch in our voting system. Let's say there's two candidates, Steven Square and Tracy Triangle , on a couple political axes. Who simply votes for whoever's political position is closest. Click & dragthe candidates and the voter: It's a tough choice. Of course, there's more than just one voter in an election. Drag the candidates & voters around. Now let's consider a different election. . , sees this. Now, you'd think giving the voters more of what they want should result in a better choice, or at least, not result in a worse choice, right? At first, beats . drag to just under , and see what happens: That's right. This is called the spoiler effect. In the Republican primary, one anti-establishment nominee, Trump, ran against sixteen GOP establishment nominees, who all "stole" votes from each other, letting Trump grab the nomination, easily.

To Build a Better Ballot. Bernie Sanders lawsuit: Ohio official changed law to block 17-year-olds from voting. Husted, however, insisted that there had been no change in the law.

Bernie Sanders lawsuit: Ohio official changed law to block 17-year-olds from voting

"The secretary of state has decided to disenfranchise people who are 17 but will be 18 by the day of the general election," Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told reporters in Detroit Tuesday afternoon. "Those people have been allowed to vote under the law of Ohio, but the secretary of state of the state of Ohio has decided to disenfranchise those people to forbid them from voting in the primary that is coming up on March 15. " In a statement, Sanders said minorities would be most affected by what he said was Husted's "unconstitutional attempt to block young voters from casting ballots.

" "It is an outrage that the secretary of state in Ohio is going out of his way to keep young people -- significantly African-American young people, Latino young people -- from participating," Sanders said. Weaver told reporters that the campaign expects the matter to be resolved before Ohio holds its primary next Tuesday. This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering. The GOP scored 33 more seats in the House this election even though Democrats earned a million more votes in House races.

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering

Professor Jeremy Mayer says gerrymandering distorts democracy. (The Fold/The Washington Post) The GOP scored 33 more seats in the House this election even though Democrats earned a million more votes in House races. Professor Jeremy Mayer says gerrymandering distorts democracy. The GOP scored 33 more seats in the House this election even though Democrats earned a million more votes in House races. In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called on lawmakers and the public to take a number of steps "to change the system to reflect our better selves" for "a better politics. " In most states, state legislatures draw the district boundaries that determine how many delegates the state sends to the U.S.

The process of re-drawing district lines to give an advantage to one party over another is called "gerrymandering". Big difference, isn't it? Wonkbook newsletter.