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Voting & Elections 08.13.2018

60 Minutes: What Happened When Russian Hackers Attacked U.S. Election Infrastructure

Bill Whitaker of 60 Minutes takes us to the nondescript strip shopping center in Springfield, Illinois where the first shots were fired by Russia last year in what is now widely understood, by almost everyone but President Trump, as an ongoing cyber attack on our democracy.

Voting & Elections 08.13.2018

60 Minutes: What Happened When Russian Hackers Attacked U.S. Election Infrastructure

Bill Whitaker of 60 Minutes takes us to the nondescript strip shopping center in Springfield, Illinois where the first shots were fired by Russia last year in what is now widely understood, by almost everyone but President Trump, as an ongoing cyber attack on our democracy.

Voting & Elections 07.28.2018

Two Hours with Putin vs. 30 Minutes on Election Security

In a tale of two meetings, President Trump met recently with Vladimir Putin for two hours with no one but a translator and still has provided no read-out of the meeting to his top national security advisors. By contrast he met with those top advisors today for thirty minutes about protecting our elections from Russian interference. Whose side is he on?

The Presidential Oath of Office and Helsinki

On January 21, 2017, Donald John Trump raised his right hand and, with just the hint of a smile of self-vindication, took an oath “to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.” “We the People,” the Constitution begins, and its foundation stone is the right of the People to elect our leaders through the free exercise of elections without the interference of any foreign power.

Voting & Elections 07.24.2018

Russian Threats Continue as Fund to Help States Runs Out

Twenty-one state attorneys general, both Democrats and Republicans, wrote a letter asking for more money for voting infrastructure and election integrity efforts.

Voting & Elections 07.10.2018

Election Cybersecurity Congressional Briefing: Facebook Live Recording

It was almost two years ago that we first became aware of attacks on our election system by Russia. As we approach 2018, Americans understandably want to know about cybersecurity, what is being done to strengthen the integrity of our elections. Today, a congressional briefing with leading experts makes these complex issues accessible and understandable. A link to a Facebook Live recording is available for you to watch and share with others.

WSJ’s Seib Partially Diagnoses What Ails Democracy

In his recent Wall Street Journal column, Gerry Seib gives only a partial diagnosis for what ails our democracy and points toward a partial remedy. He's right about one thing though, the dis-ease many Americans feel is dangerous to the future of self-governance, so we best get this right.

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