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Female candidates win big at state primaries in sign of things to come

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The victories reflect the surge of Democratic women and first-time candidates running for office since Hillary Clinton’s defeat

Women won big on Tuesday night, as four states held primaries that will play a consequential role in determining control of Congress next year.

In Pennsylvania, the state’s all-male Congressional delegation is poised to change after eight women won their party’s nomination for US House seats, some of which are safe seats.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/16/female-candidates-win-big-at-state-primaries-in-sign-of-things-to-come

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Women candidates brace themselves for Iraq's election after race marked by smears and harassment

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‘Female participation is important to impact policy and end discriminatory laws… I hope these candidates will not be put off by the opposition they face,’ says women’s rights expert Suad Abu-Dayyeh

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iraq-elections-women-candidates-participation-isis-low-turnout-baghdad-a8347751.html

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Fans of Sean Hannity, Black Lives Matter among targets of Russian influence campaign

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Google implementing new election ads rules as midterms approach

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As the fallout from the 2016 election continues and we learn more about how foreign agents (*cough*RUSSIA*cough) interfered in that election by exploiting weakness online, Google is the latest tech giant to announce new transparency measures ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

On Friday, senior vice president Kent Walker published a blog post that outlined Google’s new efforts, including verification of political ad buyers and transparency reports. According to Walker, for those wishing to publish political ads, Google will “require that advertisers confirm they are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law.” Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/05/06/google-political-ad-transparency/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

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Alexei Navalny and scores more arrested at anti-Putin rally – video

Police arrest the Russian opposition leader and others protesting across the country against Vladimir Putin. Navalny had called on Kremlin critics to take to the streets and register their opposition ahead of Putin’s inauguration for a fourth presidential term

Russian police arrest opposition leader Alexei Navalny

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/may/05/alexei-navalny-and-scores-more-arrested-at-anti-putin-rally-video

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London elections set to leave British PM May down, but not out

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Voter ID checks 'calculated effort' by government to make voting harder for disadvantaged groups, warn experts

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Measures will raise ‘sizeable barriers’ to people of ethnic minority and lower socio-economic backgrounds, finds Electoral Reform Society

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/voter-id-checks-calculated-effort-elections-disadvantaged-minority-government-electoral-reform-a8326086.html