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AOC Tells Brits to Vote for Corbyn’s Labour Party

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Thursday tweeted her support for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, a socialist running to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

“The hoarding of wealth by the few is coming at the cost of peoples’ lives,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet. “The only way we change is with a massive surge of *new* votes at the polls. U.K., Vote!”

Ocasio-Cortez’s statement came as British citizens went to the polls in a critical election likely to decide the fate of Brexit. Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, but the parliament has delayed the move as the government continues to negotiate a deal with the EU.

Corbyn is the leading rival against Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a Conservative who assumed office in the wake of former prime minister Theresa May’s failure to reach a Brexit deal. A committed socialist, Corbyn has been widely criticized for his anti-Semitic remarks, while mounting scandals in the Labour Party led a former member to label it “institutionally anti-Semitic.”

The video in Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, originally shared by Corbyn, attacks corporate tax cuts and focuses on issues of poverty. Ocasio-Cortez argued the video shows the resemblance between politics in the U.K. and the United States.

“This video is about the U.K., but it might as well have been produced about the United States,” she said in her tweet.

The video ends by stating, “The Conservatives have been in power for 10 years. We can’t survive another 5.”

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Sour Grapes: China Blames ‘Dirty Tricks’ for Loss in Hong Kong Election

The government newspaper China Daily published a host of unsubstantiated claims of “dirty tricks” against the Hong Kong protest movement Monday, alleging that protesters did not rightfully win Sunday’s District Council elections.

Northam on Blackface Scandal: ‘I’ve Always Been Inclusive’

Asked about pictures in his medical school yearbook that appear to show him dressed in blackface, Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D.) said he has “always been inclusive” and that Virginians have “moved forward” from the controversy.

“Even practicing as a pediatrician, you know, I’ve always been inclusive, and we’ve moved forward from that,” Northam said on CNN’s New Day. “Certainly race and equity will continue to be a top priority of mine.”

CNN anchor John Berman asked Northam if he owed the people of Virginia any further explanation about the scandal.

“We’ve obviously talked a lot about that. Good things have happened,” Northam said. “You know, we’ve taken down an arch at Fort Monroe which is where the enslaved Africans first arrived. We’ve got a curriculum process going on where we want to make sure that we’re teaching our children the truth about history in Virginia. So good things are happening.”

He also thanked Virginians for sticking with him as the leader of the state’s Democrats, who won both houses of the state legislature Tuesday. With Northam as governor, Democrats have full control of the state government for the first time in 26 years.

“This was about a bigger picture yesterday, and I would also take the opportunity to thank Virginians,” Northam said. “They stuck with me. They elected me to be their governor, their 73rd governor. They didn’t turn their backs on me. They supported me.”

Northam became embroiled in a blackface scandal at the beginning of 2019 when a photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook showing a man in blackface next to another wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

Despite calls to resign from high-ranking Democrats, Northam refused to step down. Soon after the blackface scandal broke, Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax (D.) faced accusations of sexual assault, and the Virginia attorney general admitted he had worn blackface at a college party.

Northam has two years left in his term as governor and will now have a Democratic legislature to work with on his policy priorities, such as gun confiscation.

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Dem House Candidate: Calling Dems ‘Clowns’ Is White Supremacist Slur

The Democratic candidate for next month’s North Carolina House special election shared an article Monday accusing his opponent of using “clown” as an anti-Semitic dog whistle based on an obscure alt-right meme.

North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District is currently vacant after ballot fraud by supporters of Republican Mark Harris led the state election board not to certify the results of the 2018 election. Harris subsequently lost to state representative Dan Bishop in the GOP primary, while Democrat Dan McCready won the Democratic primary unopposed.

In April, Bishop unveiled an attack ad calling national Democratic figures like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders “crazy liberal clowns.” Bishop released a longer version earlier this week attacking their policies, such as taxpayer-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants and “open borders.”

Along those lines, Bishop also tweeted several times about Democratic “clowns” after the ad’s release. The left-wing Daily Kos did not care for that rhetoric, with staffer David Nir writing a piece headlined, “North Carolina Republican’s response to shootings: Embrace ‘clown’ slur pushed by white supremacists.”

The clown line, Nir wrote, was “not just a particularly lame joke. It turns out there’s a disturbing genesis. Jared Holt, one of the tireless folks at Right Wing Watch, reported in April that white supremacists have begun adopting a version of the infamous far-right ‘Pepe the Frog’ meme decked out in clown garb that they call ‘Honkler,’ to symbolize ‘their exasperation over an imagined state of collapse in the Western hemisphere that they largely blame on immigrants and minority groups.'”

“Whether or not Bishop understands the significance of his ‘clown’ slurs, the propagation of this meme from the cesspools of the internet directly to the highest levels of Republican power shows just how in thrall to the far-right today’s GOP is,” he argued.

McCready evidently agreed with the article’s premise, tweeting “My God, we are better than this.”

“Clown” is a fairly standard insult in U.S. politics for attacking unserious opponents and typically doesn’t carry Nazi connotations. Just in the past week, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough attacked President Donald Trump’s DNI pick John Ratcliffe as a “clown,” and liberal songstress Barbra Streisand attacked Trump in a “Send in the Clowns” parody.

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Scott Walker: Taking New Job Clears Wisconsin GOP 2022 Field

Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker says his new job will help conservatives in two ways. One, Walker has the appeal and donor connections to turn the Young America’s Foundation into a force for millennials. And two, by taking the job, Walker is getting out of the way for other Wisconsin Republicans in 2022.

Walker announced earlier this week that he will take over the Young America’s Foundation starting in 2021. The group is focused on finding and engaging young voters.

“When I looked at a recent poll that showed that less than a quarter of all the adults under 30 were exceptionally proud to be Americans, I realized the education system in K-12 has failed us, higher education has failed us, and the mass media had failed us,” Walker told a Madison radio station Tuesday. “We’ve got to step it up and reach even more young people.”

Walker said his four-year commitment to the new job will preclude him from running for office in Wisconsin in the next statewide election.

The former governor added to that thought on Wednesday.

He told News Talk 1130 WISN’s Jay Weber that announcing his intention not to run now gives other Republicans in Wisconsin a chance to make their plans well ahead of the election cycle.

“Whoever runs, be it Rebecca Kleefisch or anybody else out there, it’s important for them to think about the team they’ll have in place. Not just for raising money, but for grassroots,” Walker said Wednesday.  “Grassroots is really, I think, the way we’re going to win the 2020 presidential race in Wisconsin. And it’s going to be critical to the races in 2022.”

Walker had been talked about as a potential candidate for governor in 2022.  He won three elections for governor, one in 2010, then the recall election in 2012, and finally a second term in office in 2014. Walker lost to Gov. Tony Evers in 2018 by about 30,000 votes.

Walker was also talked about as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate. Republican Ron Johnson currently holds the seat, and had promised to serve just two terms. Some Republicans were looking for a swap, with Johnson to run for governor and Walker to run for Senate.

But on Wednesday, Walker hinted that may have been nothing more than political talk from other people.

“Every friend of mine who’s in the Senate who is a former governor tells me of their disdain and frustration,” Walker told Weber. “God bless the people who are there who are trying to do good. But when you’re a chief executive you like to get things done.”

The job with YAF is not Walker’s only new gig. President Donald Trump on Wednesday appointed Walker to a six-year term on the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the Smithsonian Institute.

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Bi-Partisan Commission Detects Russian Misinformation Effort in Ukraine

The Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, a bi-partisan initiative founded in 2018, says it has detected evidence of a coordinated disinformation effort on Twitter, targeting Ukrainian politics ahead of the country’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

The commission conducted a study of online discussion of Ukrainian politics since March, and found that bot activity on Twitter rose by 33% within two weeks at the end of May.

TCEI is an initiative of the Alliance of Democracies foundation, led by figures in politics, media, tech, and business from Europe and North America concerned about election interference. Founded by former NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen and former US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, members include former Mexican president Felipe Calderon and former US vice president Joe Biden.

TCEI’s report, revealed in a press release Thursday, centers largely on the commission’s discovery of six “suspected automated” Twitter accounts. The accounts, some of which impersonated figures including the Russian and Ukrainian presidents, post similar content in the Russian language and link to articles from four questionable Russian news websites.

These Twitter accounts are at the center of what TCEI describes as a “seemingly coordinated disinformation cluster,” a network of thousands of Twitter accounts, mostly based in Russia, which share and engage with the content posted by the six primary accounts.

TCEI found that 35.6% of the accounts in the network can be considered automated bots, which the commission defines as unverified accounts which tweet over 30 times a day.

The subject matter of the articles linked by these accounts are largely spam content concerning Russian and Ukrainian politics.

The core Twitter accounts that can still be found active online tweet constantly, and each account has thousands of followers, though nearly all the tweets published by the accounts appear to receive next to no engagement. But members of TCEI say they are concerned to find evidence of coordinated efforts to influence online debate in Ukraine, just weeks before the country holds snap parliamentary elections.

Natalie Jaresko, TCEI member and former finance minister of Ukraine, said the commission’s findings “confirm our suspicions that Russian entities are meddling in Ukraine’s elections,” and suggested that the purpose of the bots is to sow confusion and disinformation.

Fabrice Pothier, advisor to the commission, said that “the fact that most of these accounts have increased and decreased activity on Twitter for years, and that it took an external organization to discover them, shows that platforms still have some way to go in order to protect the integrity of elections.”

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Democrats Building Secret List for Activist Supreme Court Appointees

Democrats running for president are compiling a secret list of activist judges for the Supreme Court and lower courts, and the Judicial Crisis Network is challenging Joe Biden and other candidates to follow President Donald Trump’s lead in publicly releasing the list, so citizens will know what they will be voting for in 2020.