1996’s campaign websites didn’t change history. They’re just hilarious

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The 1996 presidential election was the first of the web era. When the candidates embraced the new medium, the results were more weird than inspiring. By early 1995, the race to win the U.S. presidency in 1996 was well underway. The first two candidates to announce were Phil Gramm (then the senior senator from Texas) and Lamar Alexander (then a former governor of Tennessee, and in 2020 its senior senator). Both hoped to secure the Republican nomination and face off against President Bill Clinton on Election Day, November 5, 1996. Read Full Story

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Who is Madison Cawthorn? Here’s what you need to know about the 24-year-old who is projected to beat a Trump-backed Congressional candidate

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Though Cawthorn is likely to have beaten Trump’s pick, the potential representative says he supports “our great president.” Last night a Republican primary runoff was held to decide who will be the next GOP Congressional candidate this November for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District. And while the results have yet to be officially declared, CNN and other outlets are calling the election for Madison Cawthorn . Read Full Story

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These stylish bags help women in politics—and they’re selling out as the 2020 race gets more male

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All proceeds will go to She Should Run, a nonprofit that helps women run for elected office. It’s been a turbulent few years for groups fighting for better representation of women in politics. Four years ago, Hillary Clinton appeared to be on track to become America’s first female president before losing to Donald Trump (despite winning the popular vote). Now history is repeating itself: Over the past few weeks, it’s become increasingly unlikely that a female candidate will clinch the 2020 Democratic nomination. The nonprofit She Should Run , along with the cult fashion brands MZ Wallace and Lingua Franca , have a message for women who are frustrated in their fight to break the highest glass ceiling: You’ve still got this. Read Full Story

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Here’s where VP pick Kamala Harris stands on Big Tech, family leave, fair pay, and more

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Former vice president Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate in the 2020 presidential election. Former vice president Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate, a historic move that will make her the first woman of color to be nominated by a major party in a U.S. presidential election. Harris, one of Biden’s toughest rivals in the Democratic primary race, had been seen as one of the most likely choices throughout the months-long vetting process. Read Full Story

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How ranked choice voting could restore the concept of majority rule

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Already being used in New York City and a number of states, RCV offers the added benefit of forcing candidates to appeal to a broader constituency, reducing negative campaigning. Two of the last five presidential elections were won by candidates who did not win majority support. Meanwhile, congressional candidates have been winning primaries with as little as 21% of the popular vote. For a democracy founded on the principle of majority rule, this is a problem. The Ranked Choice Voting Act, sponsored by Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin (and cosponsored by 13 representatives, thus far all Democrats), seeks to implement a fairer process for U.S. House and Senate elections, beginning in 2022. In an RCV election, voters rank as many candidates as they like in order of preference. (Voters are not obligated to rank—they can make a single selection if they choose.) If no candidate wins a majority of votes, a …

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How to watch the Democratic National Convention live on CNN, MSNBC without cable, or free online

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The 2020 Democratic National Convention is streaming live online, and you can watch on your computer, phone, or smart TV for free. The 2020 Democratic National Convention is happening this week. History will be made on multiple occasions as former vice president Joe Biden becomes first presidential candidate to accept a major party nomination via live stream and Senator Kamala Harris of California becomes the first woman of color to accept the vice presidential nomination from a major party. Read Full Story

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Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden

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The senator who wrote Section 230 weighs in on the president’s executive order, which attacks social media platforms by aiming to reduce legal protections for the content their users post. Trump signed an executive order Thursday that could take away social media companies’ current exemption from civil suits stemming from harmful content posted to the platforms by users. That exemption is part of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was written back in 1996 by Congressmen Ron Wyden of Oregon and Chris Cox of California and has been called the “internet’s First Amendment.” Read Full Story

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The president of Harvard University has tested positive for COVID-19

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It’s the latest high-profile case in the ongoing coronavirus crisis. In an email to the Harvard community, Larry Bacow, Harvard’s president, says he and his wife, Adele, have both tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday, they experienced their first symptoms, which included fevers, chills, and muscle aches. On Monday they were tested, and on Tuesday they received the results of the test. They’re among a growing number of high-profile people who have tested positive for the illness in recent days, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and actor Idris Elba. Read Full Story

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