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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Nate Cohn, New York Times: The Democratic midterm turnout problem is no secret. Young and nonwhite voters tend to stay home in off-year elections, leaving the electorate older, whiter and more Republican than in a presidential election. If there's any consolation for Democrats, it's that they will have an opportunity to do something about it. They'll spend millions to target Democratic-leaning voters over the next six months. And you would think that if anything could fix a turnout problem, it would be the vestiges of President Obama's vaunted ground operation. But not even the most sophisticated and well-funded turnout effort can fix this problem. Strong turnout operations can help Democrats at the margins. The Democratic turnout problem, however, is not marginal.


Thursday, May 01, 2014

A British candidate running in European elections has been arrested after making a speech quoting passages from an 1899 book by Winston Churchill that were derogatory about Islam. Paul Weston, chairman of the anti-Islam Liberty GB fringe party, made the speech outside Winchester Guildhall in Hampshire Saturday. He was detained after failing to comply with a request by police to move on following a dispersal order. A story on the Russian government-controlled RT quoted Weston as reading passages criticizing Muslims for "improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property," which "exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live." read more


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