The chats are from a direct message group between WikiLeaks and about 10 of its online boosters, described as a "low security channel for some very long term and reliable supporters who are on twitter." read more
South Africa's Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party's decision. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. The 75-year-old has been facing calls to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC's new leader. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. Earlier on Wednesday, police swooped on the Johannesburg home of the powerful and wealthy Gupta family with whom Mr Zuma has close ties.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confirmed Tuesday morning that he wants the entire debate -- on the half-dozen-plus competing proposals put forward so far by lawmakers -- to be over by the end of the week. "Senators have had plenty of time to prepare. There's no reason why we should not reach a bipartisan solution this week," McConnell said. "I made a commitment to hold this debate and to hold it this week. I've lived up to my commitment. I hope everyone will cooperate so this opportunity does not go to waste." read more
The study, October 2017 by Pew Research, found that in the U.S., 46 percent of those aged 18 to 29 would prefer to be governed by experts compared with 36 percent of respondents aged 50 and older. (snip) A study from Harvard's Yascha Mounk and the University of Melbourne's Roberto Stefan Foa published in the Journal of Democracy in January 2017 produced an even more striking result. Just 19 percent of U.S. millennials agreed with the statement that "military takeover is not legitimate in a democracy." Among older citizens, the total was a still-surprising 43 percent. (In Europe, by contrast, the corresponding numbers were 36 percent for younger people and 53 percent for older people.) Perhaps most alarming was the revelation than one quarter of millennials agreed that "choosing leaders through free elections is unimportant." Just 14 percent of Baby Boomers and 10 percent of older Americans agreed.
According to internal polling by the super PAC, President Trump's approval rating climbed to 44 percent in the first week of February, compared to 53 percent who disapprove. That mirrors Trump's improving position in public polls. In November, the same survey found his approval rating at 40 percent, with 54 percent disapproving. The group's survey also showed the Democratic Party's generic ballot advantage had shrunk, with 46 percent preferring Democrats to 42 percent for Republicans.