Why US voter turnout lags behind other advanced democracies

Why US voter turnout lags behind other advanced democracies

“In some places there are active measures to make it harder to vote, and in some places there’s an absent effort to make it easier to vote,” an elections expert says. While millions of Americans will cast ballots in the US midterm elections on Tuesday, it’s likely that voter turnout rates will be far lower than in other advanced democratic countries. Why? Because the US makes it much harder to vote than other developed democracies…

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Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event

Ariana Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ has come full circle as an extremely online event

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidon’s failed relationship was strung together by a series of inexplicable, enjoyable, and very online moments. From the second Ariana Grande released a song called “pete davidson” to sparking conversation about “Big Dick Energy” and inspiring one of the most popular couple’s Halloween costumes, their relationship has cultivated an aspect of online culture in 2018. That trend has continued, and come to an end, with Grande’s release of her post-breakup power…

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The biggest spike in election searches today was for “dónde votar”

The biggest spike in election searches today was for “dónde votar”

It’s Spanish for “where to vote” — raising hopes about Latino turnout. The top-trending search in the United States on Election Day 2018 is where to vote — in Spanish: “dónde votar.” Google said as the midterm elections were underway on Tuesday that searches of where to vote in Spanish surged by 3,350 percent, making it the top trending search on the platform. For comparison, searches for “who to vote for today” spiked by 1,350…

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America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained

America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained

The needle is just the name we give to the things we choose to do together. The New York Times clearly thinks of its famous election needle, the speedometer-like readout that predicts the results of the midterm elections as vote totals trickle in, as a scientific instrument. But millions of political junkies — who either have a healthy concern for the fate of the American republic or an acute inability to chill and patiently accept…

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Texas Senate live results: Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz

Texas Senate live results: Beto O’Rourke vs. Ted Cruz

Will Democrat Beto O’Rourke live up to all the hype? Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke is trying to mount one of the biggest upsets of the 2018 midterm elections with a long-shot bid to unseat conservative Sen. Ted Cruz. There’s no doubt that O’Rourke has made the race more competitive than any Democrat has been able to in a statewide Texas race in more than two decades. But all the polls have still shown Cruz as…

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Florida governor’s election live results: Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis

Florida governor’s election live results: Andrew Gillum vs. Ron DeSantis

Florida voters will choose a new governor tonight. Vox has live results. Democrat Andrew Gillum has turned the Florida governor’s race into one of the most hotly anticipated contests of 2018, as he runs against Republican Ron DeSantis. Gillum came from behind for a surprise win in the August primary, beating presumed frontrunner and establishment pick Gwen Graham (a former member of Congress), and two other candidates. Gillum is young, black, and unabashedly progressive —…

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2018 Midterm Election Live Results: Control of Congress

2018 Midterm Election Live Results: Control of Congress

Democrats are making a play to control at least one chamber of Congress to serve as a check on President Trump. Republicans control both chambers of Congress — Democrats want to retake at least one Will Republicans continue to have sole control of the federal government next year, or will Democrats win a house of Congress — and gain the ability to check President Donald Trump’s power? All 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats…

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Hannity’s antics at a Trump rally crossed a line, even for Fox News

Hannity’s antics at a Trump rally crossed a line, even for Fox News

“This was an unfortunate distraction.” In its modern incarnation, Fox News effectively serves as an arm of the Trump campaign — echoing his talking points, suppressing unflattering stories, smearing Democrats, and even spreading conspiracy theories that serve the president’s interests. Still, it usually tries to maintain the appearance of being in the business of independent journalism. On Monday night, that mask slipped off. Two of Fox News’ veteran hosts — Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro…

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AT&T will cut off service for a dozen customers over piracy violations

AT&T will cut off service for a dozen customers over piracy violations

AT&T plans to alert over a dozen customers in the next week or two that their service will be terminated due to copyright infringement, anonymous sources told Axios. AT&T created its own policies on piracy last year, and this is its first time ending a customer’s service in accordance with the new rules. These dozen-plus customers have received at least nine warnings that they might be infringing on copyrights before AT&T could cancel their service,…

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