The US Justice Department assured lawmakers that it would conduct an investigation into newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server as quickly as possible. How Georgia’s voter-fraud fight could make a grandmother a felon. And the facepalm emoji is ~finally~ coming to iOS.
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Days after a political firestorm over newly discovered emails related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server, the Justice Department says it will conduct an investigation as quickly as possible.
The department sent letters to lawmakers Monday promising to work “as expeditiously as possible” and to “dedicate all necessary resources” to the investigation.
Clinton took on FBI Director James Comey at a rally in Ohio on Monday, saying “there is no case here.” She also criticized the FBI’s move to come forward “with no evidence of any wrongdoing with just days to go” until the presidential election on Nov. 8.
Donald Trump seized on the disclosure, telling supporters at rallies that it was further proof that Clinton had broken the law “over and over again.”
Meanwhile, the White House said it wouldn’t “defend or criticize” Comey’s decision.
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Barack Obama was the first US president on Twitter, but he won’t be the last. When he leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017, Twitter will transfer all his tweets to a new account, @POTUS44. The 45th US president, whoever that will be, will then receive the handle @POTUS — but without any tweets on the timeline — and all its followers.
CNN has accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation after hacked emails revealed that the acting chair of the Democratic National Committee, who worked as a political analyst for the network, shared a primary debate question with the Clinton campaign. WikiLeaks has been releasing emails from the account of John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman.
Allegations in a new report that accuses Nigerian officials of abusing women fleeing Boko Haram are “deeply disturbing” and will be investigated, Nigeria’s president said.
The report from Human Rights Watch says that nearly 50 women who fled Boko Haram have been mistreated by the officials in charge of camps housing them. According to HRW, the vast majority of the cases in the camps — 37 out of 43 — saw male officials coercing women and girls into sex “through false marriage promises and material and financial assistance.”
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How Georgia’s voter-fraud fight could make this grandmother a felon.
In a south Georgia town, the prosecution of five people on accusations of voter fraud comes amid an unexpectedly tight battle for the state’s electoral votes. The state argues vigilance against voter fraud is necessary — but others say it’s a tactic to suppress the vote.
One of those people, Olivia Pearson, ferried her 18-year-old nephew to the polls in Georgia in 2012, but now the civil rights activist and grandmother has been charged with improperly helping him to vote, a felony.
Her case is one skirmish in the nationwide struggle between Democrats’ efforts to mobilize voters — especially people of color — and Republicans’ attempts to crack down on what they say is voter fraud in an election that Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed is “rigged,” BuzzFeed News’ Joel Anderson reports.
Olivia Pearson. Joel Anderson for BuzzFeed News
Peter Thiel talked Trump, single-digit millionaires, and Gawker.
The PayPal co-founder and Silicon Valley billionaire — known for his contrarian views and most recently under fire for backing Trump and underwriting a case that bankrupted Gawker — explained his positions on politics and the media to dozens of reporters on Monday.
“What Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away. He points toward a new Republican party beyond the dogmas of Reaganism. He points even beyond the remaking of one party to a new American politics that overcomes denial, rejects bubble thinking, and reckons with reality.”
Thiel, who recently announced he had given $1.25 million to boost Trump’s presidential campaign, also said Monday that money hasn’t mattered this election.