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3 Stories You Should Read: Post-election crisis, Minnesota police, China

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In the category of:  Buckle the up

‘Things could get very ugly’: Experts fear post-election crisis as Trump sets the stage to dispute the results in November

Voting experts and political strategists from across the political spectrum are increasingly alarmed about the potential for a disputed presidential election in November, one in which one candidate openly questions the legitimacy of the results or even refuses to concede.

These experts are keenly aware of President Donald Trump’s well-documented history of lying about voter fraud and claiming that elections were “rigged” when he doesn’t like the outcome. They also see a Democratic base that is still burned from 2016, when its nominee was dragged down in part by Russian meddling operation, won the popular vote, and lost to Trump.
Interviews with nearly 20 election experts, former lawmakers, political strategists, legal scholars and historians indicate there are widespread fears of a nightmare scenario in November, where Trump’s norm-breaking behavior — coupled with the unprecedented challenges of pandemic-era voting — test the limits of American democracy and plunge the country into a constitutional crisis.

In the category of:  Changes

Minnesota Passes Police Reform Bill Two Months After George Floyd’s Death

The Minnesota Police Accountability Act would ban chokeholds and neck restraints as well as increase use of force reporting.

Nearly two months after George Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck, lawmakers in Minnesota have passed a police accountability bill that would ban such physical restraints and increase use of force reporting.

The Minnesota Police Accountability Act, which was passed around 2 a.m. Tuesday, includes a statewide ban on chokeholds and neck restraints, aggressive “warrior-style” police training, and requires officers to intervene when a fellow officer uses unreasonable force.

The bill also creates a community advisory council for the state’s police licensing board, and an independent use of force investigative unit. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Tim Waltz’s desk. He is expected to sign it.

State Rep. Carlos Mariani (D), who wrote the bill, called its passage long overdue.


In the category of:  Corona Cyber-theft 

DOJ says Chinese hackers targeted coronavirus vaccine research

The hackers allegedly breached defense contractors and stole sensitive military information, prosecutors said.

“China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cybercriminals in exchange for those criminals being ‘on call’ to work for the benefit of the state, here to feed the Chinese Communist party’s insatiable hunger for American and other non-Chinese companies’ hard-earned intellectual property, including COVID-19 research,” John Demers, who heads the Justice Department’s National Security Division, said in a statement.

The inclusion of a coronavirus-related victim in the latest case comes as U.S. security agencies warn that China is seeking to gain the upper hand in the global race for a vaccine.



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