Election 2016

Facebook hid Russian troll problem, hired GOP-linked firm to discredit critics: Report

Top executives at Facebook hid the extent of Russian interference on its platform during the 2016 election, and they hired a Republican-linked opposition-research firm to discredit the company's critics, a new report says. According to the New York Times, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg,...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 8:23pm

Did Russia hack the election?

In his Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump seemed to let Russia off the hook for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During Monday's event, he said "I don't see any reason why it would be" when asked if Russia had...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:26pm

Putin cozies up to Trump and denies troll farms in new interview

Russian President Vladimir Putin extolled his close relationship with President Trump and again professed ignorance about the Internet Research Agency troll farm, which is owned by Putin's close associate and worked to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor. In the interview with Austria...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 4:54pm

Facebook to require identity verification for political ads, large pages

Days before he is due to testify before Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday that anyone seeking to place political ads or run large pages on the social network will be required to verify their identity and country. The step is intended to prevent the kind of foreign...

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 5:09pm

Fake news stories may have cost Hillary Clinton this many Obama voters

Fake news may have been enough to swing the 2016 presidential election, depressing Democratic turnout for Hillary Clinton by about 4 percent, a new study suggests. Democratic strategists have wondered why a chunk of 2012 Obama voters defected from the Democrats in November 2016. An analysis by...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 5:23pm

Cambridge Analytica: What do they do, and will they be the end of Facebook?

Cambridge Analytica is in the news for their connection to the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and possible misdeeds connected to it. On Tuesday, an explosive TV report by Britain's Channel 4 news showed executives of Cambridge Analytica captured on hidden camera bragging about using dirty...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:40pm

When was Donald Trump elected?

No matter who you voted for, there seems to be some confusion about the upcoming Trump anniversary. When was Trump elected? Which day actually counts as the yuge day in history? We break down each of the milestones of the 45th president so you're all caught up. When was it announced that...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 11:26am

Putin satisfied with return on his investment in U.S. election meddling

Russian President Vladimir Putin is satisfied with the return on his investment in meddling with the U.S. presidential election, officials say: For less than $500,000 he undermined faith in American democratic process and neutralized his longtime adversary Hillary Clinton. The Kremlin considers...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:23pm

Trump almost didn't choose 'embarrassingly poor' Pence as VP

When making a decision about who to choose as his running mate, Donald Trump was concerned with potential ticket mate Mike Pence. Why? Because he thought Pence was “embarrassingly poor.” Before Trump chose Pence, he sized him up over a game of golf. The Atlantic reported: ...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:46pm

Mike Pence planned ‘coup’ to replace Trump after Access Hollywood tape

When the Access Hollywood tape was released a month before the presidential election, on which then-candidate Donald Trump was heard bragging about grabbing women's genitals, Mike Pence prepared a "coup" to step in as the head of the Republican ticket, according to a new profile in...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 5:21pm

Everything you need to know about Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the new White House communications director, is on the front line between the press and Donald Trump. Who is Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Catching up with my dad @GovMikeHuckabee in NYC tonight. He's off to @KellyFileFNC and I'm headed to @donlemon! pic.twitter.com/...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:13pm

Judge rules DNC can depose Sean Spicer about election night

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) can depose Sean Spicer, former Republican National Committee director and much-parodied White House spokesman, a federal judge said on Wednesday. The main question the DNC wants answered: Did Sean Spicer violate election rules? The 35-year-old consent...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 7:56pm

Scream at the sky and release all you’ve been feeling since Trump won the 2016 election

We’re sure many of you don’t need the reminder, but one year ago Wednesday, Republican Donald Trump trumped Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The year since has been … what can we say? That, of course, depends on which side you’re on. But if you...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:57pm

Trump might not run again in 2020, according to Republican officials

Republican officials are raising doubts about a President Donald Trump 2020 run for re-election. Trump has been a fundraising powerhouse of late, but Sen. Rand Paul said on Sunday night that just because the president is raising millions, doesn’t mean he’s running in 2020. “I...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 4:41pm

Majority of white Americans say anti-white discrimination totally exists

Have white people lost their minds? (I say this as a white woman.) According to a poll released on Tuesday, a majority of white people say discrimination against them is a real thing in America. While individuals can be discriminated against, racism against white people is not a systemic problem....

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 4:12pm

Trump says 'I hope' Hillary runs in 2020, but could it actually happen?

President Donald Trump thinks he’d win the presidency again in 2020 in a rematch against Hillary Clinton and he hopes he gets the chance to prove it. On Twitter on Monday, Trump welcomed another race between himself and Clinton — one he’s unlikely to get. “I was recently...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:23pm

Trump digital director, originally paid $1,500 for Trump website, earned $94 million

It was a freelancer's dream. In 2015, website designer Brad Parscale got an email from the Trump Organization, asking if he could turn around a little project on the fly. "It said: 'Donald Trump is thinking about running for president and we need a website in two days,'"...

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 4:01pm

Marco Rubio says he could've been president if he'd watched 'Game of Thrones'

Former presidential candidate Marco Rubio has decided what would have scored him the Republican presidential nomination over the unstoppable Donald Trump: Straight-up sorcery. Possibly dragons. "If I’d have watched [Game of Thrones] two years ago, I would’ve been president,...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 4:26pm

Computer error changed Jared Kushner voter registration to female

Update 1:22 p.m. September 29, 2017 — It looks like Kushner is off the hook on this one. The presidential son-in-law was, in fact, listed as a woman in the New York Board of Elections database. But the New York Daily News reports that he registered as a male, and a computer error changed...

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 1:45pm

Jill Stein: I had ‘zero’ relationship to any Trump-Russia collusion

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein denied a rumored connection to Russia and Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, brushing off a photo of her at dinner with Putin in 2015. A much-circulated photograph of Stein — criticized for acting as a spoiler to the Democrats during the 2016...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 5:08pm