Political weekly wrap-up: 2nd edition

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Russia Main Suspect In Election Breach

The past few months, multiple election hacks have been uncovered across the nation. The U.S. has launched an investigation with Russia as the prime suspect.

The Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., is leading the investigation. The FBI and other officials are also looking into potential cyber threats.

Officials stated that there was no definite proof of Russian interferences, but the hacking of the Democratic National Convention in June and release of 20,000 DNC emails was tracked to Russian hacking groups, making Russia a suspect in this investigation.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke at Oxford University, warning Russia against tampering with American politics, saying “we will not ignore attempts to interfere with our democratic processes.”

Although Carter did not specifically mention the DNC hacks, he did accuse the country of using fear and propaganda to undermine the U.S. and its allies.

“We don’t seek an enemy in Russia,” Carter said. “But make no mistake-we will defend our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords all of us.”

The investigation comes amidst talks between Russia and the U.S. on a potential cease-fire in Syria, after President Obama and Mr. Putin spoke last Monday at the G-20 Summit in China.

Trump And Clinton Even In Polls

Numbers have grown for Trump support in the past week, as several polls have recorded Trump quickly catching up to Hillary Clinton’s lead in many states.

According to a CNN/ORC poll, Trump and Clinton have become nearly even in the polls, with Trump leading by a mere 2 points.

Trump leads Clinton 45%-43%, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson at 7% and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2% among likely voters.

The race has also tightened in swing states like Florida, North Carolina and Ohio, according to a Quinnipac University Swing State Poll from last Thursday.

In Ohio, Clinton and Trump were tied at 41%, with Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson leading Green Party candidate Jill Stein 11.3%-2.3%.

In North Carolina and Florida, however, Clinton leads Trump by 0.3%. Clinton’s numbers have dropped aggresively in the past week, showing the growing support for Trump over the past few weeks, despite a rough month of contradictory statements from the presidential nominee.

Trump Donation Scandal

Trump was recently fined after a donation of $25,000 in 2013 to a group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi’s office was in review of the fraud allegations on Trump University at the time of the donation, putting the presidential nominee under fire for the alleged bribery.

However, Trump was only fined $2,500 as penalty, one of the many miniscule punishments he has received for repeatedly breaking political donation limits over the past few decades.

Bondi’s office has refused to continue with the case, and both Bondi and Trump have denied any connection between the discontinuation of the case and the donation.

 

 

One comment

  1. Interesting summary, Jake. It’s scary (to me, anyway) to see how close this race is becoming. If Trump wins, I’ll be speaking Italian in about 4-6 months! I was particularly interested to read of the small fine Trump had to pay for another political donation transgression, although I doubt he’s alone in getting away with things such as that. Keep up the good work; looking forward to next week’s summary. Ciao! (Practicing my Italian, just in case…)

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