How Taylor Swift turned her Instagram into a get-out-the-vote fan page

Washington (CNN)Exactly 30 days before the election, and the day after she wrapped the the American leg of her Reputation Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Taylor Swift announced on Instagram for the first time ever who she’d be voting for: Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper. Swift posted…

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Why Trump’s ‘get tough on China’ policy is counterproductive | Michael F Fuchs

Tackling the China challenge requires a strategic response. Trumps scattershot policy will be counterproductive, writes Michael F Fuchs In recent months, Donald Trump has launched Americas new buckshot approach to China hit China everywhere and see what works. On Wednesday, Vice-President Mike Pence gave a Sign up to receive the…

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How millennials could kill politics as we know it if they cared to

Washington (CNN)Millennials could be one of the biggest political forces in America today, if they wanted. “Our generation is at the beginning of becoming legislators in this country,” said Steven Olikara, founder of the nonpartisan group Millennial Action Project. Olikara believes millennials are capable of transforming politics. They are “highly…

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Will Democrats take the House? Watch this district. It has everything.

(CNN)Republican Rep. Mike Coffman is sitting in a church communicating with a group of Spanish-speaking parishioners in their native tongue with a heavy American accent. For Republicans, the race is a test of whether an incumbent congressman who has crafted a strong personal brand in an increasingly diverse district can…

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From box office to Oval Office: can a film ever lead to political change?

As America heads toward the midterm elections, Spike Lee, Michael Moore and Dinesh DSouza all hope their films will have a profound effect on voters August is supposed to offer the average moviegoer their last chance to bask in big-budget spectacle and easy escapism, the time when studios unload the…

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Giuliani: ‘There was no conversation’ between Trump and Comey on Flynn

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that if the President sits down for questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump will say he never discussed easing up on a probe of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn with former FBI Director James Comey. Comey testified…

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Washington Republicans just keep losing primaries

(CNN)On Thursday night, Tennessee Rep. Diane Black came nowhere near winning the state’s GOP governor’s nomination. Despite beginning the race as the front-runner, she finished 13 points behind the winner — a wealthy businessman who ran as an outsider in the mold of, you guessed it, Donald Trump. The message…

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‘Manhattan Madam’ met with Mueller’s team

(CNN)Kristin Davis, the woman famously known as the “Manhattan Madam,” met with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team for a voluntary interview on Wednesday, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Davis worked with Stone on and off over the years and the two have a close personal relationship. Davis…

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Turkey HoldsOut on Releasing American Pastor

A Turkish delegation to Washington refused to commit to releasing an American pastor, as both sides sought a way out of an escalating feud, a U.S. official said. Turkey raised concerns about a state-run lender, new record. The meetings came as Turkey seeks to stanch an economic meltdown amid fallout…

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Dark money lurks at the heart of our political crisis | George Monbiot

Democracy is threatened by organisations such as the Institute of Economic Affairs that refuse to reveal who funds them, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot A mere two millennia after Roman politicians paid mobs to riot on their behalf, we are beginning to understand the role of dark money in politics,…

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