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Can Trump’s anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?

03.07.2020 11:44

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who are promoting the opposite in their states. The rare dissonance between Trump and other Republican elected officials also reflects another reality the president will not concede: Many [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

Can Trump's anti-mail-voting crusade hurt him in key states?

03.07.2020 11:44


President Donald Trump's campaign and allies have blocked efforts to expand mail-in voting, forcing an awkward confrontation with top GOP election officials who are promoting the opposite in their states. The rare dissonance between Trump and other Republican elected officials also reflects another reality the president will not concede: Many in his party believe expanding mail-in voting could ultimately help him. Trump's campaign has intervened directly in Ohio, while allies have fired warning shots in Iowa and Georgia, aimed at blunting Republican secretaries of state in places that could be competitive in November.

From: news.yahoo.com

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Expanded Voting Access In Alabama Election

03.07.2020 10:28

The court issued a stay on a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed curbside voting and loosened restrictions on absentee ballots.

From: www.forbes.com

Biden Supporters Are More Worried About the Health Risks of Voting

03.07.2020 9:17

Identifying likely voters is a challenge for pollsters in every election. This year, the coronavirus, mail voting and a surge in political engagement may make it even harder than usual. For now, Joe Biden’s 9-point lead across the critical battleground states is so significant that it is essentially invulnerable to assumptions about turnout, according to [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

North Korea and US likely to resume talks whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden win 2020 election, China expert on Pyongyang says

03.07.2020 6:19


A Chinese Communist Party expert on North Korea says it could pose a security threat to China and expects talks between Pyongyang and Washington to resume whether or not US President Donald Trump wins a second term in November.Zhang Liangui, professor of international strategic research at the Central Party School, said that the demolition of the inter-Korea liaison office in the border city of Kaesong last month highlighted the geopolitical risk China faced should ties between North and South Korea become unstable."If one day North Korea takes military actions against the South, geopolitics dictates that China, as a neighbouring country, will inevitably be dragged into it, whether we like it or not," he said.The Central Party School is both a think tank and a training school for Chinese leaders. Zhang, who has studied Korean issues for decades, is considered one of China's top experts on North Korea.He said that the destruction of the liaison office by North Korea last month was meant to show Pyongyang's displeasure with Seoul over issues such as South Korea's ties to the United States, and its failures to provide economic assistance and help to lift sanctions on North Korea.Taking advantage of the thaw between the two Koreas following the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, North Korea launched the "special envoy diplomacy" with South Korea in February 2018.However, the warming of ties didn't last and North Korea began to step up its criticism of the South last year. "The underlying reason is that [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un felt he has been let down by South Korea," Zhang said.The new book by former US national security adviser John Bolton, Zhang said, suggests that the US could either continue to apply maximum economic pressure on North Korea or resort to military actions.Zhang believes that US policymakers have concluded it would be to Washington's advantage to let North Korea hold onto part of its nuclear arsenal and negotiate with Kim only on give up his long-range missiles."The US has come to realise that it would be good for them to leave a nuclear-armed country right on China's doorstep," he said."If Trump is re-elected, he will begin dealing with North Korea again, and he'll have two options. One is to press on to force North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons completely, verifiably and irreversibly. If this cannot be achieved, then military force will be considered."Trump and Kim at the demilitarised zone in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019. Photo: Reuters alt=Trump and Kim at the demilitarised zone in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019. Photo: Reuters"Which option that he will choose may depend on how China-US relations go," he continued. "[It is entirely possible] that the US and North Korea may establish ties one day [regardless of where China stands]."Zhang said that the outcome would be the same if Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee, defeats Trump in November " since both Republicans and Democrats have similar positions on China.Zhang said China should be worried about North Korea's nuclear stockpiles because the country has a fragile economy."If a regime is struggling for survival, it may drag someone down with it," he said. "To use the same rhetoric by the Americans, North Korea is a failed state. Its economy is in a bad shape, and it is isolated diplomatically.""Very few people in China realise how big a threat North Korea can be.""A small nation which has nuclear arms can be a serious security threat for the world," Zhang said."We should bear in mind what our ancestors have taught us " make friends from afar and attack enemies who are near."This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the most authoritative voice reporting on China and Asia for more than a century. For more SCMP stories, please explore the SCMP app or visit the SCMP's Facebook and Twitter pages. Copyright © 2020 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Copyright (c) 2020. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.

Edouard Philippe resigns as French prime minister

03.07.2020 6:19


The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, resigned on Friday as President Emmanuel Macron prepared to reshuffle his government in a widely expected relaunch of his presidency for the final two years of his term. The president is expected to appoint a new prime minister who will form a new government later on Friday. Various names have been put forward as possible successors to Mr Philippe. The regional newspaper Ouest-France suggested that the chief EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, was being considered. However, sources in Mr Macron’s party said Mr Barnier was unlikely to be asked to form the next government. There has also been speculation that Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreign minister, may be asked to lead the government. Other possible successors to Mr Philippe is Florence Parly, the defence minister, or Jean Castex, the conservative mayor of Prades in southern France, who has taken charge of the lifting of France’s lockdown. The widely expected reshuffle comes after a wave of Green local election victories humiliated Mr Macron’s party. In an interview with French newspapers published on Friday Mr Macron said he would prioritise the fight against climate change.

French government resigns as Macron acts to recast presidency

03.07.2020 6:12

Macron's move to refashion his government comes after voters punished his party in nationwide municipal elections on June 28.

From: www.nbcnews.com

Emmanuel Macron on brink: Damning analysis puts 2022 election hopes on knife-edge

03.07.2020 4:29

EMMANUEL MACRON has seen his popularity in France teeter in recent years - and damning analysis highlights how he could lose his core vote ahead of 2022's presidential elections.

From: feedproxy.google.com

[Ticker] French prime minister and government resign

03.07.2020 4:27

French president Emmanuel Macron has accepted the resignation of prime minister Edouard Philippe and his government on Friday, the Elysée said in a statement. After the victory of the Greens in Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseilles in elections last weekend, Macron announced he wanted to take "a new way" with "a new team". Philippe became prime minister on 15 May 2017, after having resigned as mayor of Le Havre.

From: euobserver.com

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