November 21, 2016
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WikiLeaks Leaks Podesta Emails
Over the course of the month of October, the activist group WikiLeaks has been releasing emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, revealing a large amount of information regarding Clinton and her campaign.
The Clinton campaign has claimed the leaks are not authentic; however, several cyber security experts have confirmed the emails are real. This is the second batch of leaks related to Clinton following the summer leaks revealing the DNC’s plan to keep Sanders from receiving the nomination and information regarding donors receiving political positions.
The leaks have been released in waves over the course of the month and have revealed several pieces of information, including Clinton’s Wall Street speeches in which she said she “Had a public and a private position on issues” as well as an excerpt in which she mentioned her dream of open borders. The leaks also contained information about Clinton receiving donations from foreign governments including governments in the Middle East.
Other leaks that were found in the emails include a statement in which a Clinton spokeswoman claimed “It’s an amazing bastardization of the faith. They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy” in regards to the Catholic faith and Catholic Americans.
Several other pieces of information involved donations from journalists as well as revealing the ties between Clinton and several top journalists asking for favors, such as oversampling certain populations when conducting polls about the election, as well as an email from DNC chair Donna Brazile claiming Clinton received questions for the second presidential debate ahead of time.
Early Voting Rigging Found in Texas
With early voting being opened in several states across the country, there have been several reports of votes being rigged electronically in the state of Texas in several cities. Many have claimed that their votes were switched to the other candidate after voting.
This observation was brought to light by Lisa Houlette, a citizen of Armadillo, Texas, who claimed that after she voted for Republican candidates, her votes switched to the Democratic candidates. She stated on Facebook, “I voted a straight Republican ticket, and as I scrolled to submit my ballot, I noticed that the Republican straight ticket was highlighted; however, the Clinton and Kaine box was also highlighted. I tried to go back and change and could not get it to work. I asked for help from one of the workers and she couldn’t get it to go back either. It took a second election person to get the machine to where I could correct the vote to a straight ticket.”
This situation has been reported in other cities across Texas with Arlington, Texas resident Shandy Clark stating, “I had a family member that voted this morning and she voted straight Republican. She checked before she submitted and the vote had changed to Clinton. She reported it and made sure her vote was changed back. They commented that it had been happening.” Other residents across the state have taken to Facebook and Reddit to also claim they have been a victim of voter fraud.
The situation was brought to several officials in Texas and they have been looking into the alleged fraud. Most of the time this has been brought up, it has been claimed to be a calibration issue with the machines and that they are being fixed. This is not the first time a situation such as this has happened. There were reports of a similar situation happening across Cook County during the 2014 Midterm elections, and just like in 2016, 2014 election officials found it to be a calibration error.