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Voice of America – English: Trump Hedges on Committing to Peaceful Transfer of Power


U.S. President Donald Trump has declined to confirm he is willing to agree to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses his November 3 bid for re-election to Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden.  

“We’re going to have to see what happens,” said the president in response to a reporter’s question during a White House news conference on Wednesday evening. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster.”  

Trump, without evidence, has repeatedly predicted massive fraud with tens of millions of mail-in ballots, which Democrats have encouraged amid the coronavirus pandemic.   

“We want to have — get rid of the ballots,” continued the president, explaining if that happens “there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation.”  
  
Biden, after his campaign plane landed in Delaware on Wednesday evening, was asked to respond to Trump’s remarks.  

“What country are we in? I’m being facetious,” said the former vice president. “I said what country are we in? Look, he says the most irrational things. I don’t know what to say.”

At least one of Trump’s fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate, expressed alarm about the president’s remark.  

“Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” said Senator Mitt Romney of Utah on Twitter. “Any suggestion that a president might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable.”

Romney was his party’s nominee for president in 2012 and has been one of the few Republicans in the Senate to occasionally take issue with Trump’s rhetoric and actions. 

“There is no question that he means exactly what he said,” Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on MSNBC about the president’s comment, adding that it was time for those serving in the Trump administration “to resign” in protest.  

One of the country’s oldest constitutional rights groups also weighed in.  

“The peaceful transfer of power is essential to a functioning democracy. This statement from the president of the United States should trouble every American,” said David Cole, the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.  

Earlier Wednesday, Trump said he thinks the November election “will end up in the Supreme Court and I think it’s very important that we have nine justices.” 

The president plans to announce his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday to fill the seat of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died this past Friday.  

If the Senate confirms the president’s nominee before the election that would give the conservative wing a 6-3 majority on the court. 

“This scam that the Democrats are pulling, it’s a scam, the scam will be before the United States Supreme Court, and I think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation,” said Trump. 

The president has repeatedly expressed concern about plans by a number of states, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington, to automatically dispatch mail-in ballots to all state residents for the election. 

Benjamin Ginsberg, a top election lawyer who has represented four Republican presidential candidates, has been quoted this month saying Trump’s prediction of fraud with such ballots lacks evidence.  

“The president’s words make his and the Republican Party’s rhetoric look less like sincere concern — and more like transactional hypocrisy designed to provide an electoral advantage,” Ginsberg wrote in a Washington Post opinion article. “And they come as Republicans trying to make their cases in courts must deal with the basic truth that four decades of dedicated investigation have produced only isolated incidents of election fraud.”  

Voice of America – English


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RSS: В общевойсковом объединении ВВО в Забайкалье состоялся «Единый день РХБ защиты»


Основная цель проведения единого дня РХБЗ — тренировать личный состав умелым действиям по сигналам оповещения о применении противником оружия массового поражения, совершенствовать навыки работы с приборами радиационной и химической разведки, проведению специальной обработки вооружения и военной техники.

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RSS: Мотострелки армейского корпуса ВВО на Сахалине совершенствуют навыки по обороне морского побережья


Для разведки морских целей на десантоопасных направлениях активно применяются БЛА «Орлан-10», которые могут оставаться в воздухе довольно продолжительное время.

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RSS: На Камчатке торжественно встретили после длительного похода атомный ракетный подводный крейсер «Александр Невский»


На торжественном митинге командующий подводными силами ТОФ поздравил моряков-подводников с успешным выполнением поставленных задач и по традиции вручил командиру крейсера капитану 1 ранга Сергею Мокееву жареного поросенка.

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“Russia international behavior” – Google News: COVID-19 control rests with human behaviour, at least until a vaccine arrives – Mirage News


COVID-19 control rests with human behaviour, at least until a vaccine arrives  Mirage News

“Russia international behavior” – Google News


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Настоящее Время: Таинство инаугурации


Все, что нужно знать рано утром 24 сентября

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“Russia international behavior” – Google News: Update: China to further improve quality of listed companies – Big News Network


Update: China to further improve quality of listed companies  Big News Network

“Russia international behavior” – Google News


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Voice of America – English: US Justice Department Proposes Changes to Internet Platforms’ Immunity


President Donald Trump met with nine Republican state attorneys general on Wednesday to discuss the fate of a legal immunity for internet companies after the Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal aimed at reforming the same law. 

Trump met with attorneys general from Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. 

Also Wednesday, the Justice Department, which is probing Google for potential breaches of antitrust law, held a call with state attorneys general’s offices to preview a complaint to be filed against the search and advertising giant, perhaps as soon as next week, according to two sources familiar with the matter.   

It is normal for the department to seek support from state attorneys general when it files big lawsuits. 

Critics have accused Google, owned by Alphabet Inc., of breaking antitrust law by abusing its dominance of online advertising and its Android smartphone operating system as well as favoring its own businesses in search.   

The White House said the legal immunity discussion involved how the attorneys general can utilize existing legal recourses at the state level—in an effort to weaken the law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects internet companies from liability over content posted by users. 

After the meeting, Trump told reporters he expects to come to a conclusion on the issue of technology platforms within a short period. It was not immediately clear what conclusion he was referring to.   

He said his administration is watching the performance of tech platforms in the run-up to the Nov. 3 presidential election. 

“In recent years, a small group of powerful technology platforms have tightened their grip over commerce and communications in America,” Trump said. “Every year countless Americans are banned, blacklisted and silenced through arbitrary or malicious enforcement of ever-shifting rules,” he added.   

Trump, who himself frequently posts on Twitter, said Twitter routinely restricts expressions of conservative views.   

Earlier on Wednesday, the Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal to reform Section 230. It followed through on Trump’s bid earlier this year to crack down on tech giants after Twitter Inc. placed warning labels on some of Trump’s tweets, saying they have included potentially misleading information about mail-in voting. 

The Justice Department’s proposal would need congressional approval and is not likely to see action until next year at the earliest. Unless the Republicans win control of the House of Representatives and maintain control of the Senate in the November elections, any bill would need Democratic support.   

The Justice Department proposal primarily states that when internet companies “willfully distribute illegal material or moderate content in bad faith, Section 230 should not shield them from the consequences of their actions.” 

It proposes a series of reforms to ensure internet companies are transparent about their decisions when removing content and when they should be held responsible for speech they modify. It also revises existing definitions of Section 230 with more concrete language that offers more guidance to users and courts.   

It also incentivizes online platforms to address illicit content and pushes for more clarity on federal civil enforcement actions.    

The Internet Association, which represents major internet companies including Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Google, said the Justice Department’s proposal would severely limit people’s ability to express themselves and have a safe experience online. 

The group’s deputy general counsel, Elizabeth Banker, said moderation efforts that remove misinformation, platform manipulation and cyberbullying would all result in lawsuits under the proposal. 

Voice of America – English


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Voice of America – English: The Infodemic: Biden Wrongly Suggests Trump Branded Virus a “Hoax”


Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.

Daily Debunk

“Biden distorts Trump’s words on virus ‘hoax’,” Associated Press, September 17.

 

Social Media Disinfo

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Circulating on social media: Claim that U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance is trying to keep mothers away from their newborn children.

Verdict: Missing Context

Read the full story at: Reuters

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Voice of America – English: The Infodemic: US Didn’t Sanction Russia for COVID-19 Vaccine Development


Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.

Daily Debunk

“DISINFO: US IMPOSED SANCTIONS ON RUSSIAN INSTITUTIONS OVER COVID-19 VACCINE DEVELOPMENT.”

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: EUvsDisInfo

 

Social Media Disinfo

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Circulating on social media: Claim that one is more likely to die of the common cold than COVID-19.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Reuters

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