Matt Osborne

Mark Zuckerberg is the world's greatest threat to democracy

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from Democrats on Capitol Hill last week. He was unable to explain where his company draws the line in its fact-checking policies given that some lies are heavily policed while others are not.

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Exclusive: California finally has a progressive government. Here's how it's changing the game.

Democrats won supermajorities in both houses of the California legislature in 2006. They have dominated Golden State politics ever since, defying conservative expectations. Instead of sinking into deficits and collapsing, California is running a budget surplus, and has become the world’s 5th largest economy.

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Exclusive: The GOP could pay a steep price for normalizing foreign intervention in our elections

These days, it can be difficult to remember that Republicans used to fear Russia. As recently as 2012, their presidential nominee considered Russia to be America’s greatest geopolitical foe, and the party platform took hard stances against Putin’s imperial ambitions into 2016. Yet as Robert Mueller warned in his testimony last week, the “new normal” established by Donald Trump in 2016 may be that foreign powers offer aid and assistance to US candidates who feel no duty to turn them down, much less report such overtures to the FBI. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked every attempt to pass any kind of election security bill, including measures that would require such reporting. While some individual Republicans are clearly unhappy about the situation, the party’s response thus far has been mute approval. There have been no big defections from that party line.

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A 'disinformation hurricane' is coming in 2020 as other adversaries emulate Russia's model

Shortly after the first debate between Democratic presidential contenders, trolls from the message board 4Chan boosted Tulsi Gabbard to the top of some online polls, earning credulous press attention with this sudden surge of support. At the same time, real and fake Andrew Yang supporters complained of supposed unfairness to their candidate, trending #LetYangSpeak on Twitter. While this is unlikely to make either longshot candidate the nominee, anyone looking to disrupt the Democratic Party has two new potential wedges.

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I'm waging info warfare against the GOP while most Democrats still prefer to 'go high' and lose

The ground shifted under Democrats during the 2016 election, but many refuse to acknowledge just how, or in what direction. Some are still content to lose close elections gracefully, even when the stakes for American democracy are the highest they have ever been. Others are so bent on proving that their electoral strategy is sound that they refuse to acknowledge Mark Zuckerberg has broken the traditional models of voter persuasion.

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