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Facebook filters can trip up candidates

Politics | Social media struggles to find a balance after the last election’s online debacles
by Laura Finch
Posted 8/09/18, 03:55 pm

Elizabeth Heng, the Republican nominee for 12th Congressional District in California, is sure that Facebook rejected her advertising dollars last week in an attempt to censor her political views. The social media company said it was just following policy with the decision, which it later reversed. But the controversy that erupted demonstrated the public’s increasing concern over the power Facebook has to affect politics and public discourse.

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Tennessee primary voters on Thursday picked candidates for the governorship and a critical U.S. Senate seat. Former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn won their respective primaries and face off in a cutthroat race to help determine whether the 51-49 GOP Senate majority remains intact. Incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Corker chose retirement and tweeted his support for Blackburn, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump and hardliner on immigration.

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It’s the economy—please?

Politics | Republicans want the midterm elections to be about growth and tax cuts, not Trump’s tweets
by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/02/18, 04:49 pm

In a preview of Republican strategy for the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump boasted to the world last week of America’s booming economy. The U.S. gross domestic product grew at a rate of 4.1 percent over the second quarter, the fastest in more than four years.

“If economic growth continues at this pace, the United States economy will double in size more than 10 years faster than it would have under either President Bush or President Obama,” Trump said.

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