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The Spill: State of the Union 2020

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Technical Difficulties and Election Confusion in Iowa

The Iowa caucus for the Democratic Party was expected to give presidential candidates some sense of how they’re doing Monday, Feb. 3, but technical difficulties led to election confusion. A smartphone app used to report results crashed, and the backup system that was supposed to kick in failed as well.

Sen. Klobuchar went ahead and delivered her victory speech, even though there were no results in, and the rest followed after her. The media, however, focused primarily on the technical failure, calling it incompetence. The actual results of the caucus are expected to be released at 4 p.m. Eastern.

YouTube’s New Election Policies: Sift, Sort, and Censor

YouTube announced new rules regarding election material Monday under the heading “How YouTube supports elections.” The new policy forbids “manipulated” or “doctored” videos related to the U.S. election, as well as “deep fakes” and “birther-type conspiracy theories” that question candidates’ eligibility for office. All this, allegedly, is part of an effort to prevent deceptive practices that could possibly mislead people about voting.

The Accused Speaks: State Of The Union 2020

President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union (SOTU) Address Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 9 p.m. Eastern. There is an obvious animosity between the current president and the opposition party – the Democrats, in this case, who hold a majority in the House of Representatives but not the Senate. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump along party lines, and the Senate is expected to acquit him also along party lines, though that vote won’t occur until Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Donald Trump could deliver his address by letter, as presidents have in the past, or even by phone or email, but he won’t. The fact that President Trump intends to deliver the SOTU in person could indicate different things to you, depending on how you feel about him. It could be that he intends to mitigate the negative feelings between the current White House administration and the Democrats in Congress – or perhaps he simply wants to draw some attention away from the impeachment process. Either way, President Trump will address Congress and the nation at 9 p.m. Tuesday night – and the Senate will vote on whether to acquit him or remove him from office the next day.

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