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Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP

AP Photo/Carlos Osorio The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump’s favor. Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it – in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Republicans had a real advantage. The … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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DC Roundup: ‘Very Bothersome’ Relationship, VA Workers, Analysis of Russia Threat

Developments in Washington, D.C., on Friday include President Donald Trump who said he thinks the relationship between the special counsel and fired FBI director is ‘very bothersome,’ and signs a bill making it easier to fire underperforming VA workers accused of wrongdoing. Trump: Friendship Between Leader of Russia Probe, Fired FBI Director ‘Very Bothersome’ — In his first televised face-to-face interview in six weeks, President Donald Trump said it is “very bothersome” that the man leading the probe into possible ties between his campaign and Russia is friends with former…

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