WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama and two members of his cabinet were among the targets of suspected package bombs delivered to high-profile Democrats and CNN in what New York officials on Wednesday branded an act of terrorism. The suspicious parcels, at least five in all, were intercepted before any reached their intended recipients, who included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA director John Brennan, the FBI said. None of the packages detonated, and nobody was hurt. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But news of the threats heightened tensions in a nation deeply polarized ahead of elections on Nov. 6 that will decide whether Democrats take control of one or both houses of Congress from Republicans and deny President Donald Trump the majority his party now holds in both. The first package, which turned up on Monday, was addressed to billionaire financier George Soros, a … [Read more...] about Obama, Clinton among targets of suspected bombs ahead of U.S. election
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POLITICS 06/08/2018 05:45 am ET Problems arise when a giant digital platform tries to regulate political speech on its own. By Paul Blumenthal The new political ad database Facebook unveiled last month has already exposed previously hidden politicking by campaigns and political action committees. But it’s also ensnaring news sites, podcasts and nonprofits whose ads aren’t political — and highlighting the problems inherent in having a private company regulate political speech. Sean Guillory ran into problems with the new policy when he tried to advertise an episode of his Russian history podcast. Guillory, a Ph.D. candidate in Russian studies at the University of Pittsburgh, wanted to advertise a podcast episode featuring Laurence Bogoslaw, the editor of a book of Russian press reports about Donald Trump going back to the 1990s. But Facebook blocked the ad because it decided the podcast contained political content. “I see my podcast as … [Read more...] about Facebook’s New Ad Disclosures Are Meant To Fight Russian Trolls. A Russian History Podcaster Is Paying The Price.