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Polls close in Pennsylvania, as voters wait for results in high-stakes special election
New Senate report details extent of Russia's 2016 disinformation campaign
Giuliani: Trump will interview with Mueller 'over my dead body'
Protesters in Hungary call on lawmakers to end 'slave law'
U.N. climate negotiators back universal emissions limits
Survey finds teen vaping is on the rise
A new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee studying posts from the 2016 presidential campaign says Russians working at the Internet Research Agency posted photos, videos, and messages on every major social media platform to help get President Trump elected, The Washington Post reports. Researchers found that at certain points, like during presidential debates, disinformation campaigns ramped up, and different groups received targeted messages: Conservatives saw posts about gun rights, while black voters received false information about how to vote. "What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically Donald Trump," the report says.Source: The Washington Post
President Trump will not grant an interview to Special Counsel Robert Mueller if Rudy Giuliani has anything to say about it. During an interview Sunday morning on Fox News with Chris Wallace, Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, was asked if the special counsel's office had "reached out" to discuss an "in-person interview" with Trump. "Yes, there are several unpaid parking tickets back in 1986 [or] '87 that haven't been explained," Giuliani quipped. Pressed by Wallace for a more serious answer, Giuliani declared the Mueller investigation "a joke" and said Trump would grant the interview "over my dead body — but, you know, I could be dead."Source: The Week
Since Wednesday, thousands of demonstrators have filled the streets of Budapest at night, protesting against Viktor Orban, the country's right-wing nationalist prime minister, and new laws ushered in by his Fidesz party. Sunday's protest was the largest, with at least 10,000 people gathering to walk from Heroes' Square to parliament. On Wednesday, Fidesz lawmakers approved a measure that critics have dubbed the "slave law," which lets employers ask staffers to work up to 400 hours in overtime every year. Under the law, their pay could be delayed for up to three years. The protests are being organized by unions, students, and opposition parties. In addition to the law being changed, these demonstrators are calling for a free press and an independent judiciary.Source: Reuters
Negotiators representing nearly 200 nations on Saturday agreed to universal greenhouse gas emissions limits intended to mitigate global climate change. "It is not easy to find agreement on a deal so specific and technical," said Polish economist Michal Kurtyka, who is leading the United Nations negotiations. "Through this package you have made a thousand little steps forward together," he told the assembled delegates. "You can feel proud." U.S. negotiators sought to label coal a possible source of clean energy but also pushed for transparency and rules which apply equally to all participant nations.Source: Reuters, The Associated Press
Nearly 21 percent of high school seniors say they vaped within the past 30 days, up from 11 percent one year ago, a new survey out Monday says. The Monitoring the Future survey has been in existence for 44 years, asking teenagers whether they use drugs, drink alcohol, or smoke, and this was the most dramatic spike in its history. The survey is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and its director, Nora Volkow, said the report is "very worrisome. We are very concerned about the increase in vaping." Vapors from e-cigarettes contain high levels of nicotine, and doctors fret about how this affects brains that are still developing.Source: NPR