Twitter Is Temporarily Cracking Down On Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones

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Twitter has suspended far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform for seven days. 

A Twitter spokesperson told media outlets that the disciplinary action is in response to content Jones published Tuesday that violated the social media company's rules on inciting violence. The InfoWars host won't be able to tweet for a week, but he will be able to peruse posts from accounts he follows. 

Twitter had been facing pressure after other big tech companies, like Apple, Facebook and YouTube, took action on Jones' and InfoWars' accounts for policy violations. At the time, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended the decision not to ban Jones from its platform, saying no rules were broken and the social network wouldn't give in to outside pressure. Following a CNN investigation that revealed apparent violations last week, Twitter admitted that Jones had breached its policy but said his actions didn't merit a full ban. 

The company's recent move doesn't affect the InfoWars Twitter account.

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Brazil’s Lula To Register As Presidential Candidate From Jail

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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is going to register as a presidential candidate... from jail. That's according to Reuters

"Lula" is serving 12 years for a corruption conviction. Officials from Lula's Workers Party told Reuters they are planning a march to register him with electoral officials before the deadline on Wednesday.

But that may not work out the way they want it to. Brazilian law prevents people whose convictions have been upheld on appeal from running for office. That's Lula's situation right now. 

In July 2017, a federal judge convicted Lula for corruption and money laundering after he accepted a bribe in the form of a beachfront apartment.

Lula has consistently denied any wrongdoing and appealed the decision. He says the conviction is meant to keep him from running for president this fall. 

Despite being in jail since April, Lula reportedly leads election polls.

The Workers Party told Reuters it plans to use all possible appeals to delay a final ruling on Lula's registration. 

And just in case, Lula has reportedly chosen his replacement presidential candidate if he is actually barred from the race. 

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Bolton To Meet With Russian Officials As A ‘Follow-Up’ To Helsinki

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White House national security adviser John Bolton is meeting with Russian officials next week in Switzerland. 

The Kremlin confirmed Wednesday that the meeting is on the books, just one day after the White House first announced it. 

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders described the sit-down as "a follow-up" to the July summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  She didn't go into specifics about what's on the agenda, saying Bolton and his Russian counterpart will discuss "a range of important national security issues."

Neither side has said exactly what day the meeting is taking place, but it's scheduled for the same week that new U.S. sanctions are expected to go into effect against Russia for poisoning a former spy and his daughter in the U.K.

Russia's always denied involvement in the nerve agent attack and called the sanctions "absolutely illegal."

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Puerto Rico Restores Power To Almost All Of Its Residents

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This is one of the very last families to get their power restored by the Puerto Rican government — at least for now.

They, like many others in the U.S. territory, have been without electricity since Hurricane Maria hit last September.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA, says power has been turned on to all homes that can get power. Meaning some residents are still living in the dark.

PREPA says it was unable to restore power to some customers because their homes were damaged or destroyed.

Many residents in the El Yunque rainforest also remain without power because the utility company has not been granted permission from the U.S. Forest Service to put in new power lines.

The island is currently facing another hurricane season. And according to CNN, many residents are anxious they could lose power once again.

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Dozens Are Dead As Indian Tourist State Faces Unprecedented Flooding

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More rain is in the forecast as part of India is dealing with the worst flooding it's had in almost a century. 

Reuters reports flooding in the tourist state of Kerala has killed at least 43 people and left tens of thousands stranded. 

The chief minister of Kerala said the state is facing an unprecedented crisis because of the floods. 

The rain started about a week ago and has forced authorities to release water from 35 extremely full reservoirs. India's Meteorological Department issued weather warnings for heavy to very heavy rain in Kerala for the coming days. 

Reuters reports the last time the state saw such flooding was in 1924.

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US May Get A 3-Digit National Suicide Hotline Number

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The U.S. may soon get a three-digit national suicide hotline number. 

President Donald Trump signed the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018 into law on Tuesday. 

It requires the FCC to look into the feasibility of designating a three-digit dialing code — like 911 — for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. 

The FCC will work with the departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs on the study. 

The three agencies will also have to analyze the effectiveness of the current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

They've got until Aug. 14, 2019, to submit a report on the study. 

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Transgender Candidate Makes History In Vermont Gubernatorial Primary

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Christine Hallquist is now the first transgender candidate for governor to be nominated by a major political party. 

She won Vermont's Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday with just over 40 percent of the vote. 

The former energy company CEO's platform includes expanding internet access to rural areas, support for paid family leave, and increasing minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Hallquist is one of more than 400 LGBTQ candidates running for office in 2018. 

She'll next face off against Republican incumbent Gov. Phil Scott in November. 

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How Young Hispanics May Have The Deciding Vote In Future Elections

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A few key statistics make it clear: The political power of the Hispanic electorate is big, and it's going to get bigger. 

In the 1996 presidential election, 4.7 percent of voters were Hispanic. In 2016, 9.2 percent. And Latinos are the nation's youngest ethnic group with a median age 27 years, more than a decade younger than non-Latinos at 42 years.

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Minorities 10 and under now outnumber whites 10 and under. It's the first truly majority minority generation — what a Brookings analysis labeled "Generation Z-Plus."

Twenty-six percent of the group is Hispanic. There are far fewer Black, Asian and mixed race Americans. That means Hispanics will account for 40 percent of growth in eligible voters by 2030, according to Pew Hispanic Center projections

This matters because Hispanics have long leaned hard toward the Democratic Party, at times by more than a two-to-one ratio, or 63 percent to 28 percent. 

A few examples: Al Gore vs. George Bush earned 62 percent and 35 percent of the Hispanic vote, respectively in 2000. The vote was split pretty much the same between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016 at 66 percent vs. 28 percent.

And politicians who assume that the most important political issue for Hispanics is immigration are likely to be disappointed, because they're wrong. In 2017, Hispanic priorities for President Trump and Congress were led by education. It was a top item of concern for 73 percent of those polled. Sixty-nine percent said defending the country from future terrorist attacks was also a top issue, and 66 percent said strengthening the economy was also on their mind.

The lowest-priority issue among those questioned in a Pew survey: Immigration, with only 46 percent saying it should be a top concern. The question is, as younger Hispanics enter the electorate, will those priorities shift? Will party allegiances remain the same? 

Democrats have maintained a big edge. But Hispanics will soon account for 40 million votes; that's a big opportunity, and concern, for both parties. 

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US Sen. Bernie Sanders Clinches Vermont’s Senate Democratic Nomination

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders easily won the Democratic Senate primary in Vermont on Tuesday. 

The Associated Press called the race with Sanders holding about 94 percent of the vote. 

But the senator is expected to turn down the nomination. 

That's because Sanders is already on the November ballot as an independent, and in Vermont, candidates cannot appear on ballots under more than one party. 

Sanders also declined the Democratic nomination in his previous Senate races in 2006 and 2012 but accepted a formal endorsement from the party. 

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