There Has To Be A Better Way To Pick Presidential Nominees … Right?

Galen Druke and Jake Arlow of FiveThirtyEight –

Not all democracies are the same. Sure, the bedrock principle — governing according to the will of the people — is consistent, but there are lots of structural decisions that influence who “the people” are and how their diverse wishes are tallied. Those decisions have consequences, influencing who runs for office, how they campaign and how they ultimately govern.

Take our presidential primary system as an example. How we seek to find a consensus within parties in the U.S. is, as we’ve covered in past episodes of The Primaries Project, unique among the world’s democracies. It’s accidental and arguably doesn’t always do a great job of finding a consensus. So is there a better way of doing things?

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Posted in Controversial, Elections, United States

Republicans’ ‘Operation Chaos’ seeks to undermine South Carolina’s Democratic primary

Jarrett Renshaw of Reuters –

Republican activists in South Carolina are urging party voters to do the seemingly unthinkable: support U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ bid for the White House in the state’s Democratic primary on Saturday.

Democrats and Republicans previously have threatened to interfere with the other party’s primary process in South Carolina and elsewhere, generally without success. In Iowa, however, Republicans boasted they clogged Democratic Party telephone lines, exacerbating embarrassing delays in reporting caucus results.

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Posted in 2020 election, Controversial, Democrats, Elections, Political parties, Politics, Republicans

5 Soon-to-Be Trends in Artificial Intelligence And Deep Learning

Beth Kindig in Forbes –

Artificial intelligence is frequently discussed yet it’s too early to show real gains.

AI’s major headwind is the cost of the investment, which will skew returns in the short-term. When the turnaround occurs, however, companies who are making the investment can expect to be rewarded disproportionately with a wide performance gap.

In a recent report, McKinsey predicts AI leaders will see up to double the cash flow.

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Posted in Artificial Intelligence, Investing

‘He understands us’: Why his supporters are loyal to Bernie Sanders

Maeve Reston and Gregory Krieg of CNN –

That bond with Bernie Sanders, rooted in the constancy of his ideas over many decades, is a striking contrast to the indecision and uncertainty one often hears from voters at the events of other 2020 candidates…

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Posted in 2020 election, Candidates, Controversial

FBI official warns Russia ‘wants to watch us tear ourselves apart’ amid intel briefing controversy

Zachary Cohen, Phil Mattingly, Alex Marquardt and David Shortell of CNN –

Russia’s influence campaign is driven by a desire to “watch us tear ourselves apart,” a senior FBI official said Monday, comments that come after details of a classified briefing to lawmakers became public in news reports, including a claim by the intelligence community’s top election security official that Moscow is interfering with the goal of helping President Donald Trump.

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