Kayla's Morning Kickstart: foreign elections, Facebook and Trump
Major Foreign Elections
Both Canada and Israel made big decisions yesterday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party won Canada's general election. The party didn't win the majority, though, which will bring on challenges over time.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a second attempt to form a government that he leads, but he's failed again. The general elections in April and September did not produce a clear winner. Netanyahu blames his centrist opponent, Benny Gantz.
Facebook revealed yesterday that a host of Russian profiles have been building network accounts on Instagram (Facebook owns Instagram) designed to look like groups in swing states. The company's leadership is trying to shore up integrity, CNN reported, before the 2020 election.
Facebook announced that they are taking steps to identify state-run media for users and to better protect the accounts of political candidates. Facebook has made several attempts to protect profiles from meddling.
President Donald Trump compared the impeachment inquiry into his interactions with Ukraine to "a lynching." Trump and his allies complained that the process is unfair and that Democrats are trying to undo the results of the 2016 election. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching," President Trump said in a Tweet.
Yesterday, it was reported that House Democrats would try to get the inquiry up and going and over before Christmas. That no longer seems to be the case.
Because of new information over the weekend, this probe won't be over any time soon. Today, the US Embassy in Ukraines top official, Bill Taylor, will testify. His words will likely sway the inquiry in one direction or another.
The investigation is likely to run into the election year. Patience could run thin for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats or Trump's public opinion could become worse than ever.