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Despite restrictions, digital spending hits record in US midterms

WASHINGTON: Even as online platforms tightened rules for political ads, digital spending set new records in the 2018 US midterm elections and appears poised for further growth in 2020. Digital media campaign spending rose 2,400 percent from the 2014 midterms to $1.8 billion, roughly 20 percent of the total $8.9 billion in ad spending, according to preliminary estimates from the research firm Borrell Associates. Online spending, much of it on social networks like Facebook, has been a significant factor in campaigns for…

Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions a day after midterm elections

WASHINGTON: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was fired by Donald Trump Wednesday after enduring more than a year of bitter criticism from the president over his decision to step aside from the Russia investigation that has dogged the White House. Sessions became the first casualty of a cabinet shakeup that had been expected from Trump following the midterm elections on Tuesday. "At your request, I am submitting my resignation," Sessions said in the first line of a letter released by the Department of Justice. The…

Change ‘won’t come in one election cycle’: Obama

WASHINGTON: Former United States President Barack Obama spoke of his pride Wednesday over Democratic gains made in the midterm congressional elections -- but warned the battle for much-needed reforms had only just begun. Democrats won the House of Representatives on Tuesday but Republicans increased their majority in the Senate in an election which revealed a country still sharply divided along party lines. "Our work goes on. The change we need won't come from one election alone -- but it is a start. Last night, voters…

On eve of vote, US warns voters to look for Russian fake news

WASHINGTON: United States law enforcement and intelligence agencies said on the eve of crucial US midterm voting they had no indication of efforts to disrupt election infrastructure but that Americans should be wary of Russian attempts to spread fake news. The announcement came days after a new study found that misinformation on social media was spreading at a greater rate than during the run-up to the 2016 presidential vote, which Russia is accused of manipulating through a vast propaganda campaign in favor of Donald…