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Medicare for All could take center stage in the 2020 election. Here's what that means

Medicare for All could take center stage in the 2020 election. Here's what that means

Finance
Americans say they want better health care. How that will happen is still up in the air. Enter Medicare for All, a term that increasingly is being used by health-care advocates, politicians and aspiring presidential candidates. The concept is the latest iteration of a complex discussion about medicine that goes back decades. The current goal: To come up with something better than the Affordable Care Act when it comes to giving more individuals access to care and reducing what they pay, while putting fewer burdens on medical industry. The debate comes ...
DR Congo election: Polling under way in tense vote

DR Congo election: Polling under way in tense vote

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device People in the Democratic Republic of Congo are voting for a new president in an election delayed for more than two years.Close to 40 million people are eligible to vote for a successor to President Joseph Kabila - in power since 2001.But the run-up has been hit by violence and controversy over the decision to exclude some 1.2 million from voting.On Saturday, rival candidates also failed to agree on a statement aimed at reducing tension before the poll.Voting began at 05:00 (04:00 GMT) and ends at 17:00.What's the context for these elections?If everything passes without incident, this will be the first peaceful transition in DR Congo since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.The current presi...
Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

World
Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal - as well as Facebook and Twitter - were leveraged to spread propaganda.The report, released today by the US Senate, exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts.Its authors criticise the "belated and uncoordinated response" by tech firms.The report was put together by University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project and the social network analysis firm Graphika.It is the first analysis of millions of social media posts provided by Twitter, Google and Facebook to the Senate Intelligence Committee.While Facebook and Twitter have previously disclosed Russian interfere...
Madhya Pradesh: India election results show nail-biting contest

Madhya Pradesh: India election results show nail-biting contest

World
Preliminary election results in the central state of Madhya Pradesh show a nail-biting contest between India's ruling BJP and the opposition Congress.The results show a late comeback for the BJP in the state after early results put Congress well ahead.However, Congress is leading in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, which were previous BJP strongholds.Correspondents say the polls will boost the opposition ahead of general elections due in 2019. A shot in the arm for the opposition?Soutik Biswas, BBC News, DelhiThis is the last round of state polls before general elections, which will be held in the next few months.The Congress's vastly improved performance in the thre...
Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

Facebook's election 'war room' takes aim at fake information

Technology
In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts and bogus news stories ahead of upcoming elections. Inside the room are dozens of employees staring intently at their monitors while data streams across giant dashboards. On the walls are posters of the sort Facebook frequently uses to caution or exhort its employees. One reads, "Nothing at Facebook is somebody else's problem." That motto might strike some as ironic, given that the war room was created to counter threats that almost no one at the company, least of all CEO Mark Zuckerberg, took seriously just two years ago — and which the company's critics now...