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A lot of Americans are hoping Google will tell them how to vote

A lot of Americans are hoping Google will tell them how to vote ...

A lot of Americans are hoping Google will tell them how to vote

See More Speed Reads 2018 midterms Edit

A lot of Americans are hoping Google will tell them how to vote


Election Day has Americans turning to our digital civics teacher, Google, with all sorts of questions on when, where, and how to vote.

The top trending search Tuesday morning was "dónde votar," the search engine reported, which is "where to vote" in Spanish. "Where to vote" in English also trended, though with a smaller spike.

Some of the trending questions don't focus on logistics. As of this writing, "who to vote for today," "what are we voting for today," and "what do midterm elections do?" are among the less, uh, encouraging Google trends.

Google also tracks which issues have interested voters most in the run-up to the midterms. Immigration and health care consistently hold the top two spots, with abortion, social security, and minimum wage jockeying for third. Bonnie Kristian

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3 dead, more missing in building collapse in France


At least three people were killed when three neighboring buildings collapsed in Marseille, France, on Monday. Rescue efforts are ongoing Tuesday as up to eight people remain missing.

"During the first clearing operations we've found some pockets of air. That means we still have some hope of finding and identifying a survivor," reported Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. "The main thing is to save lives."

The cause of the collapse is at present unknown. The buildings were near the city's historic port, and one reportedly developed visible cracks in its walls in recent weeks. Marseille was also subject to heavy rain in recent days. Bonnie Kristian

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Oprah responds to racist robocalls impersonating her: 'VOTE your love!'


Oprah Winfrey responded Monday night to the news that a white supremacist group sent out racist robocalls impersonating her in Georgia this past weekend.

"I heard people are making racist robocalls in my name against [gubernatorial candidate] Stacey Abrams, who I am 100 percent for in Georgia," she said in a video on Instagram. "I just want to say: Jesus don’t like ugly."

Winfrey used the video to again encourage her supporters to vote, captioning it, "The antidote to Hate... VOTE your love!"

Abrams (D) will be the country's first black woman governor if she bests rival Brian Kemp (R). Read more about their race from The Week's Matthew Walther. Bonnie Kristian

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94-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard goes on trial in Germany


Germany on Tuesday began the trial of a 94-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who is charged with complicity in mass murder.

Johann Rehbogen was a member of the SS paramilitary troops and worked at the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland from the summer of 1942 to the fall of 1944. He says he had no knowledge of the atrocities committed at the camp and did not participate.

More than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof. Some were shot, starved, or exposed to extreme cold weather. Others were consigned to gas chambers or had chemicals including gasoline injected directly into their hearts.

Because he was under 21 when he worked at Stutthof, Rehbogen is being tried in juvenile court, and because of his current advanced age and frail condition, he is not expected to serve prison time if convicted. His court appearances are limited for the sake of his health, so hearings are scheduled to continue through February.

"If one looks at how many evil doings and crimes were perpetuated, one can understand why elderly people too have to face prosecution," said Andreas Brendel, chief prosecutor in the case. "Germany owes it to the families and victims to prosecute these Nazi crimes even today. That is a legal and moral question." Bonnie Kristian

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Jon Stewart is pretty sure 'Donald Trump has been president forever'


Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart came home from a comedy tour in Europe â€" "I'm no Hitler fan; I'm a Jewish guy, but after being in Scandinavia, I kind of get what he was going for ... cheekbone-wise" â€" to talk midterms at New York's annual Stand Up for Heroes veterans benefit Monday night.

"Donald Trump has been president forever," Stewart said. "He's never not been president." But at least the midterm elections present an opportunity for feedback on this endless presidency, Stewart added, which is important because "we're in a terrible situation in the world; I don't know if you're aware of that."

Stewart also weighed in on the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, predicting it would not result in meaningful policy change. "You know, I don't understand how we're not doing anything," he said. "If other people kill us, as you know, we will make [U.S. troops] go to their place forever. It's basically how Americans learn geography now. But if we kill each other, we do nothing."

And he addressed the migrant caravan slowly moving toward the United States' southern border. "I'm so scared!" Stewart snarked. "There's thousands of sharecroppers coming to America at one to two miles an hour. They'll be here by April. Oh my God, what are we going to do? Probably let them plant things." Bonnie Kristian

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Former RNC chair slams GOP silence on Trump's 'inherent racism, misogynistic language, and bad behavior'


The Republican Party could be focused on principle, former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele said on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday, but instead has quietly followed President Trump's lead.

"It's not like Republicans don't have a narrative they can go out into the country and talk about," Steele said. "But no, they've fallen into this bucket where they feel they can peddle or at least stay silent on inherent racism, misogynistic language, and bad behavior."

Tuesday's midterms will provide a certain clarity, he continued, as to whether Americans will accept a Trumpified GOP long-term. "Somehow [Republicans] think they can sit back, and the American people are going to go, 'We want more of that,'" Steele argued. "Well, this election is going to be a very important tell on which direction America wants to go."

Steele has leveled similar charges against the Republican Party and Trump before. Watch his comments in context below. Bonnie Kristian

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Trump will spend Election Day on the phone


President Trump's Election Day agenda involves a lot of time on the phone, the White House said Tuesday.

"After 11 rallies in 8 states and weeks of campaigning for Republican candidates, the president will spend today making phone calls, monitoring congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial races across the country, and meeting with his political team for real-time updates," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced.

It's a fairly low-key plan for the man who on Monday declared he has personally made the midterms "like, the hottest thing." But he'll party later, Sanders added, as "this evening the president and first lady have invited family and friends to join them in the residence as they watch election returns." Bonnie Kristian

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82-year-old gets to vote for the first time days before her death


An 82-year-old Texas woman named Gracie Lou Phillips voted for the first time in her life Thursday before dying in hospice care Monday.

Phillips had never voted before due to a focus on family life and misconceptions about political participation, said her granddaughter, Leslie Rene Moore, but she wanted to push back on the hostility of modern politics. With a family member's aid, she went to a polling station for early voting, oxygen tank in tow, and was able to vote curbside with the help of election volunteers.

"She kept telling everybody 'I'm voting. I'm going to vote this year, and my vote counts,'" said another granddaughter, Michelle Phillips. "To have someone literally need oxygen to breathe, pure tank of oxygen to breathe, put it in her car and ask to go [vote] on what may very well be the last week of her life, that shows the dedication and priority that people need to look at." Bonnie Kristian

See More Speed ReadsSource: Google News | Netizen 24 United States

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