Twitter has introduced new badges that would label political candidates for this year's U.S. midterm general election. It has also announced stricter guidelines for political ads. Earlier this week, Twitter announced via a blog post that it is introducing U.S. election labels that will serve as the verified badges of candidates. According to the social networking service, these new labels will contain relevant information about a candidate, such as the office the candidate is running for. The labels will also come with a small icon of a government building, so they are easily identifiable to users.
Amman - For Dima Tahboub, 40, a candidate of the Islamic Action Front party, IAF, the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood Movement, Jordan needs a stronger parliament that can reflect people's concerns and frustrations. Tahboub is a member of an electoral coalition called the "National Coalition for Reform" that includes - besides Islamists like herself - Jordanian nationalists, Christians and members of other minority groups. "Our Coalition will work to express the best interests of the public, not certain interest groups," Tahboub said. "We will be in line with the national agendas of the people of Jordan," added Tahboub during an interview with Al Jazeera at her house in al-Rasheed neighbourhood of Amman last week. The coalition is fielding 120 candidates across the kingdom including 19 women.
Various models predict the election outcome not using the polls, instead using the national economy (as measured, for example, in inflation-adjusted personal income growth during the year or two preceding the election) and various political factors. In 2016 the economy was growing slowly but not booming (a mixed signal for the voters), the incumbent party was going for a third term in office (traditionally a minus, as voters tend to support alternation), and the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress (a slight benefit for the Democrats in presidential voting, for that minority of voters who prefer party balancing), and, on the left-right scale, both candidates were political centrists relative to other candidates from their parties. This information can be combined in different ways: Running a version of the model constructed by the political scientist Doug Hibbs, I gave Hillary Clinton a forecast of 52 percent of the two-party vote. Fitting a similar model but with slightly different parameters, political scientist Drew Linzer gave Clinton 49 percent. In October the political science journal PS published several articles on forecasting the election, including one from Bob Erikson and Chris Wlezien that concluded, "The possibility of greater campaign effects than we typically observe should constrain our confidence in the predictions presented here."