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Civil death: how millions of Americans lost their right to vote

Voter disenfranchisement is an American tradition – we look at the historical roots of civil death Civil death is a form of punishment that extinguishes someone’s civil rights. It’s a concept that has been reshaped and reinterpreted over many generations, persisting in the form of felony disenfranchisement, through which a citizen loses their right to vote due to a felony conviction. There are an
The Department of Homeland Security is a rogue agency. Democrats must take action | Trevor Timm

The agency has been spying on protesters and journalists. Congress must force the DHS to massively reform – or disband The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a rogue intelligence agency that needs to be shut down. It’s hard to reach any other conclusion on the heels of the DHS sending federal militarized police into Portland last month , where camouflaged and unidentified officers indiscrim
US added 1.8m jobs in July as states grapple with Covid-19 resurgence

Unemployment rate falls to 10.2% from 11.1% but remains three times pre-pandemic figure The US economy added 1.8m jobs in July after a record gain in June, as signals mounted that a resurgence of coronavirus cases in some states is weighing on the labor market recovery. Related: Coronavirus US: death toll tops 160,000 as relief package impasse continues – live updates Continue reading...


South Dakota town braces for 100,000 bikers despite Covid threat

Massive crowd expected for Sturgis rally in state’s Black Hills More than 500,000 enthusiasts usually come for yearly event At least 100,000 people are expected to attend the 10-day annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota’s Black Hills from Friday, as opportunities for the local economy have overridden concerns it could become a coronavirus super-spreading event. Related: Coronavirus US:
Trump is in electoral hot water. It could be even worse for him by November | Art Cullen

The tide has turned and Trump is flailing. Even Texas and Georgia might be in play this year President Trump is in deep trouble in the midwest, which edged him over the top into the White House, and things can only get worse by November. Related: 'They're dying … it is what it is': key takeaways from Trump's shocking interview Continue reading...
'An awakening': the George Floyd protests spur surge in Black voter registration

Activists say enfranchisement effort has not been seen at such a scale since the civil rights era Gregory Sarafan spends most election years assisting team leaders with registration events at concerts, where they target young, unregistered voters. But Sarafan, regional coordinator for the voter registration organization HeadCount, knew that this summer, he was more likely to find that demographic
Woods outshines McIlroy as Day and Todd share US PGA Championship lead

Tiger Woods opens with lowest first round at a major since 2012 Jason Day and Brendon Todd shoot five-under 65s There is a Tiger Woods statistic for all occasions. Some leap off the page, such as a 68 to begin the US PGA Championship being Woods’s lowest first round at a major since the Open Championship of 2012. For his 15 major triumphs, Woods has been sub-70 on only seven Thursdays. Yet it som
Coronavirus US: death toll tops 160,000 as relief package impasse continues – live updates

Over 1,000 new deaths and 57,000 new US coronavirus cases yesterday Donald Trump claims Joe Biden is ‘against God’ President bans transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat Sign up to our First Thing newsletter 12.10pm BST Herman Cain , the former Republican presidential candidate, businessman and close ally of President Donald Trump, will be mourned at a private funeral in Atlanta today.
First Thing: how the NRA shot itself in the foot

The New York attorney general sued to shut down the gun rights group, accusing its leaders of ‘greed, abuse and brazen illegality.’ Plus, Perry Farrell at 61 Don’t already get First Thing in your inbox? Sign up here Good morning. For decades, the National Rifle Association has been one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US. But despite continuing success in blocking even the lightest of gun


Joe Biden attacks Donald Trump for 'shameful' claim he is 'against God'

US president attacks faith of rival, who has said his Catholic beliefs helped him cope with deaths of his first wife and daughter Donald Trump has claimed Joe Biden is “against God” in an attack on the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate’s faith. In provocative remarks during a trip to Ohio, a key election battleground, the US president said Biden was “following the radical left agenda”
Karen Bass: the progressive congresswoman who could be Biden's vice-president

The Los Angeles representative, a top contender to be Biden’s running mate, is respected by both Democratic and Republican colleagues In Karen Bass’ home state, colleagues across the political spectrum sing her praises. Most of America is just getting to know the 66-year-old congresswoman from Los Angeles who in recent weeks emerged as a top contender to be Joe Biden’s vice-presidential running m
The reverse birth tourists: US women seek cheaper countries to have babies

Americans are choosing to have babies abroad to avoid the crushing maternity and childcare costs in the US Last year, more than 66,000 Americans had babies abroad. The government doesn’t ask parents why they’re overseas. But “expat” motivation surveys, migration experts and interviews with over a dozen Americans around the world reveal that many leave home, at least in part, to escape the crushin
Chancellor Rishi Sunak says furlough extension would 'trap' workers – business live

Rolling live coverage of business, economics and financial markets as investors focus on US-China tensions and non-farm payrolls Trump blocks transactions with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat FTSE 100 flat as China-US tensions drag stock markets 9.15am BST There was some interesting data from Germany earlier this morning, suggesting that the economic recovery from the coronavirus lockdown is
Power struggles and a 'personal piggy bank': what the NRA lawsuit alleges

The 168-page filing from New York’s attorney general alleges a spendthrift group where dissent was not tolerated The National Rifle Association has for decades been one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US, fending off attempts to rein in gun laws through the strength of its millions of members. Related: New York attorney general sues to shut down NRA, alleging 'brazen illegality' Continue
In the shadow of Covid, New Yorkers are discovering new anxieties | Emma Brockes

Outlandish reports about shark attacks and the crime rate are reassuring when compared with coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In times like these, you take your consolations where you can find them, and in New York, where Covid infection rates are lower than they were and anxiety and depression levels high, there is something to be said for the diversificat
Nani double lifts Orlando City past Minnesota into MLS is Back final

Nani scores two first-half goals as Orlando City win 3-1 Orlando City advance to MLS is Back tournament final Nani scored a pair of first-half goals and Orlando City advanced to the MLS is Back tournament final with a 3-1 victory over Minnesota United on Thursday night. Orlando will play the Portland Timbers, who defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1 in the other semifinal on Wednesday night, in th
‘I don’t trust them any more’: how the NRA became its own worst enemy

The most powerful gun lobby in the world has strayed from its core purpose and shot itself in the foot Oliver North cut a lonely figure as he walked through the Indianapolis airport, quietly slipping out of the city midway through the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) convention which was still in progress. A day later, North announced from afar that he was not seeking a traditional second term
Why a Biden presidency might not mean a return to pre-Trump foreign relations

There could be a renewed focus on international cooperation – but Biden would not be great news for Boris Johnson’s Britain European leaders, desperate for an end to the Trump presidency, are being warned that four years of Joe Biden may present them with new challenges and not a simple restoration of the benign status quo in transatlantic relations prior to 2016. An evolving Biden doctrine about
Trump claims Joe Biden will 'hurt God' if elected president – video

Donald Trump says likely presidential rival Joe Biden is 'against God' as he upped his attacks on the Democratic nominee. Speaking to a crowd at Cleveland airport in Ohio, Trump told supporters Biden is 'following the radical left agenda. Take away your guns, destroy your Second Amendment. No religion, no anything, hurt the Bible, hurt God.' The president continued his criticism against Biden, sa
Trump bans US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat

Executive order comes as TikTok faces scrutiny from US lawmakers and Trump administration over national security concerns Donald Trump has issued a pair of executive orders that would ban any US transactions with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat, saying the US must take “aggressive action” in the interest of national security. Executive orders issued late on Thursday would prohibi
Vallejo police chief recommended firing officer involved in Willie McCoy shooting, documents reveal

Newly released documents and videos shed light on shooting as city faces national scrutiny over police killings and misconduct Vallejo police have released new documents and video footage related to the killing of Willie McCoy , who was fatally shot by police in 2019 after falling asleep in his car outside a Taco Bell. The documents reveal that the Vallejo police chief in March recommended the fi
Coronavirus fears abound as 66 players opt out of 2020 NFL season

Nearly half of 66 players to opt out of season are lineman Eight New England players will not play, most in the NFL Only three teams had no one decide against participating A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen. Twenty offensive linemen and 11 on defense opted out before Thursday’s deadline. Players with a medical
NRA lawsuit: who are the four leaders accused of corruption?

Wayne LaPierre, Wilson Phillips, Joshua Powell and John Frazer have held leading positions at the National Rifle Association A lawsuit by Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, has sued the powerful National Rifle Association, and also its four top leaders in an attempt to expose alleged corruption and misuse of funds. Related: New York attorney general sues to shut down NRA, alleging '
Mike Pence calls supreme court justice John Roberts a ‘disappointment'

Vice-president, who is fervently anti-abortion, criticizes Roberts who sided with his four liberal colleagues on several decisions The US vice-president, Mike Pence, has criticized the supreme court chief justice, John Roberts, as a “disappointment to conservatives” after he sided with his four liberal colleagues in several recent high-profile rulings. “We have great respect for the institution o
Trump's top Iran envoy quits as US bids to extend Tehran embargo

Elliott Abrams, key figure in Iran-Contra affair, to take over US intends to bring UN resolution to extend arms embargo The Trump administration’s lead diplomat on Iran, Brian Hook, has announced his resignation days before the US attempts a high-stakes gambit against Tehran at the United Nations. Related: Iran's Covid death toll three times higher than admitted, says report Continue reading...
'We're back to feeling blind': glitch leaves California's Covid numbers uncertain

California has recorded more positive tests than any state with 525,000 – and the number could be even higher, experts warn California has recorded 525,000 positive coronavirus tests, more than any other US state. But health officials warn the true number is even higher, and they will not know how much higher until a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database is resolved. The
'Nightclubs in the hills': LA house parties could face water and power shutoffs, mayor warns

Eric Garcetti announces measure amid reports of hundreds gathering at mansions in violation of Covid regulations The Los Angeles mayor has announced a crackdown on house parties, authorizing the city to shut off water and power to homes that host events following reports of hundreds of people gathering in violation of Covid regulations. “These large house parties have essentially become nightclub
Healthcare workers of color nearly twice as likely to contract Covid-19 – study

Report on US and UK workers highlights structural racism in the face of the pandemic, says senior author and epidemiologist Healthcare workers of color were more likely to care for patients with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, more likely to report inadequate or reused protective gear and nearly twice as likely as white colleagues to test positive for the coronavirus, according to a new study fr
New York attorney general accuses National Rifle Association of 'years of fraud' – video

Letitia James has announced she is seeking to dissolve the NRA after an investigation by her office uncovered what she called 'years of self-dealing and illegal conduct'. James accused the NRA's CEO, Wayne LaPierre, of using the group's funds to finance a luxury lifestyle for his family. 'The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse,' James said. 'Which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, beca
New York attorney general sues to shut down NRA, alleging 'brazen illegality'

Letitia James alleges leaders used NRA as ‘personal piggy bank’ Lawsuit claims money helped to pay for trips and private jets New York’s attorney general has sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA), alleging that s


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