U.S. Supreme Court blocks Alabama order easing voting restrictions

– The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a lower-court ruling that would have relaxed voting restrictions in Alabama state during the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama requires voters to submit a photo identification when they apply for an absentee ballot, and it requires that ballot to be returned along with the signature of two witnesses or a notary. A U.S. district court judge in Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, issued a ruling in June that would have…

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Ousted U.S. prosecutor Berman to appear for closed-door congressional interview

WASHINGTON – Geoffrey Berman, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who was ousted from his job last month amid an investigation by his office into President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani, will appear for a closed-door interview before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee next week, a congressional aide said on Thursday.

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Explainer: Who is affected by Trump’s suspension of foreign work visas?

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump temporarily suspended the entry into the United States of certain foreign workers on Monday despite strong opposition from business groups, including major tech companies. The ban , which the White House said was necessary to make jobs available for Americans, will go into effect on Wednesday and last until the end of 2020. WHICH VISA CATEGORIES ARE BLOCKED? – H-1B visas for skilled workers, which are often used by the…

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University of Michigan pulls out of Trump-Biden TV debate; October debate set for Miami

WASHINGTON – The University of Michigan on Tuesday pulled out of hosting a televised presidential debate in October, expressing concern it could not safely stage the event while reopening after a coronavirus lockdown. The Oct. 15 event, scheduled to be the second debate between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, ahead of the Nov. 3 election, will now be held in Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, the Commission on…

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Klobuchar pulls back from consideration to be Biden’s running mate

– U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar effectively pulled herself out of contention to be Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate on Thursday, saying she felt that the historic moment required picking a woman of color. “This is a moment to put a woman of color on that ticket, and there are so many incredible qualified women,” she said in an interview on MSNBC. “If you want to heal this nation right now – my party,…

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Trump: U.S. Supreme Court decisions ‘horrible’

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against the U. S. Supreme Court’s “horrible” decisions, seemingly referring to recent rulings that gay and transgender workers are protected under federal employment laws and blocking his bid to end legal protections for immigrants known as “Dreamers.” “These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We…

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Ohio set to send all voters absentee ballot applications before presidential election

– Ohio has taken the first step toward sending every registered voter in the state an application for an absentee ballot for November’s presidential and gubernatorial election, Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Monday. The decision by a budgetary board to use federal funds to send the applications comes as mail-in voting has drawn criticism from incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, who has said universal vote by mail will lead to fraud. The state’s…

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LeBron James backs effort to prevent U.S. black vote suppression

– Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is starting a group with other black celebrities to work to prevent the suppression of the African-American vote, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. James’ group, More Than a Vote, will be focused on educating and protecting black voters as well as energizing more to show up at the polls for the Nov. 3 U.S. elections, according to the person who declined to speak publicly…

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Factbox: What changes are governments making in response to George Floyd protests?

OAKLAND, Calif. – Protests over the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody have prompted government and police officials across the United States to enact or propose changes aimed at showing demonstrators that their concerns about police brutality and racism are being heard. Here are some of those actions. POLICE BUDGET CUTS PROPOSED With protesters rallying officials to “defund the police” and “abolish the police,” a majority of Minneapolis city council members pledged…

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Republican ‘law and order’ appeal prompts U.S. #IAmASuburbanMom backlash

– When a senior Republican state lawmaker demanded that Minnesota’s Democratic governor apologize to “moms out in the suburbs scared to death” about protests over racism and police brutality, Jamie Becker-Finn responded on Twitter with the “#IAmASuburbanMom” hashtag. “I don’t need an apology,” Becker-Finn, a Democratic member of the state House of Representatives and a mother from the Minneapolis suburb of Roseville, wrote in response to Minnesota Senate Republican leader Paul Gazelka’s comment last Friday.…

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