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Tom McCarthy is national affairs correspondent for Guardian US.Source
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Donald Trump mounts all-out assault on election result in Michigan

Donald Trump mounts all-out assault on election result in Michigan

has mounted an all-out assault on the election result in Michigan, reportedly planning to fly state lawmakers to meet with him in Washington and phoning county officials in an apparent attempt to derail the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s 150,000-vote victory in the state.On Tuesday night, Trump placed phone calls to two Republican members of a county-level vote certification board the night before the pair tried to reverse their previous endorsement of a large chunk of the vote in .The news emerged as Republican lawmakers in Michigan prepared to fly to Washington on Friday to meet...

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Justice Alito takes aim at abortion rights, gay marriage and Covid rules

Justice Alito takes aim at abortion rights, gay marriage and Covid rules

The inability of people to say, without fear of being branded as bigots, that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman is threatening to make freedom of speech “a second-tier constitutional right”, supreme court justice Samuel Alito said at a virtual conference on Thursday.Read moreIn a bleak address, Alito took aim at abortion rights, same-sex marriage, gun control and other conservative bugbears.The remarks were made to the Federalist Society, the conservative legal group that has helped Donald Trump in the last four years.While supreme court justices have waded into politics in...

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Trump law firm withdraws from Pennsylvania case challenging election

Trump law firm withdraws from Pennsylvania case challenging election

A major law firm withdrew overnight from a Trump campaign case in seeking to have mail-in ballots thrown out, in the latest blow to the president’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election result in court.The Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur firm, which brought a suit on Monday that the use of mail-in ballots had created “an illegal two-tiered voting system” in the state, abruptly withdrew from that case in a to the court.“Plaintiffs and Porter Wright have reached a mutual agreement that plaintiffs will be best served if Porter Wright withdraws,” the memo said. The lead lawyer in the...

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Republican backpedals after saying he’d ‘step in’ if Biden doesn’t receive briefings

Republican backpedals after saying he’d ‘step in’ if Biden doesn’t receive briefings

A Republican senator backpedaled on Twitter Wednesday night after telling a local Oklahoma radio station he would “step in” if did not begin receiving daily intelligence briefings by the end of the week.In an interview with local KRMG, first picked up by , the Oklahoma senator James Lankford was asked what he thought of the refusal by the office of the director of national intelligence to brief the president-elect until another arm of the bureaucracy certified Biden’s victory.Read more“There is no loss from him getting the briefings, and to be able to do that,” said Lankford. “And if that’s...

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Rupert Murdoch-owned US outlets turn on Trump, urging him to act with 'grace'

Rupert Murdoch-owned US outlets turn on Trump, urging him to act with 'grace'

Multiple Rupert Murdoch-owned conservative media outlets in the United States have shifted their messaging in a seeming effort to warn readers and viewers that may well have lost the presidential election.The new messaging appears to be closely coordinated, and it includes an appeal to Trump to preserve his “legacy” by showing grace in defeat. The message is being carried on Fox News and in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post – all outlets avidly consumed by Trump himself, .Read moreOne Fox News host, Laura Ingraham, an intimate of the president ever since she spoke at the 2016...

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Paths to US election victory: what Trump and Biden need to win

Paths to US election victory: what Trump and Biden need to win

Paths to victory remain in the US presidential race for both and Joe Biden, but Biden has more ways to win and appears to be running stronger state-to-state based on the places – cities, mainly – where large absentee votes have yet to be counted.Biden leads the electoral tally 238-213. Adding Alaska for Trump – which had not been called but where the result is not in doubt – gives the president 216.From there, six states remained to be called as Wednesday dawned in the US: Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania. A final electoral vote, in the second district...

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Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as supreme court justice - as it happened

Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as supreme court justice - as it happened

, , , andShowMy colleague Tom McCarthy will continue to bring you live updates. Follow along with our new blog here:Read moreJulian BorgerThe Republican party has become dramatically more illiberal in the past two decades and now more closely resembles ruling parties in autocratic societies than its former center-right equivalents in Europe, according to a .In a significant shift since 2000, the GOP has taken to demonizing and encouraging violence against its opponents, adopting attitudes and tactics comparable to ruling nationalist parties in Hungary, India, Poland and Turkey.The shift has...

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'Unmasking' inquiry ordered by Barr finds no wrongdoing by Obama officials – report

'Unmasking' inquiry ordered by Barr finds no wrongdoing by Obama officials – report

A federal prosecutor handpicked by the attorney general, William Barr, to investigate whether Obama administration officials had mishandled classified intelligence relating to the Russia investigation has wrapped up his work without finding wrongdoing or considering charges, according to .The conclusion of an investigation by US attorney John Bash into the so-called “unmasking” of names in intelligence reports by Obama officials was seen as a defeat for and Barr, who appeared to be fishing for damaging information that could be used against former vice=president Joe Biden.“Unsurprising....

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Holy war: Republicans eager to focus Amy Coney Barrett hearings on religion

Holy war: Republicans eager to focus Amy Coney Barrett hearings on religion

When Donald Trump’s latest supreme court nominee, , arrives before the Senate judiciary committee for her confirmation hearings on Monday, Democrats will be out to raise an alarm that Barrett could help strike down the Affordable Care Act in the very first case she hears.But in the weeks leading up to the hearings, Republicans have been out for something else entirely: a holy war.Read moreThe future of the supreme court hinges on the Barrett hearings. But the hearings will be backgrounded by a political fight over religion that is potentially as important as the question of whether Barrett...

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Debate offers Trump chance to yank stubbornly stable 2020 race his way

Debate offers Trump chance to yank stubbornly stable 2020 race his way

After months of anticipation, and election rival Joe Biden were scheduled to meet on a debate stage for the first time in Cleveland on Tuesday night, in what could be Trump’s last best chance to turn the presidential race his way and win re-election.Read moreSuffering from weeks of negative revelations in the news and , Trump needs a big score at the first presidential debate to shift the national conversation away from the sputtering economy, the coronavirus pandemic and his , analysts say.Those factors could see a performance by Trump that is even more aggressive than usual.“Trump will go...

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CDC director takes aim at Trump's Covid adviser: 'Everything he says is false'

CDC director takes aim at Trump's Covid adviser: 'Everything he says is false'

Mon 28 Sep 2020 09.19 EDTFirst published on Mon 28 Sep 2020 08.48 EDTThe director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was overheard on a phone conversation aboard a commercial flight saying a lead member of Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce has been spreading misinformation about the pandemic.Dr Robert Redfield was overheard by an on a flight from Atlanta to Washington. According to NBC, Redfield criticized Scott Atlas, a radiologist and Fox News talking head added to the taskforce last month.“Everything he says is false,” Redfield said about Atlas, . Redfield later...

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US election polls look good for Joe Biden. But can they be trusted?

US election polls look good for Joe Biden. But can they be trusted?

he numbers are looking pretty good for Democrats in Arizona. The party’s Senate candidate is in polling averages, and Joe Biden leads Donald Trump by in the same averages. If those numbers hold, the state could hand Democrats the Senate and Biden the White House in one fell swoop.But a key Democratic organizer in the state can’t say whether he thinks the numbers will hold – because he does not believe the numbers exist in the first place.“I would say the polls are a mirage,” said Larry Bodine, president of the Democrats of Greater Tucson group. “After 2016, I decided from then on, I was...

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Trump threatens to retaliate with '1,000 times greater' force against any Iran attack

Trump threatens to retaliate with '1,000 times greater' force against any Iran attack

has warned that the US will retaliate with “1,000 times greater” force against any Iranian attack on its interests.Read morePosting on Twitter late on Monday, Trump referred to media reports that Iran was planning retaliation for the assassination by US drone in January of . At the time, analysts predicted Iran would seek to retaliate in the long term.On Tuesday morning, the president also told Fox & Friends he had wanted to assassinate the president of Syria, , but had been stopped by James Mattis, the retired marine general who was then secretary of defense.A Politico citing unnamed...

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Michelle Obama’s speech aims high – but Trump can’t resist going low

Michelle Obama’s speech aims high – but Trump can’t resist going low

In her keynote speech to the Democratic national convention on Monday night, reprised a message from the 2016 campaign in which she urged Democrats not to take Donald Trump up on his insults and mockery.Read more“When they go low,” she said, “we go high.”On Tuesday morning, Trump duly went low, attacking Obama after she said he “is clearly in over his head” as president.“Somebody please explain to Michelle Obama that Donald J Trump would not be here, in the beautiful White House, if it weren’t for the job done by your husband, Barack Obama,” Trump tweeted. “Biden was merely an...

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USPS crisis: Democrats urge FBI to open criminal inquiry into postmaster general

USPS crisis: Democrats urge FBI to open criminal inquiry into postmaster general

Two members of a key congressional committee have asked the FBI to open a criminal investigation of the leadership of the US Postal Service (USPS), alleging , a Trump mega-donor, has slowed mail delivery in an attempt to rig the presidential election.Read more“There is evidence that making mail-in balloting more difficult may be one of the motivations for the changes instituted at the Post Office,” Ted Lieu of California and Hakeem Jeffries of New York, both Democrats, wrote to the FBI director, Christopher Wray.An unprecedented number of states have instituted mail-in voting in response to...

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Dr Deborah Birx: voice of scientific reason or apologist for Trump?

Dr Deborah Birx: voice of scientific reason or apologist for Trump?

The coordinator of the White House coronavirus taskforce built her reputation fighting Aids but is she compromising it by indulging the president’s whims? Sun 9 Aug 2020 05.00 EDTMonths of frustration with Donald Trump’s denial of the coronavirus crisis in the United States boiled over last week when the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, publicly attacked a top member of Trump’s coronavirus team, Dr Deborah Birx, for standing by the US president despite his record of lies and misinformation about the virus.“I don’t have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says,...

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Trump denies knowledge of 'Russian bounties on US troops' as criticism mounts

Trump denies knowledge of 'Russian bounties on US troops' as criticism mounts

claimed on Sunday that no one had told him about a Russian plot to offer bounties to Taliban militants in exchange for fatal attacks on coalition troops in Afghanistan, though US security officials have been weighing a response to the plot since at least March.Top administration officials, including members of Trump’s national security council, have been discussing the Russian bounty offer for months, the New York Times .But in a tweet Sunday morning, Trump claimed never to have heard about the Russian offer – and he questioned whether such an offer had been made.“Nobody briefed or told me,...

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Police violence in America: six years after Ferguson, George Floyd's killing shows little has changed

Police violence in America: six years after Ferguson, George Floyd's killing shows little has changed

After the African American teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer , the epidemic of police violence against people of color in the US captured national and global attention, for a time.Read moreWhen Brown was killed, the words of Eric Garner, gasping “” as he was crushed by officers in New York City a month earlier, were still echoing in the national conversation. Protests rose up in Ferguson, a new movement for racial justice grew under , and talk of systemic reform filled the air.Six years have passed. As national protests spread anew in reaction to , another...

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Minnesota police officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck arrested – live

Minnesota police officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck arrested – live

Senator Amy Klobuchar confirmed Derek Chauvin has been arrested in connection to the death of George Floyd and is in the custody of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The Minnesota senator called Chauvin’s arrest “the first step towards justice.” Klobuchar has been criticized for not prosecuting police officers involved in fatal encounters while she was serving as Hennepin county attorney. Kenya Evelyn reported yesterday: Between 1999 and 2007, Klobuchar, the state’s then top prosecutor, declined to press charges against more than a dozen officers accused of killing...

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Just half of Americans plan on getting Covid-19 vaccine, poll shows

Just half of Americans plan on getting Covid-19 vaccine, poll shows

Only about half of Americans say they would get a Covid-19 vaccine if available, according to an , as a top US government scientist tempered claims by Donald Trump that the United States would be able to invent, manufacture and administer hundreds of millions of vaccine doses by the end of the year.Trump has routinely touted the speedy development of a vaccine as America’s path out of the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken nearly 100,000 lives in the US. As part of an effort branded “Operation Warp Speed”, Trump has set a goal of a 300m-dose stockpile by January.Vaccine developers that...

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Trump threatens social media after Twitter puts warning on his false claims

Trump threatens social media after Twitter puts warning on his false claims

Donald Trump has threatened to “strongly regulate” or close down social media platforms that do not meet his standards for ideological balance, a day after Twitter, for the first time, on a pair of Trump tweets spreading lies about mail-in voting.Read more“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump on Wednesday morning. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen.”Trump also repeated his attacks on mail-in voting, which is common in the United States but could expand further during the coronavirus...

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Fauci says US death toll likely an undercount and warns of reopening risks

Fauci says US death toll likely an undercount and warns of reopening risks

Anthony Fauci, the US government’s top public health expert, warned in Senate testimony on Tuesday that the official coronavirus death toll in the US is an undercount and “the consequences could be really serious” if the country relaxes safeguards against Covid-19 too abruptly.Read more“My concern it that we will start see little spikes that will turn into outbreaks,” Fauci said, a day after telling a reporter that reopening the economy too soon will result in “needless suffering and death”.Fauci appeared before the Senate, as Donald Trump continued to encourage businesses across the US to...

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'It will disappear': the disinformation Trump spread about the coronavirus – timeline

'It will disappear': the disinformation Trump spread about the coronavirus – timeline

“What a problem. Came out of nowhere.”That’s how Donald Trump the coronavirus pandemic in early March, during a televised visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.For weeks he had been giving Americans the same advice: “We have it totally under control”; “USA in great shape!”; and, of course, “Fake news”.But privately, Trump was being warned of a “full-blown Covid-19 pandemic” and “1-2 million” American deaths, according to internal emails, memoranda and other recently unearthed evidence documenting internal deliberations.It turns out that Trump was personally warned,...

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Trump claims 'total authority' and attacks media in chaotic coronavirus briefing

Trump claims 'total authority' and attacks media in chaotic coronavirus briefing

Donald Trump has declared in a White House briefing that his “authority is total” when it comes to during the coronavirus pandemic, and he denied that he was weighing firing , the country’s foremost infectious diseases expert who sits on the coronavirus task force.After a weekend reprieve from presidential briefings that have been likened to Trump rallies for their uninterrupted flow of Trumpian id, the president returned to the lectern on Monday to deliver one of his most bizarre performances yet.Read moreHe played a campaign video produced by White House staff, in a possible violation of...

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Trump v the states: how the president is remaking the government in his image

Trump v the states: how the president is remaking the government in his image

Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, on 9 January.Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesClashes between presidents and governors are nothing new – but Trump’s rattling of the federalist compact is unprecedented in modern timesbyMain image:Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, on 9 January.Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty ImagesWhen Donald Trump begrudged federal aid for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and for California during its deadly 2018 wildfires, and blamed those places for those natural disasters, even .None could recall a...

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