Tom McCarthy
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Tom McCarthy is national affairs correspondent for Guardian US.Source
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‘Putin-style democracy’: how Republicans gerrymander the map

‘Putin-style democracy’: how Republicans gerrymander the map

With red states set to gain seats, the GOP is ready to disadvantage Democrats and deliver the US HouseSun 11 Apr 2021 02.00 EDTLast modified on Sun 11 Apr 2021 02.01 EDTTo help themselves over the top, they are advancing voter suppression laws in almost every state, hoping to minimize Democratic turnout.But are also preparing another, arguably more powerful tool, which experts believe could let them take control of the House without winning a single vote beyond their 2020 tally, or for that matter blocking a single Democratic voter.That tool is redistricting – the redrawing of congressional...

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Cuomo got Covid tests for friends and family when access was scarce

Cuomo got Covid tests for friends and family when access was scarce

New York governor secured tests for certain people when most people could not get them in the early days of the pandemicThu 25 Mar 2021 08.57 EDTLast modified on Thu 25 Mar 2021 12.58 EDTAndrew Cuomo set up friends and family members with scarce coronavirus tests when most New Yorkers did not have access to them in the early days of the pandemic, according to multiple reports Wednesday.In March 2020, the New York governor provided tests – and in some cases repeated rounds of testing – to his brother, the CNN anchor Chris Cuomo; to a sister; to their mother; to multiple top government...

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UFO report details ‘difficult to explain’ sightings, says US ex-intelligence director

UFO report details ‘difficult to explain’ sightings, says US ex-intelligence director

US military pilots and satellites have recorded ‘a lot more’ UFO sightings than have been made public, John Ratcliffe saysMon 22 Mar 2021 09.43 EDTLast modified on Mon 22 Mar 2021 16.19 EDTUS military pilots and satellites have recorded “a lot more” sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, than have been made public, Donald Trump’s former intelligence director John Ratcliffe said.Asked on Fox News about a forthcoming government report on “unidentified aerial phenomena”, Ratcliffe said the report would document previously unknown sightings from “all over the world”.“Frankly, there...

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Mar 22
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What is it about New York governors? Cuomo is latest in streak of scandals

What is it about New York governors? Cuomo is latest in streak of scandals

Before Andrew Cuomo became enveloped in two scandals, there were David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer’s scandalsSat 20 Mar 2021 05.00 EDTLast modified on Sat 20 Mar 2021 05.08 EDT“The governor’s health is fine, but he is going to resign within the hour.”Those are the words that Hillary Clinton, then a senator from , heard over the phone in a 2008 call announcing the imminent downfall of the sitting governor, Eliot Spitzer, in a prostitution and alleged money laundering scandal.“Well, what is the reason causing him to resign?” Clinton asked, according to David Paterson, who would then succeed...

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Mar 20
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Republican senator says he would’ve been afraid had Capitol rioters been BLM activists

Republican senator says he would’ve been afraid had Capitol rioters been BLM activists

Sun 14 Mar 2021 10.37 EDTLast modified on Sun 14 Mar 2021 18.22 EDTSenator Ron Johnson of faced charges of racism and calls for his resignation after he told a radio host that he did not feel threatened by the pro-Donald Trump mob that raided the Capitol in January, but the Republican would have been concerned if the invaders were “antifa” or Black Lives Matter activists.“I never really felt threatened,” Johnson told Wisconsin radio host Jay Weber. He said the insurrectionists were mostly “people that love this country, that truly respect law enforcement, would never do anything to break a...

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'The Senate is broken': proposals for major changes to outdated system gather steam

'The Senate is broken': proposals for major changes to outdated system gather steam

Composite: Getty, Shutterstock and AFPAnalysis: critics say the US Senate has become a firewall for a shrinking minority of white conservatives to block policies – could a breakthrough be ahead?by andMain image:Composite: Getty, Shutterstock and AFPIn the first 50 days of the , the US House of Representatives has passed major legislation to strengthen voting rights, reform police departments, empower labor unions and tighten gun laws.The public strongly supports each measure, and Biden is poised, pen in hand, to sign each bill into law. It could seem like the dawn of a new progressive...

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Kamala Harris promises federal relief for Texas victims of winter storms

Kamala Harris promises federal relief for Texas victims of winter storms

Vice-president also touts speed with which government is sending Covid-19 vaccines to states, a 57% increase since the inaugurationWed 17 Feb 2021 08.53 ESTLast modified on Wed 17 Feb 2021 11.31 ESTKamala Harris has sent a message to residents of Texas and other states hit by power outages and prolonged winter conditions that help is on the way.“I just want to mention all of those folks in and the mid-Atlantic,” the vice-president said in a live interview on Wednesday morning on NBC’s Today show, her first national network interview since taking office.“I know they can’t see us right now,...

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Feb 17
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Cuomo at bay as Covid nursing home scandal taints reputation

Cuomo at bay as Covid nursing home scandal taints reputation

The New York governor was hailed as a hero last spring when his forthright leadership contrasted with Trump’s but now faces claims of a cover-upby Tue 16 Feb 2021 14.24 ESTLast modified on Tue 16 Feb 2021 15.40 ESTEleven months ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York was hailed as one of most effective US leaders in confronting the coronavirus, idolized in and lionized of the New York Times.But Cuomo’s pandemic performance – and his career more broadly – has suddenly come under harsh review with the revelation that as recently as last month, state was underreporting deaths from Covid-19 in...

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Feb 16
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Donald Trump hires new impeachment defence team after lead lawyers quit

Donald Trump hires new impeachment defence team after lead lawyers quit

Lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L Castor will head up new legal team after Butch Bowers clashed with Trump over strategy, according to reports and Sun 31 Jan 2021 20.14 ESTFirst published on Sun 31 Jan 2021 00.22 ESTDonald Trump has named new lawyers to lead the defense at his impeachment trial in the Senate next week on the charge that he unleashed a deadly insurrection upon the US Capitol on 6 January. comes just a day after his previous team fell apart.Trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L Castor will head up Trump’s new legal team, the former US president announced on Sunday evening.The...

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‘It would be glorious’: hopes high for Biden to nominate first Black woman to supreme court

‘It would be glorious’: hopes high for Biden to nominate first Black woman to supreme court

Activists welcome stated intent to fulfil campaign promise and finally elevate a judge ‘that really understands racism’Tue 20 Apr 2021 02.00 EDTLast modified on Tue 20 Apr 2021 02.02 EDTBut McDonald has specific reasons for wanting a Black woman on the court, too.When Chief Justice John Roberts asserted in 2013 that federal oversight of voting in certain southern states was no longer needed because “” since the civil rights era, McDonald said, he revealed a blindness to something African American women have no choice but to see.“I believe that if Chief Justice Roberts had really understood...

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Apr 20
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