Saturday, April 13

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State primary elections and Trump rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan
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State primary elections and Trump rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan

In this 2020 photo, people vote at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin, Wisconsin. Morry Gash/AP/FileRepublican lawmakers and activists in several presidential battlegrounds are pushing ballot measures to change how elections are run in their states. Critics say those efforts, if successful, could make it harder to administer voting in places that could decide key political contests.Today, Wisconsin voters are deciding whether to alter the state’s constitution and ban any private money in elections, one of two GOP-backed measures on the ballot focused on election administration. In Nevada, meanwhile, a GOP-aligned group is collecting signatures in the hopes of establishing new voter ID requirements in the Silver State.And in Arizona, a so-called ballot referral moving through ...
Judges, witnesses, prosecutors increasingly warn of threats to democracy in 2024 elections as Jan. 6 prosecutions continue
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Judges, witnesses, prosecutors increasingly warn of threats to democracy in 2024 elections as Jan. 6 prosecutions continue

In early March, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly looked at 23-year-old Clifford Mackrell, a Jan. 6 defendant from Ohio, and as she sentenced him to 27 months in prison for his role in the 2021 U.S. Capitol attack, she read a statement warning about the fragility of democracy."We have an election coming," Kollar-Kotelly said. "Unless democracy is protected, it will be destroyed."Kollar-Kotelly didn't raise her voice, but her words echoed off the floor-to-ceiling wooden walls in her courtroom.  Three years ago, Mackrell allegedly wrapped his arm around the neck of a U.S. Capitol Police officer and threw him to the ground. Judge Kollar-Kotelly mentioned "insurrection" 10 times during the proceedings. She also made reference to another election, no...
How Speaker Mike Johnson handles Ukraine funding issue could determine whether he gets ousted from his job
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How Speaker Mike Johnson handles Ukraine funding issue could determine whether he gets ousted from his job

Days after his speakership was put on notice by a far-right member, Mike Johnson strategized with a key – and perhaps surprising – source: firebrand GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, the architect of the last effort to remove a speaker. Gaetz, who is making clear he is firmly in Johnson’s corner, counseled the rookie speaker during a recent phone call to put some conservative wins on the board over the next few weeks as he navigates the threat of a potential motion to vacate the speaker’s chair, according to sources familiar with the conversation. “I gave the speaker some unsolicited advice. That we’ve got to get into a fighting posture. And I was very pleased with how the speaker received that advice,” Gaetz c...
Trump and co-defendants ask appeals court to review ruling allowing Fani Willis to stay on Georgia election case
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Trump and co-defendants ask appeals court to review ruling allowing Fani Willis to stay on Georgia election case

Former President Donald Trump and eight other defendants accused of illegally trying to interfere in the 2020 election in Georgia on Friday submitted a formal application to appeal a judge's ruling allowing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to remain on the case.Trump and other defendants had tried to get Willis and her office tossed off the case, saying her romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade created a conflict of interest. Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee earlier this month found that there was not a conflict of interest that should force Willis off the case but said that the prosecution was "encumbered by an appearance of impropriety."McAfee's ruling said Willis could continue her prosecution if Wade left the case, and the special prosecutor resigned hou...
Georgia legislature passes new immigration enforcement bill following Laken Riley’s killing
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Georgia legislature passes new immigration enforcement bill following Laken Riley’s killing

CNN  —  Georgia’s GOP-controlled legislature has advanced an immigration enforcement bill as Republican lawmakers nationwide continue to call for stricter policies in the wake of nursing student Laken Riley’s killing last month. The state House gave final approval to HB 1105 in a 99-75 vote Thursday night, on the last day of Georgia’s legislative session, after the Senate passed the bill last week with a 34-19 vote. The legislation now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp who has previously expressed support for more stringent immigration policies. Kemp’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN. The passage of the legislation comes as...
House to send Mayorkas impeachment articles to Senate on April 10, teeing up clash over trial
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House to send Mayorkas impeachment articles to Senate on April 10, teeing up clash over trial

Washington — House Republicans are set to present the articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate after Congress returns from recess next month, kickstarting a clash over an impeachment trial in the upper chamber that Democrats are expected to work to quickly quash. Speaker Mike Johnson and the House impeachment managers wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday that they intend to present the Senate with the impeachment articles on Wednesday, April 10, after both chambers return from a two-week break."If he cares about the Constitution and ending the devastation caused by Biden's border catastrophe, Senator Schumer will quickly schedule a full public trial and hear the arguments put forth by our imp...
What these Arizona voters see at the US-Mexico border that national politicians don’t
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What these Arizona voters see at the US-Mexico border that national politicians don’t

Nogales, Arizona CNN  —  The handmade boots at David’s Western Wear, a short walk from the Nogales pedestrian crossing, have for 44 years been a favorite of customers on both sides of the US-Mexico border. David Moore says about 99% of his customers were from Mexico before the Covid-19 border lockdown; about 70% now. “A lot of it is because it is harder to go back and forth across the border,” Moore told us in an interview at his store. “Wait times are, like I said, just ridiculous.” Walk a bit down Morley Avenue toward the border and the last shop on the right is Kory’s Bridal. It is the first business you see if you come from Mexico to Arizona throug...
The legal battle over the abortion pill has reached the Supreme Court. Here’s what to know.
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The legal battle over the abortion pill has reached the Supreme Court. Here’s what to know.

The following preview was published before the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case known as FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine. Read coverage of the arguments here.Washington — Twenty months after the Supreme Court ruled to return abortion policy to the states, the issue will be before the justices again on Tuesday, when they weigh a case that threatens to curtail access to a commonly used drug taken in a medication abortion.The dispute involves a series of actions that the Food and Drug Administration took beginning in 2016 that made the pill, mifepristone, easier to obtain. A group of medical associations that oppose abortion rights have argued the agency acted unlawfully when it relaxed the rules surrounding mifepristone's use. The justice...
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it opened the floodgates for abortion-related lawsuits
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When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it opened the floodgates for abortion-related lawsuits

CNN  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear its first abortion case since the 2022 reversal of Roe v. Wade and upheaval of reproductive rights in America. Consider how much the justices’ decision has changed the country: Fourteen states now have total bans and seven others have imposed substantial restrictions on access to abortion. Some states that ban abortion are trying to keep abortion medication from crossing their borders and, separately, are seeking to block a federal law that allows emergency room physicians to terminate a pregnancy if medically necessary. And an Alabama Supreme Court decision impinging on in vit...
RFK Jr.’s ballot signatures could be invalid in Nevada without VP
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RFK Jr.’s ballot signatures could be invalid in Nevada without VP

With Robert F. Kennedy Jr. set to unveil his running mate on Tuesday, an unforeseen hiccup has emerged in Nevada, complicating the long-shot independent's path to gaining ballot access in the Silver State.Kennedy's vice presidential pick comes as he needs a running mate to qualify for the ballot in multiple states. And despite the campaign's announcement earlier this month celebrating amassing 15,000 signatures in Nevada, which exceeds what's needed to get on the ballot in November, the campaign could be forced to start its signature collection from scratch in the state because it failed to name a running mate when it filed Kennedy's petition, according to documents filed by Kennedy. Nevada's presidential candidate's guide states that independent candidate petitions must include both the p...