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  • Joe Biden condemns antisemitism following Kanye West’s remarks: ‘Silence is complicity’ – as it happened
    by Richard Luscombe on December 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Biden alludes to Republican politicians, saying ‘our political leaders should be calling out and rejecting antisemitism wherever it hides’It looks like Florida’s legislature will press ahead with a plan to allow Ron DeSantis to continue serving as the state’s governor, while he pursues his expected run for the White House.An Associated Press report Friday adds credence to the idea floated by Republicans last month, and reported in this blog, to repeal Florida’s so-called “resign to run” rule. Continue reading...

  • Rightwing election robocall fraudsters must spend 500 hours registering voters
    by Maya Yang in New York on November 30, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Jacob Wohl, 24, and Jack Burkman, 56, targeted Black voters with phony telephone messages before 2020 electionTwo men convicted of fraud for targeting Black voters with phony robocalls before the 2020 election must spend 500 hours registering voters in low-income neighborhoods of Washington DC, an Ohio judge ruled.The calls told people they could be arrested or forced to receive vaccinations based on information they submitted in votes by mail.Associated Press contributed reporting Continue reading...

  • Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes found guilty of seditious conspiracy
    by Guardian staff and agencies on November 30, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Jury convicts leader of rightwing group which supported Trump’s attempt to overturn 2020 electionStewart Rhodes, the founder of the rightwing Oath Keepers militia, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy, a charge arising from the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.With the verdicts on Tuesday, Rhodes and his co-defendant Kelly Meggs became the first people in nearly three decades to be found guilty of the rarely used, civil war-era charge at trial. Continue reading...

  • Lachlan Murdoch alleges Crikey hired marketing firm to turn legal threat into subscription drive
    by Amanda Meade on November 30, 2022 at 6:29 am

    News Corp co-chair’s lawyer tells federal court she intends to show Crikey did not republish article for public interest reasonsFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastCrikey hired a marketing company to capitalise on a legal threat from Lachlan Murdoch in order to drive subscriptions, the co-chair of News Corporation has alleged in the federal court.Murdoch launched defamation proceedings in August against the independent news site over an article published in June that named the Murdoch family as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the US Capitol attack. The trial has been set down for March 2023 but the parties are in dispute over pretrial matters.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

  • Nancy Pelosi: key moments from the Democrat's time as House speaker – video
    on November 18, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    THe US House of Representatives speaker, Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to hold that influential post, has announced she will be stepping down as the Democratic leader in the chamber after Republicans secured a narrow majority after the midterm elections. It marks the end of a historic leadership career highlighted by her ability to hold a fractious caucus together and challenge the world's most powerful men – including the former president Donald Trump. Here is a look back at her long and defiant career Continue reading...

  • Could Trump's legal issues derail his 2024 presidential bid? – video explainer
    by Hugo Lowell, Bryony Moore and Monika Cvorak on November 17, 2022 at 4:09 pm

    Donald Trump has announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, probably sparking another period of tumult in US politics and especially his own political party. His third candidacy comes as he faces intensifying legal troubles, including investigations by the justice department into the removal of hundreds of classified documents from the White House to his Florida estate and into his role in the January 6 attack. But could they derail his bid? The Guardian US politics correspondent Hugo Lowell explains what Trump is facing and whether he still stands a chanceRightwing media’s coverage of Trump’s presidential bid shows it just can’t turn awayIvanka Trump says she will not be part of Donald’s 2024 campaign Continue reading...

  • Donald Trump announces 2024 presidential run – video
    on November 16, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Donald Trump has announced his 2024 presidential bid at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida. 'In order to make America great and glorious again, I tonight am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States,' Trump said. The former president has been teasing the announcement since before the midterm elections and it comes as he faces intense scrutiny from within his own party. After a number of far-right, Trump-endorsed candidates lost their elections, advisers had urged the ex-president to delay announcing a 2024 candidacy. Trump is facing a deluge of legal troubles and investigationsTrump presidential announcement – as it happenedTrump v DeSantis: Republicans split over 2024 run and predict ‘blood on the floor’Murdoch tells Trump he will not back fresh White House bid – report Continue reading...

  • US midterms: no sign of 'red wave' as Democrats take Senate – video report
    by Monika Cvorak Bryony Moore on November 13, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    The Democrats have kept control of the Senate after the crucial race in Nevada was announced in their favour. The party's midterm election performance widely beat expectations after pundits predicted a 'red wave' across the US for the Republicans. People in Republican circles have been speculating over who to blame. Donald Trump has been at the centre of the storm after he backed rightwing candidates in several key races who lost, including Mehmet Oz, defeated by John Fetterman in PennsylvaniaDemocrats retain control of Senate after crucial victory in NevadaNew generation of candidates stakes claim to Democratic party’s future Continue reading...

  • Many Republicans think climate crisis is a hoax, says Nancy Pelosi – video
    on November 10, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    Speaking at a Cop27 panel discussion, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said it was difficult to predict how the results of the midterm elections would affect US action on climate change, but that such action was 'long overdue'. 'We have had, shall we say, a disagreement on the subject,' said Pelosi, referring to the Democrats and the Republicans. 'When Kathy [Castor, a congresswoman] had her bill on the floor, our [Republican] colleagues said why are we having this discussion, there is no climate crisis, it's all a hoax.'Cop27: climate justice activists call for fossil fuel ‘criminals’ to be kicked out of conference – live Continue reading...

  • ‘Giant red wave didn’t happen,’ says Biden as he cites plan to run in 2024 – video
    on November 9, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    Joe Biden took a cautious victory lap following the 2022 midterm election results, describing Democratic successes despite expectations of large Republican gains. 'While the press and the pundits were predicting a giant red wave – it didn’t happen,' the US president said, adding that many results in key races were still being tallied.With ballots still being counted, Democrats were hopeful about holding the Senate while Republicans felt they were on course to win the House – but by a much narrower margin than widely predictedSenate control still a toss-up as key midterm races remain uncalledUS politics: latest updates Continue reading...

  • 'Standing is what matters': Stacey Abrams concedes in Georgia – video
    on November 9, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams conceded the gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp in a rematch of Georgia's close 2018 election, saying she ran for election to 'fight to save Georgia'. 'I may no longer be seeking the office of governor, but I will never stop doing everything in my power to ensure that the people of Georgia have a voice,' she  told her supporters. Abrams, a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, became a national Democratic figurehead after losing a hard-fought governor's race to Kemp in 2018 by just 55,000 votes. Her voter registration efforts are credited with helping President Joe Biden win Georgia in 2020 and two Democrats capture the state's US Senate seats in 2021Future of Congress hangs in balance as many races still too close to callMarijuana, abortion, climate crisis: what was down the ballot in the midterm Continue reading...

  • 'We bet on the people of Pennsylvania': John Fetterman beats Dr Oz to win key Senate seat – video
    on November 9, 2022 at 8:52 am

    John Fetterman has defeated the Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, flipping a Senate seat in the highly competitive swing state of Pennsylvania. 'We bet on the people of Pennsylvania and they never let us down,' Fetterman said in his acceptance speech after a hard-fought campaign during which concerns about Fetterman's health were raised by Oz's team. Fetterman, who had a stroke this year, said: 'Healthcare is a fundamental human right. It saved my life and it should all be there for you.' The win raises Democratic hopes that the party can retain a slim majority in the SenateFetterman defeats Oz in Pennsylvania Senate race, giving Democrats a boostUS midterm election results 2022: liveMidterm elections 2022: Democrats beating expectations as John Fetterman wins crucial US Senate race – live Continue reading...

  • 'This is our time': Democrat Wes Moore becomes first Black governor of Maryland – video
    on November 9, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Democrat Wes Moore has made history after becoming the first Black governor of Maryland. He replaces Republican Larry Hogan, a moderate who managed to twice win election in what is otherwise a solidly blue state. The newly elected official assured the electorate 'I hear you' and 'this is our time' in his victory speech. Referencing his time in the army, Moore said 'leave no man behind'. Joe Biden joined Moore in a pre-election rally in Maryland the evening before election dayMidterm elections 2022: Democrats beating expectations as John Fetterman wins crucial US Senate race – liveFuture of Congress hangs in balance as many races still too close to call Continue reading...

  • 'Florida is where woke goes to die': Republican Ron DeSantis re-elected as governor – video
    on November 9, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Ultra-conservative Republican Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Charlie Crist in the midterm elections, granting him a second term as Florida's governor. DeSantis's win could serve as a launchpad for a White House bid in 2024, after being hailed as a rising star in the Republican party. The US midterms have been seen largely as a referendum for Biden's presidency with Democrats beating expectations since voting closedMidterm elections 2022: Democrats beating expectations as John Fetterman wins crucial US Senate race – live Continue reading...

  • Donald Trump is gone but his big lie is a rallying call for rightwing extremists
    by Ed Pilkington on January 24, 2021 at 7:00 am

    The myth of the ‘stolen election’ – simple and endlessly repeated – is likely to be a rallying call for far-right terroristsWhen the back wheels of Air Force One finally lifted off the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday bound for Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s White House-in-exile in West Palm Beach, cheers erupted in millions of households across America and around the globe.Four years of screeching tweets and ugly divisiveness were over, and for many it felt like the hope of a calmer, more civil world had swept in. Continue reading...

  • The inauguration was full of exquisite moments: but what was the best bit? | Emma Brockes
    by Emma Brockes on January 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Apart from Joe Biden we had Kamala, Lady Gaga, Bernie’s mittens – and Trump suddenly seeming an irrelevanceIt started on Tuesday with nerves in the playground: why weren’t they holding it indoors? No one with sense, we agreed, had an appetite for spectacle, and our systems couldn’t take any more. Donald Trump was going, good riddance, but let’s not tempt fate; besides, on Wednesday morning we all had things to do. After a year of rolling crises, even New Yorkers were feeling meek and defeated. Let’s get this thing over with and try to move on.The most surprising thing about the inauguration this week – apart from the reminder that, when it comes to its national ceremonies, America is if anything even more camp than Britain – was the sheer, irrepressible joy of it. From the first minute to the last there was no containing this thing and nothing – not pragmatism, superstition, trauma fatigue or work – would get in the way of the feeling. “Bye bye Trump, that dummy,” said one of my daughters on Wednesday morning. And so it began. Continue reading...

  • How Amanda Gorman became the voice of a new American era
    by Liesl Schillinger on January 22, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Her recital at Joe Biden’s inauguration electrified viewers and sent the hitherto little known poet’s work to the top of the chartsOn Wednesday in Washington DC, a striking young woman stood at a podium on the steps of the US Capitol, surrounded by the country’s leaders, who were masked against the pandemic. She was unmasked, at a safe distance, so she could speak with resonance and force, spreading her enthusiastic vision without danger. She radiated joy, conviction and purpose as she declaimed the poem she had written to mark the inauguration of Joe Biden as 46th president of the US: The Hill We Climb. Tears sprang from the eyes of many listeners, those weary and wary from four years of domestic discord, whether they sat on folding chairs at the Capitol, or on easy chairs in their homes. Hearing her words, they felt hope for the future.That woman’s name is Amanda Gorman. She is America’s first national youth poet laureate and, at 22, she also is the youngest poet accorded the honour of delivering the presidential inaugural poem. But despite her youth, Gorman’s assurance and bearing made her seem to stand outside time. Erect as a statue, her skin gleaming as if burnished, her hair cornrowed, banded with gold and drawn tightly back into a red satin Prada headband, worn high like a tiara, she evoked what poet Kae Tempest calls the “Brand New Ancients”: the divinity that walks among us in the present day. According to Greek mythology, nine muses, daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, inspire creative endeavour, with five devoted to different kinds of poetry – epic, romantic, lyric, comic or pastoral and sacred. Gorman suggested a new poetic muse – one to inspire the poetry of democracy. Continue reading...

  • Insurrection and inauguration: Joe Biden's new political era - video
    by Oliver Laughland, Tom Silverstone, Nicolas Pollock and Charlie Phillips on January 22, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Following the US Capitol riot, Oliver Laughland and Tom Silverstone travel to Washington DC for the week of Joe Biden’s inauguration to find a downtown area under what is essentially military occupation and a city coming to terms with the trauma of Donald Trump’s final days in office. They speak to lifelong residents in the outer suburbs as well the US congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who tells of her harrowing experience of the 6 January riot. Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton rails against criticisms of the Republican administration’s handling of the domestic terrorism threat'I didn’t know if I would make it out that day': Ilhan Omar on the terror of the Capitol attack Continue reading...

  • The Guardian view on UK-US relations: rebuilding with Biden | Editorial
    by Editorial on January 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    America and Britain are each emerging from disruptive internal periods. The alliance between them must be rooted in realism about the present, not fantasy about the pastIn British politics, everyone now loves President Joe Biden. That the UK opposition parties are foundation members of the Biden appreciation club is not surprising. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens all identify most naturally with the Democrats and thus with the new administration in Washington. But the changing of the guard at the White House this week has won strikingly broad support across the entire political spectrum too.Many Conservatives now take an enthusiastic view of Mr Biden as well. In some cases this is hard to believe – or forgive. Not long ago, many of the same Tory politicians who now enthuse about Mr Biden tried to bet the house on Donald Trump. Theresa May rushed to Washington to court him. Michael Gove conducted a gushing interview. Boris Johnson said he should get the Nobel peace prize. A US trade deal was obsessively talked up. Today, these same politicians are all friends of Joe and behave as if they barely knew Mr Trump. Continue reading...

  • 'You just can’t get everything you want': Bernie Sanders' mittens not for sale
    by Martin Belam on January 21, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Teacher who made inauguration gloves that went viral says she’s had thousands of requests for moreBernie Sanders’ mittens may have become the unexpected must-have fashion accessory of Joe Biden’s inauguration, but those hoping to steal the Vermont senator’s look are in for a disappointment. The teacher who made them and gave them to Sanders says she has none for sale.The mittens that sparked hundreds of internet memes were made from repurposed sweaters and recycled plastic by Jen Ellis, 42, a second grade teacher who lives in Essex Junction, Vermont, just outside of Burlington, where Sanders was mayor in the 1980s. Continue reading...