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Florida’s attorney general requests inquiry into Mike Bloomberg’s voting effort

Florida’s attorney general asked law enforcement officials on Wednesday to investigate recent fundraising efforts by billionaire and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg to pay off court fees and other fines so people with felony convictions can vote. The same effort has been championed by high profile figures, including NBA megastar LeBron James.

The basis for an investigation was not immediately clear, but it came a day after Bloomberg announced he had raised $16m for the effort. Attorney general Ashley Moody, a Republican, said she began reviewing the matter at the request of Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, also a Republican...

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Top Republicans dismiss Trump’s refusal to commit to peaceful transfer

Leading Republicans have sought to quell fears that Donald Trump could stoke violence in an attempt to cling to power if he loses the US presidential election – though they stopped short of rebuking Trump directly.

The president sparked fresh anger and disbelief on Thursday after he refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday evening, before renewing a baseless complaint about mail-in ballots.

“Get rid of the ballots and we’ll have a very peaceful … there won’t be a transfer, frankly – there’ll be a continuation,” he said, referring to voting by mail instead of in person during the pandemic, and his chances of re-election.

It was one of Trump’s m...

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Trump booed and jeered on visit to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket

Donald Trump was greeted with jeers and boos on Thursday as he visited the late supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin in Washington.

The crowd at the bottom of the steps to the famous supreme court building near the US Capitol, gathered to honor the liberal justice as she lies in repose, had a seemingly visceral reaction as the president turned up.

Ginsburg died last Friday at the age of 87.

Trump, wearing a black face mask and accompanied by Melania Trump, stood near the casket at the marble court building amid clearly audible, loud booing from many assembled.

As the president and the first lady paused at Ginsburg’s casket, the crowd yelled, “Vote him out!”

The moment highlighted the public flashpoint Ginsburg’s death has become ahead of the ...

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Former Black Panther to be released after more than 49 years in prison

A former Black Panther who has been in prison for almost half a century has finally won his decades-long battle for freedom after a New York parole board ordered his release.

Jalil Muntaqim, AKA Anthony Bottom, has been in unbroken custody for more than 49 years having been arrested and later convicted of the 1971 murders of two police officers in Harlem. Under the terms of his parole he must be released from the maximum-security Sullivan correctional facility in upstate New York by 20 October.

At a hearing earlier this month – at least his 10th such panel appearance since he became eligible for parole in 1998 – Muntaqim expressed his remorse for the killings of Joseph Piagentini and Waverly Jones...

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Breonna Taylor: family attorney says wanton endangerment charge ‘doesn’t make sense’ – live updates

Protesters light candles and lay flowers outside the Federal Courthouse in remembrance of Breonna Taylor in Seattle, Washington.
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First Thing: Breonna Taylor decision sparks protests across the US

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From Atlanta to Portland to San Diego, protests erupted again on the streets of dozens of US cities on Wednesday night, after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, declined to charge three police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT shot dead in her own apartment in March.

In Louisville itself, two police officers were shot amid the unrest, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. For protesters who have been on the city’s streets for almost 120 days, the verdict was crushing. “People say they fear for our city. I don’t fear for our city. I fear for our people,” David Mour, an attorney who represents many of the protesters, told Josh Wood:

We can rebuild buildings, we can fix broken windows, we can wash off graffiti...

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Two decades after the ‘Brooks Brothers riot’, experts fear graver election threats

In late November 2000, hundreds of mostly middle-aged male protesters, dressed in off-the-peg suits and cautious ties, descended on the Miami-Dade polling headquarters in Florida. Shouting, jostling, and punching, they demanded that a recount of ballots for the presidential election be stopped.

The protesters, many of whom were paid Republican operatives, succeeded. A recount of ballots in Florida was abandoned. What became known as the Brooks Brothers riot went down in infamy, and George W Bush became president after a supreme court decision.

In 2020, fears are growing that the US could see an unwanted sequel to the Brooks Brothers debacle – but with more violent participants.

After a year in which armed Donald Trump supporters have besieged state houses across the country...

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Sir Harold Evans, trail-blazing newspaper editor, dies aged 92

Sir Harold Evans, the legendary editor whose 70-year career as a hard-driving investigative journalist, magazine founder, book publisher and author made him one of the most influential media figures of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 92.

Evans died of congestive heart failure in New York, according to his wife Tina Brown.

A former editor of Britain’s Sunday Times and, at his death, Reuters editor-at-large, Evans put a unique stamp on investigative journalism. Championing causes either overlooked or denied, he and his team uncovered human rights abuses and political scandals, and advocated for clean air policies.

One of his most famous investigations exposed the plight of hundreds of British thalidomide children who had never received any compensation for the...

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China has built 380 internment camps in Xinjiang, study finds

China has built nearly 400 internment camps in Xinjiang region, with construction on dozens continuing over the last two years, even as Chinese authorities said their “re-education” system was winding down, an Australian thinktank has found.

The network of camps in China’s far west, used to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities, include 14 that are still under construction, according to the latest satellite imaging obtained by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

In total ASPI identified 380 detention centres established across the region since 2017, ranging from lowest security re-education camps to fortified prisons.

That is over 100 more than previous investigations have uncovered, and the researchers believe they have now identified most ...

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Donald in Blunderland: Trump won’t commit to peaceful power transfer at surreal press briefing

Jared Kushner, the US president’s son-in-law, told journalist Bob Woodward that one of the best ways to understand Donald Trump is to study Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Kushner paraphrased the Cheshire Cat’s philosophy: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.”

Wednesday was one of those days when to have a seat in the White House briefing room felts like stepping through the looking-glass into Blunderland, where the mad hatter has an authoritarian streak a mile wide.

Trump careered from touting miracle vaccines to building supreme court suspense, from insulting a female member of the British royal family to abruptly departing for a mysterious “emergency” phone call...

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