The biggest voting rights win in recent US history and the Republicans trying to thwart it

Amendment 4 should restore the vote to 1.4 million people. But those affected say the struggle is far from over One year ago, Florida enacted the biggest expansion of the right to vote in America in a generation. For 150 years, Florida had upheld a law that banned anyone convicted of a felony from voting, even after they had served the full sentence. The policy, rooted in the Jim Crow south, stood out as a stain on American democracy. But with passed a law with more restrictions: requiring former felons to pay fines and fees they owe to the government before registering. This affects aboutunconstitutional poll tax, historically used to keep African Americans from the polls. They went to court …

Making of a martyr: how Qassem Suleimani was hunted down

The drone strike on Irans enforcer could radically transform the Middle East For Qassem Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iraqi leader of the Iranian-backed Shia militia Kataib Hezbollah, whose supporters had laid siege to the US embassy in Baghdad for two days last week in retaliation for US airstrikes that anti-government protests in Iraq, some of them fuelled by anti-Iranian sentiment, and anxious to canvass further assistance from Muhandis in countering them. Growing numbers of Iraqis have become disillusioned by a failing economy and ballooning unemployment, and angered by the power wielded in their country by Tehran. Climbing into the first car with Muhandis, with their guards following in the second, Suleimani and his small convoy sped towards an access road …

‘A sad day’: Nancy Pelosi shuts down applause after impeachment vote

House speaker emphasizes that vote was sad occasion, and reportedly instructed her caucus not to appear celebratory It may have been the moment Democrats had long awaited, but Nancy Pelosi wasnt about to allow a celebration. In a moment that quickly went viral, the House speaker appeared to sternly silence House Democrats who began to applaud as she announced the final vote on the first of two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. Peter Stevenson (@PeterWStevenson) The glare Pelosi gave her caucus when some Dems started to clap after she announced the first article of impeachment passed December 19, 2019 Pelosi has emphasized throughout the day that Wednesdays vote was a sad occasion, and had reportedly instructed her caucus not …

Trump blasts Macron over brain dead Nato remarks

US president calls French leaders comments nasty and says Paris could leave alliance Donald Trump has lashed out at Emmanuel Macron on the first morning of a two-day Nato meeting, saying the French presidents description of Nato as brain dead was insulting and a very, very nasty statement. At a news conference alongside the Nato secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, the US president also accused Macron of trying to break away from Nato, as well as running a failing economy while discarding the fact he himself has described Nato as obsolete on previous occasions. Quick guide What is Nato and why are its members meeting in London? Show Hide What is Nato? TheNorth Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) is a collective defence …