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Kentucky’s new Democratic governor allows 140,000 ex-felons to vote

Andy Beshear signs executive order allowing those with non-violent felony convictions to vote after completing their sentences Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky signed an executive order on Thursday that will allow people with non-violent felony convictions to vote once they complete their criminal sentences, a major voting rights victory that could allow up to 140,000 people to cast a ballot in the state. Since 1891, the state has banned anyone with a felony from voting for life, unless their voting rights are restored by the governor, making Kentucky among the…

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‘I wont be able to have healthy food’: millions of Americans to lose lifeline as Trump cuts food stamps

The Trump administration is rolling out new rules that will reduce Snap benefits, and make millions of Americans ineligible to receive them When James Fauntleroy lost his sales job in the summer he quickly found his social security disability benefits did not provide enough to live on. So he turned to a vital lifeline relied upon by many Americans on hard times food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap). Fauntleroy, 35, initially received an approval letter, which noted he would receive $197 a month starting immediately.…

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Eight-year-old girl strip-searched before visiting father at Virginia prison

Department of corrections issues apology following outcry after naked child reportedly made to bend over and cough An eight-year-old girl was strip-searched before being allowed to visit her father in prison, sparking uproar and prompting an the Virginian-Pilot, which first reported the incident. Hey Mom, am so mad the jail had to strip me with all of my clothes off this doesnt make no [sense] the girl messaged, according to texts obtained by the Virginian-Pilot. Her mother responded by telling the girl to call her, but then asking her is…

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Trump won’t lose his job but the impeachment inquiry is still essential | Robert Reich

The process is required by the constitution, seems to be shifting voters opinions, and will render the president unpardonable Not even overwhelming evidence that Trump sought to bribe a foreign power to dig up dirt on his leading political opponent in 202o and did so with American taxpayer dollars, while compromising American foreign policy will cause Trump to be removed from office. Thats because theres zero chance that 2o Republican senators the number needed to convict Trump, if every Democratic senator votes to do so have enough integrity to do…

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Thousands in Hong Kong praise Trump with ‘Thanksgiving’ rally as more protests loom

We really appreciate the effort made by Americans, says one protester, as city braces for another weekend of protest Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong, some draped in American flags, have staged a Thanksgiving rally in the heart of the city after the approval by Donald Trump of human rights legislation aimed at protecting them. The rationale for us having this rally is to show our gratitude and thank the US Congress and also president Trump for passing the bill, said 23-year-old Sunny Cheung, a member of the student group…

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‘It could be someone in my class’: US university rocked by hate incidents

More than a dozen hate incidents at Syracuse University in upstate New York have created a climate of fear among students and tough questions for the schools leaders Its a university, it says, for those wanting a quintessential college experience, and which dozen hate incidents involving racist and antisemitic slurs have created a climate of fear for students and some faculty. Nathena Murray, a sophomore, told the Guardian: Just knowing that theres people who have such hatred toward people who look like me I have found myself having to look…

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Inside the restaurant serving up second chances for ex-prisoners

Edwins restaurant trains former inmates in cooking and hospitality in an attempt to inspire confidence and break the cycle of re-offending Its 9am and theres a hush in the kitchen of Edwins restaurant on the east side of Cleveland. Apples are stewing gently on the stove, filling the room with unctuous aromatic promises. Suddenly, the back door bursts open and a tall man with a shock of white hair rushes in dressed in jogging gear. The calm is shattered as Edwins transforms into a vortex of energy that barely ceases…

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Jordan and Israel’s 25-year peace deal under more strain than ever

Unpopular but enduring treaty faces new test in form of Donald Trumps plan for Middle East This month, without a shot being fired, Israel gave up land to an Arab neighbour. The flag of Jordan was raised above Baqoura and al-Ghamr, two tracts along the kingdoms border with Israel, recognised as Jordanian land but leased to the Jewish state as part of a landmark 1994 peace deal between the two countries. The bloodless handover of the territories, as well as Jordans staunch refusal to renew Israeli leases on them, was…

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Kamala Harris and Mindy Kaling’s Indian cooking melted my heart and made me cringe

As Harris struggles to protect her flagging campaign, its clear why turning to Kaling, and dosas, is important I have a complicated relationship with Mindy Kaling. Ill watch pretty much everything she makes, and eagerly, but not without disappointment. While her more recent productions exclusively by white writers and producers. I feel similarly about presidential candidate Kamala Harris, who is black and Indian. On the one hand, Harris gave me goosebumps when she took Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, dialogue with then supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On the…

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US official says China trade deal possible but Trump won’t ignore Hong Kong

Robert OBriens comments add to growing worries Chinese crackdown on protests could complicate efforts to end trade war US national security adviser Robert OBrien said on Saturday an initial trade agreement with a Chinese crackdown on anti-government protests could further complicate the efforts by Washington and Beijing to end a prolonged trade war that has roiled global markets and undercut global economic growth forecasts. We were hoping to have [a phase one] deal done by the end of the year. I still think thats possible, OBrien told reporters at a…

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‘Absolute fearlessness’: women take impeachment spotlight and speak truth as Trump fumes

Over two extraordinary weeks, four women have testified publicly and shown remarkable competence and composure in the face of Trumps smears Hours into the final public hearing of the Houses historic impeachment inquiry on Thursday, the congresswoman Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, needed the witness to verify a story she had heard about her. Fiona Hill,hardscrabble upbringing in County Durham, in the north-east of England. When Hill was 11 a schoolboy set her pigtails on fire during a test was it true that Hill snuffed out the fire with…

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More fathers are taking paternity leave, but mothers are still doing all the work

A survey found 62% of fathers in the US took time off for their newborn, but women saw a greater damage to future job prospects Attitudes towards paternity leave have drastically changed in America in the last five years as more fathers feel comfortable taking extended time off, but gender stereotypes persist when it comes to career prospects and the home, according to a new study of working parents. Research by the Boston College Center for Work & Family, which surveyed new parents at four large US companies who were…

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Nancy Pelosi says Trump’s actions toward Ukraine amount to ‘bribery’

House Democrats are refining the language of their impeachment case against the president House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: bribery. The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase quid pro quo that Democrats have been using to describe Donald Trumps actions toward Ukraine. As the impeachment hearings go public, theyre going for a more colloquial term that may resonate with more Americans. Quid pro quo: bribery, Pelosi said of Trumps 25 July phone call in which…

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Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’

Presidents lawyer, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, speaks to Guardian amid speculation Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps personal lawyer, has said he is confident the president will remain loyal to him as an impeachment inquiry unfolds in which the former New York mayor has become a central figure. But Giuliani joked that he had good insurance in case Trump did turn on him, amid speculation Republicans will seek to frame him as a rogue actor. In a telephone interview…

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Woody Allen and Amazon end legal battle over four-film deal

Agreement in US district court sees $68m suit centering on #MeToo remarks dismissed without prejudice Woody Allen and Amazon have ended their legal battle. The filmmaker responded that Allen, whose daughter Dylan insensitive remarks released overseas, but not in the US. Allens career has slowed in recent years, with actors who had appeared in his films, among them Rebecca Hall, saying they would not work with him again. Others, Samantha Morton, have Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/nov/09/woody-allen-amazon-end-legal-battle-four-film-deal-metoo

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