U.S. Supreme Court leans toward Alabama in voting rights fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic toward Alabama in the state’s defense of a Republican-drawn electoral map faulted by judges for diluting the clout of Black voters in a major case that could further undermine a landmark federal voting rights law. In spirited oral arguments lasting … Read more

Brazil election enters runoff as Bolsonaro dashes Lula’s hope of quick win

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The second round of Brazil’s presidential campaign kicked off Monday after right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polling and robbed leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of an outright victory in the first round of voting . The unexpectedly strong showing by Bolsonaro on Sunday dashed hopes for … Read more

Peace envoy steps in to try to ensure functioning government after Bosnians vote

Bosnia votes amid political crisis International peace overseer imposes changes to election law ‘Crucial for destiny of this country there will be no blockades,’ he says SARAJEVO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Bosnia’s polls closed on Sunday after voters turned out to choose the country’s new collective presidency and lawmakers at national, regional and local levels, … Read more

Lula may clinch Brazil election on Sunday, final polls show

BRASILIA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds a solid polling lead going into Sunday’s election against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, with a chance of clinching the race in the first round, fresh surveys shown on Saturday. Brazil’s most polarized election in decades will decide whether to return to power … Read more

After sharp right turn, U.S. Supreme Court conservatives step on the gas

Sept 28 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court last March rebuffed an emergency request by North Carolina Republicans to allow the use in November’s congressional elections of an electoral map they drew that a lower court invalidated for unlawfully disadvantaging Democrats. It was a short-term setback for the North Carolina Republicans, but they will soon … Read more

Italy election set to crown Meloni head of most right-wing govt since WW2

Italy votes for new, slimmed-down parliament on Sept. 25 Nationalist Giorgia Meloni predicted to top the polls Pollsters say last-minute surprise not impossible Economic, diplomatic problems await next prime minister ROME, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Italy’s parliamentary election on Sunday could make history, giving the country its first female prime minister at the head of … Read more

Most Americans see Trump’s MAGA as threat to democracy: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Days after Democratic President Joe Biden gave a fiery speech attacking former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies as an extremist threat, a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Wednesday found a majority of Americans believe Trump’s movement is undermining democracy. Fifty-eight … Read more

Biden targets ‘extremist’ Trump allies as democratic threat in fraught political moment

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register PHILADELPHIA, Sept 1 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden charged Republican allies of Donald Trump with undermining the country’s democracy and urged voters on Thursday to reject extremism ahead of November’s midterm elections. Biden accused over lawmakers and others devoted to the Make America Great Again … Read more

Democrat Mary Peltola beats Sarah Palin in Alaska special election

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register Aug 31 (Reuters) – Mary Peltola, a Democratic former state lawmaker, won a special election to fill Alaska’s sole US House of Representatives seat, becoming the first Alaska Native to represent the state in Congress, the Alaska Division of Elections announced on Wednesday. She defeated former … Read more

Biden lashes out at ‘MAGA’ Republicans as embracing hate at rally in Maryland

ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug 25 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden had harsh words to describe Trump-allied Republicans on Thursday, as he held his first political rally in the run-up to November elections, accusing the group of embracing violence and hatred, and saying they edged toward “semi-fascism” at an earlier fund-raising stop. Biden, kicking off a … Read more