Voting rights, marijuana and tampons: the night in ballot measures

State passes largest expansion of voting rights in decades as Massachusetts affirms transgender protections

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It’s not all about the red v blue. In dozens of states, voters cast ballots Tuesday on issues ranging from voting rights and climate change to gun control and taxing tech to fund homeless services. Four states will see voters weigh in on...

Midterm elections: Sean Hannity accused of lying about Trump rally as Beto O’Rourke delivers final message – live

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Guardian readers have been in touch about how they’re voting and the reasons why. For Lynne in New Mexico, universal healthcare and abortion rights are key issues. “I’d like to see universal healthcare provi...

Trump claims ignorance over racist election advert after Fox and Facebook pull it – live

President said ‘I don’t know about it’ when asked about the advert that included false claims and was criticized for stoking fear of immigrants

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Trump is in Indiana. Why Indiana? He hopes to tip the senate race away from Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly and toward challenger Mike Braun, a former R...

Trump said black people were ‘too stupid’ to vote for him, claims Michael Cohen – live

Cohen told Vanity Fair that Trump ‘repeatedly used racist language before his presidency’. Meanwhile, Obama speaks in Florida before midterms

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Pramila Jayapal, a Washington state congresswoman, is one of hundreds of Democrats now running on single-payer healthcare, a monumental shift to the left for the party which – even when it controlled Congress and the White House in 200...

In about-face, Republicans make fixing Obamacare central to re-election push

Republicans wanted to gut Obamacare. Now, a wave of candidates advertise support for the ‘pre-existing conditions’ provision

In a House race in rural upstate New York, a congressional district containing some counties where Trump won by more than 22%, the Republican incumbent Elise Stefanik is campaigning on what would have been unthinkable five years ago: fixing Obamacare.

Stefanik is one of a wave of Republicans who, in the final weeks of the midterms election campaign, have ...

Protesters out in force to oppose Brett Kavanaugh nomination | The Resistance Now

Republican Senate swing voters targeted; GOP go careful on the Affordable Care Act; and a new statue of Alice Dunnigan

Protesters were out in full force opposing Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court, with dozens arrested on Thursday as they targeted the offices of Republican senators viewed as swing votes on his confirmation.

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Universal healthcare was unthinkable in America, but not any more | Adam Gaffney

A single-payer healthcare system appears closer than ever but to make it a reality we must avoid the pitfalls of the past

Barack Obama dropped a bombshell into the healthcare debate roiling the Democratic party last Friday. “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage,” he said, “they’re running on good new ideas, like Medicare for All …” His endorsement made headlines, and for a good reason: until recently, real universal healthcare had long resided on...

Trump justice department will stop defending key parts of Obamacare

Administration makes rare decision not to defend federal law in court, pointing to changes in the measure due next year

The Trump administration said in a court filing late on Thursday that it would no longer defend key parts of the Affordable Care Act, a rare departure from the justice department’s practice of defending federal laws in court.

It said that the requirement that people have health insurance – the individual mandate – was unconstitutional and that the entire law, ...

US conservatives use case of terminally ill child Alfie Evans to criticize NHS

Ted Cruz and others have called the legal battle over British child’s treatment a ‘grim reminder’ of socialized medicine

A legal fight in the United Kingdom over whether a terminally ill child should be allowed to leave the country for medical treatment has captured the attention of American conservatives.

The case of Alfie Evans, a 23-month-old child with a neurodegenerative disease that has left most of his brain destroyed, has received extensive coverage from outlets like Fo...

How Trump’s budget would cut the safety net for the poorest Americans

Trump’s vision for the budget adds to the deficit while cutting domestic programs such as food stamps that benefit people in need

Donald Trump’s budget proposal, unveiled on Monday, revived his calls for big cuts to domestic programs that benefit the poor and middle class, such as food stamps, as well as plans to entirely eliminate several arts and earth sciences funding.

The president, who is looking for large increases in military spending, is also proposing work requirements...