Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s hearing on what the Voting Rights Act means for redistricting

Takeaways from the Supreme Court’s hearing on what the Voting Rights Act means for redistricting

CNN — The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard a challenge to a key section of the Voting Rights Act, presenting the conservative majority with another opportunity to whittle down the seminal 1965 law that aims to address racial discrimination in voting. The case concerns the US congressional map Alabama drew after the 2020 census, but … Read more

Republicans largely stay away from abortion issue in their ads. But not all of them.

Republicans largely stay away from abortion issue in their ads.  But not all of them.

CNN — Not many Republican candidates want to talk about abortion in their campaigns, especially in their costly paid television or digital ads. But the few who are taking on the issue are doing so with a familiar message: We aren’t the extremists, Democrats are. It’s a theme playing out across the country, from gubernatorial … Read more

Russia and China are promoting US voting misinformation ahead of midterms, FBI warns

Russia and China are promoting US voting misinformation ahead of midterms, FBI warns

Washington CNN — Russian and Chinese government-affiliated operatives and organizations are promoting misinformation about the integrity of American elections that originated in the US ahead of November’s midterms, senior FBI officials said Monday. The FBI assessment underscores how the explosion of voting conspiracy theories in the US has been fertile ground for foreign operatives since … Read more

Obama warns ‘a lot of mischief’ is possible if Republicans win back House

Obama warns ‘a lot of mischief’ is possible if Republicans win back House

CNN — Former President Barack Obama painted a grim picture of the GOP at two California fundraisers this week, according to excerpts provided to CNN, warning Democrats that Republicans could oversee “a lot of mischief” if they win the House in the November midterm elections. The speeches, one at a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional … Read more

Trump launches direct attack on McConnell a month out from midterm elections

Trump launches direct attack on McConnell a month out from midterm elections

CNN — Former President Donald Trump on Friday night directly ridiculed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying on his social media platform that the Kentucky Republican had a “death wish” for supporting “Democrat sponsored bills.” Trump, in his Truth Social post, also mocked McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao – who was born in Taiwan and served … Read more

GOP leaders still strive to appease Trump’s base on election denialism

GOP leaders still strive to appease Trump’s base on election denialism

CNN — As Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stumps for some of this year’s midterm candidates ahead of what looks increasingly like a showdown with former President Donald Trump in 2024, he’s seemed to be more nimble than most on the Trump tightrope. He’s offered a wink and a nod to the election fraud claims that … Read more

The nightmare scenario for election reform

The nightmare scenario for election reform

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. CNN — Ghosts of the 2020 election continue to haunt the US system of government. Exorcism. The House and Senate have a path in mind to exorcise the January 6, 2021, insurrection with … Read more

Cubans to decide on same-sex marriage in national referendum

Cubans to decide on same-sex marriage in national referendum

Matanzas, Cuba CNN — The cake with figurines of two brides on top melted in the Caribbean heat and the wedding guests fretted aloud that one of Cuba’s frequent blackouts could strike at any time but for Annery Rivera Velasco and Yennys Hernandez Molina, the day was one of the happiest of their lives. The … Read more

Trump allies launch new super PAC to bolster GOP candidates in midterms as former President eyes 2024 campaign

Trump allies launch new super PAC to bolster GOP candidates in midterms as former President eyes 2024 campaign

Washington CNN — Several top allies of Donald Trump will launch a new super PAC to buoy Republican candidates who have earned the former President’s support in the midterm elections, CNN has learned, following months of minimal spending by Trump-aligned groups that has frustrated party strategists left to fill the void. Called MAGA, Inc., the … Read more

Why people keep correcting the President

Why people keep correcting the President

CNN — President Joe Biden vowed to voters he would always give it to them straight. But his blunt talk keeps getting him into trouble. Biden is on a streak of talking “straight from the shoulder,” as he once said, on Taiwan, the pandemic, ex-President Donald Trump’s extreme MAGA supporters and whether Vladimir Putin should … Read more