opinion The Editorial Board USA TODAY Published 6:57 AM EST Nov 6, 2018 For most of its history, Congress has been an important check on presidential power. President Franklin Roosevelt’s fellow Democrats, for instance, killed his plan to expand the Supreme Court to pack it with his own yes men. And a band of Republicans made clear to President Richard Nixon that he would be impeached for his Watergate transgressions if he did not resign. The current GOP-controlled House and Senate, however, have been little but obedient lap dogs to President Donald Trump. This would be troubling under any circumstances. But it is especially so now with a president who careens from gross incompetence to troubling executive overreach; who tolerates, even encourages, corrupt behavior; and who tries to govern through a toxic mix of self-adulation, divisive rhetoric, fearmongering, outright lies and juvenile name-calling. It is not healthy for the country, or the institution, when Congress … [Read more...] about Vote out Donald Trump’s lap dogs in the Senate and the House
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A staggering 36 million voters cast their ballots ahead of U.S. Election Day this year, setting the stage for much-higher-than-usual turnout for a midterm — and, potentially, big surprises on Tuesday night. Republican enthusiasm for President Donald Trump and Democrats’ itch to repudiate him at the ballot box have driven people to the polls far faster than in 2014, when 27.2 million people voted early, according to Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor who tracks voter turnout. And that trend is expected to extend into Election Day. Early voters in three states — Texas, Nevada and Arizona — have already surpassed total turnout in the last midterm election, McDonald’s data shows, and more states will blow past their normal non-presidential turnout with just a handful more votes on Election Day. The high voting rates have transformed expectations about who will show up in the midterms — and they could inspire results that … [Read more...] about Massive US early voting creates election-night X-factor
Brett Ramsdan is a soft-spoken, unassuming Florida father and political organiser who in many ways embodies the community spirit crucial to the American electoral system – except for the fact he cannot vote himself. For the past year or so, Mr Ramsden has been helping to organise a massive effort to mobilise and convince voters in the state to approve Amendment 4 that would restore the right to vote to more than a million people – roughly one-in-10 of the eligible voters in Florida – who have been disenfranchised following criminal convictions. The measure will be voted on as part of the midterm elections in the state. Those affected include many people like Mr Ramsden, a man picked up in a criminal justice system after a string of petty thefts five years ago while in the throes of opioid addiction, who underwent a court-ordered year in substance abuse treatment, and who has put his life together. Mr Ramsden served his time, and has … [Read more...] about Midterms 2018: Will rehabilitated Florida felons finally get to vote?
If you live in Sweden, you may have received your voting card (röstkort) in the mail, with information about the location and opening time of your polling station on September 9th, the day of the election. But you can also cast your vote in advance, and a growing number of Swedish residents are choosing to do so. More than 2.6 million people voted before election day in 2014, compared to 2.3 million in the 2010 election. Green Party leader Gustav Fridolin voted during a visit to Malmö Central Station. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT Education Minister Gustav Fridolin of the Green Party was the first of the leaders of Sweden's eight parties in parliament to vote on Wednesday. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven of the Social Democrats, the Christian Democrats' Ebba Busch Thor and the Left Party's Jonas Sjöstedt also voted today. READ ALSO: How to vote in the 2018 Swedish elections Ebba Busch Thor of the Christian Democrats voted at Kulturhuset in Stockholm. Photo: Janerik … [Read more...] about Early voting starts in Sweden as election race heats up
Iraq’s electoral commission early on May 14 said Sadr’s Alliance of Revolutionaries for Reform was in the lead with 10 of the country’s 19 provinces reporting from the May 12 vote, including the population centers of Baghdad and Basra. Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia commander Hadi al-Amiri's Fatah Alliance closely followed in second place, while Abadi's Victory Alliance appeared to be performing poorly across majority Shi’ite provinces that normally would be a strong base of support. The election commission said Sadr and Amiri each won four of the 10 provinces where votes had been counted. However, Sadr’s bloc won significantly more votes in the capital, Baghdad, which has the highest number of seats. Abadi, a Shi'a who has sought to balance the competing influence of Washington and Tehran, finished third in six provinces but came in fifth in the capital. Election commission officials read out tallies for each candidate list on national TV. After 10 … [Read more...] about Partial Results Put Sadr’s Alliance Ahead In Iraq Vote; Abadi Trails