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Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, Trump's...

High court decision extends legal battle over gerrymandering

Jun. 19, 2018 12:55 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats hoped a Wisconsin case would be the vehicle the U.S. Supreme Court would use to strike down highly partisan gerrymandering of electoral maps. When those hopes fizzled Monday, attention turned to North Carolina. A case challenging that battleground state's congressional...

Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote

Jun. 18, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson is the latest setback...

The Latest: Kobach to appeal voting rights ruling

Jun. 18, 2018 9:44 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a judge ruling that Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his office will appeal a federal judge's ruling that Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship in order to vote. In a statement...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

Jun. 18, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims. The cases are among several that have been...

When, not if: US poised to quit UN's human rights council

Jun. 15, 2018 4:23 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United States is about to quit the United Nation's main human rights body, primarily over Washington's claim that the Human Rights Council is biased against Israel, a Western and a U.S. diplomat say. The move would be the Trump administration's latest snub of the international community....

Lawsuits: Congressional maps dilute black voters in 3 states

Jun. 13, 2018 4:57 PM EDT

A Democratic political group launched a legal campaign Wednesday to create additional majority-minority congressional districts in three Southern states, claiming the current maps discriminate against black voters. Attorneys filed separate federal lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana, challenging...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jun. 13, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: _____ The Eugene Register-Guard, June 12, on Oregon secretary of state defending 'inactive' voters' rights: The United States has two kinds of elections officials. One kind worries that the wrong people might vote. The other kind believes it's their responsibility to...

Supreme Court's voter roll decision may have limited impact

Jun. 12, 2018 6:46 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they? Ohio plans to resume its process for removing inactive voters, which was affirmed in Monday's 5-4 ruling, after the November elections. It takes a...

Suffragette cities: Centenary of women's vote marked in UK

Jun. 10, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of women turned cities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales into rivers of green, white and violet Sunday to mark 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the U.K. Wearing scarves in the colors of the suffragette movement that fought for female political...