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Mississippi voter ID law presents catch-22 for would-be voters

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Though it has yet to be fully implemented, Mississippi’s new voter identification law is already posing a challenge to some people hoping to register to vote. That’s because some residents are trapped in a legal limbo where, to get a voter ID, they need a birth certificate, and to get a birth certificate, they first need a photo ID.

The dilemma, first reported by the Jackson Free Press, could potentially keep otherwise-eligible voters off the rolls come November unless something is done to remedy the problem. A spokesperson for Mississippi’s Secretary of State confirmed the catch-22 to the paper.

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Mississippi is one of several states that have aggresively pursued voter ID laws to crack down on alleged voter fraud. Under the state’s new rules, voters must present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote. The state is offering free IDs to anyone who needs them, though to get one, applicants must present a birth certificate. However, to get a birth certificate, applicants for that documentation also need a photo ID. Not having a photo ID is why most people need a voter ID in the first place.

The Mississippi voter ID law is currently on hold because it is under review by the Department of Justice. Critics contend that the law, and others like it, infringe on voting rights and disproportionately target poor citizens and minorities.

Mississippi voters approved the constitutional amendment in 2010, with 62 percent of voters favoring the ID law.


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Trump supporter complains about being socially toxic: ‘People unfriend you’

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Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro on Saturday complained about being judged by the content of her character.

"People unfriend you!' Pirro complained. "They don't want you to be a -- they don't want to communicate with you."

"People I've had at my wedding don't talk -- my children's weddings actually, they don't talk to me anymore," she explained.

"It's not usually the right or the left, I mean, the intolerance is on the left," she argued.

The longtime Trump friend was harshly criticized for her complaints. Here's some of what people were saying:

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Trump disappointed conservative media isn’t praising him enough for letting Roger Stone walk: report

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President Donald Trump has been disappointed in right-wing media for not giving him more credit for pardoning longtime advisor Roger Stone.

"A senior administration official said there were serious divisions among Trump’s aides and allies over Stone’s case, with some cautioning that keeping him out of prison could be politically risky. Among those opposed was Attorney General William P. Barr, who called the prosecution 'righteous' in an interview Wednesday with ABC News, the official said, adding that those pushing Trump to show loyalty to Stone included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is close to the president," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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Lincoln Project takes on the ‘Trump crime spree’ in new ad: ‘It’s a billion-dollar criminal enterprise’

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Disgruntled former top Republican strategists took on President Donald Trump's "law and order" message in a new 2020 video posted on Saturday.

The ad, by the Lincoln Project, recounts how many top former Trump officials have been convicted of felonies.

"It's not a campaign, it's a billion-dollar criminal enterprise," the narrator begins.

The ad noted the criminal convictions of Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Mike Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone.

"Nixon was bad, Trump is worse," the narrator declares.

"Trump is the most corrupt president in U.S. history. There's only one way to end the Trump crime spree -- throw him and his crooks out of office," the ad concludes.

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