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Judge: Pennsylvania voter ID law on hold until after election

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Pennsylvania Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson ruled Tuesday that voters will not be required to show photo identification at the polls this November, but election officials may still ask.

The judge’s ruling essentially extends the transition period for Pennsylvania’s tough voter ID law, letting officials ask for identification but prohibiting them from tossing provisional ballots if the voter didn’t present documentation.

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The law threatened to disenfranchise over 1.6 million Pennsylvanians, including up to 43 percent of Philadelphia voters, who lack the proper identification. Republican proponents of the law said that would not be a problem because the state offers a free photo ID for voters who provide their name, address, date of birth and Social Security number.

However, Judge Simpson found that their predictions were overblown, noting that the state has issued fewer than 10,000 IDs for voting. “I expected more photo IDs to have been issued by this time,” he explained in his ruling (PDF). “For this reason, I accept Petitioners’ argument that in the remaining five weeks before the general election, the gap between the photo IDs issued and the estimated need will not be closed.”

Pennsylvania is one of five states with a strict photo ID law for voters, and one of 31 states that have restricted access to voting in recent years. The Brennan Center for Justice warned last year that the new laws could block more than 5 million ballots from being counted or cast in the 2012 presidential election.
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House Republicans have 3 key defenses of Trump’s Ukraine extortion campaign — and they’re all terrible

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To any halfway objective observer, the first day of public hearings in House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, which are ongoing as of this writing, have not gone well for Trump’s defenders.

Bill Taylor, the top US ambassador in Kyiv, and veteran State Department official George Kent came off as principled and non-partisan as they delivered damning testimony about the Trump regime’s multifaceted campaign to coerce the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation into fringe right-wing conspiracy theories designed to deflect blame for interfering in the 2016 election from Russia and onto Ukraine.

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Progressives hilariously ridicule Donald Trump Jr.’s new book with their own Trump triggers #TriggerDonaldTrumpJr

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President Donald Trump's eldest child and namesake has published a book about liberals he says are "triggered" by conservatives. Ironically, it seems Donald Trump Jr. is the one who seems to be triggered by the reception he's getting from some on his book tour.

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‘Blather and hysteria’: Conservative columnist explains why GOP anti-impeachment ‘antics’ just crashed and burned

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and other House Republicans were clearly trying to rally the Trumpian base on Wednesday, when the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered its first public testimony. Jordan and Nunes aggressively tried to discredit the inquiry and the two witnesses who testified: diplomat William B. Taylor (U.S. ambassador to Ukraine) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George P. Kent. But conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in a Wednesday column, stressed that House Republicans — for all their “antics and conspiracy theories” — failed to show why Trump shouldn’t be impeached, while House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff and other House Democrats showed why he should.

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