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Georgia GOP candidate Brian Kemp was foiled by his own state’s voter ID law when he tried to vote

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Georgia Secretary of State and GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp had problems with his voter ID when he went to cast his ballot on Election Day.

“It turns out his voting card was invalid,” a reporter with Atlanta’s WSB-TV revealed in a video report on Kemp’s issues voting at his polling place in Winterville, Georgia. 

According to the Georgia Secretary of State website, voters must present a Georgia driver’s license, government employee ID, valid U.S. passport, valid military ID, valid tribal ID or a free voter ID card distributed through a country registrar or Department of Driver Services Office.

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The ABC affiliate did not explain what the issue with the GOP candidate’s identification was and added that Kemp was eventually able to cast his ballot.

On November 2, a federal judge struck down Georgia’s “exact match” voter ID law that, according to NPR, flagged “voter registrations that have discrepancies with other official identification documents used by the state.”

U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross called the law a “severe burden” on voters after the NAACP and other civil rights group filed lawsuits against the state and claimed the law disenfranchised minority voters.

Kemp has been accused of suppressing minority votes repeatedly this election cycle as he ran against Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams who would become the first black female governor in the country if she wins.

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On Election Day, allegations of voter suppression at the hands of the secretary of state were raised again when two precincts in largely African-American districts reported that they could not turn on electronic voting machines because they were not provided power cords.


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Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing

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The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.

Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.

Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.

Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.

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Lebanon information minister resigns over Beirut blast

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Lebanon’s information minister Manal Abdel Samad on Sunday quit in the first government resignation since a deadly port blast killed more than 150 people and destroyed swathes of Beirut.

?After the enormous Beirut catastrophe, I announce my resignation from government,? she said in a statement carried by local media, apologising to the Lebanese public for failing them.

A number of MPs also submitted their resignations a day earlier due to the explosions.

On Saturday afternoon, thousands took to streets in downtown Beirut in anti-government protests that demand the overhaul of the political system, days after massive explosions.

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Trump admitted on live TV he will ‘terminate’ Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November

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President Donald Trump on Saturday afternoon openly vowed to permanently "terminate" the funding mechanism for both Social Security and Medicare if reelected in November—an admission that was seized upon by defenders of the popular safety net programs who have been warning for months that the administration's threat to suspend the payroll tax in the name of economic relief during the Covid-19 pandemic was really a backdoor sabotage effort.

Announcing and then signing a series of legally dubious executive orders, including an effort to slash the emergency federal unemployment boost by $200 from the $600 previously implemented by Democrats, Trump touted his order for a payroll tax "holiday"—which experts noted would later have to be paid back—but said if he won in November that such a cut would become permanent.

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