News Roundup: U.S. democracy now seen as threatened; counties sue to keep detention profits

News Roundup: U.S. democracy now seen as threatened; counties sue to keep detention profits

In the news today: The United States drops in status to that of a “backsliding” democracy, say experts—and it’s entirely because hoax-promoting Republicanism is now challenging the legitimacy of elections. The nation continues the interminable wait to see whether two Democratic senators can be coaxed into taking urgent climate and infrastructure action, even if it may mean one fewer Maserati in D.C. parking lots. And Illinois counties that have counted on the profits gained by imprisoning migrants are now suing to keep those profits going.

Here’s some of what you may have missed:

Manchin, Sinema chase after Republican mega-donors and betray their impoverished states

Supreme Court leaves unconstitutional Texas abortion ban in place for at least another week

Illinois counties that made millions from ICE contracts sue over law banning detention in state

United States is now a ‘backsliding’ democracy, says global watchdog

Anti-vaxxers start coughing on Kansas legislators they disagree with, because of course

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