Back in the United States, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has ordered a new special session of the state Legislature in a renewed effort to pass draconian voter suppression legislation. In response to a previous effort last month, almost every Democratic representative in the Texas House fled the state to Washington, D.C., denying the Republican majority a quorum. Texas Democrats are reportedly debating whether to leave the state once again ahead of Saturday’s special session. Today is the 56th anniversary of the signing of the federal Voting Rights Act.

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