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

Republicans have moved rapidly towards declaring elections themselves to be illegitimate.

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.

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