How we met: ‘When Hillary Clinton lost the election we decided to leave America’

Rebecca Roldán Gordon, 37 and Nick Reynolds, 38, met online as teenagers. They have endured ill-health and homelessness together, and have supported each other to transition to non-binary and male. They live in Andalucía Like many teenagers, Rebecca Roldán Gordon loved spending time on the internet. In 1999 they began writing to Nick Reynolds, who […]

Xernona Clayton: the civil rights legend who befriended a KKK leader – and changed his mind

An extraordinary activist, she fought for integrated hospitals, helped organise the March on Washington and became the first Black TV presenter in the south The words of Xernona Clayton’s friend and mentor Martin Luther King Jr still ring in her ears, she says, not least his dictum that “if you can change a man’s heart, […]

Biden hails ‘stunning progress’ on Covid but warns Americans: ‘Do not let up now’ – live

President lauds vaccination effort to reduce cases and deaths Texas sheriff who criticized Trump is nominated to head Ice CDC relaxes guidelines on mask-wearing for Americans Republicans still orbiting Trump dark star fail to derail Biden 10.28pm BST Joe Biden and Jill Biden will visit former president Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter […]

Fight to vote: why US democracy is at a tipping point – video

The new Georgia voting rights law makes it harder to vote, especially for communities that tend to vote for Democrats – and that’s what Republicans want. But it’s not just Georgia: these restrictive voting laws are being considered in nearly every state in America, from Arizona to Texas to Florida. These efforts come on the […]

Will Smith and Antoine Fuqua film pulled from Georgia over voting bill

Emancipation, based on the life of an enslaved man named Peter, will no longer film in the state A major Apple Studios film telling the story of a man who escapes slavery that is set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua and star Will Smith will no longer film in Georgia as a result of […]

Rat poison found in bodies of 80% of American eagles

Carcasses of 109 bald and golden eagles examined in study Eagles probably exposed by predatory and scavenging activities Rat poison has been found in the bodies of an estimated 80% of American eagles, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Related: Bald eagle attacks government drone and sends it to bottom of […]

Joe Biden announces first steps to curb ‘epidemic’ of US gun violence

President condemned gun violence as an ‘international embarrassment’ after series of recent shootings around the US US politics – live updates Joe Biden, under pressure to act after a slew of mass shootings, has announced his first steps to curb the “epidemic” and “international embarrassment” of gun violence in America. The president has prioritised the […]

Stephen Colbert: ‘How dumb is Matt Gaetz?’

Late-night hosts dig into the sex scandal engulfing longtime Trump ally and the corporate wars over Georgia’s voter restriction law After a week on holiday, Stephen Colbert returned to the Late Show on Monday evening to discuss the “career implosion” of the Florida congressman Matt Gaetz, a longtime Trump lackey now under investigation by the […]

Trump and Carlson lead backlash as MLB pulls All-Star Game from Georgia

Former president calls on fans to ‘boycott baseball’ Obama lauds MLB ‘for taking a stand on behalf of voting rights’ Donald Trump and Tucker Carlson led rightwing backlash after Major League Baseball said it would not play its All-Star game in Georgia because of a new law that restricts voting rights in the state. Related: […]

Major League Baseball pulls All-Star Game from Georgia over voting law

Move comes after Governor Brian Kemp signs measure making it significantly harder to vote Major League Baseball will not hold its annual All-Star Game in Atlanta this year, after Georgia passed a law that makes it significantly harder to vote. The announcement is perhaps the most consequential action taken since Georgia governor Brian Kemp, a […]

Apple’s Tim Cook joins chorus in denouncing Georgia’s voting law

Company is latest to speak out against law that restricts voting access in the state that was passed last week Apple chief executive Tim Cook joined the chorus of business leaders who have come out in support of voting rights in light of voting restrictions Georgia’s governor signed into law last week. “The right to […]

Joe Biden condemns Georgia voting law: ‘This is Jim Crow in the 21st century’ – live

President said Republican lawmakers are trying to make it harder to vote Lawsuit argues cable news giant used false claim to boost ratings Half of all US adults to receive at least one vaccine dose by 29 April Dr Walensky notes 7% increase in case numbers Georgia’s Republican-led legislature passes sweeping voting restrictions Sign up […]

Stacey Abrams on Republican voter suppression: ‘They are doing what the insurrectionists sought’

The ‘coordinated onslaught’ of bills touts the big lie of voter fraud that fueled the 6 January insurrection, says the former Georgia candidate for governor There may be no politician better suited for a moment when democracy is under attack than Stacey Abrams. A decade ago, when few saw any chance of Georgia becoming a […]

Biden calls on Congress to pass assault weapons ban after Boulder shooting – live

President also urges Senate to pass bills to close background checks loopholes Biden team turns focus to $3tn infrastructure plan Senate confirms Boston mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary Photos show migrants held in overcrowded Texas facility Biden strikes new tone but Mexico remains US’s wall against migrants 9.30pm GMT All Georgia residents, 16 and […]

Trump backs challenge to Georgia official who refused to overturn election

Brad Raffensperger refused to back effort to flip election result Former president backs Republican congressman Jody Hice US politics – live coverage Donald Trump advanced his quest on Monday to purge elected Republicans who refused to go along with his attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election, announcing an endorsement in Georgia in an effort […]

‘We all know hate when we see it’: Warnock rejects FBI chief’s view of Atlanta shootings

FBI director: ‘it does not appear motive was racially motivated’ What the Atlanta shootings reveal about the US Law enforcement officials including the director of the FBI have said the shootings in Atlanta in which eight people were killed do not appear to have been racially motivated, but the Georgia senator Raphael Warnock said on […]

The woman seeking to unseat Republican extremist Marjorie Taylor Greene

Democrat Holly McCormack is ready to take on the Trump devotee in 2022 – but it’s no easy task in a deep-red Georgia district “I’m taking on the queen of Qanon: Marjorie Taylor Greene,” reads one tweet from Holly McCormack. “Retweet if you think Marjorie Taylor Greene is an embarrassment to our country,” says another. […]

The Guardian view on anti-Asian hate: not just a pandemic problem

The killings in Atlanta come in the context of a recent global surge in abuse and assaults, with deeper roots The fear, anger and heartbreak felt when news broke that eight people had been killed in shootings in Atlanta on Wednesday, six of them women of Asian descent, was multiplied by the extraordinary response of […]

‘That hit home for me’: Atlanta reeling after spa shootings of Asian Americans

Locals mourn eight victims killed on Tuesday at spas in area that has long functioned as red-light district of sorts Atlanta spa shootings – live updates Christina Lee said her Vietnamese mother came to mind when she heard about the shootings at Aromatherapy Spa and Gold Spa in Atlanta on the night of 16 March. […]

Russia worked to damage Biden in 2020 election, US intelligence report finds – live

Moscow planted ‘misleading or unsubstantiated allegations’ – ODNI Biden in Pennsylvania says coronavirus aid will ‘change lives’ Harris tells UN ‘democracy depends on women’s empowerment’ Moderna to begin coronavirus vaccine trials on babies Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 9.31pm GMT It’s been a lively day so far in […]

The healthy nurse who died at 40 on the Covid frontline: ‘She was the best mom I ever had’ – video

Yolanda Coar was 40 when she died of Covid-19 in August 2020 in Augusta, Georgia. She was also a nurse manager, and one of nearly 3,000 frontline workers who have died in the US fighting this virus, according to an exclusive investigation by the Guardian and Kaiser Health News. The Guardian has profiled hundreds of […]

Warm khachapuri flatbreads take me back to Georgia – here’s the recipe | Marcel Theroux

A plateful of this delicious cheese-filled bread – and a big glass of Georgian red wine – evoke memories of a joyous meal in the foothills of the Caucasus One of the most unforgettable meals I’ve eaten was with a Georgian wine-making family, the Vatsadzes, at their home in Racha, in the foothills of the […]

Beginning review – a Jehovah’s Witness under attack in Georgia

The wife of a congregation leader is beset by religious and sexual bigotry in Dea Kulumbegashvili’s powerful feature debut Georgian writer-director Dea Kulumbegashvili’s fierce feature debut, about a Jehovah’s Witness whose faith is tested, opens with an act of hostility. The camera observes from a fixed point at the back of a Kingdom Hall as […]

Riots, effigies and a guillotine: Capitol attack could be a glimpse of violence to come

Fresh calls for extreme action circulate on social media forums as the FBI warns of planned protests leading up to the inauguration A guillotine outside the state capitol in Arizona. A Democratic governor burned in effigy in Oregon. Lawmakers evacuated as pro-Trump crowds gathered at state capitols in Georgia and New Mexico. Cheers in Idaho […]

‘You can’t lose a single vote’: can Biden navigate the 50-50 Senate?

Each senator will wield an inordinate amount of power and is likely to prove a tricky challenge for the incoming president Democrats may have reclaimed control of the Senate with two victories in Georgia but their majority is slim and will herald an era where every senator wields an inordinate amount of power over the […]

How Black voters lifted Georgia Democrats to Senate runoff victories

Huge turnout – fueled by in large part by Stacey Abrams and LaTosha Brown – was key for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff Black voters showed up in record numbers for Georgia’s Senate runoff election on Tuesday, handing the Democratic Senate candidates the Rev Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff decisive victories against the Republican incumbents […]

Stephen Colbert on Trump’s Georgia call: ‘Like if Watergate and the Ukraine scandal had a baby’

Late-night hosts unpack Trump’s shocking phone call urging Georgia’s secretary of state to overturn the election and GOP politicians’ refusal to certify the results Late-night hosts returned to the air on Monday evening for the new year, although 2021 was already looking a lot like the 2020 mess just left behind. “We’re off to a […]

Seth Meyers: ‘If you’re not calling this an attempted coup, what are you calling it?’

Late-night hosts discuss Trump’s pressuring of the Georgia governor, the runoff Senate elections and the Covid-19 surge “We are in the worst stage of the pandemic so far, and the outgoing president is laser-focused on two things: overturning the election results and counter-programming Joe Biden’s inauguration,” said Seth Meyers in the bleak first line of […]

Sunday with Ilse Crawford: ‘I see bathing as a spiritual experience’

The designer and her husband are particular about steam baths and coffee What wakes you up? The sound of a coffee grinder. My Colombian husband is very pedantic about what we drink, so he’ll get it ready. The rest of my day is spent adrift: I can take my time to think without needing to […]