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Michelle and Barack Obama at an inauguration ball in January 2009
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A Promised Land by Barack Obama review – an impressive but incomplete memoir


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US minority voters and the future of the Republican party


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Gary Younge on minority voters and the future of the Republican party

 State troopers beat civil rights protesters in Selma, Alabama on 7 March 1965. Photograph: Unknown/AP
Counted out: Trump's desperate fight to stop the minority vote
In March 1965, ABC interrupted a showing of its Sunday-night movie – Judgment at Nuremberg, a courtroom drama about Nazi war crimes – to show shocking footage from Selma, Alabama, where mostly Black protesters were being beaten bloody by mounted police with billy clubs as they tried to cross Edmund Pettus bridge into the city, demanding the right to vote.
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