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Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law on Friday to require previously convicted felons to pay fees and fines before having their voting rights restored, Politico reports.

What's happening: The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law filed a federal lawsuit Friday in response to the new state law, saying in a statement it "undermines Floridians’ overwhelming support for Amendment 4."

Context: Amendment 4, which 5 million Floridians voted for last November, proposed allowing ex-felons who completed their sentences to vote. The ACLU and NAACP's joint lawsuit with NYU Law cites violations of the 1st, 14th and 15th Amendments.

  • State Republican lawmakers claimed their interest was clarifying “ambiguities” in the amendment. However, Democrats and voter rights groups argue that the measure intends to restrict the number of new voters in the battleground state, per Politico.
  • DeSantis said it was a “mistake” that Amendment 4 "restored voting rights to those convicted of violent offenses such as armed robbery and kidnapping," Politico reports. However, he indicated he could potentially support policy to restore other civil rights to former felons convicted of non-violent crimes.

Go deeper: Florida Republicans: Ex-felons can vote, after paying fines

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Progressives pressure Schumer to end filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

A progressive coalition is pressuring Chuck Schumer on his home turf by running a digital billboard in Times Square urging the new majority leader to end the Senate filibuster.

Why it matters: Schumer is up for re-election in 2o22 and could face a challenger, and he's also spearheading his party's broader effort to hold onto its narrow congressional majorities.

4 hours ago - Health

U.S. surpasses 25 million COVID cases

A mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The U.S has confirmed more than 25 million coronavirus cases, per Johns Hopkins data updated on Sunday.

The big picture: President Biden has said he expects the country's death toll to exceed 500,000 people by next month, as the rate of deaths due to the virus continues to escalate.

GOP implosion: Trump threats, payback

Spotted last week on a work van in Evansville, Ind. Photo: Sam Owens/The Evansville Courier & Press via Reuters

The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.