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House Democrats push to pass election reforms as GOP moves to change voting laws
hermosawave/iStock By BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The House on Wednesday is expected to pass a sweeping ethics and voting rights package first introduced in 2019, one Democrats say is urgently needed as GOP-controlled state legislatures scramble to change voting laws in the wake of the presidential election.The "For the People Act of 2021" would automatically register people to vote and restore the voting rights of felons. It would also mandate more than two weeks of early voting, encourage voting-by-mail and expand absentee ballot drop boxes across the country -- along with other provisions meant to address concerns raised...
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First lady wades into school reopening debate with trip to two schools
Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz By SARAH KOLINOVSKY, ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- First lady Jill Biden is about to wade into the debate over reopening schools with a visit to two schools Wednesday in Connecticut and Pennsylvania alongside the newly confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.The trip is meant to give Biden, a community college teacher, and Cardona an opportunity to see how schools nationwide are taking different approaches to reopening, as teachers, parents and school district officials grapple with how to get kids in classrooms safely.The first lady and the secretary will be stopping by two schools that...
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Michelle Obama speaks out about Biden inauguration, kids' edition of "Becoming"
ABC News By KATIE KINDELAN, NICOLE CURTIS and DANIELLE GENET, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Former first lady Michelle Obama is speaking out for the first time since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, sharing the "reality" that faced guests on the stage as they watched the former vice president be sworn on the same platform where two weeks earlier a mob of angry rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol."The mood was wonderful, but it was also mixed," Obama said in an interview with Robin Roberts that aired Wednesday on ABC News' Good Morning America. "I think everyone was concerned about...
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Meet Kathy Hochul, the woman who could succeed Cuomo if he leaves office
John Lamparski/Getty Images By IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo under investigation for his miscounting of COVID-19 nursing home deaths and the New York attorney general reviewing sexual harassment allegations against him, the spotlight now shines on Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who would be the next in line if Cuomo leaves office.Hochul, 62, would be New York's first female governor if she assumes office. New York faced a similar change in power in 2008 when David Paterson assumed the office following Gov. Eliot Spitzer's resignation over a prostitution scandal.The upstate native, who has...
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Biden hits Russia with sanctions for opposition leader Navalny's poisoning, detention
Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz By CONNOR FINNEGAN and PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The White House announced President Joe Biden's first sanctions against Russia on Tuesday over the Russian government's poisoning and detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a State Department official confirmed to ABC News Monday.The Biden administration sanctioned seven "senior" Russian officials and added one government research institute and 13 businesses to its export restrictions, senior administration officials announced Tuesday morning.Amid criticism that the administration did not go far enough, the Russian Foreign Ministry blasted the announcement as a "hostile anti-Russian attack ... devoid of...
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FBI director testifies for first time since Capitol assault
uschools/iStock By ALEXANDER MALLIN and LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Testifying in front of Congress for the first time since the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers Tuesday he was "appalled" about the violent attack while defending the bureau's handling of the rising domestic terror threat in recent years."I was appalled that you, our country's elected leaders were victimized right here in these very halls," Wray said in his opening statement. "That attack, that siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple and his behavior that we, the FBI view as domestic terrorism. It's...
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COVID-19 vaccines rescued by boat amid severe flooding in Kentucky
Kentucky River District Health Department By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(LEE COUNTY, Ky.) -- After severe flooding almost jeopardized a Kentucky health department's COVID-19 vaccine storage, a crew of public health and emergency response personnel helped salvage 150 doses via a water rescue, officials said.Rising waters took out the power at the Lee County Health Department, located in downtown Beattyville, on Sunday night. By Monday, the generators powering the freezers needed to safely store the vaccines were taking on water. So, the public health officials decided they had to get the supply to a safe location.The local community health nurse said...
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Biden's first 100 days live updates: Tanden withdraws her nomination to lead OMB
Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz By MICHELLE STODDART, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Tuesday is Day 42 of the administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.Here is how the day is unfolding. All time Eastern: Mar 02, 6:51 pmNeera Tanden withdraws her nomination for OMB directorFacing insurmountable math in the Senate, Neera Tanden has withdrawn her nomination for Office of Management and Budget director."I appreciate how hard you and your team at the White House has worked to win my confirmation. Unfortunately, it now seems clear that there is no path forward to gain confirmation and I...
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Biden says there will be enough vaccine for American adults by end of May
OlegAlbinsky/iStock By JUSTIN GOMEZ and SARAH KOLINOVSKY, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Joe Biden announced a major partnership Tuesday afternoon between pharmaceutical giants Merck & Co. and Johnson & Johnson to help produce J&J's newly authorized vaccine and changed the vaccine timeline, saying there would be enough for every American adult by the end of May."About three weeks ago, we were able to say that we'll have enough vaccine supply for adults by the end of July, and I'm pleased to announce today, as a consequence of this stepped-up process that I've ordered and just outlined, this country will have enough...
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Senate confirms Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as Biden commerce secretary
JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images By LUKE BARR and ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary by a vote of 84-15.Raimondo is the first woman to serve as governor of Rhode Island as well as a former general treasurer of the state, and is credited with revamping the state’s pension system.She also has won praise for the way the smallest state in the country has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, but has faced criticism over the vaccine rollout.Her nomination was briefly put on hold by Texas GOP Sen. Ted...
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Biden's effort to end Yemen war hindered by continued fighting, funding shortfall
Oleksii Liskonih/iStock By CONNOR FINNEGAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Not long after President Joe Biden took office he moved immediately to push for an end to the war in Yemen -- pausing two arms sales to Saudi Arabia, naming a special envoy to reinvigorate diplomacy, and lifting the U.S. designation of the Houthi rebels as terrorists after aid groups warned it would spell disaster.But just over two weeks later, his administration is now sanctioning more Houthi leaders, as the movement's forces continue their offensive against a key northern city and their rocket and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia. And despite Yemen...
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Supreme Court wrestles with voting rights and race discrimination
Kuzma/iStock By DEVIN DWYER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with whether and how to impose limits for the first time on a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 meant to combat racial discrimination in state election laws.During oral arguments in a case out of Arizona, conducted via teleconference because of the pandemic, the justices grappled with how to interpret and enforce Section 2 of the act, which says any measure which "results in a denial or abridgment" of voting rights "on account of race or color" is illegal."The language is very clear. It...
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