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Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled new efforts to help protect voting rights as complaints have grown louder from civil rights activists and other Democrats that the White House has not done enough to fight attempts by several Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot. President Joe Biden met with civil rights leaders in the West Wing, ...

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Biden meets US civil rights groups to battle voting restrictions

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden will huddle with civil rights groups on Thursday as Democrats seek a strategy to get voters to the polls despite restrictive rules passed by Republican-led legislatures in some US states. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, are hosting leaders from organizations including the NAACP to “discuss the fight to protect the constitutional right to vote,” the ...

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Biden visits Illinois to sell voters on families agenda

CRYSTAL LAKE: President Joe Biden on Wednesday turned his focus to pitching his proposed investments in families and education, using a visit to a community college in an Illinois swing district to highlight how his spending on so-called human infrastructure would boost the economy. The president toured McHenry County College, a community college in Crystal Lake with a workforce development ...

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US President Joe Biden terms January 6 Capitol riot ‘existential crisis’

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has said that the January 6 riot at the US Capitol was not dissent but disorder and termed the “vicious attack” an “existential crisis”, asserting that while the American democracy survived, it must be protected by standing up to hate, lies and extremism. President Biden issued a statement on Tuesday recognising the six-month mark of the ...

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California delays considering supervised sites for drug use

SACRAMENTO: California lawmakers will wait until next year to continue considering a bill that would give opioid users a place to inject drugs in supervised settings, the bill’s author said Tuesday. State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, said he was told the Assembly Health Committee will delay a hearing on his bill until January. The measure would ...

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Joe Biden going to Michigan to pitch his infrastructure package

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden plans to use a visit on Saturday to a Michigan cherry farm to talk up his bipartisan infrastructure package and additional plans for investing in families and education. He will go to Traverse City, which is hosting the National Cherry Festival – an event previously attended by Presidents Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford. Biden will ...

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New US LGBTQ-rights envoy sees reasons for hope and worry

NEW YORK: Jessica Stern, soon to become the State Department’s special diplomatic envoy for LGBTQ rights, sees a mix of promising news and worrisome developments almost everywhere she looks, both at home and abroad. In the United States, Stern’s admiration for President Joe Biden‘s moves supporting LGBTQ rights is offset by her dismay at other developments. These include persisting violence ...

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Critics worry Missouri measure reduces police accountability

More than half of all US states have enacted police reforms in the 13 months since George Floyd‘s death, but critics contend a Missouri measure would go the other way by reducing police accountability while increasing criminal penalties for some protest activities. Senate Bill 26, sometimes referred to as the police “bill of rights,” was approved by Missouri lawmakers in ...

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Astrazeneca covid vaccine: New claims of Covid vaccine graft in Brazil | World News

RIO DE JANEIRO: A senior official in Brazil’s health ministry has resigned after a newspaper published fresh allegations of corruption in the country’s vaccine program, adding to pressure on President Jair Bolsonaro. The Folha de S. Paulo daily reported claims Tuesday that Roberto Dias, the ministry’s logistics director, had sought a bribe from a company said to be negotiating the ...

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