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Senate Democrats brace for defeat on signature voting and election bill amid stiff GOP resistance

Senate Democrats are on track to suffer a stinging defeat Tuesday with Republican opposition expected to sink a voting and election bill that Democrats have made a signature priority, an outcome that will underscore the limits of the party's power with the narrowest possible Senate majority.
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Stacey Abrams' 2022 political calculus

This week Democrats will try to advance a sweeping new voting rights bill in the US Senate. The legislation, which passed the US House of Representatives in March, would enact automatic voter registration, expand early voting, modernize our antiquated voting systems, and restore the voting rights of Americans with prior felony convictions.
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21 attorneys general oppose USPS plan to delay first-class mail, warning 4 to 5-day delivery times could have 'significant' impact on mail-in ballots

VENTNOR CITY, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 13: A USPS worker wearing a mask puts envelopes in a mailbox while driving past as the state of New Jersey continues Stage 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 13, 2020 in Ventnor City, New Jersey. Stage 2, allows moderate-risk activities to resume which includes pools, youth day camps and certain sports practices. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images Attorneys general from 21 states issued a statement opposing...
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The White House rejects increasing the gas tax to fund infrastructure, arguing it puts a bigger burden on average Americans

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Alex Wong/Getty Images The White House ruled out a gas tax increase on Monday as bipartisan infrastructure talks gain momentum. Psaki said the administration is "not going to stand for" any measure boosting taxes for households earning under $400,000. A Democratic negotiator said it is "clearly off the table" in the negotiations. See more stories on Insider's business page. The White House ruled out a gas-tax increase to finance a major infrastruc...
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New York City’s tumultuous mayor’s race closes as voters struggle to choose

Just 1% of the city’s registered voters have turned out so far in a primary filled with allegations and accusationsNew York City will effectively choose its next mayor in the coming days, drawing to a close a tumultuous election race marred by allegations of sexual misconduct, by the staff of one campaign launching a protest against their own candidate, and by accusations that at least one of the mayoral hopefuls doesn’t actually live in the city.The winner in Tuesday’s Democratic primary will, ...
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Squad goals: Ocasio-Cortez warns Biden patience is wearing thin

Cold reality intrudes on Biden’s first few months as leftist Democrats frustrated with president’s agenda stalling in CongressThey were pointed questions, not personal criticisms. But they will have conveyed a warning to Joe Biden that the patience of the left of the Democratic party and its leaders in ‘the Squad’ of progressive politicians is not infinite.“Are we passing the deal that helps working people the most?” asked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the firebrand New York congresswoman and best k...
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Covid ‘remains a serious and deadly threat’ for unvaccinated people, Biden says – as it happened

President hails 300m vaccine doses administered since JanuaryMike Pence heckled at conservative Christian summit in FloridaMcConnell says voting rights proposal is ‘rotten to the core’The inner circle egging on Trump and fueling his election lie 1.00am BST – Joan E Greve and Maanvi Singh 12.48am BST The history of the race massacre in Elaine, Arkansas, has always been contested.It is widely accepted that in 1919, a group of white men, with the backing of federal troops, tortured and kill...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new state budget that defunds the entire state legislature

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed Article X of the state budget, effectively defunding the entire legislature. Eric Gay/AP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defunded the state legislature while signing the state budget on Friday. Abbott made the decision after Democrats staged a walkout in May to prevent restrictive voting legislation from passing. Texas legislator pay is written into the state constitution, so legislative staffers will be most affected. See more stories on Insider's business page. T...
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Covid ‘remains a serious and deadly threat’ for unvaccinated people, Biden says – live

President hails 300m vaccine doses administered since JanuaryMike Pence heckled at conservative Christian summit in FloridaMcConnell says voting rights proposal is ‘rotten to the core’The inner circle egging on Trump and fueling his election lie 8.18pm BST Joe Biden took a couple questions from reporters after concluding his prepared remarks on his administration’s coronavirus vaccination efforts.One reporter asked the president for his response to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops takin...
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Mike Pence heckled with chants of ‘traitor!’ at conservative Christian conference – live

Former vice-president jeered at Faith & Freedom summitMcConnell says voting rights proposal is ‘rotten to the core’The inner circle egging on Trump and fueling his election lie 7.20pm BST More than 300 coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered since Joe Biden took office in January, the White House announced in a press release.“Today, thanks to the President’s COVID-19 strategy, the virus is in retreat. 300 million shots have been administered in 150 days, COVID-19 cases and deaths ha...
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Republicans slap down Manchin’s voting rights compromise – US politics live

Mitch McConnell says proposal is ‘rotten to the core’Manchin’s plan tries to attract bipartisan support in Senate 2.25pm BST Christopher Staudinger reports for the Louisiana Illuminator and Floodlight, a nonprofit that partners with the Guardian:One morning in September, word of layoffs began to spread quickly through Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in the small industrial community of Garyville, Louisiana. Related: A US oil company cut nearly 2,000 jobs – and reaped $2.1bn in pandemic benef...
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Joe Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday – as it happened

‘Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,’ president says‘It is time to move forward,’ Biden says after supreme court decisionSupreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millionsHouse votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade IraqNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 1.01am BST 12.16am BST A Republican congressman “ran as quickly as he could, like a coward” when a police officer injured in the attack on Congress on ...
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‘Battle Over Gun Control Emerging as 2022 Campaign Issue,’ Says Report

Gun control, according to The Hill, is officially a major campaign issue heading into 2022 U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- It is now official; according to The Hill, “The battle over gun control is emerging as a campaign issue heading into the midterms as gun violence rises in the U.S.” The report says Republicans blame “progressive efforts to reform and in some cases direct funds away from police departments.” Translation: Efforts in various cities to “Defund Police” have resulted in some agencies ...
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Biden makes Juneteenth a national holiday, giving federal employees Friday off

President Joe Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Joe Biden on Thursday enacted a law making June 19 a national holiday. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. The House and the Senate had passed the legislation this week. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill into law to make June 19, known as Juneteenth, a nat...
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Joe Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday – live

‘Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,’ president says‘It is time to move forward,’ Biden says after supreme court decisionSupreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millionsHouse votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade IraqNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 9.23pm BST Now that Joe Biden has signed the Juneteenth bill, June 19 officially becomes a federal holiday just two days before America commemorates the end...
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Obama says ACA ‘is here to stay’ after supreme court dismisses Republican challenge – live

Supreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millions House votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade IraqCongress approves Juneteenth as a federal holidayNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 7.25pm BST Joe Biden had a somewhat cheekier response on Twitter to the supreme court’s decision to dismiss the Obamacare challenge.“A big win for the American people,” the president said in a tweet. He also encouraged Americans to sign up for a ...
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US supreme court upholds Obamacare, preserving healthcare for millions – live

Supreme court dismisses challenge brought by Republican-led statesCongress approves Juneteenth as a federal holidayAll 14 ‘no’ votes from RepublicansNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 3.23pm BST Two of the three supreme court justices nominated by Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, sided with the majority to uphold the Affordable Care Act.The third justice nominated by Trump, Neil Gorsuch, joined Samuel Alito in dissenting to the majorit...
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Stumbling block: how West Virginia politics explains Joe Manchin

Critics say senator is indicative of the Democratic party in a state where marginalized people have been shut outThe West Virginia senator Joe Manchin has emerged as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the passing of Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda, declaring he will vote against a key voting rights bill and also blocking reform of the filibuster – a rule that at the moment allows Republicans to kill Democrat legislation.Yet Manchin is no Republican. He is a key member of Biden’s party,...
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Manchin’s blocking bid is no shock, say disgruntled West Virginia Democrats

Critics say senator is indicative of Democratic politics a state where marginalized people have been shut out by the status quoWest Virginia senator Joe Manchin has emerged as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the passing of Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda, declaring he will vote against a key voting rights bill and also blocking reform of the filibuster – a rule that at the moment allows Republicans to kill Democrat legislation.Yet Manchin is no Republican. He is a key member of Bide...
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Democrats are weighing moving immigration reform to help finance Biden's infrastructure plans without GOP support

Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks during a hearing, with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, on the Covid-19 response, on Capitol Hill on March 18, 2021. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images Tim Kaine said Democrats could potentially include immigration reform provisions to pay for infrastructure. "That could be a very legitimate way to look at trying to find a balanced package," he said. Some immigration provisions, however, could run into trouble given strict rule...
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House passes bill to make Juneteenth a national holiday and sends it to Biden's desk to be signed into law

A 2019 Juneteenth parade in Milwaukee. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images for VIBE The House on Wednesday passed a bill to make Juneteenth a national holiday. June 19 marks the day people who were enslaved in the US were emancipated. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, and it now heads over to Biden's desk for his signature. See more stories on Insider's business page. The House on Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation to make June 19, known as Juneteenth, a national holiday ce...
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10 Democrats and 10 Republicans sign onto bipartisan infrastructure deal, but nobody knows what's in it

President Joe Biden unveils part of his infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh on March 31. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Ten Republican senators and ten Democrats issued a statement saying they support a bipartisan infrastructure package. See more stories on Insider's business page. A group of ten Republican and ten Democratic Senators announced on Wednesday that they supported a bipartisan proposal for the infrastructure spending package.Sens. Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Chri...
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10 Democrats and 11 Republicans sign onto bipartisan infrastructure deal, but nobody knows what's in it

President Joe Biden unveils part of his infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh on March 31. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images Eleven Republican senators and ten Democrats issued a statement saying they support a bipartisan infrastructure package. That figure of Republicans could be enough for the skinny plan to clear the chamber, but some Democrats are already against it. Details on the bipartisan framework have been scarce. See more stories on Insider's business page. A group of eleven Republica...
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Republicans don't want to overhaul the economy as Biden's infrastructure plans draw strong public support

From left, Senate Minority Whip John Thune of South Dakota, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and Senate Republican Policy Committee Chair Roy Blunt of Missouri. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images Republicans are pushing to cut the size and scope of Biden's $4 trillion infrastructure plan. A new poll released Wednesday indicated the Biden plans are drawing 67% support among voters. A bipartisan framework is likely to constrain its focus to physical infrastructure. See more st...
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Progressives call on Justice Stephen Breyer to retire amid McConnell's threats to block future Supreme Court nominees

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Progressives are calling on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire. "For the good of the country, now is the time to step aside," an ad that ran in Politico read. The call comes after Sen. Mitch McConnell said he would block future nominees to the court. See more stories on Insider's business page. Progressives have mounted a p...
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States lift Covid restrictions as US passes 600,000 deaths – as it happened

America’s death toll from Covid-19 highest in the worldBiden arrives in Geneva for summit with ‘worthy adversary’ PutinNo sign of thaw between Russia and US ahead of Swiss summit 12.55am BST – Joan E Greve and Maanvi Singh 12.37am BST The chief executive of Morgan Stanley has become the latest US banking boss to call for an end to remote working, telling his New York staff that anyone who feels safe going out to a restaurant should return to the office.James Gorman admitted that the bank...
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States lift Covid restrictions as US passes 600,000 deaths – live

America’s death toll from Covid-19 highest in the worldBiden arrives in Geneva for summit with ‘worthy adversary’ PutinNo sign of thaw between Russia and US ahead of Swiss summit 11.19pm BST Lois Beckett in Los Angeles and Peter-Astrid Kane in San Francisco report: Bars at full capacity. No masks for vaccinated Disneyland goers. Fans sitting side-by-side at Giants and Dodgers games. Related: Goodbye masks, hello full bars: California lifts Covid rules in ‘grand reopening’ 10.45pm BST ...
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A bipartisan Senate group wants to fund an IRS crackdown on 'tax cheats' in nascent infrastructure proposal

Sen. Angus King (I-ME). Kevin Lamarque/Getty Images Senators on both sides of the aisle agree that the IRS should be funded in new spending. Sen. Angus King told Insider "there's a lot of money we're leaving on the table" and he understands "going after tax cheats" is part of a deal. Sen. Rob Portman, a prominent GOP lawmaker, said a $40 billion investment would go a long way. See more stories on Insider's business page. As bipartisan infrastructure talks plod on, funneling mon...
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US passes 600,000 deaths from coronavirus – live

America’s death toll from Covid-19 highest in the worldBiden arrives in Geneva for summit with ‘worthy adversary’ PutinNo sign of thaw between Russia and US ahead of Swiss summit 6.32pm BST With the US death toll from coronavirus passing the awful mark of 600,000, there is some more detail and context from the Associated Press. The advent of successful vaccines means Covid-19 deaths per day in the US have plummeted to an average of 340 from a high of more than 3,400 in mid-January. New cases...
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Kevin McCarthy won't let go of the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar, but Democrats have moved on

Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Ilhan Omar. Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Stephen Maturen/Getty Images Kevin McCarthy is perpetuating the GOP's smear campaign against Ilhan Omar. McCarthy is urging Pelosi to remove Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Pelosi has already signaled Democrats want to move on from recent misleading criticism of Omar. See more stories on Insider's business page. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar's removal from...
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