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House Democrats pass sweeping elections bill as GOP legislatures push to restrict voting

(Washington Post) The House late Wednesday night passed expansive legislation to create uniform national voting standards, overhaul campaign finance laws and outlaw partisan redistricting, advancing a centerpiece of the Democratic voting rights agenda amid fierce Republican attacks that threaten to stop it cold in the Senate. The bill, titled the “For the People Act,” was given the symbolic designation of H.R. 1 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and it largely mirrors a bill passed two years ago in the early weeks of the House Democratic majority.

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House passes expansive police reform bill named in honor of George Floyd

(Washington Post) The House on Wednesday passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, an expansive police reform measure named for the 46-year-old Black man who died last Memorial Day after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for more than eight minutes. The bill passed 220-212 along mostly party lines with two Democrats voting against it and one Republican voting for it.

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R), says Republican goal is to delay relief bill as long as possible

(Alexander Bolton/The Hill) "Ron Johnson on WISN radio says goal is to prolong debate & votes on the relief bill as long as possible to turn public opinion against it. Says it could stretch to Sunday. He says model is opposition to 1993 supplemental approps bill that kept it on the Senate floor for 12 days."

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Amy Klobuchar says she would nuke the filibuster, bringing Dems closer to breakthrough

(Daily Kos) “I would get rid of the filibuster,” Klobuchar says. “I have favored filibuster reform for a long time and now especially for this critical election bill.” In the past, Klobuchar, who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, has indicated she was open to eliminating the filibuster, but these comments to Mother Jones are her most definitive statement to date.

Though her Democratic colleagues Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have said they would not support abolishing the filibuster, Klobuchar notes that the spread of new GOP anti-voting bills boosts the need for Democrats to enact HR 1—and that increases the pressure to end or alter the Senate filibuster. “We have a raw exercise of political power going on where people are making it harder to vote and you just can’t let that happen in a democracy because of some old rules in the Senate,” she says.

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Fauci calls loosening Covid-19 restrictions inexplicable as variants threaten another surge

(CNN) While tens of thousands of Americans are infected with the coronavirus each day and more research suggests variants threaten another surge, some state leaders are loosening Covid-19 restrictions against the recommendations of health experts. The decision to rollback measures is "inexplicable," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "I understand the need to want to get back to normality, but you're only going to set yourself back if you just completely push aside the public health guidelines -- particularly when we're dealing with anywhere from 55 to 70,000 infections per day in the United States," Fauci told CNN's Erin Burnett.

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GOP Lawmaker Says Face Masks Can Damage Souls

(Political Wire) Idaho state Rep. Karey Hanks (R) said she has “done some research” and concluded that face masks can cause injuries to “even our souls,” KTVB reports.

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Merrick Garland's Attorney General nomination delayed by GOP roadblocks

(The Hill) Merrick Garland's attorney general nomination is hitting GOP roadblocks that will likely delay his confirmation to lead the Justice Department until next week. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) — a member of the Judiciary Committee viewed as a potential 2024 contender — said on Wednesday that he is blocking an effort by Democrats to expedite Garland, whom they had hoped to confirm this week.

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