World Biden continues attacks on GOP-led voter restrictions from overseas
Blinken's warning for Putin: He will answer for ransomware attacks
Secretary of State Tony Blinken warned that Vladimir Putin will have to answer for the ransomware attacks that caused meat and gas prices to skyrocket.'We would prefer to have a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia. We’ve made that clear. But we’ve made equally clear that if Russia chooses to act aggressively or recklessly toward us or toward our allies and partners, we’ll respond,' Blinken told Axios' Mike Allen in an interview that aired on HBO.
took a moment to attack efforts by GOP-led states to restrict voting as he arrived in Geneva, Switzerland on the eve of his highly anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin.
"We're seeing a coordinated attack on voting rights in this country. It's Jim Crow in the 21st century, and it must end," Biden tweeted. "Congress must enact legislation to make it easier for all eligible Americans to access the ballot box and prevent attacks on the sacred right to vote."
Republicans and Democrats have generally observed a tradition that "politics stops at the water's edge," avoiding partisan attacks while overseas. Biden's campaign criticized former President Donald Trump when he attacked Biden while overseas in 2019.
Biden to face global challenges from China, Russia as he departs for first foreign trip
President Biden is set to embark on his first trip overseas since taking office Wednesday – a trip where he will meet with G-7 and NATO allies on ways to address the coronavirus pandemic and an increasingly aggressive China and Russia. Biden is set to arrive in the United Kingdom Wednesday night. His first order of business will be a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday, before joining G-7 leaders for the group's summit over the weekend.
Biden has been insince last Wednesday meeting with world leaders.
At the same time, a group ofDemocrats headed to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris as part of a pitch for Congress to pass sweeping voting rights legislation. The group of Texas lawmakers staged a dramatic walkout back at home just before midnight on May 31.
The lawmakers met with the staff of Sen. Joe Manchin, a key Democratic opponent of the For the People Act, but did not meet with the senator himself. They called the meeting "extremely productive."
The Texas Democrats walked out of the state’s House chamber in order to deny Republicans the quorum needed to pass their voting restrictions bill, effectively killing it in regular session.
Joe and Jill arrive arm-in-arm for Royal reception with the Queen
President Joe Biden and Jill Biden joined The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family for a posh party Friday night for the leaders of the G7. The first couple arrived arm-in-arm; the president in a dark suit and stripped tie with the first lady wearing a trench coat over a dark dress. The bold-named reception, hosted by the 95-year-old monarch, was held in Eden Project, a lush, domed eco-tourism site built in a former quarry pit. It features several giant domes housing what the project's website calls 'the largest rainforest in captivity.'The Bidens spoke to The Queen in a reception line.
The bill would ban drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting and would require voters to request absentee ballots rather than allowing election officials to send applications to all voters, and curtail the use of drop boxes. It sets early voting hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Gov. Greg Abbott, who supports the bill, said he will call for a special session to bring it back.
Texas would have joined at least 14 states in enacting new restrictions since the 2020 election, including most notably Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Iowa.
The For the People Act is all but sure to fail without Manchin's vote and that of 10 Republicans. Manchin instead supports restoring the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which would restore a provision of the struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013 that required jurisdictions with a record of racial discrimination to receive approval from the federal government before altering voting laws.
The John Lewis bill, named after the late Georgia Democrat, could garner support from Republicans, though Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., remains opposed.
Georgia plans to remove 100,000 'outdated' names from voter rolls .
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger intends to remove 101,789 "obsolete and outdated" voter files from the state's voter registration rolls."Making sure Georgia’s voter rolls are up to date is key to ensuring the integrity of our elections," Raffensperger said in a statement. "That is why I fought and beat Stacey Abrams in court in 2019 to remove nearly 300,000 obsolete voter files before the November election, and will do so again this year. Bottom line, there is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the rolls.