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Politics Biden's sway faces fresh challenges: The Note

14:06  11 june  2021
14:06  11 june  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Biden heads to the beach for Jill's 70th birthday

  Biden heads to the beach for Jill's 70th birthday President Joe Biden traveled to Delaware solo Wednesday afternoon for his first trip as president to his Rehoboth Beach house to celebrate first lady Jill Biden's 70th birthday.'No birthday plans. Just a quiet birthday at home,' Michael LaRosa, the first lady's spokesman, told DailyMail.com about the first couple's itinerary for the mid-week break.

The TAKE with Rick Klein

A trip designed to showcase the power and influence of President Joe Biden on the world stage has become crowded with questions about his sway -- both at home and abroad.

The president's G-7 meetings will bring him into contact with world leaders who are signaling a more skeptical stance than British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when it comes to Biden's ability to deliver on his promises and foster global growth.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden poses for a picture during a meeting ahead of the G7 summit at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, June 10, 2021. © Toby Melville/POOL/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden poses for a picture during a meeting ahead of the G7 summit at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, June 10, 2021.

And now, news of a bipartisan deal on infrastructure -- reached by five Democratic senators and five Republicans -- will test Biden's sway on his top domestic priority. Five Republicans, of course, is not 10 Republicans -- and getting to that number could cost votes in Biden's own party.

Biden is heading to Europe for his first time as president. What’s on his agenda, and what to expect

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Progressives who have been surprisingly quiet through much of Biden's first four-plus months in office are making new noises about what works for them. They're targeting climate change and tax reform as areas that need to be addressed, with not-so-subtle suggestions about where their votes might land if they aren't.

Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a flag © Toby Melville/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Meanwhile, inflation concerns underscore skepticism about the state of the economic rebound. And internal Democratic politics are again roiling House Democrats, with Rep. Ilhan Omar's latest comments on Israel drawing rare rebukes from inside her own party.

Biden's "America is back" message is a counter to former President Donald Trump's "America first" doctrine, and one intended to resonate at home and with U.S. allies overseas.

Jill Biden to meet the Queen

  Jill Biden to meet the Queen Almost five months into her new job, Jill Biden is still revealing what kind of first lady she wants to be, but one thing is already clear: you can call her "Jill."Biden has insisted at just about every turn that people address her by her first name. She means it -- people actually call her that or, sometimes, "Dr. B." The familiar approachability is part of the Biden narrative, and an aspect of her personality into which she leans hard.

Yet, the president now confronts inflection points in dealing with his own party and with both friends and adversaries he is set to meet. Biden's broad visions are coming up against some harsh realities.

The RUNDOWN with Averi Harper

Attorney General Merrick Garland is slated to give remarks on voting rights Friday and how the Department of Justice is working to ensure all Americans have access to the ballot box.

The speech comes just two days after Garland made an appeal in congressional testimony for increased funding for the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ to hire more attorneys, citing allegations of voter suppression.

Merrick Garland wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies on Capitol Hill, June 9, 2021. © Susan Walsh/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies on Capitol Hill, June 9, 2021.

"We are reviewing, as you would expect, allegations that come in with respect to voting," said Garland. "Voting is a fundamental element of our democracy. In fact, without it, without the right to vote, none of the other rights follow."

Unearthing Joe Biden's unsung English roots

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During that testimony, Garland reminded senators that protecting the rights of newly freed Blacks during Reconstruction was one of the department's initial mandates and protecting voting access in the 1960s became the crux of that mission.

Garland's speech Friday comes as Republican-led efforts to restrict voting access continue in states around the country and while federal legislation aimed at tamping down on the effects of those efforts remain stalled in the Senate.

The TIP with Alisa Wiersema

The nation's latest Republican-backed proposal to revise election practices emerged in Pennsylvania on Thursday, as state Rep. Seth Grove introduced House Bill 1300. The legislation seeks to tighten voter ID requirements, eliminate the state's permanent mail voting list and move up the deadline for requesting mail ballots by a week, among several other provisions.

The move comes a week after Grove, who serves as the chair of the House State Government Committee, pushed back on calls from some of his state's strongest Trump supporters for a statewide review of the 2020 election, like that of the "audit" in Arizona. "The PA House of Representatives will not be authorizing any further audits on any previous election. We are focused on fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat," Grove tweeted at the time.

Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon

  Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.

a group of people sitting at a table: Voters get ballots at Borough Hall in West Chester, Pa., May 18, 2021. © Daily Local News via Getty Images, FILE Voters get ballots at Borough Hall in West Chester, Pa., May 18, 2021.

Unlike Georgia and Texas -- where Republicans recently advanced bills to overhaul voting logistics -- the political maneuvering surrounding HB 1300 is further complicated in Pennsylvania by the state's Democrat governor, Tom Wolf, who would ultimately have to support the bill to sign it into law.

That outcome doesn't seem likely -- at a press conference Wednesday, Wolf said he would "veto any legislative efforts to roll back" access to the ballot box. "I will stand up for your freedom to vote, and I will not allow bad actors to put up barriers to voting in Pennsylvania," Wolf said.

THE PLAYLIST

ABC News' "Start Here" Podcast. Friday morning's episode features ABC News Senior Foreign correspondent Ian Pannell, who tells us what European leaders expect out of President Biden as the G7 summit gets underway. ABC News' Elizabeth Schulze explains why rising inflation could be a good sign for the economy. And former OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Jordan Barab has more on new Department of Labor rules for COVID safety in the workplace. http://apple.co/2HPocUL

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS WEEKEND

  • Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, appears on ABC's "The View."
  • On Friday, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Mrs. Carrie Johnson at 9:10 a.m. ET. At 9:20 a.m. ET, he participates in a group photo with other G-7 leaders. At 9:45 a.m. ET, he attends G-7 Summit Session 1. At 1:15 p.m. ET, the president and first lady participate in a reception, photo and dinner with other G-7 leaders and the royal family.
  • The House Administration Subcommittee on Elections holds a hearing at 11 a.m. on polling quality and restrictions in voting.
  • National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier are among the witnesses appearing before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations for a hearing on the strategic security environment and long-range emerging threats.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Madison, Wisconsin, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway are among the witnesses appearing before the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis at 12:30 p.m. for a hearing on building climate-resilient communities.
  • The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability holds a hearing at 2 p.m. on enhancing border security.
  • On Saturday, President Joe BIden will attend the G-7 Summit in Cornwall.
  • The Missouri Republican Party holds its annual statewide Lincoln Days event in Kansas City, Missouri. Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley host a breakfast on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House press secretary and Republican candidate for Arkansas governor, speaks at 5 p.m on Saturday.
  • On Sunday, President Joe Biden will attend the final day of the G-7 Summit in Cornwall. Later, he and first lady Jill Biden will meet with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle. Afterward, the president will travel to Brussels.
  • Sunday on ABC's "This Week": Co-anchor Martha Raddatz goes one-on-one with Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. Plus, the Powerhouse Roundtable discusses all the week's politics with ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, WestExec Advisors Managing Partner and former Obama Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy, former Texas Congressman Will Hurd and PBS NewsHour Senior National Correspondent Amna Nawaz.
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