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One thing to watch out for: President Joe Biden will speak about the coronavirus pandemic during the President’s first overseas trip at 1:15 p.m. ET.
With Jordan Erb
1. ASK THE ARIZONA QUESTION: Pressure is mounting on the Department of Justice to intervene in the GOP-led election test in Arizona. Election experts tell insiders that given the lack of transparency about what even local Republican officials have dismissed as fraud, the federal government needs to get involved.
- Key quote: “Everyone has pointed out the myriad of problems with the so-called revision and yet it continues,” said Grant Woods, a former Arizona Republican attorney general who has become a Democrat. “At some point we have to make it clear in this country that you cannot do that.” Woods said he reached out to the DOJ to encourage them to send people to Arizona to monitor the exam more closely.
But officials are far from what Washington should be doing:
Some advised to stay away as far as possible: One official feared that the unintended consequences of such an action could be similar to the deadly Capitol uprising. “Could there be another uprising or interaction like the January 6th? You bet that, ”said Steve Gallardo, the only Democratic officer on the board of directors in Maricopa County.
- Others think it’s best not to do anything: If the Democrats believe the test is “a train wreck, then they should let the train go off the track, not prevent the train from breaking,” said Bennie Smith, a Democratic electoral officer in Tennessee who traveled to Arizona to order to oversee the exam.
The DOJ has warned the Arizona Senate President that the review could violate federal law: Pamela Karlan, principal assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, spoke to Arizona Senate President Karen Fann over reports that ballots and other election material were destroyed and destroyed under the supervision of cyber ninjas, cybersecurity Compromised would be to assist with the testing company that has no experience in connection with elections.
The audit can also take place soon: Ken Bennett, the Arizona Senate liaison overseeing the Maricopa County’s audit, said the handcount could end this week with a report released late next month or early August. Of course, previous government reviews found nothing wrong. Local officials have also promised to challenge any published report.
- But Arizona is unlikely to be the end of it: Lawmakers from several states, including Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado, have traveled to Arizona to watch the exam. Experts fear what happens in Maricopa County is only a preview of what is to come.
More about the competing pressures on the Justice Department.
2. Four million Americans quit their jobs in April – a 20-year record: Companies advertised 9.3 million job vacancies at the end of April, 12% more than in the previous month, said the Ministry of Labor. The number of vacancies rose most in the accommodation and catering sectors, which will become vacant after more than a year of pandemic restrictions. Companies have reported massive labor shortages in recent weeks.
3. According to reports, the Pentagon is considering air strikes after withdrawing from Afghanistan: Military officials are examining the possibility of supporting Afghan forces with air strikes, depending on whether the Taliban could take control of a major city in the country, reports the New York Times. The Biden administration had originally planned to end US air support after the troops withdrew, but concerns about the consequences of the withdrawal are said to have led them to rethink. Officials said no decisions had been made.
4. Progressives draw a red line in infrastructure talks: A handful of Democratic senators went public with their outrage after a White House official admitted in an interview that Biden might not receive some of his most ambitious climate proposals in a final infrastructure bill, Politico reports. Legislators reportedly fear that climate concerns will lose out in the search for a bipartisan deal.
- Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey:
5.Watchdog Says Protesters Were Not Cleared For A Trump Photo Op: Law enforcement officials cleared Lafayette Park in Washington, DC to put up fences – to avoid the now infamous June 2020 photo op of then-President Donald Trump at St. John’s Church, an internal watchdog from the Home Office concluded in a report. The report mainly focused on the park police and did not question intelligence officials or other authorities about the events that day. More on the conclusions of the report here.
6. Reports indicate that the US will buy 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine to ship around the world: The Biden government is providing 500 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s two-dose coronavirus vaccine, the Washington Post reports. This latest development follows the Biden government promising 80 million doses of vaccine to be exported along with the COVAX division of the World Health Organization. More about vaccination diplomacy here.
7. The world’s largest beef supplier paid hackers $ 11 million: JBS paid hackers a ransom after they temporarily disabled the company’s facilities, which process about a fifth of the country’s meat, the Wall Street Journal reports. A top manager said the payment was made to protect the company from further disruption and to try to minimize the impact of the hack on the supply chain. Amid a wave of attacks, some federal officials are helping deter companies from making such ransom payments.
8. Dr. Fauci has enough: Dr. Anthony Fauci hit his critics and said the recent attacks on him were “quite frankly, attacks on science”. Fauci told MSNBC, “People want to fire me or put me in jail for what I’ve done – which is to follow science.”
9. A New York mayor front runner tried to address concerns about living in New Jersey: Brooklyn District President Eric Adams showed reporters a basement room in a row house where he lived when he was not sleeping in the office. An investigation by Politico in New York raised questions about where Adams lived and where he slept most nights in the face of conflicting public information. Adams previously said he lived in his office. Rival campaigns quickly picked up the saga.
10. A herd of 15 elephants wanders through China and causes chaos: The elephants have been on the road for a year since they left their reserve in Yunnan Province in southwest China. On their journey, they knocked on people’s doors, stuck their suitcases through the residents’ windows, strolled into a car dealership and destroyed crops worth over a million US dollars. Photos of their expedition.
Today’s quiz question: Congress has seen that many lawmakers have represented more than one state during their careers. But James Shields is the only senator to represent three states. Can you name more than one of them? Email me your guess and a suggested question at [email protected].
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