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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 837,664; Tuesday, 839,500; Wednesday, 842,322.
American presidents like to talk about rights. Official Washington often obsesses about rules.
On Tuesday, President BidenJoe BidenMcConnell: Rounds ‘told the truth’ about 2020 election Abrams thanks Biden for Georgia speech, backs call for Senate rules change Overnight Health Care — Biden officials take heat at Senate hearing MORE tackled both during an expansive speech about voting rights and alleged voter suppression delivered against the Atlanta backdrop of the civil rights movement and what progressives describe as a 2022 campaign to thwart racism and save democracy.
After months of hedging about whether he favored jettisoning the 60-vote filibuster rule he had long defended as a senator, Biden said two bills dealing with voting rights and elections are so important to enact through the 50-50 Senate that he wants an exception to the filibuster requirement.
The Hill: Biden calls for changing Senate rules to allow voting bills to pass.
Neither the proposed filibuster exception nor the bills themselves are expected to garner sufficient support, but in a midterm year that looks increasingly grim for many Democratic candidates, the president laid down rhetorical markers. His muscular rhetoric pulls back the curtain on race-tinged and bitter partisanship during this election year and is a tacit admission that Biden’s focus on wooing his Democratic colleagues to enact the stalled $2 trillion Build Back Better agenda is on a back burner.
The president, who was a Delaware senator for 36 years, said Tuesday that he had become a converted realist since Jan. 6, 2021, about scorched-earth political motives and the…