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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 837,664; Tuesday, 839,500.
The White House is staring down a two-pronged attack in the coming days as President BidenJoe BidenBiden coronavirus vaccine-or-test mandate goes into effect On the Money — Democrats grow less confident in Manchin Fed Vice Chair Clarida to resign over pandemic stock trades MORE prepares to address voting rights in Atlanta today and deliver a speech on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.
Biden and Vice President Harris are set to visit the epicenter of the political South this afternoon as part of the Democratic pressure campaign to alter Senate rules in order to pass two wide-ranging election reform and voting rights bills. The president, a longtime defender of the filibuster, is expected to throw his weight behind a proposed exception from the 60-vote threshold specifically for voting rights legislation. It’s a change for Biden and is opposed by Republicans (The New York Times).
“Tomorrow is an opportunity to speak about what the path forward looks like,” said White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiUS looks to ward off Ukraine conflict in talks with Russia Overnight Health Care — Insurance will soon cover COVID-19 tests Democrats face moment of truth in filibuster fight MORE before confirming Biden’s pending call to change the rules in the upper chamber (Reuters).
The Hill: Biden to call expected Senate action on voting bills a “turning point.”
However, whether the chance of the concerted effort paying off in the form of legislative action remains slim to none. As The Hill’s Niall Stanage writes in his latest Memo, that circumstance also raises the question of whether Democrats are setting…