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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths this morning: 837,664.
As of today, 74.3 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 62.5 percent is “fully vaccinated,” according to the Bloomberg News global vaccine tracker and the government’s definition. The percentage of Americans who have received third or booster doses is 22.7.
Voting rights week has arrived for President BidenJoe BidenAustralia agrees to .5 billion tank deal with US: report Jim Jordan rejects Jan. 6 panel’s request to cooperate in investigation SALT change on ice in the Senate MORE and Democrats as the party attempts to make the issue its centerpiece ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and following the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The issue has returned to the forefront for the White House despite a murky path forward. Biden is expected to up the stakes for the party to maneuver in order to pass a pair of voting rights and election reform bills that are considered priorities in a Tuesday speech in Atlanta.
As The Hill’s Brett Samuels notes, Biden and Vice President Harris — who is also slated to speak in Atlanta — both mentioned the threat to the right to vote in their respective speeches to mark the anniversary of the deadly Jan. 6 riot. However, their words are still likely to prove futile in the quest of passing either piece of legislation through the Senate, with Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSALT change on ice in the Senate Clyburn knocks Manchin for arguing voting rights vote must be bipartisan Lawmakers take stock of election laws in wake of Jan. 6 anniversary MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaLawmakers take stock of election laws in wake of Jan. 6 anniversary…