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Kyle Griffin

Senior Producer. MSNBC's @TheLastWord. Opinions mine. Suburban women, will you please like me?

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President Biden called George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, on Monday.

Floyd tells NBC that Biden "was just letting us know that he was praying for us and hoping that everything would come out to be OK."

"He knows how it is to lose a family member."

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White House officials are closing in on a large spending plan centered on childcare, paid family leave, and other domestic priorities.

The package could amount to at least $1 trillion of new spending and tax credits.

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Republicans have tried and largely failed to define Biden — or even to make people dislike him. Now, they're admitting as much.

"It's probably harder to attack somebody who is relatable and likable."

"It's always harder to fight against a nice person."

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The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin "advised" him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions.

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The Democratic Mayor of Dayton, Nan Whaley, has announced a bid for Ohio governor.

"When you've been through what Dayton has ... it molds you, puts a little steel in your spine, makes you strong enough to stand up to the biggest bullies and fight."

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The White House has appointed a new voting rights adviser.

Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt worked on voting rights issues in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division under former President Obama.

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Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote.

The hearing will feature testimony from Stacey Abrams, Sen. Raphael Warnock, and Sherrilyn Ifill.

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Biden: "When Pres. Obama asked me to consider being his Vice President, Fritz was my first call and trusted guide. He not only took my call, he wrote me a memo. It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership and helped provide a model for my service."

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President Biden: "It's with great sadness that Jill and I learned of the passing of Vice President Walter Mondale, but great gratitude that we were able to call one of our nation's most dedicated patriots and public servants a dear friend and mentor."

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Today, the Senate advanced the nominations of Lisa Monaco for deputy attorney general, 94-3, and Vanita Gupta for associate attorney general, 50-49, moving one step closer to filling key roles in Biden's Justice Department.

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VP Kamala Harris: "Each time I open my desk drawer and see his signature there, alongside the signatures of 11 other Vice Presidents, I will be reminded of and grateful for Vice President Mondale's life of service."

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VP Kamala Harris: "Vice President Mondale was so generous with his wit and wisdom over the years. I was able to speak with him just a few days ago and thank him for his service and his steadfastness. I will miss him dearly, and my heart is with his family today."

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Sen. Klobuchar: "Today, my heart is heavy. A minister's child and son of Ceylon, Minnesota, VP Mondale was a true public servant in every sense of the word. He was someone who always treated people with dignity and respect, and I was privileged to call him my friend and mentor."

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Sen. Tina Smith: "I loved Walter Mondale and I'm not the only one. Mondale was a giant not only because of the positions he held ... but because of the work that he did. He provided his strong, compassionate, clear, and fearless voice to the world for over six decades."

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Mondale spoke by phone on Sunday with President Biden and former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as Vice President Harris and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz.

While he and his family believed death was imminent, after those calls he "perked up."

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Jimmy Carter: "I mourn the passing of my dear friend Walter Mondale, who I consider the best vice president in our country's history. During our admin, Fritz used his political skill and personal integrity to transform the vice presidency into a dynamic, policy-driving force."

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Former VP Walter Mondale in a farewell letter to his staff:

"Together we have accomplished so much and I know you will keep up the good fight.

"Joe in the White House certainly helps."

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Family says former Vice President Walter Mondale has died at 93.

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VP Harris made a surprise visit to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum during a trip to Greensboro, N.C.

The museum houses the historic Woolworth’s lunch counter where four Black students sat on Feb. 1, 1960, in defiance of segregation rules.

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The House just passed the Secure And Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, federal legislation to provide legitimate cannabis businesses access to banking services.

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The Trump admin's confused effort to retrieve Americans overseas during the early weeks of the COVID outbreak compromised the safety of the evacuees, federal employees and communities near where Americans returned to, according to a new watchdog report.

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The Biden admin has ordered U.S. immigration enforcement agencies to stop using terms such as 'alien,' 'illegal alien' and 'assimilation' when referring to immigrants in the United States, a rebuke of terms widely used under the Trump admin.

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Prosecution closes:

"You were told, for example, that Mr. Floyd died because his heart was too big ... Having heard all the evidence, you know the truth. And the truth of the matter is that the reason George Floyd is dead is because Mr. Chauvin's heart was too small."

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White House nomination sent to the Senate: Ketanji Brown Jackson, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, vice Merrick B. Garland, retired.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical examiner finds US Capitol Police officer who died after insurrection suffered stroke, rules it natural death.

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The Biden admin will allocate $150 million from the American Rescue Plan to community-based health care providers across the nation to help boost their coronavirus response for underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

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Speaker Pelosi: "Today is a solemn day as the closing arguments are presented in the George Floyd murder trial ... As outraged as we are by his death, let us be prayerful that the truth will prevail and will honor George Floyd's memory."

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Sen. Joe Manchin has thrown his support behind the PRO Act, union-backed legislation to promote labor organizing.

The PRO Act would block 'right-to-work' laws and impose tougher restrictions on companies seeking to prevent unionization efforts.

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A federal judge is preparing to revoke bail for two top leaders of the Proud Boys, a paramilitary right-wing extremist group, who had been free while awaiting trial on charges stemming from their role in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have announced the introduction of the Green New Deal for Public Housing Act. The legislation aims to strengthen public housing communities, improve living conditions for residents, and create jobs.

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The United Mine Workers of America leadership supports President Biden's green energy policies in exchange for a robust transition plan toward new jobs.

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Leader Chuck Schumer says the Senate will vote on the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act this Wednesday.
"I dare any senator to vote against this legislation."

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to CNN on mass shootings: "I do think this is a public health crisis."

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It's over: The Supreme Court won't hear a Republican challenge to Pennsylvania's ballot deadline.

There were no noted dissents to the Court's dismissal.

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Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government has announced.

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Prosecution to the jury in the Chauvin trial:

"Use your common sense. Believe your eyes. What you saw, you saw."

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Biden officials estimate that 90% of Americans now live within 5 miles of a vaccination site as a result of the expanded federal channels.

Nearly 40,000 pharmacies are now equipped to put shots in arms through a direct-to-pharmacy federal vaccine program.

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Fauci to CBS on vaccine skeptics: "The ones that keep saying you're encroaching on our liberties by asking us to wear masks and to do the kinds of restrictions that are public health issues — the easiest way to get out of that is to get vaccinated. So it's almost paradoxical."

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Beginning today, everyone across the U.S. over the age of 16 is eligible for a COVID vaccine.

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Over and over and over, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has described his COVID-19 vaccination plan in just two words: "Seniors First" — yet the addition of two extra words at the beginning might have made it far more accurate: "Rich" and "White."

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