Videos of Tire Nichols’ brutal beating and death in Memphis, Tennessee have renewed conversations about federal police accountability legislation, such as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
“We need a national conversation about this,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday on ABC’s This Week.
Congress is also back in session on Monday as lawmakers continue discussions on raising the debt ceiling to avert an economic crisis. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is due to meet with Speaker Joe Biden on Wednesday to discuss spending cuts in exchange for a debt ceiling increase.
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The public is also concerned about the classified documents of Biden and Trump: Identical percentages — 67% — relate to classified documents found in the possession of both Biden and former President Donald Trump, according to an NBC News poll.
The mission of the committee of representative Ilhan Omar remains to be determined: The House is expected to vote this week on whether to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. It’s unclear if there are enough votes for the effort backed by President McCarthy and Omar’s GOP opponents.
Trump is back on the campaign trail: The former president made appearances in New Hampshire and South Carolina on Saturday after his campaign has been largely quiet since launching in late 2022.
Tire Nichols’ parents to attend State of the Union
The grieving parents of Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old man who was brutally beaten and kicked by five former Memphis police officers before his death, will attend President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on February 7.
They were invited by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Steven Horsford, who is requesting a meeting with the president this week as part of a new campaign for police reform after the officers were charged with second-degree murder, of aggravated assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression in Nichols’ death.
“Mr. Nichols was a beloved father, friend and colleague, who should still be alive today,” Horsford, a Nevada Democrat, said in a statement. “The Congressional Black Caucus is troubled by the heartbreaking allegations underlying the brutal death of Tire Nichols at the hands of law enforcement and we must work to ensure that our justice system holds accountable the police officers who, with impunity, kill too many people in our communities.”
In addition to calling for a meeting with the president this week, having Nichols’ parents at the State of the Union will likely ensure Biden mentions his death and police reform during his hourly speech. prime time next week.
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Biden to tout infrastructure law at Baltimore tunnel
President Joe Biden is focusing this week on the bipartisan achievements of his administration. He’s hosting an event at 2:45 p.m. in Baltimore to highlight a major rail tunnel replacement funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act.
The focus comes as Biden prepares for his State of the Union address next month and a possible 2024 presidential campaign.
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Americans are also concerned about classified documents from Biden and Trump
Sixty-seven percent of Americans are concerned about classified documents found in the possession of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, despite multiple differences in the number of documents found and how Biden and Trump reacted to the discoveries , according to a poll released Sunday by NBC. News.
The survey also found that 50% of respondents disapprove of Biden’s job performance, compared to 45% who approve. The numbers also don’t bode well for Republicans, who have launched extensive investigations into the White House.
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Fifty-five percent of those polled said they thought House Republicans would spend too much time investigating Biden rather than focusing on other priorities. Fifty-four percent of respondents also said they thought Republicans would be too rigid in their surveys.
‘We’re here’: Trump reflects on election campaign in first voting states
Former President Donald Trump resumed his public campaign Saturday with new attacks on longtime targets: President Joe Biden, the 2020 election, federal and state prosecutors and a growing list of Republican opponents.
‘We will do it again,’ Trump told supporters as he introduced his ‘South Carolina leadership team’ at an event at the statehouse in downtown Columbia, capping a day trip that also took him to New Hampshire. Both states are holding early primaries in the 2024 presidential election.
Trump in trouble: Republican support for his 2024 candidacy falls amid political and legal setbacks
The trip comes after more than two months of political turmoil for Trump following his announcement in mid-November about his 2024 campaign. A growing number of Republicans say the former president cannot win next year and that the party should look for another standard bearer.
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