Daily Briefing: Michigan's 'uncommitted' voters

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A campaign calls on Michigan voters to choose "uncommitted" in Tuesday's Democratic primary to persuade President Joe Biden to demand a cease-fire in Gaza. Also in the news: While both sides of the Israel-Hamas war remain far apart, Israel sent a delegation to Qatar to continue negotiating an end to the conflict in a promising move. Why the U.S. hasn't developer better solutions for long COVID.

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What to know about the 'uncommitted' Michigan primary campaign

The Listen to Michigan campaign, along with the progressive political organizing group Our Revolution, launched a last-minute campaign calling for a protest vote to pressure Biden to demand a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war by voting “uncommitted” in the Democratic presidential primary Tuesday.

The campaign demonstrates Biden's fragile electoral prospects in Michigan if he doesn't change his administration's handling of the Israel-Hamas war.

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Listen to Michigan campaign manager Layla Elabed during a rally in Zussman Park in Hamtramck Feb. 25, 2024 called on voters who support a cease-fire in the war in Gaza to vote "uncommitted" in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary.
Listen to Michigan campaign manager Layla Elabed during a rally in Zussman Park in Hamtramck Feb. 25, 2024 called on voters who support a cease-fire in the war in Gaza to vote "uncommitted" in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary.

Biden says Gaza cease-fire could come by 'end of the weekend'

A pause in fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza could come as soon as the “end of the weekend” to allow the release of additional hostages still held captive by Hamas, said President Joe Biden. The U.S. has been working to negotiate a hostage deal between Israel and Hamas that would pause fighting in Gaza for at least six weeks. Israel has made a major concession in the talks, indicating a new willingness to trade the freedom of Palestinian prisoners convicted of major terrorist acts for the release of some Israeli soldiers captured in the Hamas-led attacks of Oct. 7. Read more

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Could a Georgia judge derail the Trump election fraud case?

After six weeks of explosive allegations and two days of bombshell testimony, a Georgia judge is now weighing whether to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis – and possibly her entire office – in the election fraud case against former President Donald Trump and 14 others who allegedly conspired to overthrow the 2020 presidential election that Trump lost in the state. What Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee decides, and when, could affect not only the outcome of a major criminal case against Trump but also whether that case proceeds before the presidential election in November. Read more

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