How can we save our democracy from partisan gerrymandering, the influence of big money in politics, voter suppression and the spread of disinformation? Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., says it is through the pro-democracy reforms of a bill he has authored: the For the People Act (H.R. 1 and S. 1 in the current Congress). He asserts that a majority of the American people, regardless of their party affiliation, agree with him. He sits down with , and new “Skullduggery” host , legal expert and former Senate Judiciary Committee staffer, to talk about the sweeping implications of these proposals, and whether there will be enough political will to overcome the Senate filibuster and GOP opposition.
Rep. John Sarbanes (), U.S. congressman, D-Md., author of H.R. 1
Michael Isikoff (), chief investigative correspondent, Yahoo News
Dan Klaidman (), editor in chief, Yahoo News
Victoria Bassetti (), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice
H.R. 1, the For the People Act,
H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021,
H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Enhancement Act of 2019,
by Kendall Karson and Meg Cunningham, ABC News (March 20, 2021)
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During a memorial service at the US Capitol Rotunda for Officer William Evans, President Joe Biden picked up a toy dropped by the officer’s daughter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told his family that while “no words are adequate” to address their loss, “we hope it’s a comfort to you that so many now know about your dad and know he’s a hero”. “And that the President of the United States is picking up one of your distractions.” Officer Evans was killed outside the Capitol on 2 April after a driver struck two officers before slamming into a security barrier outside the Capitol, then exited the car with a knife, according to police.
WINDSOR, England (Reuters) -Prince Harry praised Prince Philip on Monday for his devotion to "granny" Queen Elizabeth, and described the late duke as a mischievous host who could captivate his guests with unpredictable remarks. Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth who had been at her side throughout her 69-year reign, died at Windsor Castle on Friday, aged 99. "Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself," Harry, who returned to the United Kingdom from Los Angeles for Philip's Saturday funeral, said in a statement.
Military veterans who are in financial hardship would receive an extra £10 a week in state benefits under proposals being put forward by the Scottish Tories. Douglas Ross said his party would use Holyrood's welfare powers to introduce a top-up payment for former servicemen and women in receipt of Universal Credit. The Scottish Tory leader is also proposing to develop a specific help to buy scheme that would assist veterans onto the property ladder. In another pledge to be unveiled in the Tory manifesto for the Holyrood elections, the party will call for the Armed Forces Covenant – which guarantees current and former military personnel equal access to public services, jobs and housing – to be written into Scottish law. The measures around housing are intended to address disproportionality high levels of homelessness among Scotland's 220,000 veterans. Around 800 were assessed as homeless over the course of a year, according to the most recent statistics. The Tories said that writing the covenant – which says current military personnel and veterans should "have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen" – into law would resolve "confusion" about what it means. Mr Ross said: "Scotland has long played a proud and essential role in our military history. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to our service men and women, but warm words are not enough. Too many veterans and families are failed, and their sacrifices go unrecognised. "Our Armed Forces and Veterans Bill will further enshrine the voluntary Armed Forces Covenant into law. This will ensure that military personnel in Scotland are guaranteed access to a variety of key services." He also highlighted the Scottish Tories' successful campaign for Ministry of Defence compensation to protect troops from the impact of the SNP's higher income tax rates and said: "We truly value the sacrifices made by those who have served our country and know how difficult the transition to civilian life can be. "We want servicemen and women who choose to make Scotland their home know that they are in a country fit for heroes."