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Welcome to a new week, OnPolitics readers. Hope you got some rest because we have much to catch up on.
First some breaking news ⚡️: Federal authorities say they’ve recovered the “majority” of the $4.4 million in cryptocurrency ransom paid to restore the energy system.
Also in this edition:
- West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is a no-go on voting rights legislation.
- Vice President Kamala Harris is in Guatemala to discuss migration.
- And a former president is once again making headlines.
It’ Mabinty, with the news of the day. Let’s do this.
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The veep’s first trip abroad
Vice President Kamala Harris in a trip to Guatemala Monday announced new initiatives to address corruption and human trafficking in the region, and continued to urge people from Central America to not come to the U.S.-Mexico border.
(🚨Her first trip abroad to Guatemala and Mexico got off to a rocky start Sunday, when a technical issue grounded the plane after about 30 minutes into the flight.)
Among the initiatives Harris announced:
- A new anti-corruption task force will be created that works with the Justice Department, Treasury Department and State Department to conduct investigations into corruption in the region.
- U.S. officials will train local law enforcement in Guatemala to conduct their own investigation into corruption facing their country.
- A new law enforcement task force, called the Joint Task Force Alpha, has been established to enhance enforcement efforts by the United States against human smuggling and trafficking groups in Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
What would you do to deal with this issue? Scholars and officials from across the political spectrum have a number of ideas for reforming U.S. immigration, with varying degrees of bipartisan support. USA TODAY surveyed a number of immigration experts for their potential reforms to the U.S. immigration system. Here are some of their responses.
News you should be reading:
- Tishaura Jones wants to reimagine policing in St. Louis. With rising crime and a push to ‘defund,’ can she do it?
- Joe Manchin will oppose For the People Act, putting Senate’s voting rights bill in peril
- Supreme Court: Immigrant who entered country illegally can’t get a green card because of TPS program
- Supreme Court declines to hear case questioning whether women must also register for the draft
- ‘We’ll consider other options’: White House signals motion on infrastructure without GOP
Donald Trump is back (again)
After more than three months behind closed doors, former president Donald Trump returned to the political stage Saturday by attacking Democrats and Republican critics while sweeping aside his own political problems, including social media bans and criminal investigations.
“It’s a disgrace what’s happening to our country,” Trump told delegates to the North Carolina Republican Party state convention in a rambling 85-minute speech that touched on an array of political themes and grievances.
In his first televised speech since late February, Trump issued standard attacks on President Joe Biden and “radical Democrats,” while repeating baseless claims of “voter fraud” in his 2020 election loss. Trump pledged to help Republicans win back Congress in the 2022 elections and suggested he might run again for president himself in 2024.
Meanwhile, Republicans at the state and local level are cementing their loyalty to the one-term president, assuring that Trump will remain the party’s future despite his defeat in November.
Congrats to Meghan & Harry on the arrival of Lilibet Diana 👑! —Mabinty
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