Breaking news this Thursday, On Politics readers. The Justice Department is suing the state of Texas in an attempt to block the enforcement of a strict abortion law decried by the Biden administration as an untenable denial of reproductive health care for women.
What President Joe Biden is doing today: Months after proclaiming the U.S. was on the verge of independence from the pandemic, President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on how he plans to combat the spread of a contagious variant of COVID-19 that’s driving up daily new cases and once again overwhelming hospitals.
In case you missed last night: The Biden administration asked 11 officials appointed by former President Donald Trump to military service academy advisory boards to resign or be dismissed, CNN first reported Wednesday.
The list includes prominent members of Trump’s cabinet, such as former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former senior counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and former national security advisor H.R. McMaster.
OnPolitics also has an appointment of its own. I’m Amy Nakamura, a politics audience fellow for USA TODAY. Originally from Hawai’i, I’ve traded in the beach for the National Mall to bring you the latest news from Washington alongside Mabinty.
In some other Amy-related news:
In a post on Medium, the former 2020 democratic presidential candidate shared that she was diagnosed with stage 1A breast cancer after a biopsy in the spring. After other tests, she underwent a lumpectomy to remove a tumor in her right breast. In May, she began radiation therapy.
age 25 starting next year.
The Supreme Court halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate Wednesday who asked that his pastor be permitted to lay hands on him and pray while he dies.
John Ramirez, convicted of a 2004 murder at a Corpus Christi convenience store, asserted that a Texas policy prohibiting his pastor from placing his hands on him during his execution violated his First Amendment right to practice his religion without government interference.
Ramirez’s execution had been set to take place after 6 p.m. CT. In a one-paragraph order, the court stayed his execution and granted his request to hear his case.
What happens next? The court said it would hear arguments in the appeal in October or November.
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Don’t forget! Check in with your doctor for a check-up. Take care of yourself – Amy and Mabinty