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House passes extensive voting rights bill

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House Democrats passed a sweeping voting rights bill over Republican opposition late Wednesday.

The For the People Act, also known as House Resolution 1, was approved along party lines on a 220-210 vote.

The legislation aims to lower voting barriers, expand access to the polls, put an end to partisan gerrymandering and set up public funding for congressional races.

It would also require states to offer mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration and a minimum of 15 days of early voting.

“What we are doing in this fight that we’re engaged in is to empower the people. This is called the For The People bill,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at an event on the Capitol steps before the vote.

“And in doing so, we combat big, dark, special-interest money in politics and amplify the voice of the American people,” she added.

Republicans have previously slammed the measure saying it would ultimately benefit Democrats through higher turnout.

“Democrats want to use their razor-thin majority not to pass bills to earn voters’ trust, but to ensure they don’t lose more seats in the next election,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on the House floor Tuesday.

The Biden administration — which has been a strong proponent of the bill — praised the policy’s approval.

“In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy, a never before seen effort to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the people, and a newly aggressive attack on voting rights taking place right now all across the country, this landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect the right to vote and the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen American democracy,” the White House said in a statement.

With Post wires

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Trump blasts Sen. Mitch McConnell at Mar-a-Lago dinner: report

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Former President Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “son of a bitch” during a donor soiree at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, according to a report.

Trump veered from his prepared remarks when he lashed out at the Kentucky lawmaker, Reuters reported, citing an attendee at the Republican National Committee dinner in Palm Beach, Florida.

Vice President Mike Pence was also a target of the ex-president’s ire.

Trump said he recently told Pence that he was still disappointed in him for not intervening to stop the congressional certification of President Biden’s election win — something the VP didn’t have the authority to do.

Pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to stop the vote certification some of them caught on camera shouting that Pence should be hanged.

Speaking to hundreds of top donors Saturday, Trump didn’t rule out seeking another term in 2024, but said any talk of him possibly running should wait until after the November 2022 midterm elections.

Representatives for McConnell and Pence did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

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Sole survivor of South Carolina shooting by Phillip Adams dies

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Sole survivor of South Carolina shooting by Phillip Adams dies

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A sixth person has died following a shooting earlier this week at the hands of a former NFL player who also killed four members of a South Carolina family, local officials said Saturday.

Robert Shook, 38, an air conditioning technician from Cherryville, North Carolina, has died from injuries sustained in the Wednesday shooting while he was working at the home, according to York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

Authorities say Phillip Adams killed Rock Hill physician Robert Lesslie; his wife, Barbara; two of their grandchildren, 9-year-old Adah Lesslie and 5-year-old Noah Lesslie; and another air conditioning technician, James Lewis, who had been working with Shook at the Lesslie home.

Adams later shot himself to death. His brain is now being examined for possible degenerative disease that has been shown to cause violent mood swings and other cognitive disorders in some athletes and members of the military.

Adams, 32, played in 78 NFL games over six seasons for six teams. He joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick out of South Carolina State, and though he rarely started, he went on to play for New England, Seattle, Oakland and the New York Jets before finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

As a rookie, Adams suffered a severe ankle injury and never played for the 49ers again. Later, with the Raiders, he had two concussions over three games in 2012.

Whether he suffered long-lasting concussion-related injuries wasn’t immediately clear. Adams would not have been eligible for testing as part of a broad settlement between the league and former players over such injuries, because he hadn’t retired by 2014.

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UK won’t welcome Prince Harry home: Brexit leader Nigel Farage

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At least one Brit doesn’t think Prince Harry should rush home for his beloved grandfather’s funeral.

Brexit leader Nigel Farage yanked up his welcome mat in a tweet slamming Harry and wife Meghan Markle for their terse statement on the death of Prince Philip Friday at age 99.

“For a couple that do public emotion as a career, this third person and one sentence statement shows their contempt for this great man and the monarchy,” Farage tweeted Friday.

“The British public will not welcome Harry and Meghan back, even for the funeral,” he added.

Buckingham Palace confirmed Saturday that Prince Harry, 36, will indeed make the trip home for the first time in a little more than a year to attend Prince Philip’s funeral — and that Markle won’t be with him.

The heavily pregnant Markle, 39, who is due to give birth to the couple’s daughter this summer, will stay home in California on her doctor’s advice — even though she flew to New York for a baby shower while seven months pregnant with son Archie in February 2019.

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