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Biden’s first 100 days live updates: Biden agrees to narrow direct payment eligibility

Official White House Photo by Lawrence JacksonBy MICHELLE STODDART, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Wednesday is Day 43 of the administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.Here is how the day is unfolding. All time Eastern: Mar 03, 4:08 pmSchumer picks all-female leadership team for Senate Sergeant at Arms officeOn Wednesday, as Congress heard…read more »

Biden calls Texas decision to reopen ‘Neanderthal thinking’

Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesBY: STEPHANIE EBBS, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to end his state’s mask mandate “neanderthal thinking,” echoing frustration from top COVID-19 response officials in his administration that case numbers are not low enough to relax restrictions before more Americans are vaccinated.…read more »

First lady wades into school reopening debate with trip to two schools

Official White House Photo by Adam SchultzBy SARAH KOLINOVSKY, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — First lady Jill Biden is wading into the debate over reopening schools with a visit to two schools Wednesday in Connecticut and Pennsylvania alongside the newly confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.The trip is meant to give Biden, a community college teacher, and Cardona…read more »

Lawmakers grill officials on Jan. 6 timeline for deploying National Guard to Capitol

ALFSnaiper/iStockBy ALEXANDER MALLIN and BEATRICE PETERSON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — National security officials faced questions on Wednesday before a joint hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Rules Committee, the second hearing this week examining the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, as lawmakers look to drill down on lapses in intelligence sharing…read more »

House Democrats push to pass election reforms as GOP moves to change voting laws

hermosawave/iStockBy BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The House on Wednesday is expected to pass a sweeping ethics and voting rights package first introduced in 2019, one Democrats say is urgently needed as GOP-controlled state legislatures scramble to change voting laws in the wake of the presidential election.The “For the People Act of 2021” would…read more »

Meet Kathy Hochul, the woman who could succeed Cuomo if he leaves office

John Lamparski/Getty ImagesBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) — With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo under investigation for his miscounting of COVID-19 nursing home deaths and the New York attorney general reviewing sexual harassment allegations against him, the spotlight now shines on Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who would be the next in line if…read more »