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Ann Romney and former First Lady Michelle Obama durning the 2007 Women's Conference. Photo: Steve Jennings/WireImage

Former First Lady Michelle Obama will appear with Ann Romney for an hour-long ABC special titled “VOMO: Vote Or Miss Out,” scheduled to air Sept. 14 to encourage Americans to vote in November's elections, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Why it matters: The duo's husbands, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and former President Barack Obama, ran against each other in the 2012 election.

What's happening: Actor Kevin Hart will host the televised program, described as a "non-partisan comedy event," and a number of stars are set to appear, including: comedians Whitney Cummings and Will Ferrell; radio presenter Charlamagne Tha God; actors Tiffany Haddish, Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson and others, according to the Tribune.

  • In addition to Michelle Obama and Ann Romney, other political figures will appear, such as: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain.

Of note: The program will outline voting details, "highlighting potential procedural changes caused by the pandemic, so that every voter has the knowledge and incentive to participate in the election this fall," ABC told the Tribune.

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Updated Dec 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

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Some elected Republicans are breaking ranks with President Trump to acknowledge that President-elect Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The relative sparsity of acknowledgements highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP, as his campaign moves to file multiple lawsuits alleging voter fraud in key swing states — despite the fact that there have been no credible allegations of any widespread fraud anywhere in the U.S.

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Experts fear a bad flu season on top of COVID

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Public health officials are warning that the U.S. may be on the verge of a dangerous double whammy: COVID and flu, spreading simultaneously.

The big picture: The Delta variant is still circulating across the U.S., and the Omicron variant isn't far behind. On top of that, experts see potential warning signs of a bad flu season, which could leave millions of Americans vulnerable and strain health care resources.

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Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Australia is joining the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses committed by China's government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Wednesday.

Driving the news: After the Biden administration's announcement that U.S. officials won't attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, Morrison said at a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit as "it's the right thing to do."