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President Biden in a joint address to Congress on Wednesday urged the Senate to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose murder in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality.

What he's saying: "We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black Americans," Biden said. "Now is our opportunity to make real progress."

  • "It was nearly a year ago before her father’s funeral, when I spoke with Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s young daughter," Biden said.
  • "She said to me,'Daddy changed the world,'" the president added.
  • "After the conviction of George Floyd’s murderer, we can see how right she was — if we have the courage to act."
"My fellow Americans, we have to come together. To rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. To root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system. And to enact police reform in George Floyd’s name that passed the House already."
  • "I know the Republicans have their own ideas and are engaged in productive discussions with Democrats in the Senate. We need to work together to find a consensus," Biden continued. "But let’s get it done next month, by the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death."

The big picture: The House-passed bill overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling, Axios' Shawna Chen reports.

  • It would also establish a national registry of police misconduct to be managed by the Department of Justice.

Go deeper: Biden calls Chauvin verdict a "giant step towards justice"

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Congress to award Congressional Gold Medals to officers who protected Capitol

Photo: DEA/M. Borchi/Contributor via Getty Images

The Senate passed a bill via unanimous consent on Tuesday to award four Congressional Gold Medals to the Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 riot.

Details: Medals will be awarded to the Capitol Police and to the D.C. Metropolitan Police. Another medal will be displayed at the Smithsonian to honor the officers who responded to the riot, and a fourth will be put on display in the Capitol building.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
4 hours ago - Science

All-civilian Inspiration4 is back on Earth after flight to space

A side-by-side of the Inspiration4 crew and a shot of their capsule on the way back to Earth. Photo: SpaceX

The all-civilian Inspiration4 crew is back on Earth after their three-day mission in orbit.

The big picture: The launch and landing of this fully amateur, private space crew marks a changing of the guard from spaceflight being a largely government-led venture to being under the purview of private companies.

28 U.S. citizens depart Afghanistan on Qatar Airways flight

Passengers board a Qatar Airways aircraft bound to Qatar at the airport in Kabul on September 10, 2021. Photo: Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department on Saturday confirmed that a Qatar Airways charter flight left Kabul on Friday with 28 U.S. citizens and seven lawful permanent residents on board.

The big picture: Friday's flight is the third such airlift by Qatar Airways since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, AP reports.