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Former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Image

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Saturday criticized President Trump and other Republicans during a speech on voting rights in which he said Jim Crow-era laws were returning.


You’ve got Jim Crow sneaking back in. You know what happens when you have an equal right to vote? They lose."

Details: Biden made the remarks during his first presidential campaign stop in South Carolina — where black voters play a vital role in the South’s first presidential primary, per AP.

Why it matters: A September report by the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found Justice Department efforts to protect minority voters' rights have declined since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision to invalidate a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act. The House Oversight Committee is investigating allegations of voter suppression in several states.

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NRA files for bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for voluntary bankruptcy as part of a restructuring plan.

Driving the news: The gun rights group said it would reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment." Last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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Biden: "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution

Joe Biden. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden promised to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase vaccine manufacturing, as he outlined a five-point plan to administer 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations in the first months of his presidency.

Why it matters: With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention warning of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus, Biden is trying to establish how he’ll approach the pandemic differently than President Trump.

A new Washington

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the city should expect a "new normal" for security — even after President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The state of play: Inaugurations are usually a point of celebration in D.C., but over 20,000 troops are now patrolling Washington streets in an unprecedented preparation for Biden's swearing-in on Jan. 20.