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Bishop Richard Malone offering communion in 2005, when he was a Bishop in Portland. Photo: Doug Jones/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

The Vatican on Wednesday announced the resignation of Buffalo, New York, Bishop Richard Malone following allegations that he mishandled sexual abuse claims, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Under Malone, who has been the bishop since 2012, the Buffalo Diocese became embroiled in scandal and now faces an FBI investigation and more than 200 lawsuits — even after he promised to enact reforms.

  • The Vatican said Malone would be temporarily replaced by Albany's bishop, Edward Scharfenberger, but did not explain the reason for his resignation.

In 2018, following numerous accusations of sexual assault at the hands of priests, Malone released a list of 42 priests who had been credibly accused of abuse.

  • But Malone's earlier draft of the list contained more than 100 names, his former administrative assistant said.
  • The assistant later accused Malone of deleting the most problematic names from the list, including the name of a priest who was accused of inappropriately touching two boys.

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AP: Justice Dept. rescinds "zero tolerance" policy

A young girl waves to onlookers through the fence at the US-Mexico border wall at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, California in Nov. 2018. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden's acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memo on Tuesday to revoke the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP first reported.

Driving the news: A recent report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized the internal chaos at the agency over the implementation of the policy, which resulted in 545 parents separated from their children as of October 2020.

Biden picks up his pen to change the tone on racial equity

Vice President Harris looks on as President Biden signs executives orders related to his racial equity agenda. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

President Biden is making a down payment on racial equity in a series of executive orders dealing with everything from private prisons to housing discrimination, treatment of Asian Americans and relations with indigenous tribes.

The big picture: Police reform and voting rights legislation will take time to pass in Congress. But with the stroke of his pen, one week into the job Biden is taking steps within his power as he seeks to change the tone on racial justice from former President Trump.

Most Senate Republicans join Rand Paul effort to dismiss Trump's 2nd impeachment trial

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Forty-five Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, supported an effort to dismiss former President Trump's second impeachment trial.

Why it matters: The vote serves as a precursor to how senators will approach next month's impeachment trial, making it highly unlikely the Senate will vote to convict. The House impeached Trump for a second time for "incitement of insurrection" following events from Jan 6. when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.