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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Monday that Senate Democrats are set to "fight like hell" in order to pass a sweeping new police reform bill, calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring it up by the end of the month.

Why it matters: The bill represents the most drastic overhaul of federal policing laws in decades, as Axios' Alayna Treene reported.

  • The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 aims to broaden police accountability, tracking "problematic" officers through a national misconduct registry and restricting "qualified immunity" for officers over actions in the field.
  • It would also reform police training, make lynching a federal crime, and ban chokeholds and the use of no-knock warrants in drug cases.

What they're saying: "We're here today in search of that vision — liberty and justice for all," House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said at the press conference to introduce the bill.

  • "Empathy and sympathy and words of caring for those who have died and suffered are necessary, but it's not enough. ... We must change laws and systems of accountability. We must pass legislation that makes our common values and our common ideals real in the law of our land," said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), one of the bill's key authors.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), another author, noted that the Senate failed last week to pass an anti-lynching bill, highlighting the difficulties of such reform.
  • "We cannot settle for anything less than transformative, structural change," added House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The other side: One aide in Senate Republican leadership told Axios that legislation with bipartisan support will be seriously considered, while suggesting that police issues might be better legislated at the state and local level.

  • It's unclear whether Republicans are willing to go as far as Democrats in terms of overhauling the nation's police system, thanks to potential backlash from both police unions and President Trump.

Read the bill's full text.

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Updated Sep 11, 2020 - Politics & Policy

These Senate seats are up for election in 2020

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There are 35 Senate seats up for election in 2020 — including a special election in Arizona — many of which are expected to be brutally competitive as Democrats vie for control of the Senate.

Quick take: The Senate is currently made up of 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats. Dems must win 3 or 4 GOP-held seats to take control of the Senate — 3 if the new vice president is a Democrat and 4 if not.

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Swimmer Chase Kalisz first American to win Tokyo Olympics gold medal

Chase Kalisz of Team United States celebrates after winning the Men's 400m Individual Medley Final on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images

Swimmer Chase Kalisz has become the first Team United States Olympian to win gold at the Tokyo Games.

The big picture: The Rio 2016 silver medalist's winning time in the men's 400 meters Individual Medley Final was 4 minutes 9.42 seconds. His teammate Jay Litherland took silver, .86 seconds behind him. Moments later, Kieran Smith grabbed a third medal for the U.S. when he won bronze in the 400-meter freestyle.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

DOJ won't investigate nursing home deaths in N.Y. and 2 other states

People who've lost loved ones due to COVID-19 while they were in New York nursing homes attend a March protest and vigil in New York City. As of this month, Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Department of Justice has decided not to launch a civil rights investigation into whether policies in New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan contributed to pandemic deaths in nursing homes, according to a letter sent to Republicans.

Why it matters: The Trump DOJ requested data from the three states plus New Jersey last August "amid still-unanswered questions about whether some states, especially New York, inadvertently worsened the pandemic death toll by requiring nursing homes to accept residents previously hospitalized for COVID-19," per AP.