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Former President Barack Obama delivered remarks during Rep. Elijah Cummings' funeral in Baltimore for Rep. Elijah Cummings Friday, calling the late congressman a "strong man" who fought "for the rights and opportunities of forgotten people all across America."

"Being a strong man includes being kind. There is nothing weak about kindness and compassion. There is nothing by looking out for others. There is nothing weak about being honorable. You are not a sucker to have integrity, and to treat others with respect."

More of Obama's eulogy:

"I was sitting here and I was just noticing the Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, and you know this is a title that we confer on all kinds of people who get elected to public office. We are supposed to introduce them as honorable but — but Elijah Cummings was honorable before he was elected to office. There is a difference. There is a difference if you were honorable and treated others honorably."
"As individuals and as a nation, to rule ourselves in good source — Elijah understood that. That's why he fought for that's why he embraced this beloved community of Baltimore. That's why he went onto fight for the rights and opportunities of forgotten people all across America."

The big picture: Cummings was an early supporter of Obama in 2008, and the two were personal friends.

Go deeper ... Thousands gather to say goodbye to Elijah Cummings

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Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

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President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

Biden signs racial equity executive orders

Joe Biden prays at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. PHOTO: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed executive orders on housing and ending the Justice Department's use of private prisons as part of what the White House is calling his “racial equity agenda.”

The big picture: Biden needs the support of Congress to push through police reform or new voting rights legislation. The executive orders serve as his down payment to immediately address systemic racism while he focuses on the pandemic.