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Kamala Harris speaks on voting rights at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on July 8. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that the Democratic National Committee will invest an additional $25 million to expand its voter access initiatives ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Why it matters: Harris has been tasked by Biden to lead efforts to protect voting rights, as dozens of GOP-led states consider new voting restrictions.

  • Last month Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' sweeping voting rights bill.

The big picture: According to the DNC, the $25 million investment will go to efforts aimed at:

  • Registering millions of new voters.
  • Assembling a voter protection team to use the courts to counter efforts to limit polling access, defend voting rights and beat back legal challenges to election results.
  • Investing in digital communications and television advertising, and partnering with social media companies to educate voters.
  • Assembling a technology team to contact voters targeted by voter suppression efforts.

What they're saying: Speaking at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Harris said, “This is the fight of our lifetime."

  • "In states, Americans have successfully blocked some anti-voter bills from becoming law — and others are being challenged in court," she added.
  • "In Congress, we are working to pass two bills into law that would protect and strengthen voting rights. And there is another important component of our work together, and that is mobilizing to ensure Americans vote in the elections coming up ahead," she said.

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Focus group: Child tax credit expansion divides swing voters

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Some swing voters say the most important elements to preserve in Democrats' massive social spending package are the ones that would lower prescription drug costs, reduce pollution and make childcare or pre-K free or more affordable.

Yes, but: Considerably less popular among Trump-to-Biden voters: Extending the expanded child tax credit to 2025.

U.S. elected to rejoin UN Human Rights Council after exit under Trump

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. has been elected to rejoin on the UN Human Rights Council, the State Department announced Thursday, three years after former President Trump walked out on the panel citing bias against Israel.

Flashback: The Biden administration announced in February it planned to rejoin the council, acknowledging what it called an "unacceptable bias against Israel," but arguing that being a member would help the U.S. advance its own interests.

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Facebook is a news media magnet

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Data: Signal AI; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

New data finds that Facebook has been mentioned in more online stories in the U.S. in the past year than all of its major tech competitors combined.

Why it matters: Press scrutiny of Facebook has become so intense and negative that the tech giant is reportedly planning to rename itself as soon as next week to signal that it's more than just a social media company.