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Sen. Kamala Harris. Photo: Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris spoke with Jacob Blake by phone during a private meeting with his family and legal team in Milwaukee, per a campaign official, four days after Joe Biden met with them in the wake of Blake’s shooting by Kenosha police. 

Driving the news: This is Harris’ first visit to a battleground state since being named Biden’s running mate. She's also meeting with local labor leaders and business owners to discuss workers’ rights, the economy and systemic racism. 

What she's saying: Harris told reporters that her message to the family was "to express concern for their well-being and of course, for their brother and their son's well being and to let them know that they have support."

  • "And they just do it with such dignity and grace. And you know, they're carrying the weight of a lot of voices on their shoulders," she said.

Details: Harris is meeting with four members of Blake’s family and three members of his legal team. Blake’s father and two sisters met with Harris in person, and his mother joined by phone. 

Attendees:    

  • Jacob Blake, Sr., Blake’s father
  • Letetra Widman, Blake’s sister
  • Zietha Blake, Blake’s sister
  • Julia Jackson, Blake’s mother (by phone)
  • Ben Crump, Blake’s attorney (by phone) 
  • Patrick Salvi, Jr., on Blake’s legal team 
  • B’Ivory LaMarr, on Blake’s legal team

Blake, who is paralyzed from the waist down after being shot in the back seven times by a Kenosha police officer, answered questions from his hospital bed during a court hearing on Friday.

  • In a video shared by his attorney Ben Crump on Saturday, Blake gave his first comments on his injuries, saying, "24 hours — every 24 hours, it's pain. ... It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side to side, it hurts to eat."
  • "Please, I'm telling you: Change y'all lives out there. We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out here, man, because there’s so much time that has been wasted," he said in the video.

Flashback: President Trump visited Wisconsin on Tuesday, where he met with business leaders and local law enforcement, but he didn't mention Blake in his remarks.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include what Harris said about the meeting.

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Updated Oct 28, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Unrest in Philadelphia after fatal police shooting of Black man

Demonstrators rally on Tuesday near the location where Walter Wallace was killed by two police officers in Philadelphia. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday during a tense second night of protests in Philadelphia over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old Black man.

Driving the news: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a joint statement a "full investigation" would be launched to answer questions that arose from video that captured part of Monday's incident.

Federal court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states

President Biden delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant following a meeting with his COVID-19 response team. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

A federal court in Missouri has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate for health care workers at federally-funded facilities in 10 states.

Why it matters: Monday's decision is the first victory for opponents of the rule, which requires health care workers to get vaccinated by Jan. 4, 2022. The case is one of four lawsuits challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) rule and argues that the mandate will exacerbate staffing shortages.

Twitter's next act

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is exiting the company he helped build at a time when its future has never been so uncertain.

Why it matters: The person who controls Twitter controls the de facto public square — with implications for politics, media and free speech.