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Former President Obama during a November rally in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former President Obama cited Monday the U.S. Capitol insurrection as a reason for supporting a voting rights proposal by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

Why it matters: The Senate is due to vote Tuesday on the Democrats' sweeping voting rights bill, the For the People Act.

  • Obama noted on a conference call for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee that he'd tried "not to weigh in on the day-to-day scrum in Washington" since leaving office in 2017, but the legislation "is more than just a particular bill coming up or not coming up to a vote," per Yahoo News.

What he's saying: "The violence that occurred in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, just a few months ago, should remind us that we can't take our democracy for granted," Obama said during the grassroots conference call, according to CNN.

  • "Around the world, we have seen once vibrant democracies go into reverse, locking in power for a small group of powerful autocrats and business interests and locking out of the political process dissidents and protestors and opposition parties and the voices of ordinary people," he added.
  • "It is happening in other places around the world and these impulses have crept into the United States. We are not immune from some of these efforts to weaken our democracy."
  • Obama accused Senate Republicans of "lining up to try to use the filibuster to stop the For the People Act" from being debated.
"In the aftermath of an insurrection, with our democracy on the line, and many of these same Republican senators going along with the notion that somehow there were [irregularities] and problems with legitimately in our most recent election. They are suddenly afraid to even talk about these issues and figures out solutions on the floor of the Senate. They don't even want to talk about voting. And that is not acceptable."

What to watch: The Democrats' voting rights legislation is unlikely to pass in the Senate unless it receives the required 60 votes or more, so it'll likely fail without Republican support.

Go deeper: Voting rights — and filibuster — in spotlight Tuesday

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Obama endorses Trudeau ahead of close Canadian election

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Former President Obama threw his support behind Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, saying he's "an effective leader and strong voice for democratic values" just days before the country's closely contested snap election.

Driving the news: Trudeau officially called for an early national election in August in the hopes of securing a parliamentary majority to help push through his progressive agenda.

UN chief urges U.S. and China to fix "dysfunctional relationship"

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a Sept. 13 press conference in Geneva. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / Coffini/AFP via Getty Images

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres raised concerns in an interview with AP, published Monday, of another Cold War between the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Guterres made the comments ahead of this week's UN General Assembly in New York. Guterres told AP the U.S.-U.K. deal to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia "is just one small piece of a more complex puzzle ... this completely dysfunctional relationship between China and the United States."

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FBI says human remains found in Wyoming likely Gabby Petito

Gabby Petito. Photo: FBI

Human remains found in Teton County, Wyoming, are "consistent with the description of" missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, FBI Denver official Charles Jones said at a news conference Sunday.

Details: The cause of death had yet to be determined, but Jones said: "Full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found Gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery." Authorities said they're continuing the search for her fiancé, Brian Laundrie.