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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that she is focusing her efforts on voter suppression, rather than running for president, because the ability to vote is "fundamental" to solving the most pressing issues facing the Democratic Party today.

LINSEY DAVIS: "You've decided not to run for president. Why is it a better personal choice for you to focus on voter suppression than to run for president?"
ABRAMS: "I've been privileged in my life to try many different things. I've been an entrepreneur. I've been a writer. I've been a tax attorney. I've been, what my mother calls, on a trajectory of downward economic mobility by taking on public service opportunities without regard to what the pay is. Because I don't think you go into politics for the money and you don't go into it for the title. You go into for the work, and with each decision that I've made about the jobs I apply for, which is what you do when you run for office, I make certain that it's the right job, that I'm the right person and it's the right time. And when I looked at this current crop of candidates running for the Democratic nomination, I think they're extraordinary, and I think voter suppression is an intrinsic problem that is bigger than just Georgia."

The big picture: Abrams rose to national prominence after running against now-Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) during the 2018 midterms and was viewed as a potential 2020 presidential candidate before ruling out a 2020 run last week. In the wake of her loss, Abrams refused to concede and strongly condemned tactics by Kemp to purge voter rolls in Georgia as secretary of state, labeling him an "architect of voter suppression."

  • Abrams will concentrate her efforts on a new voting rights program called Fair Fight 2020, which will work on gubernatorial elections in Louisiana, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Other highlights:

  • Abrams was also asked during the interview whether she believes President Trump is a white supremacist, as some 2020 candidates have labeled him: "I have said many times he's a racist, but more importantly, he does not value Americans and he does not value humanity."
  • She also defended former Vice President Joe Biden's controversial comments on race, saying: "I think if you listen to the whole of what Joe Biden says, it is consistent with Democratic values and always has been."
  • Abrams further noted that she'd consider a vice presidential gig, saying she is "open to the conversation, but we need to make sure we have a nominee first." Axios reported earlier this year that Biden advisers were debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Abrams as his VP.

Go deeper: Beto O'Rourke says he will put Abrams in charge of voting rights if elected

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HRW: Over 100 former Afghan security members dead or missing under Taliban rule

Members of the Taliban movement patrol Kabul's airport in September. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

The Taliban have "killed or forcibly disappeared" over 100 former members of Afghanistan's security forces since the group took power in August, a Human Rights Watch report published Tuesday found.

Why it matters: It means former military members and officials from the ousted government, activists and other Taliban critics are facing peril amid executions driven by revenge — despite Taliban promises of an "amnesty" with no retributions, notes the New York Times, which first reported the news.

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Barbados becomes a republic, replacing U.K. queen with president

Combination images of Dame Sandra Mason, president of Barbados, and Britain's Prince Charles at her swearing-in ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, late Monday.

Barbados officially became a republic at midnight local time after Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the Caribbean nation's first president in a ceremony attended by the United Kingdom's Prince Charles.

Why it matters: Mason replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state Tuesday — removing the country's final remaining colonial tie to the U.K. almost 400 years after the first British ships arrived in Barbados.

Right-wingers making McCarthy sweat for future Speaker post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands with his Republican colleagues outside the House on Nov. 17. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right-wing elements in the Republican Party are complicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the next speaker of the House should the GOP take back the majority in 2022.

Why it matters: While McCarthy has worked carefully to build trust among the conservatives who tanked his chances at clinching the speakership in 2015, they're still circling ahead of the next Speaker vote in January 2023.