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Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that President Biden's sense of urgency on voting rights reminds him of his predecessor Lyndon B. Johnson, who sat in the office during some of the most tumultuous points of the civil rights era.

Why it matters: Warnock's comments come days after the state passed a GOP-lead overhaul of its election laws last Thursday. Voting rights advocates have argued the law will disenfranchise a slew of Black people in the state by limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, and allowing challenges to voting eligibility, among other measures.

  • Warnock and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams have decried the bill and others proposed by Georgia's legislature as modern iterations of Jim Crow laws. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has said the law will ensure the state's elections are "secure, accessible and fair."

What he's saying: "I think the president is engaged on this issue. When I've talked to him, he's agreed that voting rights are foundational," Warnock said Sunday.

  • "But this is the work we have to do and I have to tell you, I was heartened when I heard him speak so clearly about how urgent this is, recognizing that this is Jim Crowe 2.0."
  • "It reminded me of another president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who when he saw what he saw was going on in the South, people standing up for their rights, he gave that famous address to the nation and he ended it by lifting up the words from the anthem of the movement. He said 'we shall overcome.'"

Biden last week called the law the "Jim Crow in the 21st century," and told reporters later Friday that the Justice Department was examining it.

  • "This law, like so many others being pursued by Republicans in statehouses across the country is a blatant attack on the Constitution and good conscience," Biden wrote in a statement.

Worth noting: Democrats have positioned a sweeping voting rights package they introduced at the national level in Congress as a counter to the Georgia law, and other potential state laws they say could restrict voting rights.

  • "You're going to see that we are going to find a way to secure voting rights and pass the kind of legislation that expands, rather than contracts our democracy," Warnock said.

Go deeper: Georgia governor signs law curbing voting access

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Updated Mar 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden calls Georgia's voting restrictions "Jim Crow in the 21st Century"

Photo: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden condemned Georgia's voter restrictions Friday, calling the newly-signed law "Jim Crow in the 21st century."

The big picture: Georgia is the first battleground state to pass such a law in the aftermath of the 2020 election. The law imposes new ID requirements, limits the use of ballot drop boxes and bans non-poll workers from giving food and water to voters in line, among other restrictions.

Scoop: Garland defends DOJ's handling of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday that federal prosecutors "are doing exactly what they are expected to do" in seeking accountability for the "intolerable assault" on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Allies of former President Trump, including Republican congressmen, have criticized the department's treatment rioters charged with crimes, and sought to recast the insurrection as a righteous protest. Garland's testimony with be his first appearance before the panel.

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Police charge man with murder of British MP David Amess

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Police said Thursday that Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British man, has been charged with the murder of David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K.

The big picture: Last week, the Metropolitan Police declared the fatal stabbing a terrorist incident, saying that they had found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."