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Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AF

The fight for voting rights ramped up this week, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the death of Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights activist who fought for equal voting rights throughout his life.

Driving the news: Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was arrested Thursday along with eight people in a voting rights demonstration in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Texas Democrats fled the state this week in an attempt to block Republicans from passing new voting restrictions.

  • Twenty Black women organizers met with Vice President Harris on Friday to discuss their concerns about voting restrictions nationwide and the need for support from the White House, CNN reports.

What they're saying: Harris and civil rights leaders say Lewis' life should serve as an example of how to promote legislation that expands voting access, per CNN.

  • "As we mourn his loss, we reflect on the legacy of an American hero," Harris said in a statement Saturday.
  • "Congressman Lewis fought tirelessly for our country’s highest ideals: freedom and justice for all, and for the right of every American to make their voice heard at the ballot box," Harris said.
  1. "I again call on Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act so I can sign them into law," President Biden said in a statement on Saturday. "With John’s spirit guiding us, we must be unafraid and never, ever give up."
  • "He struggled with the same process, the same issues, but he never gave up, he never gave in," civil rights leader Andrew Young told CNN. "He never got angry."

Go deeper: Civil rights giant Rep. John Lewis dies at 80

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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.

SCOTUS arguments changed after female justices were interrupted

Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Photo: Erin Schaff/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Wednesday that changes in the format of oral arguments were made in part after research showed that female justices were interrupted more by male justices and advocates, CNN reports.

Driving the news: Sotomayor said the studies, including one published in 2017, have had an "enormous impact" and caused Chief Justice John Roberts to be "much more sensitive" to people being interrupted on the court, per CNN.

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2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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