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The White House is not backing the Secure Elections Act in its current form, arguing it would place "inappropriate mandates" on states and would move power from states to Washington, White House Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told Yahoo News.

Why it matters: The administration's dispute against the bipartisan bill, which stalled in the Senate this week, echoes the concern some secretaries of state have about the bill. A handful of secretaries say it appears to be a federal overreach since it would require states to run post-election audits, and would allow states to double check if vote tallies match how people voted. The bill stalled Wednesday in part because of this same argument.

The details: The White House did not detail to Yahoo News what part of the bill it objected to and did not respond immediately to request for comment.

What they're saying: Although the administration "appreciates Congress' interest in election security, [the Department of Homeland Security] has all the statutory authority it needs to assist state and local officials to improve the security of existing election infrastructure," Walters said.

  • Walters indicated the administration thinks the Secure Elections Act duplicates "existing DHS efforts" and said it should not back "the imposition of unnecessary requirements" and "not violate the principles of Federalism."

Yes, but: Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen called for all states to get "verifiable and auditable" voting systems by 2020. And Vice President Mike Pence has asked states to update voting machines from electric ones that leave no way to cross check results.

The big picture: The funding available to states right now from Congress, $380 million, is not enough to update voting machines and providing funding for states to bolster their cybersecurity.

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Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

The latest: Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.

Hollywood union reaches deal with studios to avert strike

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A Hollywood workers' union reached a tentative deal with studios, networks and streamers that will guarantee better working conditions, meal breaks and increased wages for low-paid workers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced Saturday night.

Why it matters: The deal, which still needs to be ratified by IATSE members, will avert a nationwide strike by film and television workers that was set to start Monday. It would have been the first strike in the union's 128-year history.

Bill Clinton released from hospital following treatment for non-COVID infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was discharged from the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Sunday, nearly a week after he was admitted for a non-COVID-related infection, according to his spokesperson Angel Ureña.

What they're saying: "His fever and white blood cell count are normalized and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," wrote Dr. Alpesh Amin, who has been overseeing the team of doctors treating Clinton. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."

Worth noting: Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, per CNN.

  • The California-based medical team had been administering IV antibiotics and fluids, and was in constant communication with Clinton's New York team, including his cardiologist, according to the former president's physicians.
  • President Biden spoke by phone with Clinton on Friday to see how he was doing, and the catch-up included a discussion of recent politics.