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Mississippi passes bill banning transgender student-athletes from female sports teams

kuzma/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(JACKSON, Miss.) — Mississippi legislators have passed a bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing on female sports teams in schools and universities — one of over two dozen similar measures proposed by state lawmakers nationwide this year.The state House voted 81-28 Wednesday to pass the so-called Mississippi Fairness Act.…read more »

Biden calls Texas decision to reopen ‘Neanderthal thinking’

PinkOmelet/iStockBy STEPHANIE EBBS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to end his state’s mask mandate “Neanderthal thinking,” echoing frustration from top COVID-19 response officials in his administration that case numbers are not low enough to relax restrictions before more Americans are vaccinated.Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott announced…read more »

Biden’s first 100 days live updates: Biden to hold bipartisan meeting on cancer

Official White House Photo by Lawrence JacksonBy MICHELLE STODDART, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Wednesday is Day 43 of the administration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.Here is how the day is unfolding. All time Eastern: Mar 03, 2:44 pm Biden says relaxing COVID-19 precautions now is ‘neanderthal thinking’ Biden on Wednesday told reporters…read more »

First lady wades into school reopening debate with trip to two schools

Official White House Photo by Adam SchultzBy SARAH KOLINOVSKY, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — First lady Jill Biden began wading into the debate over reopening schools with a visit to two schools Wednesday in Connecticut and Pennsylvania alongside the newly confirmed Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.The trip was meant to give Biden, a community college teacher, and Cardona…read more »

Lawmakers grill officials on Jan. 6 timeline for deploying National Guard to Capitol

ALFSnaiper/iStockBy ALEXANDER MALLIN and BEATRICE PETERSON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — National security officials faced questions on Wednesday before a joint hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Rules Committee, the second hearing this week examining the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, as lawmakers look to drill down on lapses in intelligence sharing…read more »

House Democrats push to pass election reforms as GOP moves to change voting laws

hermosawave/iStockBy BENJAMIN SIEGEL, ABC News (WASHINGTON) — The House on Wednesday is expected to pass a sweeping ethics and voting rights package first introduced in 2019, one Democrats say is urgently needed as GOP-controlled state legislatures scramble to change voting laws in the wake of the presidential election.The “For the People Act of 2021” would…read more »