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Biden Pledges To ‘Restore’ U.S./WHO Relationship ‘For all its shortcomings, missteps’

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Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden held his first press conference in 89 days on Tuesday.

Speaking to the public from Wilmington, Deleware, Biden accused the President of mishandling the COVID-19 outbreak and explained a number of corrections he’d make to his policies, including increasing testing and contact tracing capabilities, and “restoring” the country’s relationship with the World Health Organization, recognizing that the organization’s had it’s ‘shortcomings and missteps.’

“We have to immediately restore our relationship with the World Health Organization for all its shortcomings and missteps over COVID-19. This is why WHO was created. It is essential to coordinating a global response during a pandemic. And the United States should be leading that response as we had in the past,” Biden said.

He added, “COVID-19 will likely worsen at the outset of flu season this year, so we need to put in place measures now, now to ensure the seasonal flu vaccine can be ready, available, and administered safely to those who need it under social distancing guidelines, especially for seniors.”

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President Donald Trump has been hard on the WHO for its close relationship with China and for its mishandling of the pandemic. Last month, Trump announced that the U.S. will “terminate” its relationship with the group after earlier announcing that he would halt U.S. funding, citing the organization’s “China-centric” ties.

The WHO has on a number of occasions misled the world on the spread of COVID-19. Initially, the WHO said there was no evidence of “human-to-human transmission” of the virus, and, even more recently, said then backtracked that the asymptomatic transmission is “very rare.”

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New York City Dems Push Law to Allow 800,000 Non-Citizens to Vote in Municipal Elections

The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections

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New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.

“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.

“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

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Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”

The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.

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