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Kamala Harris, Bill Clinton to discuss ’empowering women and girls’ at conference

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On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris will take part in a conversation about “empowering women and girls” with former President Bill Clinton, whom numerous women have accused of sexual misconduct.

The chat will occur during the 13th annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting, which is being held in partnership with Howard University, Harris’s alma mater.

The Clinton Foundation announced on Tuesday that this year’s meeting will feature: “A one-on-one conversation with President Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, and empowering women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.”

The one-on-one discussion is set to commence at 3:25 p.m. (Eastern).

Former President Clinton was infamously impeached but eventually acquitted over lying under oath about having a sexual relationship with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. Over the decades, other women have accused the Arkansas Democrat of sexual misconduct.

On top of that, the former president’s longtime friendship with the deceased financier — and convicted sex offender — Jeffrey Epstein has drawn more scrutiny.

Moreover, according to the Clinton Foundation, the virtual meeting will “bring together 600 students from across the world who have made Commitments to Act — new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges.”

This year’s event, having already started on Tuesday, will run up through Friday. It is being hosted by former President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Howard University.

According to the Clinton Foundation, the event will also discuss subjects such as faith in democracy, environmental justice, COVID-19 recovery, and creating systemic change.

Also due to appear at the meeting are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), among others.

RELATED: Cuomo accuser says Hillary Clinton not her ‘hero’ anymore after her response to sexual harassment claims

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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