Harris in Mexico, Manchin’s meeting, Amazon Sidewalk: 5 things to know Tuesday

In the spotlight: Manchin to meet civil rights leaders amid voting bill discussion

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who has announced he will vote against the party’s flagship voting reform package and has repeatedly stated he will not vote to eliminate the filibuster, will meet with civil rights figures, including Rev. Al Sharpton and Marc Morial, in Washington Tuesday. President Joe Biden urged them to visit Manchin to discuss the voting bill and the legislative agenda. He encouraged them to keep the conversation constructive and not put pressure the senator, yet, the Associated Press reports. Manchin’s opposition to the voting rights bill is such a blow because many Democrats view it as crucial to protecting democracy and a direct response to restrictive new voting laws in Republican-led states. More broadly, after six months of control, the Democratic party’s progressive wing is growing restless as campaign promises go undone — blocked by Republicans and the party’s own inability to unite around priorities.

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  • What is the filibuster?A look at the Senate’s consequential quirk and debate on its future

White House Press Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the vice president was tapped to push forward voting rights law because she's seen as a "vital partner." (June 2)

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Harris to meet with Mexican President, Biden critic, Andrés Manuel López Obrador 

Vice President Kamala Harris will complete the second leg of her foreign trip Tuesday in Mexico, where she’ll meet with the country’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. In addition to meeting with López Obrador, a vocal critic of President Joe Biden, Harris will also speak to other Mexican officials and local female entrepreneurs to help deepen ties between the two countries and mitigate migration to the United States’ southern border. The border will be a focal point of Harris’ discussions Tuesday as she seeks cooperation on a politically fraught issue that has dogged the Biden administration in its first months. While visitingGuatemala Monday, Harris announced new initiatives to address corruption and human trafficking in Central America. 

  • Women and youth a top focusof Kamala Harris’ first visit to Mexico as vice president
  • How to tackle border issues?Vice President Harris has a plan
  • ‘High-level chess’:How Biden is navigating his relationship with Mexico’s President ‘AMLO’

Vice President Kamala Harris, during a trip to Guatemala, urged people from Central America not to attempt an illegal trip to the USA.


Suspects in fatal shooting of 6-year-old boy to appear in court

The two men who were arrested in connection to a road rage shooting that killed a 6-year-old boy in California will appear in court Tuesday. Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, were taken into custody Sunday and are likely to be charged with murder. Aiden Leos, 6, was shot fatally on May 21, as his mother was driving him to school. According to Leos’ mother, Joanna Cloonan, and those who stopped to help her, she made a hand gesture to a car that cut her off, which then drove behind her, and someone fired into Cloonan’s vehicle. Aiden, who was sitting in the back seat, was shot in the abdomen and pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

  • ‘Joy he brought into our lives was insurmountable’:Mother eulogizes 6-year-old boy killed in suspected road rage shooting
  • ‘She had to hold her little boy as he died’:Previous coverage of the death of 6-year-old Aiden Leos

A 6-year-old boy seated in the backseat of his mother’s car on a Southern California freeway was shot to death by another motorist on Friday, authorities said. A California Highway Patrol officer said it was an apparent road rage incident. (May 21)

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Amazon launches its internet-sharing feature

On Tuesday, Amazon Sidewalk will launch on eligible Echo and Ring devices. The program will pool a “small portion of your internet bandwidth” with neighbors in an effort to allow devices to work better and help locate lost ones. Amazon says its Sidewalk feature has multiple layers of privacy and security to protect personal information, but users will have the option to turn off Sidewalk if they decide not to participate. Ring owners with an eligible device can opt out by visiting the control center in the Ring app or Ring website. Customers who own an eligible Echo device can make changes in Settings in the Alexa app.

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  • Jeff Bezos and his brother, Mark, will travel to space on Blue Origin’s first human flight on July 20

Amazon's Sidewalk feature will automatically share your Internet connection in an effort to create a strong wifi network for your Amazon devices.

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Duchess Meghan publishes children’s book ‘The Bench’

It’s been a busy few days for Duchess Meghan. After welcoming her second child with Prince Harry Friday – baby Lilibet – the new mom is publishing her debut children’s book, due out Tuesday. “The Bench” was inspired by her husband and their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who recently turned 2. Meghan says she and award-winning artist Christian Robinson worked closely to illustrate the special bond of fathers and sons through an inclusive lens. “My hope is that ‘The Bench’ resonates with every family, no matter the makeup,” she said. Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, stepped back from their senior royal roles in early 2020 and moved to California several months later. In March, the couple shared details of racism within the British royal family in an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

  • ‘Delighted’:Kate Middleton and Prince William congratulate Harry and Meghan on birth of Lilibet Diana
  • New kind of royals:On third anniversary, Harry and Meghan embrace revolutionized royal roles

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