Vice President Harris, Biden’s next move, Boulder update: 5 things to know Friday

Vice President Harris’ message to women: ‘You are strong’

In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY’s editor in chief Nicole Carroll and columnist Suzette Hackney published Friday morning, Vice President Kamala Harris said the pandemic has been “devastating” for women, especially women of color. Women are leaving the workforce in alarming numbers. Burdened with the brunt of child care responsibilities while children are learning from home, Black and Latina women in particular are falling deeper into poverty. Harris called the regression a “national emergency.” She also expressed empathy and concern for women trying to claw their way out of the abyss, with their family members. “Know you are not alone,” Harris said. “Know that you are supported and know that your voice is strong. It’s strong, and don’t let any circumstance diminish that or take your power from you. You are powerful.”

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Vice President Kamala Harris shares concern for how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women and the importance of addressing that disparity.


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President Biden plans to unveil next major legislative effort

President Joe Biden is planning to introduce his administration’s next major legislative effort in Pittsburgh on Friday, alluding to it during his first White House news conference a day earlier. Although Biden wasn’t directly asked about the planned legislation, he addressed it, pivoting from a question about gun control to describe a sweeping economic recovery bill. “The next major initiative … is to rebuild the infrastructure, both physical and technological infrastructure of this country, so that we can compete and create significant numbers of really good paying jobs, really good paying jobs,” he said. “There’s so much we can do.”  

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President Joe Biden called the current conditions at U.S.-Mexico border facilities are "totally unacceptable."


Updates expected in Colorado mass shooting

Boulder police will hold a news conference Friday morning to discuss the latest in their investigation of the March 22 supermarket shooting that left 10 people dead. A judge on Thursday ordered the suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, to be held without bail pending an assessment “to address his mental illness.” Researchers and advocates earlier said any rush to cast blame on a mental illness is misplaced. “There’s no psychotic illness whose symptom is shooting other people,” said Dr. Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. Meanwhile, the shooter’s Ruger AR-556 pistol has stirred an ongoing national debate on guns — with experts concerned that the rifle-looking weapon is helping people skirt firearm laws. The Ruger looks like a rifle and operates like one, but is not – at least, not under current gun laws. 

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Some Coloradans with close ties to victims of gun violence say they're optimistic that a renewed push for gun control will be successful after the deadly Boulder mass shooting. (March 23)

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Poet Amanda Gorman talks to Oprah

Amanda Gorman, who became a household name after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, recently sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Oprah Winfrey. The conversation, which will revisit her history-making moment, will air on Apple TV+ Friday. She’s also expected to talk about the women who inspire her, including Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Winfrey herself, as well as discuss how she approached the now-famous poem’s creation, personal stories that shaped her past, and her hopes for the future.

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