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Biden assails Georgia voting law ‘This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century’

President Biden answers questions from reporters during his first formal news conference in the East Room of the White House on Thursday. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

President Biden on Friday criticized a Georgia law imposing restrictions on voting and urged Congress to act on sweeping voting rights legislation. “This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act,” the president said in a statement. The newly signed law, among other restrictions, imposes identification requirements for mail ballots and makes it a crime for third-party groups to hand out food and water to voters standing in line.

Here’s what to know:

  • Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing that the cable news outlet “recklessly disregarded the truth” in a bid to boost ratings by promoting claims that the voting company rigged the 2020 election.
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has tapped the commander of the D.C. National Guard to become the next House sergeant-at-arms, selecting the first African American for the post that is responsible for the chamber’s safety, as Congress overhauls its security arrangements in the wake of the Capitol riot.
  • In a show of bipartisan solidarity, 26 governors and dozens of Asian Americans who have served in top roles across six presidential administrations issued a pair of statements that forcefully condemned the spike in anti-Asian harassment over the past year.‘‘