Biden officials visit US-Mexico border to monitor increase in crossings

  • Alejandro Mayorkas and Susan Rice in White House delegation
  • Republicans seek to make immigration central electoral issue

The new US secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas, led a visit by Biden administration officials to the border with Mexico on Saturday, amid a growing number of border crossings and criticism by Republicans that a crisis is brewing.

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Fauci warns against lifting Covid measures but Republican states push on

The top infectious disease expert in the US, Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned it is too early to end Covid-19 restrictions, despite Texas and Mississippi having lifted mask mandates and business capacity limits this week.

Related: ‘Here fire, you hungry?’ Idaho Covid protesters burn masks in front of capitol

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Whitmer calls Cuomo allegations ‘gut-wrenching’ but won’t call for resignation

Michigan governor wants action if allegations against New York counterpart are true but ‘thorough investigation’ is needed

Gretchen Whitmer, the governor of Michigan and a rising Democratic star, had “the same gut-wrenching reaction that a lot of women in America did” when she heard one of five women who say Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed them describe her alleged experiences with the New York governor.

Related: The New York attorney general holding Trump and Cuomo accountable

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ITV aims to cash in after bagging Harry and Meghan television gold

Oprah Winfrey interview has been the subject of furious bidding wars and syndicated to 70 countries

Billed as the tell-all tale of the year, Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey has become TV’s biggest money spinner, as broadcasters look to cash in on guaranteed television ratings gold.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s 90-minute interview has been the subject of furious bidding wars between broadcasters totalling tens of millions of dollars and has been syndicated to 70 countries.

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Joe Manchin insists stimulus stand was about unity but progressives disagree

Seeking to explain his part in dramatically prolonging marathon Senate proceedings before the passage of Joe Biden’s $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill, Joe Manchin may only have succeeded in exposing a dangerous fissure in Democratic ranks.

Related: Biden hails ‘giant step’ as Senate passes $1.9tn coronavirus relief bill

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Chicago activists end hunger strike against recycling plant but vow to ‘continue fight’

Organizers and residents opposed metal shredder from operating in a Latino neighborhood already overburdened by pollution

On the 30th and last day of their hunger strike, activists from Chicago’s Southeast Side held a vigil.

Mourning the health of the hunger strikers who’ve gone without food for a month, demonstrators clad in funeral attire carried a fake casket on Thursday through Logan Square, the North Side neighborhood where Mayor Lori Lightfoot lives. Southeast Side organizers and residents are demanding the city stop a metal shredder from operating in a Latino neighborhood already overburdened by pollution.

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