Good Morning DC. Today, Biden will lay out his strategy on another big issue of his presidency, gun violence.

Good Morning DC!

The voting rights bill was shot down yesterday by Republicans. 50 Democrats voted in favor of the bill, and all 50 Senate Republicans voted against the legislation. 

At 12:00 PM EDT today, Vice President Kamala Harris will hold a listening session on voting rights with advocates.

Today, Biden will lay out his strategy on another big issue of his presidency, gun violence. At 3:30 PM EDT, from the State Dining Room, the President will address the nation to lay out his gun crime prevention strategy. 

Over the past year and a half, gun violence increased dramatically. In large cities in 2020, homicides rose by 30%, and gun assaults by 8%.

The number of homicides in the first quarter of 2021 was 24% higher than the number of homicides in the first quarter of 2020 and 49% higher than in the first quarter of 2019.

On Tuesday, U.S. authorities seized Iran-linked news sites. A U.S. official confirmed that the United States took down about three dozen websites, many of which were linked to disinformation. The U.S Bureau of Industry and Security, Offices of Export Enforcement, and the FBI executed the website seizes “as a part of law enforcement action.” 

This weekend, former President Trump will be holding his first rally in Ohio. “Big crowds in the Great State of Ohio this weekend for the Trump rally. See you on Saturday night. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, AGAIN!” Trump said in a statement this morning. 

This year’s Digital News Report from the Reuters Institute looks at the impact of coronavirus on news consumption. One of the key findings is that the trust in the news has grown, on average, by six percentage points in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Britney Spears will speak in Los Angelos court today over conservatorship which controls all the significant aspects of her life. 

And that’s a wrap for this Wednesday morning, June 23, 2021. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...

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