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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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.”
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 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.
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.
New ‘Mighty Ducks’ series debuts on the same day as Disney+’s price hike
Emilio Estevez returns to the acting spotlight as youth hockey coach Gordon Bombay in “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” a 10-episode Disney+ series that premieres Friday. In the follow-up to the 1990s movie franchise, Gordon has a new challenge: help 12-year-old Evan (Brady Morrow) and his mom, played by Lauren Graham, create a new team after Evan gets dropped by the Ducks, who have morphed into a completely different and more cut-throat squad compared to the bunch fans fell in love with decades ago. Estevez, who had largely traded acting for directing, promises the series captures the films’ “magic” but offers more than nostalgia. Coincidentally, the series will debut on the same day Disney+’s price hike will go into effect. As of Friday, the price of Disney+ will be $7.99/month or $79.99/year, a jump from $6.99 and $69.99. The price of The Disney Bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ (ad-supported) will be $13.99 per month, up from $12.99.
Contributing: The Associated Press