Show an ad over header. AMP

Harris to Black voters: Casting a ballot is about honoring your ancestors

Sen. Kamala Harris appealed to Black voters in Georgia on Friday, urging them to "honor the ancestors" by casting ballots, and again calling President Trump a "racist."

Why it matters: The U.S. saw a significant decline in African-American voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, reaching its lowest point since 2000. Higher turnout among Black Americans this year could tip the balance in favor of Democrats in key battleground states, including Georgia.

  • Black voters overwhelmingly prefer Democrat Joe Biden, but Trump is earning more support nationally from Black men than he received in 2016 — 17% — up from 14%, Axios' Alexi McCammond notes.

What she's saying: “We’re not going to let anyone mess with our right to vote,” she said at a "Get Out the Vote" rally at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

  • "Voting is about honoring those ancestors, honoring what they fought for and what they sacrificed for our right to vote," she said.
  • "Let's not let anybody take our power from us. We know the power of our voice, we know at election time, the power of our voice is expressed through our vote, we're not going to let anybody take us out of this game. We are present. We are, we are active. And we know what's at stake and we honor our ancestors every day."
  • "[O]n one hand you have Joe Biden, who has the knowledge and the courage enough to use the term and speak those words, 'Black Lives Matter.' On the other hand you have Donald Trump, who refuses, and will never say Black Lives Matter," she added.
  • She also told a roundtable of Black men in Atlanta that she wasn't "going to tell anybody, including Black men, that they’re supposed to vote for us. We need to earn that vote," per AP.
  • Responding to criticism from Atlanta rapper and producer Jermaine Dupri, who told Harris that “you put a lot of Black brothers away in your past” as prosecutor, the California senator acknowledged she didn’t “change the whole system," AP reported.
  • “It suggests Black people shouldn’t be prosecutors. ... It suggests that you don’t love your community, or you don’t want to reform the system if you decide to go in it," she added.

Worth noting: Trump claimed during Thursday's debate that "nobody has done what I’ve done” for Black Americans, with the "possible exception" of Abraham Lincoln.

Go deeper: Get-out-the-vote efforts in Black church communities

Making sense of the $28 billion Salesforce-Slack deal

As with most big deals in tech, the key question to ask about Salesforce's $28 billion purchase of Slack isn't whether the price is too high or low, but whether the combination makes sense.

Between the lines: Big Tech companies have plenty of their own cash and can easily borrow more, but only a finite amount of time to innovate before rivals capture their turf.

Keep reading... Show less

Putin says Russia will begin large-scale COVID-19 vaccination next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that he has directed officials to begin large-scale vaccination against COVID-19 as early as next week, according to state media.

Why it matters: Russia, which has the fourth-largest coronavirus caseload in the world with more than 2.3 million infections, would be the first country to begin mass vaccination. Experts have criticized the lack of scientific transparency around the vaccine and the haste with which the Kremlin approved it.

Keep reading... Show less

Israeli parliament opts for early elections in preliminary vote

After six months of a dysfunctional power-sharing government, Israel is headed for its fourth elections in less than two years, most likely at the end of March.

Driving the news: The Knesset voted 61-54 today to approve the preliminary reading of a bill to dissolve the parliament and call new elections. Benny Gantz's Blue and White party supported the bill while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and the rest of the coalition voted against.

Keep reading... Show less

The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight

Packed stadiums and a more normal fan experience could return by late 2021, NIAID director Anthony Fauci said yesterday.

Why it matters: If Fauci's prediction comes true, it could save countless programs from going extinct next year.

Keep reading... Show less

Trump likely to announce 2024 bid, but GOP rivals say power will fade post-White House

President Trump is likely to announce he'll run again in 2024, perhaps before this term even ends, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has already set in motion two important strategies to stay relevant and freeze out other Republican rivals. 

Keep reading... Show less

Nursing homes are still getting pummeled by the pandemic

Data: AHCA/NCAL, The COVID Tracking Project; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The U.S. has gotten no better at keeping the coronavirus out of nursing homes.

Why it matters: The number of nursing home cases has consistently tracked closely with the number of cases in the broader community — and that's very bad news as overall cases continue to skyrocket.

Keep reading... Show less

Biden faces a showdown over digital services taxes between the U.S. and EU

A fight over foreign countries' efforts to tax big American tech companies' digital services is likely to come to a head in January just as Joe Biden takes office.

The big picture: Governments have failed to reach a broad multilateral agreement on how to structure such taxes. That could leave the American firms that dominate consumer digital services — including Google, Facebook and Apple — stuck with massive tax bills from different countries.

Keep reading... Show less

Biden economic team will write crisis playbook for a new era

Joe Biden's economic team faces a daunting task helping the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs or otherwise been financially ravaged by the coronavirus. But most of them have first-hand crisis experience, dating back to when Barack Obama inherited a crumbling economy when he took office in 2009.

Why it matters: Most of President-elect Biden's economic nominees served in the Obama Administration, and wish that they could have gone biggerto help America recover from the 2008 financial crisis. But it's not going to be easy for them to push through massive fiscal spending in 2021.

Keep reading... Show less



Get Goodhumans in your inbox

Most Read

More Stories