Kamala Harris

Coverage of Vice President Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ anniversary in Selma

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By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press Vice President Kamala Harris visited Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate a defining moment in the fight for equal voting rights, even as congressional efforts to restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act have faltered. Under a blazing blue sky, Harris linked arms with rank-and-file activists from the civil rights movement and led thousands across the bridge where, on March 7, 1965, white state troopers attacked Black voting rights marchers attempting to cross. The images of violence at the Edmund Pettus Bridge — originally named for a Confederate general — shocked the nation and helped galvanize

Kamala Harris Mocked after Echoing Concern for Ukraine-Russia Tensions

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By Kalyn Womack Vice President Kamala Harris is facing heat for her comments following the annual Munich Security Conference, reported the New York Post. While trying to emphasize that the tensions at the Ukraine-Russian directly threaten Europe, after “70 years of peace,” right-leaning reporters and Twitter users accused Harris of being unprepared. Vice President Harris was sent to Germany to echo President Biden’s concern about a Russian invasion of Ukraine to European allies, reported the Associated Press. Upon the vice president’s return from Germany, she met with reporters in Washington to stress the severity of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Kamala Harris via Press Conference: “We’re talking about the potential for war in

Harris to announce new private sector investments in Northern Triangle

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By Jasmine Wright and Priscilla Alvarez, Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday  announced a new slate of commitments from the private sector to invest in the Northern Triangle, senior White House officials say, marking the administration’s latest attempt to address the root causes of migration from the region by promoting economic opportunity. The announcement follows an initial agreement, dubbed a “Call to Action,” released in May, that detailed $750 million in commitments from major companies like Microsoft, Mastercard, Chobani, Duolingo, Nespresso, Bancolombia and Davivienda. In response to the months-old call, Nespresso is now working with over 1,200 farmers in the region, according to a

Kamala Harris came in to solve issues in Central America. But the problem is now much bigger.

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By Priscilla Alvarez, When President Joe Biden tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to address the reasons people migrate to the US southern border, her focus was on addressing problems in Central America. But seven months later, it’s migrants arriving from even farther away in South America who are overwhelming the administration, leaving the White House with a larger problem that officials are still looking for ways to solve. The recent surge of Haitians into Del Rio, Texas, underscored the immense challenge of tackling migratory flows that are constantly changing. As efforts were launched in the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to set

Kamala Harris’ office frustrated with ‘The View’ after last week’s Covid fiasco, sources say

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By Oliver Darcy, The office of Vice President Kamala Harris is vexed with “The View” after the false Covid-19 positive tests revealed just before Harris was to appear on the show last week sent the program into chaos, people familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday. One of the people explained that Harris’ office required the hosts of “The View” to take a PCR test within 24 hours of the interview. That person said that a representative of the ABC talk show suggested the night before Harris’ appearance that the tests had come back negative. Harris and her staff didn’t learn

Raising Up Kamala

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BY: TAMARA E. HOLMES (B.A. ’94) When Kamala Harris shattered the political glass ceiling to ascend to the vice presidency, the swell of Bison pride reached a fever pitch heard across the nation. Howard is used to experiencing #BisonPride for many of its notable alumni across the public sphere – Thurgood Marshall, Toni Morrison, Vernon Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, to name a select few. But this time, it was different. “Because of the moment we find ourselves in right now – the post-Trump moment, the Black Lives Matter moment and what we can say are the dual pandemics of COVID and systemic

Kamala Harris heading back to Washington after canceling campaign rally with Gavin Newsom in California

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By Maeve Reston Vice President Kamala Harris’s decision to cancel her Friday rally in California with embattled Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom dealt a setback to Democrats’ intensive efforts to spur their voters to vote against the effort to recall the first-term governor. The former California senator would have been among the most high-profile surrogates for Newsom, who’s facing a September 14 special election to oust him, motivated in part by anger toward his pandemic restrictions. But Harris, who has been villainized by the right throughout her short tenure in the White House, would have faced enormous blowback if she had proceeded with a political event following the

Harris to promote ‘America is back’ message in Singapore and Vietnam

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By Betsy Klein Vice President Kamala Harris is set to travel to Singapore and Vietnam later this month, becoming the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit Asia so far. “Her trip will build on the Biden-Harris Administration’s message to the world: America is back,” her office said in a statement. The statement continued, “Our Administration sees Asia as a critically important region in the world. The Vice President’s visit will emphasize the importance of comprehensive engagement and strategic partnerships — key components of our Administration’s approach to foreign policy.” During meetings with government officials, the private sector, and civil society leaders,

Kamala Harris looks to turn the page as she zeroes-in on voting rights

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By Arlette Saenz and Jasmine Wright Vice President Kamala Harris is making voting rights her top public focus, elevating a long-shot battle as she seeks to more clearly define her role and stake out high-value territory within the Biden administration. A little more than six months into her time in office, Harris is also hiring new staff to replace those who announced their departures earlier this summer. One source says they’re even considering additions to her communications team, citing heightened interest in her vice presidency, which at times has seen some missteps and intense scrutiny. The vice president’s carefully crafted

Harris tests negative for Covid-19 following meeting with Texas Democrats who tested positive

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By Jasmine Wright Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative for Covid-19 following a meeting with Texas state House Democrats, several of whom later tested positive, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. An official in the vice president’s office said that Harris’ testing occurred before her “routine doctor’s appointment” at Walter Reed Hospital, not because of the meeting with Texas legislators. Asked whether there was a safety concern related to Harris’ time spent around President Joe Biden, Psaki told reporters at Monday’s press briefing that the vice president was tested and “there was no detection of Covid-19.” “We take

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