OnPolitics: Primaries in Georgia, Alabama and more happening Tuesday

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Concerned about monkeypox in the U.S.?

A day after saying “everybody should be concerned” about an outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox, President Joe Biden on Monday sent a more reassuring message.

Biden said the smallpox vaccine is effective on monkeypox and the United States has enough “to deal with the likelihood of a problem.”

“I just don't think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with COVID-19,” Biden said during a news conference in Tokyo.

What is monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare disease that comes from the same family of viruses as smallpox, which includes cowpox, camelpox, horsepox and others. The virus was first discovered in 1958 in colonies of research monkeys, according to the CDC.

Recent cases have included a November 2021 report in which a U.S. resident recently returned from Nigeria to the United States. According to the CDC, it can take up to 21 days for symptoms to develop after infection, so people who may have had contact with the patient were asked to monitor their health for 21 days.

Biden had been asked whether Americans should expect similar actions to the quarantines being imposed in some countries where there are infections.

“No, I don’t think so,” Biden responded. “Thus far, it doesn't seem to be a need for any kind of extra efforts beyond what's going on.”

“But I think people should be careful,” he added.

It's Amy with today's top stories out of Washington.

Watch for results in these big primaries tonight

Another week, another midterm primary.

Primary season in four Southern states Tuesday reflect the nation's greatest fault lines and will again test former President Donald Trump's GOP power.

Texas: In South Texas, embattled Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is facing a challenge from progressive Jessica Cisneros in a primary runoff.

Cuellar is the lone House Democrat who opposes abortion rights, a position Cisneros has slammed him for in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating the court will overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Alabama: Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., seeks to step out from behind Trump's shadow, after the former president revoked his endorsement for Brooks' Senate bid. Trump withdrew his support for Brooks after the congressman made comments about moving on from the 2020 election.

Arkansas: Sarah Huckabee Sanders — once Trump's press secretary — is running for Arkansas governor, a role her father once held. Her opponent in the state's Republican primary is former radio talk show host Francis "Doc" Washburn.

Politicos particularly have Georgia on their mind, where incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp is set to face off against Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue, a race that spotlights the deepening cracks within the Republican Party.

Trump is fighting to defeat Kemp, who refused to overturn Georgia's 2020 presidential election results after Biden won the state. In turn, the former president endorsed Perdue and ponied up $500,000 to a super PAC aimed at preventing Kemp's reelection. But former Vice President Mike Pence has aligned his interests with Kemp, describing him as “one of the most successful conservative governors in America" and holding a rally with him.

More on Georgia: Kemp isn't the only Republican who is a big favorite in an important statewide primary.

Herschel Walker, the former football star for the University of Georgia Bulldogs, is heavily favored to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.

Real Quick: stories you'll want to read

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  • Oklahoma to pass anti-trans school 'bathroom bill': A bill to limit bathroom use by biological sex in Oklahoma's public schools is headed to the governor's desk, following passage by both the state House and Senate last week.

  • 'Do you guys know how stupid you are?' As political civility wanes, congressional staffers and interns answering constituent calls in congressional offices find themselves on the front lines of public anger. One group is trying to help.

  • The problem with Putin's goal to 'de-Nazify' Ukraine: Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed he invaded Ukraine to "de-Nazify" the county. But experts say his biggest Nazi problem may be at home.

Inside China's detention of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region

Thousands of secret files that were obtained from computer systems of two local police agencies in China are now public. The files give an unprecedented look inside the detention of Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group, in the Xinjiang region.

Journalists from various outlets, including USA TODAY, independently reviewed a massive trove of records and verified portions of the contents, which experts say offer an unprecedented look inside China's detention and internment of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.

The files include more than 5,000 photos of Uyghur people taken at police facilities. U.S.-based China researcher Adrian Zenz, who initially obtained the files from a hacker, concluded thousands of those people were held in detention at the time the photos were taken in 2018.

The photos, databases and other information in the files paint a picture of China's detention and internment of the Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities – one that sharply contradicts the Communist Party's official line.

Who are the Uyghurs? The Uyghurs are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority who live in what China refers to as the Xinjiang region, but which some Uyghurs call East Turkestan. There are an estimated 12 million Uyghurs in Xinjiang, which shares a border with Pakistan, Kazakhstan and other countries.

The Chinese government views Uyghurs as a threat in part because some have sought greater autonomy or even a separate state. Chinese officials portray the detention centers as "re-education facilities" – benevolent, state-run schools and job training centers designed to help stamp out extremism.

Chinese officials did not respond to a detailed list of questions about the new revelations, which were sent by the media coalition to the foreign ministry’s office in Beijing as well as to China’s embassies in the U.S, France, the United Kingdom and other countries.

But a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the U.S., Liu Pengyu, said Xinjiang-related issues are “in essence about countering violent terrorism, radicalization and separatism, not about human rights or religion.”

Breaking news: 14 students, 1 teacher killed in Texas elementary school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott says. -- Amy

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Primaries in Georgia, Alabama, Texas and more happening Tuesday

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