Senate voting rights bill, NYC mayoral election, Amazon Prime Day: 5 things to know Tuesday

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What's the future of voting rights in the Senate?

The Senate is poised to consider voting rights legislation this week, possibly voting as soon as Tuesday. Its passage looks unlikely, but Democrats are working overtime to unify in its favor as Republicans stand firm in opposition. Democrats hailed the For the People Act – a sweeping bill aimed at protecting voters' rights, increasing election security and mandating independent redistricting, among other provisions – as a bold countermeasure to restrictive voting measures pursued in states. Republicans slammed the legislation as overreaching, arguing elections should be left to the states, not the federal government. Democrats will need the support of at least 10 Republicans to overcome a legislative hurdle called a filibuster to bring the bill to a vote.

  • The House passed a sweeping voting rights act. What's in it?

  • Kamala Harris' steps into high-wire act on voting rights as pressure builds on election bills

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Last chance for sweet deals: Amazon Prime Day ends tonight

The deals keep coming. Tuesday is the final day of Amazon Prime Day, the retail giant's epic annual savings bonanza. Right now, millions of deals have gone live on Amazon’s site across nearly every category you can think of, from home goods and tech to beauty and style. But the massive online retailer isn't the only place you can snag some great deals. Other popular retailers — including Kohl's, Target, and The Home Depot — are offering their own competing Prime Day sales.

NYC voters go to polls in crucial mayoral primary

New York City residents will vote for the city's Democratic mayor candidate in the party's primary Tuesday. The winner is expected to win the general election in November. Polling has shown former police captain and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the lead as the race closes, but former sanitation department head Kathryn Garcia, civil rights attorney and former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio Maya Wiley and entrepreneur- turned-political-hopeful Andrew Yang are all optimistic about their chances of becoming mayor. This primary election also presents unique circumstances, with voters using ranked choice voting and an expected increase in the number of absentee ballots. As a result of the voting format, absentee ballots and a closely contested race, a winner won't be announced on election night. New Yorkers will probably have to wait until July for a full count.

NCAA council to meet after Supreme Court ruling against organization

The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday about the topic of athletes’ ability to make money from their name, image and likeness. The scheduled meeting comes after the Supreme Court ruled against the NCAA in a landmark case about athlete compensation. The Supreme Court's ruling will end the association’s limits on education-related benefits athletes can receive for playing college sports. As for name, image and likeness (NIL) — a separate, but related, matter from the Supreme Court's ruling — NCAA President Mark Emmert reiterated his support for a set of proposed rules changes, calling them "very sensible." However, he said the Council is being faced with a decision about whether to "make permanent changes right now ... or to temporarily change the rules while we work with Congress to see if there's the ability to create a single national standard."

Delta variant cases see a sharp rise, cause concern

About 45% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and cases are declining in a majority of states. But the spread of the highly contagious delta variant among the unvaccinated could pose a new threat, public health officials warn. The delta variant, first identified in India, now accounts for up to 10% of cases in the United States, and could trigger a surge in the fall if only 75% of the country's population is vaccinated, former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb said. Meanwhile, COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have dipped below 300 a day for the first time since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020. The drive to put shots in arms also approached an encouraging milestone Monday, with 150 million Americans fully vaccinated.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New York mayoral election, Amazon Prime Day, NCAA council: 5 things to know Tuesday

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