Biden’s post-speech trip, NFL draft, a royal anniversary: 5 things to know Thursday

Biden heads to Georgia, one day after delivering historic speech to Congress

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will spend most of Thursday in the state of Georgia. First, the Bidens will visit the 39th president, Jimmy Carter, and his wife, Rosalynn. Later, to mark the president’s 100th day in office Friday, they will attend a drive-in rally in Duluth, according to Biden’s official schedule. The trip comes a day after his first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday evening. During the speech, Biden called out goals he has achieved such as his administration passing its goal of delivering 200 million COVID-19 vaccines in his first 100 days in office. He also called for police reform after the conviction of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd, urged reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, pressed Congress to pass his comprehensive immigration legislation and implored lawmakers to raise taxes on the rich and corporations, saying they need to pay their fair share. 

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President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time after nearly 100 days into his presidency.

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California governor facing recall election

Frustrated by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s liberal policies and approach to the pandemic, his opponents submitted signatures last month to force an election to recall the Democratic leader of the nation’s most populous state. On Thursday, county officials in California will complete the validation process for more than 1.6 million signatures collected by organizers. It’s not the first time Californians have tried to unseat the governor: In 2003, voters recalled Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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With 2.1 million signatures submitted to California election officials, it’s now a near certainty that voters will be asked whether to remove first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office later this year. (March 31)

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NFL draft set to kick off with the first round

The 2021 NFL Draft will begin Thursday night with its first of seven rounds. Running until Saturday, the draft will be spread out across multiple venues in Cleveland and fans will be allowed to attend.  Commissioner Roger Goodell and a select number of prospects will take the stage and the famous, albeit somewhat awkward, bro hugs will be back, despite questions about their safety. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is expected to be chosen No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars and BYU’s Zach Wilson is expected to go No. 2 to the New York Jets. The intrigue really begins when the San Francisco 49ers reveal who they will take with the third pick after making a big trade to move up. The draft will air live on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

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