Under dark clouds, lawmakers kick off new US Congress

Washington (AFP) – Sporting a black mask, Democrat Nikema Williams is well aware of Washington’s toxic political divisions and the challenges of a deadly pandemic — the newly elected African American congresswoman is a Covid survivor.  “It’s a new day in Congress,” Williams said as she walked the halls of Capitol Hill Sunday, her first official day as a US lawmaker. Williams, from Georgia, is taking over the House seat of none other than legendary late civil rights icon John Lewis. Her priority in the opening weeks? Given that she “didn’t know if I was going to live or die” during her three-w…

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