White House National Economic Council Director Brian Deese confirmed Monday that President Biden will propose an increase in the capital gains tax rate to pay, in part, for his upcoming American Families Plan, which will call for boosting spending on child care, prekindergarten, paid family leave and tuition-free community college, among other domestic priorities.

Vice President Harris held a virtual meeting Monday with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei as part of her charge from Biden to address the root causes of a surge in migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Here’s what to know:

  • The United States will share up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine with other countries amid rising pressure to help vaccinate the global population as cases spike across the world.
  • Texas, Florida and North Carolina, three states that voted twice for Donald Trump, are set to gain a combined four additional seats in Congress in 2023 because of population growth while four northern states with Democratic governors that Biden won in 2020 — Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York — will each lose a single congressional seat as will Ohio.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department will open a civil investigation into the Louisville Metro Police Department, 13 months after the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) launched his Senate bid, the first Democrat to enter the race to succeed the retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R) next year.
  • Biden announced a high-level task force that will look for ways to help workers organize and collectively bargain.

U.S. to share up to 60 million vaccine doses amid pressure to aid desperate countries

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The United States will share up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine with other countries, the White House said Monday, as the Biden administration faces growing pressure to help vaccinate the global population and cases spike around the world.

The move comes as India in particular faces an increasingly dire situation, with its health system showing signs of collapse — adding to the sense of urgent global need. The AstraZeneca vaccine, which is not authorized for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, will be shipped out once it clears federal safety reviews, officials said.

The White House took pains to stress that the move will not affect the United States’ internal vaccination drive. “We do not need to use AstraZeneca in our fight against covid,” press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, noting that the domestic U.S. push relies on vaccines made by other companies.

Ryan Jones, a local lawyer, declares candidacy for D.C. attorney general

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A solo practitioner lawyer from the District said Monday that he will run for D.C. attorney general in 2022, potentially challenging incumbent Karl A. Racine in the all-important Democratic primary.

Ryan Jones, 36, who grew up in Ward 4, started his law firm in 2014 after graduating from the Southern Illinois University School of Law and earning a master of laws at George Washington University Law School. He primarily has litigated civil matters for residents and local companies.

Jones said he wants to build off work done by Racine — the city’s first elected attorney general — to target scammers and price gougers, especially those who have taken advantage of residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The law can be used to create equity if you’re going after the right people through the courts and you’re writing legislation to overcome disparities,” he said. “We need to be aggressive on getting ahead of these fraudulent acts.”

2020 Census shows U.S. population grew at slowest pace since the 1930s

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The United States’ growth slowed in the past 10 years to its lowest rate since the 1930s, according to new data released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The first numbers to come out of the 2020 Census show the U.S. population on April 1, 2020 — Census Day — was 331.5 million people, an increase of just 7.4 percent between 2010 and 2020. It is the second-slowest rate of expansion since the government began taking a census in 1790. In the 1930s, the decade with the slowest population growth, the rate was 7.3 percent.

Unlike the slowdown of the Great Depression, which was a blip followed by a boom, the slowdown this time is part of a longer-term trend, tied to the aging of the country’s White population, decreased fertility rates and lagging immigration.

Harris announces $310 million in aid to Northern Triangle countries

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On Monday, after a meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Vice President Harris’s office announced $310 million in aid to Northern Triangle countries.

The financial infusion includes $255 million in humanitarian relief that will help provide food assistance and protection for refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable people. Another $55 million will be used to strengthen the Guatemalan agricultural sector and provide meals to children.

Last month, President Biden asked Harris to address the root causes of the rising flow of migration out of Central America.

Since then, Harris has spoken with Guatemalan and Mexican leaders, subject-matter experts and U.S. officials. The conversations have focused on bolstering economic development in Northern Triangle countries and, in some cases, addressing corruption that makes it harder for vulnerable people to get needed aid.

“The people of Guatemala have been suffering greatly because of the recent hurricanes, the persistent drought, and, of course, the damage from COVID-19,” Harris told Giammattei, according to remarks released by the White House. “And as we have discussed, these are the acute factors that, in many ways, are causing people to leave their homes despite the fact that they would probably prefer to stay.”

A recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom takes a big step forward

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) a year before his first term is scheduled to end cleared an important procedural threshold Monday when state officials certified that enough valid signatures have been gathered to put the question to voters.

In certifying the more than a million and a half petition signatures, state election officials started the clock on what will almost certainly be California’s second gubernatorial recall election. The first, held in 2003, saw voters recall second-term Gov. Gray Davis (D) and, on the same ballot, elect Hollywood movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), who served in the office until early 2011.

Schwarzenegger is the last Republican to hold the top elected office in this increasingly Democratic state. Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco and two-term state lieutenant governor, won the open governor’s seat easily in 2018.

Fresh off election falsehoods, Republicans serve up a whopper about Biden

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By the time President Biden’s aides gathered for their morning meeting on Monday, a juicy whopper making its way around the conservative ecosphere — that Biden’s climate plan would significantly limit America’s hamburger consumption — had officially entered mainstream public discourse.

Biden’s team looked for an opportunity to quickly debunk the claim. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain retweeted a CNN fact check titled “No, Biden is not trying to force Americans to eat less red meat,” while several press aides tweeted a photo of a grinning Biden flipping burgers at a 2019 Iowa steak fry, along with the caption, “White House to the fact-challenged: where’s the beef?”

To White House aides, the wholly fictional Biden-will-ban-hamburgers story line was in part an amusing flare-up perpetuated by Republicans who have struggled to find ways to successfully attack the president.

How 89 former New Yorkers reshaped the House and the race for the presidency

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It is not surprising that the results of the 2020 Census led to the state of New York losing a congressional district. For decades, New York’s share of the population has declined as more Americans move west and south. After each of the last eight censuses, that ongoing shift has caused a decline in the number of House seats allocated to the Empire State. It’s a streak bested only by Pennsylvania — another Northeastern state seeing its relative share of the population drop.

What was surprising following the 2020 Census is how close New York came to not losing a seat. The state will go from 27 to 26 House districts in 2023 because it expanded at a slower rate than other states. But the complicated math by which seats are allocated meant that if New York had recorded only 89 more residents, it would have secured the 435th House seat, which instead went to Minnesota.

That’s the closest a state has come to missing out on a House seat since at least 1940, according to Census Bureau data. In 1970, Oregon missed a fifth seat by 231 residents. In 2000, Utah was 856 people shy of a fourth one. But to miss out by 89 people in a population of 20.2 million? Amazingly narrow.

D.C. to pay $1.6 million to settle mass arrest lawsuits from 2017 Trump inauguration

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The D.C. government will pay $1.6 million to settle two lawsuits alleging police unlawfully detained more than 200 protesters in mass arrests the day of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration in January 2017, the parties told a federal judge Monday.

Demonstrators represented by the ACLU of D.C. and Jeffrey L. Light alleged D.C. police violated the constitutional rights of journalists, legal observers and protesters by indiscriminately rounding them up in downtown Washington after rampaging vandals damaged property over several blocks on Jan. 20, 2017.

The city agreed to pay $605,000 to six defendants represented by the ACLU and nearly $1 million to about 200 others falsely arrested and held up to 16 hours without food, water or restrooms in a class-action case brought by Light, according to court filings.

N.Y. man accused of threatening to kill Democrats pleads guilty to weapons possession charge

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A Staten Island sex offender who was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill Democrats, their family members and protesters in a set of disturbing rants around the 2020 presidential election pleaded guilty Monday to possessing a semiautomatic handgun.

Brian Maiorana, who posted disturbing messages, sometimes under the alias “Proud Patriot Sailor,” faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced, under his plea agreement filed in federal court in Brooklyn. Authorities said his violent rhetoric was geared toward elected officials, law enforcement officers and others.

“The carnage needs to come in the form of extermination of anyone that claims to be democrat … as well as their family members,” Maiorana wrote in one social media message.

Although Maiorana once had a pistol permit, he cannot legally own a gun because of a 2007 conviction for statutory sexual assault in Pennsylvania, according to court documents. Maiorana is a level-one sex offender in New York, which is the lowest risk tier of the three designations.

Maiorana agreed to surrender weapons and accessories in his possession, including a Glock pistol, ammunition, a crossbow and a Taser — all items that were located in his home when it was searched on Nov. 10.

Harris says U.S. will increase aid to Central America, plans to visit Guatemala in June

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Harris spoke virtually with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on issues of immigration, telling him that the United States intends to increase aid to the country and that she plans to visit in June to play an active role in helping improve conditions so people want to stay.

“As we have discussed, these are the acute factors that in many ways are causing people to leave their homes despite the fact that they would probably prefer to stay,” Harris said. “We want to work with you to address both the acute causes as well as the root causes in a way that will bring hope to the people of Guatemala that there will be an opportunity for them if they stay at home.”

She said the United States would increase its relief efforts in the region to help achieve that and that she wanted to travel to Guatemala to meet with him in person. Harris is Biden’s point person on finding solutions for handling the influx of migrants at the U.S. border.

Giammattei said it was his goal for “people to find here opportunities to move ahead and therefore not need to go abroad to the United States.”

“The Guatemalan government wishes to be your partner in order to address …. not only poverty but of so many evils that affect us,” he said.

Earmarks are returning in the Senate, Sen. Leahy announces

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Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that Democrats and Republicans will be able to seek federal funds for their pet projects and home states as part of the annual appropriations process, as lawmakers look to revive earmarks to restore bipartisanship in ever-divided Washington.

“Congress does hold the power of the purse. We should use it responsibly and transparently to address the needs of our communities,” Leahy said in a speech on the Senate floor announcing the policy.

Under the new rules, the Senate will cap earmarks at 1 percent of discretionary spending. All requests must be made public, and some are subject to an audit by a government watchdog. The money cannot be directed to for-profit entities, and members cannot have a financial stake in the recipient. The move follows a similar decision in the House, where Democrats previously announced a regimented process for requesting earmarks after Congress banned the practice roughly a decade ago out of ethical concerns.

House Republicans lifted their caucus’s own ban after a secret vote in March. But Senate Republicans opted against following suit at a private meeting to consider their conference’s rules last week. The move is mostly symbolic, however, as the Senate GOP rules are not binding — and some party members have said they plan to avail themselves of earmarks soon.

New census numbers shift political power south to Republican strongholds

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Political power in the United States will continue to shift south this decade, as historically Democratic states that border the Great Lakes give up congressional seats and electoral votes to regions where Republicans currently enjoy a political advantage, according to new data from the Census Bureau.

Texas, Florida and North Carolina, three states that voted twice for President Donald Trump, are set to gain a combined four additional seats in Congress in 2023 because of population growth, granting them collectively as many new votes in the electoral college for the next presidential election as the Democratic-leaning Hawaii has in total.

At the same time, four northern states with Democratic governors that President Biden won in 2020 — Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York — will each lose a single congressional seat. Ohio, a nearby Republican-leaning state, will also lose a seat in Congress.

DHS will conduct internal review to prevent extremist views within its ranks

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The Department of Homeland Security will carry out a “comprehensive review” of its agencies to root out violent extremists within its ranks who may harbor racial or ethnic hatreds, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced in a statement Monday.

The Biden administration has directed DHS to increase its efforts to counter violent extremism and white-supremacist violence, which the FBI has identified as the most lethal domestic threat to Americans. Mayorkas said the review will be led by the department’s chief security officer and other senior officials who will prepare a report with their findings.

“Recent events, including the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol, have highlighted that domestic violent extremism poses the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to our country today,” Mayorkas said in a message to DHS employees.

“As we work to safeguard the nation and our values, we must be vigilant in our efforts to identify and combat domestic violent extremism within both the broader community and our own organization,” he wrote. “Violent extremism has no place at DHS and we will work with urgency and focus to address it.”

In 2018, DHS policy analyst Ian M. Smith resigned after he was questioned about ties to white nationalists, and Democrats have pressed DHS officials to increase scrutiny of Customs and Border Protection and of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the country’s most important enforcement agencies.

Trump endorses Susan Wright, widow of congressman, in competitive race to fill his Texas seat

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GOP candidate Susan Wright locked up a coveted endorsement in a crowded special-election race to fill her late husband’s House seat in Texas when former president Donald Trump announced she had his support.

“Susan will be strong on the Border, Crime, Pro-Life, our brave Military and Vets and will ALWAYS protect your second amendment,” Trump said in a statement. “Susan has my Complete and Total Endorsement.”

Rep. Ron Wright (R-Tex.) died in February after battling cancer and covid-19. There are 23 candidates running in the special, free-for-all May 1 election to fill his seat, including his widow.

The district represents a part of Texas that is changing demographically. Trump won it only by three points. But while the district might be becoming more vulnerable for Republicans, the GOP candidates who are running are strongly embracing Trump.

With so many Republicans in the race laying claim to Trump’s legacy and brand, there were no clear favorites to win, or to at least secure the more than 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. But Trump’s full-throated endorsement of Wright could change that.