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Kamala Harris and Julián Castro are the only two top candidates with more people of color in senior staff positions than white people. Photos: Spencer Platt/Getty Images; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Women hold the majority of senior positions for top 2020 Democratic campaigns — and a quarter of those aides identify as women of color, according to a new analysis by the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: The behind-the-scenes makeup of the 2020 campaign — which already features the most diverse field of candidates in history — reflects a broader national trend: minorities will become the majority in the U.S. by 2045.

Details:

  • Sen. Kamala Harris and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro both have more people of color in senior staff positions than white people.
  • Castro and Sen. Bernie Sanders have hired the most women in senior staff positions.
  • It's not just Democrats. President Trump's re-election campaign has more women in senior staff positions than men.

The big picture: The efforts for candidates to build out diverse campaign staffs highlight their recognition that America's demography is similarly shifting.

  • Sanders' campaign manager Faiz Shakir, the first Muslim to head a presidential bid, told the WSJ that the Vermont senator said he wanted "a team that looks like America."
  • Sanders admitted earlier this year that his 2016 campaign staff was "too white" and "too male."

What they're saying: "It’s a competitive advantage as long we continue to maximize it. ... It’s just making sure that those voices are at the decision-making table and included in our thinking," Laphonza Butler, a senior Harris adviser and an African-American woman, told the WSJ.

Go deeper: 2020 Dems could end up with another white guy

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

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Scoop: Blinken protests Israel settlements approval in "tense" phone call

Benny Gantz (L) and Tony Blinken. Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty

Secretary of State Tony Blinken protested the decision to approve 3,000 new housing units in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during a tense phone call on Tuesday with Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, three Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is the first time new construction in the settlements has been approved since President Biden assumed office, and the Biden administration had been privately pressing the Israeli government not to proceed.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.