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A memorial across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue, April 28. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Jewish Americans experienced "near-historic levels of anti-Semitism" in 2018, the Anti-Defamation League said as it issued a report Tuesday showing assaults doubled and the single deadliest attack in the U.S. was recorded against the community.

Details: The ADL's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic incidents "identified 59 people who were victims of anti-Semitic assaults in 2018, up from 21 in 2017." The international Jewish nongovernmental organization said in a statement that 2018 was "marked by the white supremacist shooting spree at a Pittsburgh synagogue, which claimed 11 lives, and punctuated by a dramatic surge in white supremacist propaganda activity nationwide."

We unfortunately saw this trend continue into 2019 with the tragic shooting at the Chabad synagogue in Poway.
— Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and national director

By the numbers: The report recorded a total of 1,879 attacks against Jewish people and institutions in the U.S. in 2018 — the third-highest year on record since the ADL began tracking such data in the 1970s. Overall attacks that include vandalism and harassment were near record-high levels.

"While the overall number of incidents represents a 5 percent decline from 1,986 incidents reported in 2017, the number of incidents last year remained at near-historic levels — 48 percent higher than the total for 2016 and 99 percent higher than in 2015."

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.

The China whisperer

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President Biden's nominee for ambassador to China will face aggressive questioning Wednesday about the most important, and potentially perilous, bilateral relationship in the world.

Why it matters: While Nick Burns is an experienced diplomat with support on both sides of the aisle, lawmakers want to use his confirmation hearing to force the administration into some tough positions on China.

Jan. 6 committee recommends contempt charges against Bannon

Steve Bannon. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night recommending that former Trump aide Steve Bannon be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Why it matters: The resolution sets up a House vote to refer Bannon for potential criminal prosecution, signaling that the committee will not tolerate attempts by former President Trump and his associates to stymie the investigation.