Stories by Alexi McCammond

Capitol Hill takes on reparations

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

For the first time since 2007, Washington lawmakers will have a hearing on reparations for slavery in the U.S.

Why it matters: This is a sign that reparations could no longer be "a fringe issue and occasional punchline" as they have been in the past, writes AP's Errin Whack, who broke the news of this hearing.

The 2020 Democrats falling behind with black voters

Data: Hart Research, Brossard Research; Note: "Not sure" responses not shown; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Kamala Harris releases executive action plan to protect Dreamers

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2020 Democratic candidate Kamala Harris released a comprehensive plan Wednesday to protect as many as 6 million immigrants — including a path to citizenship for 2 million Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children.

Why it matters: Harris' proposal, a series of four executive actions she'd implement as president, signals that she wouldn't be afraid to use the power of the presidency to circumvent Congress on immigration.