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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been on a hunger strike in prison for three weeks. This weekend, his doctor said he could die soon.

That’s just the latest in a string of events from abroad that could become major crises for President Biden.

  • Plus, a new way for police departments to handle mental health calls.
  • And, Richard Wright’s new book on police brutality, published six decades after his death.

Guests: Axios' Dave Lawler, Ben Montgomery and Russell Contreras.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Justin Kaufmann, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin, and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com.

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Apr 17, 2021 - Podcasts

The Hard Truth of Latinos’ access to health insurance

We’re sharing the latest episode of the Hard Truths podcast series.

In this episode, we try to answer one big question: Why do fewer Latinos have health insurance when compared to others in the U.S.?

Guests: Samantha Artiga, director of the racial equity and health policy program at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Catalina Sol, executive director of La Clinica del Pueblo.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Justin Kaufmann, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin, Alex Sugiura and Michele Salcedo. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com.

Updated Apr 18, 2021 - World

Alexei Navalny's death "a matter of days," spokesperson says

Alexei Navalny. Photo: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny faces possible kidney failure as he continues his multi-week hunger strike, a medical trade union told Reuters on Saturday.

What they're saying: "His condition is indeed critical ... His potassium is high and he has other high readings which indicate that his kidneys may soon fail. This would lead to severe pathology and cardiac arrest may occur," Alexandra Zakharova, a representative for the Doctors Alliance trade union, told Reuters.

Apr 18, 2021 - World

Biden's blinking red lights: Taiwan, Ukraine and Iran

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Russia is menacing Ukraine’s borders, China is sending increasingly ominous signals over Taiwan and Iran is accelerating its uranium enrichment to unprecedented levels.

The big picture: Ukraine, Taiwan and Iran’s nuclear program always loomed large on the menu of potential crises President Biden could face. But over the last several days, the lights have been blinking red on all three fronts all at once.

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