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On Sunday, almost 1.6 million American air passengers passed through security checkpoints — compared to just about 130,000 the same day last year.

Travelers are rushing to buy plane tickets, and airlines are scrambling to add flights and rework schedules.

  • Plus, some new guidance around masking.
  • And, the Biden administration’s plan to go after tax evaders.

Guests: Axios' Joann Muller and Felix Salmon.

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 27, 2021 - Podcasts

The U.S. opens up its vaccine stockpile

The Biden administration announced plans Monday to share 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine with other countries.

The U.S. has been criticized for how little it shared so far — for example, it has sent just 4 million AstraZeneca doses to our neighbors in Mexico and Canada, even though they’ve asked for many more.

  • Plus, how the Census is redrawing the congressional map.
  • And, Tesla and the future of self-driving cars.
Apr 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden committed to capital gains tax hike for rich

Marine One departs from the Ellipse after dropping off President Biden on Sunday. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden is committed to increasing capital gains taxes for the richest Americans when they die, before they pass wealth to their heirs, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: Eliminating the so-called stepped-up basis is central to Biden’s plan to find additional revenue to pay for the roughly $1.5 trillion in new spending he'll unveil during a major speech Wednesday night.

Scoop: Biden plans to ask Congress to pay for $1.8 trillion in new spending

President Biden speaks about updated CDC mask guidance from the North Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Biden plans to ask Congress to pay for the entirety of the $1.8 trillion in new spending on health care, child care and education he’ll unveil on Wednesday night, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Biden’s decision to fully offset both the $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan he announced last month, and the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan being rolled out in his joint address, all but guarantee big political battles on both the spending and tax sides of the combined $4 trillion proposal.