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Texas is the latest battleground when it comes to voting restrictions. The Republican-controlled legislature could pass new laws as early as this week.

Companies and activists are already lobbying against the bill which they say could be worse than the recent changes in Georgia.

  • Plus, public health experts take a page from get-out-the-vote organizers.
  • And, President Biden changes course on refugees.

Guests: Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, founder and executive director of Syrian Community Network and Axios' Stef Kight and John Frank.

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

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Facebook’s big free speech test

Facebook’s Oversight Board, otherwise known as Facebook’s supreme court, could soon come back with a decision on whether or not to reverse Trump’s ban from the platform. The Oversight Board was created in 2019 to review appeals around free speech.

  • Plus, the Fortnite fight with Apple.
  • And, the push to remember the Tulsa Race Massacre 100 years later.

Biden to raise refugee cap to 62,500

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President Biden will raise the cap on refugees to 62,500 this fiscal year, he announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The move comes after a wave of outrage over his initial decision to keep the Trump-era ceiling of 15,000 admissions in place.

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Study: Over 99% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated

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The Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday released a study showing that 99.75% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 1 and April 13 were not fully vaccinated, according to data provided to Axios.

Why it matters: Real-world evidence continues to show coronavirus vaccines are effective at keeping people from dying and out of hospitals. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been found to be 95% and 94% effective, respectively, at preventing symptomatic infections.

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