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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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$1 trillion infrastructure bill clears the Senate

Yesterday was dominated by political news, with the bipartisan win on infrastructure and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's resignation. We unpack why these matter with Axios' political team.

Guests: Axios' Alayna Treene, Glen Johnson, and Margaret Talev

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, and Ben O'Brien. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. You can text questions, comments and story ideas to Niala as a text or voice memo to 202-918-4893.

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Texas GOP state House speaker signs warrants to arrest 52 Democrats

Texas state Rep. Chris Turner, chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, joined by fellow Democratic Texas state representatives at a press conference on July 30. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Texas House Speaker signed late Tuesday civil arrest warrants for 52 Democratic lawmakers who fled the state last month to block a GOP effort to pass voting restrictions, per the Dallas Morning News.

Driving the news: The GOP-led Texas House of Representatives voted 80-12 in favor of the move, hours after the state Supreme Court temporarily blocked a restraining order by a lower court protecting the Democrats.

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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise" — Two years of COVID-19 — Prior coronavirus infections may not protect well against Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate.
  4. World: Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles downWHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

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