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President Biden condemned the recent anti-Asian violence on Friday after meeting with Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders in Atlanta, three days after a deadly shooting killed eight people, six of whom were Asian women.

What they're saying: "Words have consequences," the president said at a press conference, implicitly referring to former President Trump and other officials' use of the terms "China virus" and "kung flu," among others. "It's the coronavirus. Full stop," Biden added.

  • Asian Americans have been "attacked, blamed, scapegoated and harassed," he said. "They've been verbally assaulted, physically assaulted, killed. It's been a year of living in fear for their lives."
  • "The conversations we had today with AAPI leaders and that we're hearing all across the country is that hate and violence often hide in plain sight," Biden added. "It's often met with silence."
  • "That has to change, because our silence is complicity," he said. "We have to speak out. We have to act."

"Racism is real in America," added Vice President Kamala Harris. "And it has always been. Xenophobia is real in America, and always has been. Sexism, too," said Harris.

  • "The president and I will not be silent. We will not stand by. We will always speak out against violence, hate crimes and discrimination, wherever and whenever it occurs."
  • "For the last year we’ve had people in positions of incredible power scapegoating Asian Americans,” said Harris, "people with the biggest pulpits, spreading this kind of hate."

The big picture: Discrimination against Asian people has escalated over the past year, with Stop AAPI Hate tracking nearly 3,800 self-reported hate incidents.

  • More than 183 organizations, led by AAPI groups, delivered a letter to Biden Friday urging him to commit $300 million to addressing anti-Asian hate.

Go deeper... Atlanta: Asian American fear and anxiety

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First fatality confirmed in downtown Austin mass shooting

Police barricades near the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

A 25-year-old man died Sunday of injuries sustained in a mass shooting that wounded 13 other people in downtown Austin, Texas, the previous day, police confirmed.

Driving the news: Austin police named the victim as Douglas John Kantor, as they continued to search for one of two suspects. One suspect was taken into custody on Saturday following the shooting on 6th Street, a popular area with bars and restaurants.

Pelosi demands Barr and Sessions testify on data subpoenas

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an event San Francisco, California, on Friday. Photo: Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNN Sunday that former Attorneys General William Barr and Jeff Sessions should testify before Congress on reports that the Trump-era Department of Justice seized Democrats' and journalists' data records.

Driving the news: DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Friday an internal investigation into the matter, and Pelosi expressed disbelief to CNN's Dana Bash at assertions that neither Barr nor Sessions knew of probes into lawmakers.

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Netanyahu is out as new Israeli government survives confidence vote

Photo: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP via Getty Images

Israel has a new prime minister for the first time since 2009 after a power-sharing government led by Naftali Bennett survived a confidence vote on Sunday. Bennett was sworn in as prime minister.

Why it matters: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving prime minister and the man around whom Israeli politics have revolved for a decade, will now become opposition leader. Bennett, a right-wing former Netanyahu protege, will lead the most ideologically diverse government in Israeli history.