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President Biden has asked federal agencies to try and find ways to stop evictions after the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) said it lacked the authority to extend its national eviction moratorium, the White House said Monday.

Why it matters: Millions of tenants across the country face the threat of eviction after the moratorium expired this weekend.

State of play: The House last week failed to secure enough votes to extend the ban before adjourning for recess, leading to protests from progressive lawmakers.

  • Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who has been evicted three times, urged House Democrats on Friday to return from recess and vote on the Protecting Renters from Evictions Act. She and other lawmakers slept outside the Capitol on Friday.
  • Democratic House leadership issued a statement on Sunday, calling on the administration to "immediately extend the moratorium" through Oct. 18.  
  • Bush tweeted on Monday that she met with Vice President Harris to ask for help preventing "our people from being evicted."
    • "Madam Vice President, let’s work together to get this done," she added. "We need a federal eviction moratorium."

Details: The president has directed his Cabinet departments to "use their powers to prevent evictions and tell landlords: If your government is backing your mortgage or providing you housing tax relief, you should not be choosing eviction over the Emergency Rental Assistance we have provided to make you whole and keep your tenants and their families safely housed."

The Biden administration is urging states and localities to:

  • Extend or institute evictions bans for at least the next two months.
  • Deploy funding to pay landlords so renters can remain in their current housing.
  • Ensure evictions are a last, not first, resort.

What they're saying: "[E]even though funds began to be distributed in February by the Biden Administration, too many States and cities have been too slow to act," press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Monday.

  • "As the Administration made clear last week, there is no excuse for any State or locality not to promptly deploy the resources that Congress appropriated to meet the critical need of so many Americans."

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A screenshot from a new League of Conservation Voters ad supporting Rep. Stephanie Murphy.

The League of Conservation Voters and Climate Power are aiming another $4 million worth of ads at centrist House Democrats, urging them to support the climate provisions in President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Progressive groups are trying to counter the onslaught of conservative money pouring into swing districts. Both sides are trying to define Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda and pressure lawmakers to support — or oppose — the legislation scheduled for a vote in the House this week.

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Laurene Powell Jobs' $3.5 billion climate campaign

Laurene Powell Jobs, president of Emerson Collective, is investing $3.5 billion in her new climate-action group, the Waverley Street Foundation — all to be spent in 10 years, as a way to show urgency on the issue.

  • Then the group will sunset.

The big picture: The foundation "will focus on initiatives and ideas that will aid underserved communities who are most impacted by climate change," an official tells Axios.

R. Kelly found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking

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Singer R. Kelly on Monday was found guilty of racketeering and eight counts of violating an anti-sex trafficking law, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Sexual misconduct allegations have surrounded R. Kelly's career, including a child sexual abuse image case in 2008 where he was acquitted. Multiple other victims have come forward to speak about the abuse in recent years.

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