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President Biden on Tuesday announced that he plans to nominate Robert Santos, vice president and chief methodologist at the Urban Institute, as director of the U.S. Census Bureau at the Department of Commerce.

Why it matters: If confirmed by the Senate, Santos, who also serves the president of the American Statistical Association, would be the first person of color to permanently lead the agency.

  • The Census Bureau is in charge of conducting surveys and the once-a-decade resident count used for distributing political representation and funding across the country.

The big picture: "Depending on the timing of a confirmation, Santos could finish the term left open by former Director Steven Dillingham that is ending this year," NPR writes.

  • Dillingham, the Trump-appointed director, quit in January after multiple employee whistleblowers told the bureau's internal watchdog they were under pressure to gather and publish rushed data on documented and undocumented immigrants.

What he's saying: "If confirmed, I will support the Bureau and its staff in its mission to provide quality population and economic data to the nation," Santos said in a statement to NPR.

  • "The principles of transparency, scientific independence, and integrity will be key in allowing the Census Bureau to thrive and innovate over the coming decade."

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Shooter identified as student; one officer injured in Knoxville high school shooting

After opening fire on officers, a Knoxville student was shot and killed by police responding to reports of a gunman inside the Austin-East Magnet High School on Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

Where it stands: The student struck a KPD officer, who is being treated for injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, Knoxville police said. Another man was detained for investigation and there are no other known gunshot victims, police said.

Investors fear inflation, labor shortages in second half of 2021

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Investors entered 2021 concerned about the transition to a new U.S. president, the form of new fiscal stimulus, the distribution of vaccines and the reopening of the economy. Now, top risks include supply chain bottlenecks, labor shortages, inflation and slower GDP growth.

Why it matters: Stocks have rallied almost unabated for over a year, leaving many to wonder if the market is overdue for a big selloff. Last week's declines amplify those concerns.

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Scoop: Trump works refs ahead of book barrage

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Former President Trump has given at least 22 interviews for 17 different books since leaving office, with authors lining up at Mar-a-Lago as he labors to shape a coming tsunami of Trump tomes, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Trump advisers see the coming book glut as proof that interest in "POTUS 45," as they call him, has never been higher. These advisers know that most of the books will paint a mixed picture, at best. But Trump is working the refs with charm, spin and dish.