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Protestor holds a portrait of Sandra Bland. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, Beto O'Rourke and Julián Castro, on Tuesday called for the reopening of inquires into Sandra Bland's arrest and death following the release of new footage from her encounter with police during a 2015 traffic stop.

What's new: The main recording of Bland's arrest was dash-cam footage captured in a state trooper's SUV in Prairie View, Texas, but that changed on Monday when a video surfaced for the first time in an investigative report by Dallas TV station WFAA. The recording that Bland filmed on her cellphone shows former Texas state trooper Brian Encinia yelling at her to "get out of the car," before he brandished a taser and said, "I will light you up!"

What they're saying:

O'Rourke, a former Texas Democratic congressman, tweeted:

"Immediately re-open the investigation into Sandra Bland's arrest and death. There must be full accountability and justice."

Castro, a former Housing and Urban Development secretary and the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 2009 through 2014, went further:

"The recently released video Sandra Bland took of her own arrest provides the latest example of a police justification for the death of an unarmed black person being revealed as a flat out lie. This video is compelling proof that Trooper Encinia lied, that Sandra Bland posed no threat, and that there was no basis for her arrest. This case should be reopened and justice should finally be served."

Context: Bland, an African-American woman from Chicago, was found dead in her jail cell 3 days after the traffic stop. Her death was officially ruled a suicide, but many, including her relatives, have protested that conclusion, saying she would not have tried to kill herself. Prosecutors dropped charges against Encinia in exchange for him to resign from law enforcement.

Following the release of the new video, Bland's family attorney Cannon Lambert told the New York Times: "What the video shows is that Encinia had no reason to be in fear of his safety. The video shows that he wasn't in fear of his safety. You could see that it was a cellphone, he was looking right at it."

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Too big to cover alone: Newsrooms team up

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

News outlets are increasingly willing to work together on big, multifaceted stories — including this week's reporting on leaked documents from a Facebook whistleblower.

Why it matters: Collaborative efforts help bring more resources to bear on complex stories, some of which require a global reporting effort. But they require high degrees of coordination, and competition can sometimes get in the way.

Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: It's Democrats and independents driving the declining economic confidence, from 52% of all U.S. adults at the start of his presidency to 44% now. Their softening faith could hinder Biden's ability to lead and hurt Democrats' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

Attacks rise on houses of worship

Woven Stars of David hang along the fence at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on the 1st anniversary of a mass shooting at the synagogue. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Houses of worship — across a variety of faiths, including Jewish synagogues to Buddhist temples and Catholic churches — are experiencing high amounts of vandalism, arson and other property damage.

The big picture: 2021 is on track to be a record year for hate crimes in the U.S., and many of those attacks are linked to religious bigotry.