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Sen. Cory Booker. Photo: Ethan Miller via Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reintroduced a bill Thursday that would legalize marijuana on the federal level and supersede the patchwork of 10 states and Washington, D.C. that have legalized recreational marijuana.

"The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it's been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals. The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level."
— Booker

The big picture: The Marijuana Justice Act is being co-sponsored by several of Booker's fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Details: In addition to removing marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, the bill would offer states financial incentives to loosen marijuana laws, expunge federal crimes related to the use or possession of marijuana and allow offenders to appeal for shorter sentences. It would also funnel resources into job training and re-entry programs.

  • Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) will be introducing the bill in the Democratic-controlled House, per CNN.

The bottom line: The bill is highly unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, but highlights the significance that marijuana legalization could play on the 2020 campaign trail.

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U.S. sanctions Russian officials over Navalny poisoning and detention

Pro-Navalny protesters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photo: Omer Messinger/Getty Images

The U.S. will sanction 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, senior administration officials told reporters on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The sanctions represent the first penalties the U.S. has imposed on Kremlin-linked officials since President Biden took office and pledged to confront Russian aggression.

Democrats to take up immigration reform next week

Biden in the Oval Office in January. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House will vote on two immigration bills next week, including one to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday on a call with the Democratic caucus.

Why it matters: This is likely the only realistic shot the Biden administration has at this point to pass immigration reform.

Scoop: Biden briefing calls for 20,000 child migrant beds

President Biden, during a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images

A briefing scheduled for President Biden this afternoon outlines the need for 20,000 beds to shelter an expected crush of child migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The rapid influx of unaccompanied children is building into the administration's first new crisis. A presentation created by the Domestic Policy Council spells out the dimensions with nearly 40 slides full of charts and details.

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