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People cast votes in Louisville, Ky. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

Voters elected Daniel Cameron, the former legal counsel for Sen. Mitch McConnell, as Kentucky's attorney general on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Cameron's win is historic for Kentucky as he becomes its first African American attorney general, its first independently elected African American individual to win statewide office and its first Republican attorney general in more than 70 years, according to the New York Times.

  • He replaces Democrat Andy Beshear, who defeated the state's incumbent Republican governor, Matt Bevin.

What he's saying: In his acceptance speech, Cameron said he plans to "get back to the bread-and-butter basics of being the chief law enforcement officer in defending and enforcing the laws," according to the Times.

The big picture: Cameron will become the seventh African American state attorney general (including D.C.) in the nation. He joins:

  • Curtis Hill (R-Ind.)
  • Letitia James (D-N.Y.)
  • Kwame Raoul (D-Ill.)
  • Aaron Ford (D-Nev.)
  • Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
  • Karl Racine (D-D.C.)

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Sen. Tim Kaine speaks with Sen. Susan Collins. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP via Getty Images

Sens. Tim Kaine and Susan Collins are privately pitching their colleagues on a bipartisan resolution censuring former President Trump, three sources familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: Senators are looking for a way to condemn Trump on the record as it becomes increasingly unlikely Democrats will obtain the 17 Republican votes needed to gain a conviction in his second impeachment.

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Scoop: Anthony Coley to lead Justice Department public affairs

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Judge Merrick Garland, President Biden’s nominee for attorney general, has tapped Anthony Coley, an Obama-era Treasury Department official, to serve as a senior adviser and to lead public affairs at the Department of Justice, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: As the public face of the DOJ, Coley will help explain — and defend — the department's actions, from sensitive cases to prosecutorial decisions, including the investigation into Hunter Biden.

AP: Justice Dept. rescinds "zero tolerance" policy

A young girl waves to onlookers through the fence at the U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Ysidro, California, in Nov. 2018. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden's acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued a memo on Tuesday to revoke the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated thousands of migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, AP first reported.

Driving the news: A recent report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized the internal chaos at the agency over the implementation of the policy, which resulted in 545 parents separated from their children as of October 2020.