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Korean and Vietnam War veteran James Patterson attending a ceremony commemorating Veterans Day and honoring the Tuskegee Airmen in November 2013 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Image

Congressional Democrats reintroduced legislation this week that would, if passed, help resolve racial inequities regarding GI Bill benefits.

Why it matters: Many Black service members who fought for the country during World War II were denied or prevented from taking full advantage of veteran benefits after they returned home from the war because of racial discrimination.

The backdrop: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill into law in 1944 to reward honorably discharged veterans for their service by helping them return to civilian life through college assistance, low-cost mortgages and low-interest business loans.

  • However, the bill was designed to accommodate Jim Crow segregation policies and racial political and institutional barriers, so many Black veterans were never able to fully access these federal benefits.
  • As a result, these veterans and their families were hindered from receiving an education and building generational wealth through buying homes or starting businesses — which are key to achieving intergenerational economic mobility.

The big picture: The GI Bill Restoration Act, introduced this week by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) — the author of the legislation — would extend these loan and education benefits to living spouses and descendants of Black WWII veterans.

  • It would also establish an independent panel to study how veteran benefits are administered to women and people of color and make recommendations to resolve any uncovered inequities.
  • Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) is set to introduce the legislation in the Senate later this month.

What they're saying: "It is important to acknowledge this injustice and help address the wealth gap that was exacerbated by the government’s failure to fulfill this promise to World War II veterans of color," Rep. Clyburn said in a statement.

  • "We can never fully repay those American heroes. But we can fix this going forward for their families," said Moulton, who is an Iraq War veteran. "While our generation didn’t commit this wrong, we should be committed to making it right. This legislation honors our nation’s commitment to America's vets.”

Go deeper: White House unveils effort to address military toxic exposures

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Rep. Seth Moulton authored the bill and that Sen. Raphael Warnock will introduce the legislation later this month, not Nov. 11.

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America's young women are on the cusp of a rite of passage that's been reserved for men until now: registering with the Selective Service when they turn 18.

Driving the news: Whether allowing women to serve in combat also means they should have to sign up for the military draft has been a debate for decades. Now, an unlikely coalition of feminists, veterans and conservatives could make it law as part of the Senate's expected passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.

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JPMorgan Chase Global Research says in a forecast to clients: "2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic, and a return to normal conditions we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak."

The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."

Inside Trump's hunt for "disloyal" Republicans

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Donald Trump and his associates are systematically reshaping the Republican Party, working to install hand-picked loyalists across federal and state governments and destroy those he feels have been disloyal, sources close to the former president tell Axios.

Why it matters: If most or all of Trump’s candidates win, he will go into the 2024 election cycle with far more people willing to do his bidding who run the elections in key states.