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Donald Trump Jr. with Abhishek Lodha, managing director of Lodha Group, during the topping-out ceremony at the Trump Tower, on February 22, 2018 in Mumbai, India. Photo: Kunal Patil/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Donald Trump Jr.'s February trip to India — during which he promoted the Trump Organization's luxury real estate projects and met privately with Prime Minister Narendra Modi — rung up $97,805 in Secret Service costs, according to Department of Homeland Security documents obtained by the Washington Post.

Why it matters: President Trump has stepped back from overseeing his family empire, but still benefits from The Trump Organization's success because he has not moved his assets to a blind trust. Critics say his family's need for Secret Service protection during their business trips ultimately means taxpayers are footing the bill for the president's personal financial gain.

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House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

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Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.