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Eduardo Verdugo / AP

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Mexican drug lord, will face trial in April of 2018, according to the AP.

Guzman has twice escaped Mexican prisons, but was extradited to the U.S. in January, where he is being held in solitary confinement on charges for his multibillion dollar drug trafficking ring.

While he waits: Guzman's lawyers are fighting the U.S. government over the terms of his confinement. He has been barred visits from his family, and his lawyers say they've been forced to communicate with him across a pane of glass.

One D.C. thing: Ted Cruz recently introduced legislation called the EL CHAPO Act to use assets seized from drug traffickers to pay for the border wall. It has not moved in the Senate.

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Coronavirus hospitalizations top 100,000 for the first time

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Data: The COVID Tracking ProjectHarvard Global Health Institute; Cartogram: Danielle Alberti and Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

More than 100,000 Americans are now in the hospital with coronavirus infections — a new record, an indication that the pandemic is continuing to get worse and a reminder that the virus is still very dangerous.

Why it matters: Hospitalizations are a way to measure severe illnesses — and severe illnesses are on the rise across the U.S. In some areas, health systems and health care workers are already overwhelmed, and outbreaks are only getting worse.

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Our make-believe economy

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Federal Reserve and global central banks are remaking the world's economy in an effort to save it, but have created something of a monster.

Why it matters: The Fed-driven economy relies on the creation of trillions of dollars — literally out of thin air — that are used to purchase bonds and push money into a pandemic-ravaged economy that has long been dependent on free cash and is only growing more addicted.

New hope for "smart cities"

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's time to polish our gleaming vision of urban environments where internet technology makes everything from finding a parking space to measuring air quality a snap.

Why it matters: The Biden administration's Cabinet appointees are likely to be champions of bold futurism in urban planning — which could mean that smart infrastructure projects, like broadband deployment and digital city services, get fresh funding and momentum.