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Eric Adams. Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Democrat Eric Adams won New York City's mayoral race on Tuesday, defeating Republican Curtis Sliwa, AP reports.

Why it matters: Adams, a retired NYPD captain, was the clear favorite going into Tuesday's election. He will be the second Black mayor in the city's history.

The big picture: Adams pitched himself as a moderate Democrat who opposes the "defund the police" movement, while seeking to strike a balance between fighting crime and doing away with racist policing practices as mayor.

  • He became a police officer in 1984 and co-founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, "a group that campaigned for criminal justice reform and against racial profiling."
  • He was elected Brooklyn borough president in 2013, a position he has held since then.

What to watch: Adams will take office from term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) as New York City seeks to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic, which devastated the city's economy and coincided with an increase in homicides.

Go deeper: Democrats' new police playbook

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Austin's homicides on the rise

Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon provides an update on overnight shootings in Austin in June. Photo: Austin Police Department via AP

It's been a tragic stretch for murder in Austin's streets this year.

Driving the news: Just after midnight last Thursday, police responded to reports of a shooting and stabbing in the Montopolis neighborhood.

Updated 12 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Congressional leaders clinch support for crucial defense bill, debt limit votes

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer passes waiting reporters on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Congress has found a shortcut to pass its annual defense funding bill and raise the debt limit.

Driving the news: The House voted Tuesday night on two major bills — one creating a one-time, fast-track process for the Senate to raise the debt ceiling with just 51 votes, and another passing its annual defense bill.

House passes annual defense bill

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House voted to pass the annual defense bill 363-70 on Tuesday night, authorizing nearly $770 billion in funding for defenses and national security programs.

Why it matters: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) still has to clear the Senate, but the House passage greatly increases the chances that the must-pass defense bill will move through both chambers of Congress before the end of the year.