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2020 competitor Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation on Wednesday to revoke Medals of Honor from 20 American soldiers who took part in the Wounded Knee Massacre, per the New York Times.

The big picture: Congress has revoked more than 900 Medals of Honor — the highest military decoration — since a bill in 1916 developed a review board for previously awarded medals.

  • Warren's bill is co-sponsored by fellow 2020 competitors Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, along with Dem Sens. Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden and Patrick Leahy.

Background: The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre led to the deaths of hundreds of Lakota Indian men, women and children. Congress formally apologized for the massacre in 1990.

What she's saying:

"The horrifying acts of violence against hundreds of Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee should be condemned, not celebrated with Medals of Honor.”
— Elizabeth Warren in a statement
  • Descendants of Wounded Knee victims and liberal veteran groups are backing Warren's bill as well.

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The elusive political power of Mexican Americans

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Mexican Americans make up the nation's largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.

Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic differences within Latino cultures in the U.S.

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The barriers to vaccine passports

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Vaccine passports could become available soon to help people resume their livesbut they face numerous scientific, social and political barriers to being accepted.

The big picture: Reliable and accessible proof of vaccine-induced protection from the novel coronavirus could speed international travel and economic reopening, but obstacles to its wide-scale adoption are so great it may never fully arrive.

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Senate action on stimulus bill continues as Dems reach deal on jobless aid

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a series of amendments overnight into early Saturday morning.

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