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Voter participation rates for Hispanic Americans in the 2018 midterms increased by 50% compared to the last midterm cycle, with more than a third of eligible voters under 30 turning out, compared to just 20% in 2014, according to new Census Bureau data.

The big picture: Overall voter turnout during the midterms was the highest it's been in a century, spiking 11.5 percentage points from 2014. Young and Hispanic voters — demographics that are both more likely to identify or lean Democrat — saw some of the largest spikes in voter-participation rates.

  • Hispanic and non-Hispanic Asian voters saw the largest increases in voter participation for racial or ethnic groups. Both had 40% participation compared to 27% in 2014.
  • A new, private study also found Latino voters increased their share of the voting population by at least 3 percentage points in Arizona, Texas, Florida and Nevada, as NBC News reported. Latino voters in these states widely supported Democratic candidates, with the report finding that they were likely "largely responsible" for Democrats winning Senate seats in Nevada and Arizona.
  • Non-Hispanic white voters still had the highest voter turnout rate compared to other races and ethnicities.

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.