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President Joe Biden (4th L) speaks during a meeting with the leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, (L-R) Sen. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Vice President Kamala Harris, Chair Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), in the Oval Office of the White House April 20. Photo: Pool/Getty Images

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus urged President Biden on Tuesday to appoint two defeated members of the House to positions in his administration, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The president has promised an administration reflecting the country's diversity, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus have each offered their candidates.

Details: During a meeting in the Oval Office, CHC members suggested former Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) for undersecretary of public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department.

  • CHC members also pushed former Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) for undersecretary of rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a job for which she is already said to be a candidate.
  • Mucarsel-Powell and Torres Small each lost their bids to win a second term during the 2020 election.

Of note: Earlier this month, Biden named Erika Moritsugu deputy assistant to the president and Asian American and Pacific Islander senior liaison.

  • He did so after Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) threatened to oppose his "non-diversity" nominees to the administration.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious as the nation awaits the verdict in former police officer Derek Chauvin's trial, fearing a not-guilty decision could exacerbate racial tensions and spark a new wave of riots.

Why it matters: Leaders on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue are trying to figure out how to calibrate any personal or legislative response, while also acknowledging how the final outcome in Chauvin's murder trial in the death of George Floyd could affect their district and them politically.

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Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.