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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Hispanic lawmakers are increasing their demands on Joe Biden, pressing him to name either California Attorney General Xavier Becerra or DNC chair Tom Perez to lead the Justice Department.

The big picture: Interest groups in the Democratic Party are engaged in dueling campaigns for a finite number of top Cabinet posts.

  • On Sunday, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus fired their first shot across Biden's bow, calling on him to name New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for Health and Human Services.
  • And civil rights groups want a meeting about Black appointees, the Washington Post reported last night. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus were first in a public campaign for a top-tier Cabinet post.
  • Meanwhile, women in the national security community are growing increasingly concerned that Michele Flournoy could be bypassed as the the first female defense secretary because Biden may want to appoint a Black candidate at the Pentagon.

Why it matters: Member of the CHC have secured a meeting tomorrow with incoming chief of staff Ron Klain and transition officials Jeff Zients and Ted Kaufman to air their concerns.

  • The meetings is expected to be tense, as many Hispanic lawmakers feel that that Biden transition is giving lip service to their community and isn't taking their demands seriously.

What they are saying: Today's letter, singed by 32 CHC members makes a straightforward case for Becerra and Perez, based on their career credentials and life experiences.

  • "Both Secretary Perez and Attorney General Becerra are experienced in the criminal and civil rights issues at the heart of the Justice Department’s work and have proven track records of using their powers of office to level the playing field for workers and middle-class families."

Between the lines: Lujan Grisham turned down an offer to be Interior Secretary, according to a source close to the transition.

  • While CNN is reporting that she has emerged as a "leading contender" for HHS, the source close to the transition said that is currently not the case.

Be smart: Piecing together the diversity puzzle of Biden's Cabinet was always going to be a challenge, but it's getting harder as the spots diminish and the lobbying becomes more public.

Read the letter.

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Why it matters: For voters on the bubble between parties, this moment is less about excitement for Biden or liberal politics than exhaustion and disgust with Trump and a craving for national healing. Most said Trump should be prohibited from ever holding office again.

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Pope Francis criticized European countries' response to asylum seekers during his visit to a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos Sunday.

Why it matters: The pope said "migration is a humanitarian crisis that concerns everyone," but little had changed in the global response to displaced peoples since his first visit to Lesbos five years ago, per a transcript of his remarks. "Human lives, real people, are at stake. ... let us stop this shipwreck of civilization!"

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A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."