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Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-Md.), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

The House Oversight Committee said Thursday it asked election officials in Texas and Kansas to turn over communications as part of the panel’s expanding investigation into allegations of voter suppression.

Details: This comes weeks after the panel submitted a similar request to officials in Georgia. Chairman Elijah Cummings and Rep. Jamie Raskin, both of whom are Democrats, are looking to review Texas’ rollout of an inaccurate list of 95,000 people on its voter rolls flagged as possible non-U.S. citizens and the state's plan to purge them. In Kansas, lawmakers are looking into a decision made last year to move the only polling site in a minority-heavy district to a location outside of the city limits — more than a mile away from the nearest bus stop.

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2020 was the economy's worst year since 1946

Source: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. economy grew at a 4% annualized pace in the last quarter of 2020, meaning the economy shrank by 3.5% for the full year, the government said on Thursday.

Why it matters: One of the last major economic report cards of the Trump era shows a sharp slowdown in growth compared to the previous quarter, as the pandemic got worse and government aid petered out. It was the worst year for the economy since 1946 and the first time GDP shrank since 2009, when it fell 2.5% during the Great Recession.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

How GameStop exposed the market

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Retail traders have found a cheat code for the stock market, and barring some major action from regulatory authorities or a massive turn in their favored companies, they're going to keep using it to score "tendies" and turn Wall Street on its head.

What's happening: The share prices of companies like GameStop are rocketing higher, based largely on the social media organizing of a 3-million strong group of Redditors who are eagerly piling into companies that big hedge funds are short selling, or betting will fall in price.

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
2 hours ago - Health

Who benefits from Biden's move to reopen ACA enrollment

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Nearly 15 million Americans who are currently uninsured are eligible for coverage on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than half of them would qualify for subsidies, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation brief.

Why it matters: President Biden is expected to announce today that he'll be reopening the marketplaces for a special enrollment period from Feb. 15 to May 15, but getting a significant number of people to sign up for coverage will likely require targeted outreach.

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