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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge speaking at a press conference at the White House in March 2021. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected to restore two Obama-era fair housing rules created to reduce residential segregation and unintended discrimination, Politico reported Tuesday, citing notices posted by the Office of Management and Budget.

Why it matters: The move would be one the strongest actions the Biden administration has taken so far to address systemic racism in housing, according to the Washington Post.

Context: Former HUD Secretary Ben Carson last year revoked a 2015 rule that required cities to address residential segregation to access federal funds and tried to replace 2013's “disparate impact” rule.

  • The restorations come roughly three months after Biden signed executive orders to promote racial equity, including one that directed HUD to examine how previous administrations undermined fair housing policies and laws.

The big picture: The reinstatements were posted Tuesday in notices by the OMB, signaling the rule changes have been accepted for review, according to the Post.

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Apr 12, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

Des Moines to Iowa governor: Veto rental authority bill

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Des Moines is asking Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a bill that would allow landlords to reject Section 8 rental subsidies for their tenants, city officials told Axios.

Why it matters: Nearly 3,200 Polk County low-income families receive the federal rent assistance and face a greater likelihood of returning to substandard housing or homelessness if their housing options are further limited.

Rahm Emanuel questioned on murder of Laquan McDonald in confirmation hearing

Rahm Emanuel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Oct. 20. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke about the murder of Laquan McDonald during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday to become the U.S. ambassador to Japan, saying that "there's not a day or a week that has gone by in the last seven years I haven't thought about this."

Catch up quick: McDonald was a Black teenager who was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police during Emanuel's tenure as the city's mayor. The 2014 shooting triggered massive protests, both because of its nature and the fact that the officers' body-cam footage was concealed for years.

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Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.