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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the 2021 Met Gala on Monday in New York City. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

New York City's Met Gala returned on Monday night, with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney among the attendees marking the comeback of the pandemic-delayed, star-studded fashion event with striking political statements.

The big picture: Ocasio-Cortez displayed the slogan "tax the rich" on the back of her white dress by Brother Vellies. Fellow Democratic New York lawmaker Carolyn Maloney wore a gown displaying the purple, white and gold colors of the suffrage movement, with sashes stating "equal rights for women."

Rep. Carolyn Maloney dressed in her Met Gala gown at the event in New York City on Monday. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
  • Ocasio-Cortez said her gown was about "having a real conversation about fairness and equity in our system, and I think this conversation is particularly relevant as we debate ... the budget and reconciliation bill," per AP.
  • Filmmaker Ava DuVernay told AP her Prada black gown "interpreted American independence, which is the theme," as a celebration of Black excellence.

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House to vote on censuring Gosar, stripping committee seats

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The House will vote Wednesday on censuring Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and removing his committee assignments, a source familiar with the matter tells Axios.

Why it matters: Gosar posted a video depicting violence against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and President Biden. The resolution would remove him from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, of which Ocasio-Cortez is also a member, and the Committee on Natural Resources, the source said.

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  1. Health: Fauci: "Confident" Omicron cases will peak in February — FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated."
  2. Vaccines: The shifting definition of fully vaccinated — Annual vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO — Team USA 100% vaccinated ahead of Beijing Olympics.
  3. Politics: Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate — Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance — Arizona governor sues Biden administration over funds tied to mandates.
  4. World: Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games — Beijing officials urge "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics — Austria approves vaccine mandate for adults.
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Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to affirmative action at Harvard, UNC

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a pair of cases challenging the consideration of race in the college admissions processes.

Why it matters: The conservative high court's ruling could determine the future of affirmative action in higher education.

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