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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) US President Donald Trump (C) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sign a new free trade agreement in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018, on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders' Summit. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Mexico became the first nation to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal on Wednesday with little opposition within the Mexican Senate, reports Politico.

Details: The new North American free-trade agreement may not be in its final format as House Democrats demand changes to the deal regarding enforcement, labor, the environment and drug pricing, per Politico. Mexico must sign off on any future changes.

  • Some Democrats and labor unions are concerned that Mexico may be unable to fulfill the labor requirements.
  • Mexican officials hope passing the trade deal will alleviate trade tensions they've felt since President Trump took office, reports the Washington Post.

What's next: The ratification process moved quickly in Mexico, but is likely to face a slower procedure in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Trump wants Congress to pass the deal this summer, even though Democrats plan to fight for some major changes first, says Politico. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet scheduled the ratification vote.
  • The trade deal has been introduced in Canada. If Trump and the Democrats reach an agreement, the Canadian parliament will likely hold a vote this summer, per the Post. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is supposed to meet with Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss USMCA.

Go deeper... Trump to Dems: Pass USMCA trade deal before infrastructure

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The billionaire balloon

Data: World Inequality Report 2022; Chart: Axios Visuals

The super-rich are getting stupid rich: New data out today shows the share of global wealth held by the richest slice of humanity swelled by almost a full percentage point during the pandemic.

Driving the news: The top 0.01% of individuals now hold about 11% of the world's wealth, compared to just over 10% in 2020, according to the "World Inequality Report 2022," written by Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

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Omicron gives a shot to boosters

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Data: CDC; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Vaccination rates have ticked higher since the discovery of the Omicron variant, CDC data shows.

By the numbers: The seven-day average for vaccinations in the U.S. reached about 1.8 million on Monday, up from an average of about 1.3 million a month ago.

Scoop: Over 200 papers quietly sue Big Tech

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms monopolized the digital ad market for revenue that would otherwise go to local news. 

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states.