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Democratic presidential candidate Seth Moulton. Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) told a CNN town hall Sunday the U.S. needs a new Voting Rights Act to dismantle systemic racism in the country.

We have a problem with racism in America today. If this country wasn't racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor."

Why it matters: Abrams would have been the first African American woman to be governor of Georgia if she were elected last year, but she narrowly lost the race. She initially refused to concede to her opponent, now-Gov. Brian Kemp (R) — whom she called an "architect of voter suppression." In March, House Democrats launched an investigation into Kemp and alleged voting irregularities in the midterm election.

The big picture: At the CNN town hall, Moulton discussed a range of issues, including criminal justice reform such as the legalization of marijuana, and he pointed out racial disparities in the prison system while confessing he'd "smoked weed" when he was younger. "If you're in prison for that, you're out and we expunge those records," he said.

  • Moulton pledged to change Department of Justice guidelines stating that a sitting president cannot be indicted, as he backed impeachment proceedings against Trump.
  • He spoke out against the single-payer program "Medicare for All," preferring a public option that would enable Americans to buy into a scheme such as Medicare. Moulton said his views were based on his experience as an Iraq War veteran, as he opened up further about living with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Go deeper: Seth Moulton on the issues, in under 500 words

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Biden signs order overturning Trump's transgender military ban

Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

President Biden signed an executive order on Monday overturning the Trump administration's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Why it matters: The ban, which allowed the military to bar openly transgender recruits and discharge people for not living as their sex assigned at birth, affected up to 15,000 service members, according to tallies from the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender American Veterans Association.

GOP Sen. Rob Portman will not run for re-election, citing "partisan gridlock"

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced Monday he will not run for a third term in the U.S. Senate in 2022, citing "partisan gridlock."

Why it matters: It's a surprise retirement from a prominent Senate Republican who easily won re-election in 2016 and was expected to do so again in 2022, creating an open Senate seat in a red-leaning swing state.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Merger Monday has been overrun by SPACs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Five companies this morning announced plans to go public via reverse mergers with SPACs, at an aggregate market value of more than $15 billion. And there might be even more by the time you read this.

The bottom line: SPAC merger activity hasn't peaked. If anything, it's just getting started.

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