Apr 26, 2021

Axios PM

Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 476 words, a 1.5-minute read.

🚨Breaking: An attorney for the family of Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina, said the victim had his hands on the wheel and was shot in the back of the head. (AP)

1 big thing: Census shifts House seats to Trump states
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Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Five states that voted for Joe Biden will lose seats in the House when congressional districts are redrawn later this year, Axios' Stef Kight reports.

  • Only two Trump-voting states will lose a seat, new census numbers show.

Why it matters: Democrats narrowly control Congress, but Republicans have unified control of the congressional redistricting process in 18 states as opposed to 7 for the Democrats.

  • States losing seats: California (for the first time in history), Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
  • States gaining seats: Texas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon.
Screenshot: Dave Wasserman/Twitter

The big picture: The newly released data also underscores America's slowed growth and aging population, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey.

  • Stagnating population growth, in small part due to the pandemic, means the U.S. should take "a serious look at our immigration policy going forward," he said.
  • Utah was the fastest-growing state. Three states lost populations, with West Virginia's population declining at the fastest rate.

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2. Scene from India
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A man stands amid burning pyres of COVID-19 victims at a cremation ground in New Delhi.

3. Catch up quick

Reese Witherspoon poses backstage at the 93rd annual Academy Awards. Photo: Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images

  1. Oscars ratings: Fewer than 10 million people tuned into the Academy Awards on ABC this year, a new all-time low for the show. Go deeper.
  2. The U.S. will share its AstraZeneca vaccine doses with countries around the world once an FDA safety review is complete, AP reports.
  3. The Justice Department is investigating the Louisville Metro Police Department to determine if they have engaged in "violations of the Constitution or federal law." It announced a similar probe last week for Minneapolis. Go deeper.
  4. Apple aims to spend more than $430 billion across the U.S. over the next five years building new campuses, investing in data centers and 5G, and funding Apple TV+ productions. Go deeper.
  5. Top Biden adviser Brian Deese formally announced the proposal to nearly double the capital gains tax. Go deeper.
4. 1 smile to go: Kid food in book form
Kim Zachman posing with her book and plates of food in 2020. Photo: Cloud8photo.com via AP

A new book goes deep into the origins of some of America's favorite kid foods.

  • Author Kim Zachman in Roswell, Georgia, wrote the playful, informative food dive for youngsters ages 8 to 12, AP reports.
  • “I was trying to think of ideas and I was out walking my dog one day, and I was like, why is there no ham in hamburgers? ... That’s when I found so many great origin stories," she told AP.

Among the tidbits:

  • German sailors were frying up meat patties with onions in the 16th century.
  • It takes four years for a young vanilla plant to produce a flower, and the flower lasts for just one day.
  • McDonald's created a Chicken McNugget SWAT team in 1979 after the U.S. government warned Americans to stop eating so much beef.

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