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Paris Hilton on Capitol Hill. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Paris Hilton spoke on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to lobby for a bill aimed at cracking down on abuse in facilities for troubled teens.

Driving the news: Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is writing a "Bill of Rights" that would guarantee children in youth facilities have the right to call their parents, be free of restraints and have access to clean drinking water and food, according to NBC News.

Context: Hilton, who was joined Wednesday by a group of Democratic House members, has become an activist for regulating congregate facilities for teens.

  • In an op-ed published by Washington Post, she wrote that at the four facilities she stayed at over two years she was "choked, slapped across the face, spied on while showering and deprived of sleep."
  • In February, she testified to Utah state lawmakers about the abuse she experienced in the 1990s at a facility in the state, per NBC.

Details: The forthcoming legislation would also affect publicly funded centers such as foster care and psychiatric care facilities, per NBC.

  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said they will co-sponsor the bill.

What they're saying: "The multibillion-dollar troubled teen industry has been able to mislead parents, school districts, child welfare agencies and juvenile justice systems for decades,” Hilton said Wednesday.

  • "On behalf of hundreds of thousands of institutional abuse survivors across America, I urge Congress and President Biden to make this bill the law of the land and give young people in congregate care, the rights and protections, they so desperately need and deserve," Hilton added.

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Texas loses billions to child care breakdowns

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A dearth of affordable child care is putting a massive dent in the Texas economy.

  • Parents are missing work or leaving jobs to take care of children in a landscape pock-marked by the pandemic and labor shortages, according to new research by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
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Massage, facial, pedicure... intravenous drip?

A salon on the Upper East Side of New York that offers IV drip therapies. Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios

IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

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