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Rep. Paul Gosar. Photo: Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images

The House on Wednesday voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and strip him of his committee assignments for posting a video on Twitter that depicts him attacking President Biden and killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Why it matters: Gosar is the second House Republican to lose committee seats at the hands of the Democratic majority in the 117th Congress, which has been plagued by violence and inflammatory rhetoric both inside and outside the Capitol.

  • The censure resolution, which passed 223-210, got little cross-party support.
  • Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) voted with Democrats to pass it and remove Gosar from the House Oversight and Natural Resources committees. Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) voted present.

The big picture: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who lost her committee seats for similarly incendiary comments, has openly mused about taking similar action against Democrats if her party seizes the House majority.

  • Republicans whipped against the measure, citing Gosar's claims that he did not intend to glorify violence and the fact that members' committee assignments are typically determined by their party conferences.
  • "The dangerous standard, the real slippery slope, would be for Congress to do nothing here," Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said in a floor speech. "We cannot allow the normalization of political violence in America."

Worth noting: Gosar was forced to stand in the well of the House while the resolution was read out loud. "Depictions of violence can foment actual violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials," it said in part.

  • Ocasio-Cortez rebuked Gosar during an impassioned speech on the House floor before the vote: "What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?"
  • Gosar during his floor speech said he "rejected the false narrative" that the cartoon was "dangerous or threatening." He described the video as "depicting a policy battle" regarding immigration.
  • Gosar was flanked by well over a dozen fellow members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus as Pelosi, presiding over the chamber, read the resolution. "Tyranny," he yelled out before being silenced by Pelosi.

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5 recommendations from young Black men to tackle Philadelphia's gun crisis

Data: Philadelphia Police Department; Chart: Axios

A new study from anti-gun violence nonprofit ManUpPHL offers solutions to the city’s gun violence crisis from those most at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of that violence — young Black men.

Why it matters: Their experiences around gun violence and the behaviors that drive the city’s gun culture are absent from most research, said ManUpPHL board chairperson Brian Ellis.

  • The findings are based on hours of conversations with nine young Black men aged 19-35 living in communities plagued by gunfire.
  • "We all try to come up with solutions, but no one’s ever asked them what could be done," said Ellis, an expert in global leadership and a qualitative researcher.

Jack Dorsey stepping down as Twitter CEO

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Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of Twitter, the company announced Monday. He will be succeeded by CTO Parag Agrawal, effective immediately.

The big picture: Dorsey is also the CEO of financial payments company Square, which he co-founded in 2009, and has become a crypto evangelist in recent years.

Tracking the pandemic's unequal impact

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Data: Morning Consult/Axios; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The pandemic was bound to hit the most economically vulnerable among us the hardest. New polling data from Morning Consult, out this morning, shows the degree to which those difficulties were more concentrated among people of color.

Catch up quick: The Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index has tracked the economic experience of adults in three wage groups since May 2020. We began publishing the findings in May of this year, and six months in, we’re slicing the data a little differently — and looking at inequality between ethnicities.

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