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Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

If elected, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old South Bend, Indiana mayor — would be the youngest U.S. president ever. He also would be the first openly gay president in the nation's history.

Key facts
  • Age: 37
  • Born: South Bend
  • Undergraduate: Harvard University, Oxford University
  • Date candidacy announced: April 14
  • Previous roles: Mayor. Began service in U.S. Navy Reserve in 2009, deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. Worked for McKinsey & Company.
Stance on key issues
  • College costs: Says college is too expensive for "too many people." He supports expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that clears loans in exchange for public service.
  • Infrastructure: Wants to create 6 million jobs with a $1 trillion plan that focuses on climate issues.
  • Climate change: Supports the Paris climate agreement and Green New Deal. Wants net-zero emissions by 2050, double clean electricity by 2025, zero emissions in electricity generation by 2035, and net-zero emissions from industrial vehicles by 2040.
    • Believes climate change is a national security threat and supports government-subsidized solar panels.
  • Guns: Member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and supports universal background checks and banning guns in schools.
  • Health care: Released a plan to expand Medicare coverage and keep private health insurance plans. Also wants to tackle how to manage surprise billing and introduce an out-of-pocket spending cap for Medicare.
  • Immigration: Supports providing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
  • Discrimination: Proposed the Douglass Plan to reform and invest in health care, education and other areas to dismantle "racist structures and systems," focused on supporting African Americans.
    • Supports updating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to apply non-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.
  • Abortion: Considered codifying Roe v. Wade, per AP. If elected, he would repeal the Hyde Amendment.
  • Supreme Court: Proposed a 15-justice court with 5 Democratic appointees, 5 Republicans and 5 selected by agreement of the other justices.
  • Electoral college: Supports abolishing it.
  • Vaccines: Said he believes in personal exemptions to vaccines when there is no public health crisis. Following criticism, his campaign walked the position back.
  • Foreign policy: Wouldn't move the U.S. embassy in Israel back from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
  • National service programs: Wants new national service programs with a network of 1 million members by 2026.
  • Gig economy: Plans to protect gig-economy workers.
Key criticisms
  • Accepted donations from lobbyists: After criticism, Buttigieg announced he would return donations.
  • Police recordings: Buttigieg demoted the South Bend police chief and fired the police communications director for illegally recording officers' calls that allegedly revealed racist comments.
  • Police diversity: Suspended campaign to address a fatal shooting in South Bend of a black man by a white police officer. Received criticism for the lack of diversity in his city's police force.
1 fun thing
  • Buttigieg speaks 8 languages: English, Dari, Norwegian, Italian, French, Maltese, Arabic and Spanish.

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Surprising pandemic side effect: Soaring trade deficits

Source: Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis; Chart: Axios Visuals

Inflation and jobs may get all the economic headlines, but meanwhile a big shift is taking place in the underpinnings of the world economy: The U.S. trade deficit is soaring.

What's happening: Americans' spending on imported physical goods has gone through the roof, while exports are growing slowly, making the U.S. the world's consumer of last resort.

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Third Way: "Big Lie" could become "Big Coup"

Graphic: Third Way

Third Way, the center-left think tank, is urging fellow Democrats to respond to the Capitol riot with "the size, scope, and seriousness of a presidential campaign," co-founder Matt Bennett tells me.

Driving the news: "For the first time in U.S. history, a party must mount two parallel presidential campaigns: one to win the election, and the other to prevent its theft," Bennett said, calling this "a Paul Revere moment."

Advocates say Biden has let Haitian migrants down

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Christian Torres/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Continued turmoil in Haiti is causing a growing number of Haitians to try to make it to American shores — and some advocates say the Biden administration isn't supporting this community in its time of crisis.

The big picture: Haitian-American activists in South Florida told Axios Today they feel like President Biden has gone back on campaign promises he made to the community to stand up for them.