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Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-Fla.) standing with freshman members of Congress. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A record number of Latinos will be taking public office in January, the Associated Press reports, after a wave of voters turned out in the 2018 midterms.

The big picture: They're "demonstrating the growing clout of the 57 million Latinos" living in the U.S., AP reports. Latinos make up 18% of the U.S. population, but have historically low turnout. Per AP, the the "rhetoric from President Donald Trump about immigrants" spurred voter turnout.

  • It's a year of firsts, AP reports, with the youngest woman ever elected, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Rep.-elects Veronica Escobar and Silvia Garcia, the first Latinas to represent Texas; and Rep.-elect Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the first Ecuadorian native to be elected.
  • In the midterms, 67% of Hispanic voters said they disapproved of how Trump was handling the presidency. One-third of voters approved.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which will be led by Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro, plans to focus on Puerto Rico reconstruction, immigration reform, lowering the cost of health care and more, per AP.

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Senate Democrats unveil new income tax for billionaires

Sen. Ron Wyden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a billionaires' tax proposal, designed to help support President Biden's social spending and climate change legislation.

Why it matters: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the Billionaires Income Tax would raise "hundreds of billions of dollars" and would affect approximately 700 taxpayers who have more than $1 billion in assets or incomes of over $100 million a year.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.