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Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on "Fox News Sunday" questioned Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's (D-Ariz.) opposition to raising taxes on corporations and high-income people, saying Sinema hasn't been clear on what it would take for her to support President Biden's spending bill.

What he's saying: "I guess my question for Senator Sinema is, she voted against the Trump tax cuts and I just don't understand why she's not willing, then, to raise some of the rates back to what they were before the bill she voted against was passed," Khanna said.

  • "And she hasn't explained it to anyone," he added.
"My concern with Senator Sinema is, why are the rules different for her? Why doesn't she go on shows like yours? Why doesn't she explain herself? If she's shifted her position on the Trump tax cuts, explain it.
"I guess I've never seen a politician — including, frankly, the former President Trump — who just totally ducks answering questions of the media or constituents and that's my frustration with her. She's not clear about what she believes."
— Rep. Ro Khanna to host Chris Wallace

Driving the news: In the wake of failing to agree on a deal for other planned tax increases, some Senate Democrats are pivoting to the idea of a wealth tax to fund Biden's infrastructure bill.

  • Khanna told host Chris Wallace Sunday a wealth tax did not make sense, but later said he supports it. He said such a measure would impact his district, which is home to some Silicon Valley billionaires: "They could afford to pay a wealth tax."
  • A spokesperson for Khanna told Axios he misspoke when he said the tax does not make sense.

Editor's note: This post was updated to clarify Khanna's comments on his position on a wealth tax.

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Wealthy people are renouncing American citizenship

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Source: Andrew Mitchel LLP, from IRS data

The number of Americans who renounced their citizenship in favor of a foreign country hit an all-time high in 2020: 6,707, a 237% increase over 2019.

Between the lines: While the numbers are down this year, that's probably because many U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed for COVID-19, and taking this grave step requires taking an oath in front of a State Department officer.

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.

Department of Interior proposes raising cost of drilling on public lands

A horizontal drilling rig and a pump jack sit on federal land in Lea County, New Mexico. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Oil and gas companies should pay more to drill on federal lands and waters, the Department of the Interior argued in a report released Friday, saying that the current rates were "outdated."

Driving the news: The Department of Interior report said that the federal government's oil and gas leasing and permitting program "fails to provide a fair return to taxpayers, even before factoring in the resulting climate-related costs that must be borne by taxpayers."