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Stephen Dickson. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

The Senate voted 52-40 Wednesday along party lines to confirm Stephen Dickson as the new administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: The FAA has not had a confirmed head since January 2018. Former American Airlines pilot Daniel Elwell served as the acting chief in the interim.

Details: Democrats had opposed the appointment of Dickson following allegations that he mistreated a whistleblower who complained about pilot safety during Dickson's tenure at Delta, says the Seattle Times.

  • Dickson was at Delta Airlines for 27 years. He started as a pilot and later became the senior vice president of flight operations.
  • He also served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

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America rebalances its post-Trump news diet

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.

Why it matters: The departure of former President Trump's once-ubiquitous presence in the news cycle has reoriented the country's attention.

2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth

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Republicans in at least 25 states have introduced over 60 bills targeting transgender children — a legislative boom since January that has beaten 2020's total number of anti-trans bills.

Why it matters: LGBTQ advocates say the unprecedented push was catalyzed by backlash to Biden's election and the Supreme Court ruling that workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender.

Why migrants are fleeing their homes for the U.S.

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Natural disasters in Central America, economic devastation, gang wars, political oppression, and a new administration are all driving the sharp rise in U.S.-Mexico border crossings — a budding crisis for President Biden.

Why it matters: Migration flows are complex and quickly politicized. Biden's policies are likely sending signals that are encouraging the surge — but that's only a small reason it's happening.