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Data: Human Rights Campaign; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

28 transgender and gender non-conforming people — nearly all Black and Latina women — have been killed this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which has tracked such deaths since 2013.

Why it matters: At this time last year, there were only 13 known killings of trans people, per the HRC. If this current pace continues, 2021 will be on track to significantly beat last year's all-time record.

  • More trans people have been killed so far this year than in all of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

What they're saying: LGBTQ advocates say the record number of bills targeting trans children this year has encouraged more widespread transphobia and violence across the country, the 19th reports.

The big picture: While these cases often involve bias against trans people, HRC argues that chronic unemployment, poverty and homelessness caused by discrimination also fuel the violence. Studies have also shown that trans adults attempt suicide more often than cisgender adults.

  • The recorded number of killings in the U.S. is well below the rate in Latin America, which by some counts has the highest concentration of trans murders in the world, reports Transgender Europe (TGEU).
  • But the U.S. has a higher rate of murdered trans persons reported per million inhabitants than in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France and India, per TGEU.

What to watch: Overall homicides have been trending up in many cities across the U.S. after economic hardship and pandemic-induced fear propelled urban homicide rates to a record level in 2020.

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House rejects GOP effort to seat McCarthy's choices for Jan. 6 select panel

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a January press conference at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images

The House on Monday voted 218-197 to defeat Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempt to seat his preferred members for the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: Speaker Nancy Pelosi has vetoed two of the five Republicans McCarthy named to the panel, citing their vote against the certification of the 2020 election. McCarthy has since threatened to launch a parallel GOP investigation if she does not allow his picks.

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Biden: U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end this year

Biden returning to the White House on July 25. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The United States' combat mission against the Islamic State in Iraq will be completed "by the end of the year," President Biden said Monday prior to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Why it matters: Biden is close to shifting the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a fully advisory role more than 18 years after combat troops were sent to the country under the former President George W. Bush.

How extreme weather feeds inflation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

This summer's extreme weather is having ripple effects that could raise food prices in the U.S. and disrupt diets around the world.

Why it matters: Climate scientists and food supply experts, like those at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, have long warned about the impact of human-caused global warming on prices, food shortages and hunger.