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Yemeni soldiers loyal to the Shiite Houthi rebels ride on military vehicles during a parade in the capital Sanaa. Photo: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

A senior leader for Yemen's Houthi Shiite rebels said Monday that the group will cease rocket fire into Saudi Arabia, claiming to be "ready to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts in order to achieve peace," reports the AP.

Why it matters: The Houthi leader said he had ordered the cessation of rocket and drone attacks at the request of UN special envoy Martin Griffiths, a positive first step in the path to ending Yemen's deadly three-year civil war. The Houthi defense ministry did say, however, that it would reserve the right to respond to attacks from the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition, having launched a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia overnight in response to an attempted border incursion, according to the AP.

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Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a marathon of amendments overnight into Saturday morning.

The elusive political power of Mexican Americans

Data: Pew Research Center, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Mexican Americans make up the nation's largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.

Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic differences within Latino cultures in the U.S.