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Adapted from U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by William Frey/Brookings Institution; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Americans from ages 18 to 24 voted in last year's general election at the highest rate since at least 2000, according to an analysis of new census data by the Brookings Institution’s William Frey.

Between the lines: For the first time in at least two decades, more than half of 18- to 24-year-olds voted overall, rising from 43% in 2016.

  • Black youths were the only group who did not post record voting levels — they had their highest turnout during the elections in which President Obama won.
  • Asian American and white young people saw the greatest increase compared to 2016. Just 38% of young Asian Americans voted in 2016, compared to half in 2020.

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Data: Brookings Institution, U.S. Senate; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios

Senators are spending more days in session than past congresses — but fewer hours per day on average, according to data from the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Senate.

Why it matters: The Senate pushed to wrap up negotiations on the bipartisan infrastructure package on Wednesday ahead of its longest break of the year. Other lingering work is likely to cut into senators' planned August recess, though.

Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Getty Images

The state of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Thursday in an attempt to block the enforcement of its vaccine mandate for federal employees.

Why it matters: The move comes one day after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's (R) request to exempt the state's National Guard from the mandate.

Congress passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Senate voted 69-28 to pass legislation Thursday night to fund the government until February 18.

Why it matters: The move staves off a government shutdown but lawmakers still have a busy month ahead: Congress needs to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling in a few weeks and Democrats are trying to pass their behemoth social spending bill.