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Senate confirms Marcia Fudge to lead Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Senate on Wednesday voted 66-34 to confirm Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Why it matters: President Biden pledged while running in 2020 to improve fair housing practices, end redlining and increase the supply of high-quality affordable homes. Fudge will now spearhead those efforts by the administration.

  • Fudge will inherit a rent-backlog crisis, with eviction moratoriums during the COVID-19 pandemic prompting millions of tenants to forgo paying their landlords while accumulating massive back-rent bills.
  • Housing policy is also likely to intersect with green energy and infrastructure initiatives, which are both priorities for Biden.

The big picture: Fudge, 68, has served in the House since 2008 and is the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. She was originally gunning to be Biden's secretary of agriculture — but that nomination ultimately went to former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack.

  • The congresswoman supported now-Vice President Kamala Harris in the 2020 Democratic primaries, but ultimately endorsed Biden in the general election.
  • The former co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sander's presidential campaign, Nina Turner, is among those running in the special election to fill Fudge's seat in Ohio's heavily Democratic 11th congressional district.

Corporate America begins to see fallout after wading into politics

Corporate America is finding it can get messy when it steps into politics.

Why it matters: Urged on by shareholders, employees and its own company creeds, Big Business is taking increasing stands on controversial political issues during recent months — and now it's beginning to see the fallout.

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Church shelters call out U.S. for expelling migrants when they have capacity

Despite the separation between church and state, the federal government depends upon religious shelters to help it cope with migration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Why it matters: The network supports the U.S. in times of crisis, but now some shelter leaders are complaining about expelling families to Mexico when they have capacity — and feel a higher calling — to accommodate them.

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Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict in the murder of George Floyd is the rare officer conviction

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was shown kneeling on George Floyd's neck last year in a video that shook the nation, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter on Tuesday.

Yes, but: Eight years after the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement, it's still rare for police officersto face legal consequences or jail time over the deaths of Black people.

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Senate confirms Lisa Monaco as Justice Department's deputy attorney general

The Senate voted 98-2 on Tuesday to confirm Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general for the Justice Department, making her the agency's second highest-ranking official.

Why it matters: Monaco is expected to play a key role in Attorney General Merrick Garland's pledge to crack down on violence from domestic extremist groups, including the department's sweeping investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Minneapolis reflects on Chauvin verdict as a step toward healing and calm

A growing crowd outside the Hennepin County Government Center broke out into cheers, hugs and tears of relief as word of the Derek Chauvin verdict spread just after 4pm CST.

Catch up quick: Eleven months after George Floyd died under the former Minneapolis police officer's knee, a jury of 12 neighbors returned a guilty verdict on all three counts.

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"Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family": Nation reacts to Chauvin verdict

America is speaking out after the jury in Derek Chauvin's trial announced its guiltyverdict after about 10 hours of deliberation.

What they're saying...

Ben Crump, Floyd family lawyer: "GUILTY! Painfully earned justice has finally arrived for George Floyd’s family ... Justice for Black America is justice for all of America!"

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Derek Chauvin found guilty of all 3 charges in George Floyd's death

A jury on Tuesday found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd's death.

Why it matters: This rare conviction of a police officer may come to be seen as a defining moment in America's collective reckoning with issues of race and justice.

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Super League in super trouble

The European Super League is on the brink before it even manages to launch.

The state of play: Two key English teams — Chelsea and Manchester City — are reportedly preparing to exit just two days after the league announced its formation, ESPN notes.

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