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California's state Senate unanimously passed the CROWN Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair) to end workplace discrimination against people based on their hairstyles.

"A Google image search for 'unprofessional hairstyles' yielded only pictures of black women with their natural hair or wearing natural braids or twists."
— California state Sen. Holly J. Mitchell on the Senate floor

Flashback: This February, New York City also banned hair discrimination. The NYC Commission on Human Rights said its hair bans "associated with Black people are often rooted in white standards of appearance and perpetuate racist stereotypes that Black hairstyles are unprofessional." In July 2018, the U.S. Navy announced an overhaul of its policies about women's hair that allows women to have wider buns, ponytails and lock hairstyles.

The backdrop: African Americans with natural hairstyles, such as braids or afros, have argued in court that workplace restrictions against their hair are racially discriminatory. Last August, an 11-year-old black girl in Louisiana was sent home from school for having braided hair extensions.

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While the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable vaccines has allowed it to focus on providing doses abroad — an effort that could help to save lives across several continents.

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Report: China will dominate AI unless U.S. invests more

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The U.S., which once had a dominant head start in artificial intelligence, now has just a few year's lead on China and risks being overtaken unless government steps in, according to a new report to Congress and the White House.

Why it matters: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military.

Americans agree about more issues than they realize

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Many Americans assume the rest of the country doesn't share their political and policy priorities — but they're often wrong, according to new polling by Populace, first seen by Axios.

Why it matters: The polling reveals that despite growing political polarization, Americans share similar long-term goals and priorities for the country.

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