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Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff. Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY / Getty Images

Kamala Harris's spouse, Doug Emhoff, is stepping into his public role by increasing pressure on the ticket, saying that margin matters in the Democrats' potential victory in November.

Driving the news: Emhoff, who took a leave of absence from his law firm job, signaled that he'll take an active role in the campaign at his first public event, when he spoke to LGBTQ activists Thursday afternoon.

  • "We need to do more than win," Emhoff said, according to a pool report. "We need a mandate to show this president doesn't define who our country is." 

What he's saying: Emhoff, like Todd Palin in 2008, acknowledged that it may take some time to feel comfortable with his new campaign persona.

  • "Okay, time for some real talk first," Emhoff said. "Being out here on the presidential campaign trail talking about Joe and Kamala is not something I've ever really expected to be doing."

Of note: There's some confusion on what to call him should Biden and Harris win the general election.

  • Emhoff said that he and Harris will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary this Saturday.
  • When he got engaged, none other than Biden called and left him a congratulatory message, which he still has.
  • "We've become one big happy modern family, just trying to make it work like everyone else. "

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Updated Nov 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Joe Biden elected president, AP projects

Biden in Los Angeles in March. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Associated Press projects Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, ousting President Trump after a single term marked by impeachment, constant battles, a disastrous response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic and an unexpectedly close election.

Kamala Harris will join him as the first woman and first female person of color to be elected vice president — a historic breakthrough largely overshadowed by the turmoil surrounding the election. The news drew cheering crowds to the White House, while Biden made plans to address the nation at 8 pm Eastern.

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Facebook paying up to $14M to settle employment discrimination claims

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Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against American workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The settlement represents the largest civil penalty and monetary award that the Civil Rights Division has recovered in the 35-year history of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provision.

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Mapping repression in China's Xinjiang region

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A sweeping new report released today by an Australian research organization reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: Uncovering the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's genocide and forced labor policies in Xinjiang can bring accountability and help international companies delink supply chains in compliance with U.S. and EU forced labor laws.