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Edelman has named former Obama administration digital chief Tom Cochran as general manager for digital and integrated marketing in its Washington, D.C., office.

Why it matters: Cochran has experience rolling out large-scale digital advocacy campaigns for the White House and elsewhere. Many of Edelman's clients in Washington are advocacy advertisers or large corporate social responsibility campaigns on behalf of mega corporations.

The details: Cochran will report to Lisa Ross, president of Edelman’s Washington, D.C., office and will oversee Edelman's digital and integrated marketing team which includes creative, social media, data and production teams.

The bigger picture: Cochran's experience also includes managing digital election campaigns at Blue State Digital (a progressive digital firm), leading a public service unit at Acquia, a cloud provider, and managing technology at The Atlantic Media Company, which includes The Atlantic, Quartz, etc.

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Scoop: Border Democrats want migrants vaccinated

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Some Democrats representing border districts want President Biden to vaccinate migrants crossing into the U.S. — especially if he lifts public health restrictions that have prevented them from claiming asylum on American soil.

Why it matters: Inoculating migrants treads a fine line of protecting the U.S. population while possibly incentivizing more migration with the offer of free COVID-19 vaccines. Republicans are likely to pounce on that.

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A space for media is designated by Chinese authorities near a mosque in the Xinjiang region of China. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department is concerned organizations performing supply-chain audits in China are coming under pressure from Chinese authorities.

Why it matters: U.S. law prohibits importing products made through forced labor, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to verify whether products from China are tainted.

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President Biden unveiled his anti-crime plan Wednesday following a surge in violent crime across the country — particularly in big cities.

Why it matters: Part of the administration's plan involves cracking down on gun dealers. The U.S. has witnessed mass shootings on a weekly basis this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive.