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Anti-vaccine protesters stage a protest outside of the San Diego Unified School District office to protest a vaccination mandate for students. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday directed the FBI and U.S. attorney's offices to meet with law enforcement over the next 30 days to address growing threats to school board members, teachers and other employees in public schools.

Why it matters: The order comes amid a "disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence" directed toward school staff, Garland wrote in the memorandum to federal authorities.

Driving the news: Garland said the FBI would work with U.S. attorneys and federal, state, local and tribal authorities to create response strategies to counter the threats.

  • The Justice Department will also create training programs for school boards and school administrators to educate employees about how best to respond to threats.

The big picture: Garland's memorandum comes less than a week after the National Schools Boards Association sent an urgent request to President Biden, the FBI and the Secret Service asking for their protection against threats stemming from debates over COVID-19 and systemic racism in schools, Axios' Stef Kight reports.

  • The group detailed more than 20 examples of violence, harassment and intimidation in schools, including one instance in which someone yelled a Nazi salute during a Michigan school board meeting.
  • In another instance, an individual was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery at a meeting in Illinois.

What he's saying: "While spirited debate about policy matters is protected under our Constitution, that protection does not extend to threats of violence or efforts to intimidate individuals based on their views," Garland wrote.

  • "Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values," he added.
  • "Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety."
  • "The Department takes these incidents seriously and is committed to using its authority and resources to discourage these threats, identify them when they occur, and prosecute them when appropriate."

Go deeper: Thousands of school board members urge Biden to protect them.

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Justice Department to increase enforcement of redlining

Merrick Garland speaks during an address at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Oct. 22, 2021. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Department of Justice on Friday announced a cross-government effort to ramp up investigations and prosecutions against redlining — a practice designed to keep racial minorities out of certain neighborhoods.

The big picture: Friday's announcement marks the first major expansion of redlining investigations since the Obama administration, per AP.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.