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Rep. Scott Perry is joined by other members of the House Freedom Caucus at an August news conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) has been elected House Freedom Caucus chair, the ultra-conservative group announced Monday night.

Why it matters: The appointment of the Trump ally comes as the Freedom Caucus aims to regain the kind of power it enjoyed when Republicans held the majority by seeking to help the GOP retake the House in the 2022 midterm elections, CNN notes.

What they're saying: "For the past six years, I have stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of the Freedom Caucus as we have tirelessly fought to hold the line to promote liberty, safety and prosperity for Americans,'' said Perry, who's been a member of the group since it was founded in 2015, in a statement.

  • "I am grateful to continue to carry the torch for these champions of freedom," the Army veteran added.

Of note: Perry was named in an interim Senate report last month as allegedly being among the allies of former President Trump who took part in a campaign to pressure the Justice Department into overturning the 2020 presidential election results.

What's next: Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), the current Freedom Caucus chair, will remain in the role until Jan. 1, per the group's statement.

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"Midnight is approaching” to pass voting rights protections

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

"Defenders of democracy in America still have a slim window of opportunity to act. But time is ticking away, and midnight is approaching," according to more than 150 top scholars of U.S. democracy in a new push to temporarily suspend the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights protections on a simple majority vote.

Driving the news: Their unified front comes amid a short break in the legislative action on Capitol Hill, with the start of the Thanksgiving recess and after the House passage of President Biden's "Build Back Better" social spending package.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.