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Syracuse University had reports of derogatory graffiti targeting African Americans, Native Americans and Asians. Photo: Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

At least four hate incidents, some racist and some anti-semitic in nature, occurred on college campuses across the country this week, as educational institutions try to handle the reports, per CNN.

The big picture: Hate crimes spiked to a 16-year high in 2018, according to the FBI's annual report. College campuses are no exception to racist and anti-semitic incidents, especially following the 2016 election, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

What's happening:

  • Syracuse University recently had multiple reports of derogatory graffiti targeting African Americans, Native Americans and Asians. Four students were suspended for verbally assaulting an African American student last week, the university's chancellor announced on Wednesday.
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is investigating posts from a private Snapchat discussion that became public. The posts feature an image of a burning cross at an apparent Ku Klux Klan rally along with hateful comments toward the university's black male empowerment group.
  • Iowa State's president emailed students about a swastika etched into a door of a college dorm room and racist stickers and posters were found on light poles and bus stop signs.
  • A University of Georgia student reported that her historically Jewish sorority's letters from her residence hall door were torn off and replaced with "All Heil" and a swastika, the university confirmed.

By the numbers: The Department of Education disclosed 1,250 hate crimes reported in 2016 on college and university campuses, up 25% from the year prior.

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Biden to sign 15 executive actions on Day One

President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 15 executive actions upon taking office Wednesday, immediately reversing key Trump administration policies.

Why it matters: The 15 actions — aimed at issues like climate change and immigration — mark more drastic immediate steps compared with the two day-one actions from Biden's four predecessors combined, according to incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Off the Rails

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."

Big Tech's post-riot reckoning

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Capitol insurrection means the anti-tech talk in Washington is more likely to lead to action, since it's ever clearer that the attack was planned, at least in part, on social media.

Why it matters: The big platforms may have hoped they'd move to D.C.'s back burner, with the Hill focused on the Biden agenda and the pandemic out of control. But now, there'll be no escaping harsh scrutiny.