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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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The biggest headline from Biden's town hall

President Biden greets attendees during a commercial break in Baltimore last night. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

What matters from President Biden's town hall with CNN's Anderson Cooper at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday, via Axios night owl Hans Nichols:

The biggest headline: Biden is jettisoning the corporate tax increases that White House officials have insisted, for the past 10 months, are wildly popular across the country. He admitted he doesn't have the votes.

Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him. 

Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader of the Republican Party and will easily win the nomination if he wants it, the polls make unmistakably clear.

Ina Fried, author of Login
1 hour ago - Technology
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How smartphone cameras became the best cameras

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

For years, the smartphone has been the most convenient camera, and in recent years it has also become the easiest and most versatile camera. But this year's high-end smartphones have taken things to a new level — capturing images that would be either tough or impossible even with a high-end digital camera.

Between the lines: Traditional cameras have the advantage of bigger sensors and better lenses, but smartphone cameras are rivaling and even surpassing them by tapping computational power.