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Gov. JB Pritzker. Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed a bill Friday requiring public schools across the state to teach at least a unit of Asian American history.

Why it matters: Education experts suggest this is the first requirement of its kind in the U.S., USA Today reports.

The big picture: The Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History Act mandates "a unit of instruction studying the events of Asian American history, including the history of Asian Americans in Illinois and the Midwest, as well as the contributions of Asian Americans toward advancing civil rights from the 19th century onward."

  • The mandate will take effect in the 2022-2023 school year.

What they're saying: "We are setting a new standard for what it means to truly reckon with our history. It's a new standard that helps us understand one another, and, ultimately, to move ourselves closer to the nation of our ideals," Pritzker said in a statement.

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Commerce Department shutters security unit accused of racial profiling

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The Department of Commerce said Friday it has shut down a security unit after an internal review concluded that the unit conducted criminal investigations without adequate authority.

Why it matters: The Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS) was the subject of a July Senate report that alleged use of "race-based" investigations targeting department employees of Asian and Middle Eastern descent.

"Shang-Chi" blows past Labor Day weekend box office record

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Disney's newest Marvel hit, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," obliterated Labor Day weekend box office records, bringing in a whopping $75.5 million over three days. It's projected to bring in $90 million for the full four-day weekend, according to Comscore.

Why it matters: Its three-day opening was the second-highest so far during the pandemic after Disney's other Marvel hit, "Black Widow," proving the power of the Marvel franchise to lure people to theaters.

Scoop: Trump's new social network quietly courting influencers

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Former President Trump’s elusive new social media network Truth Social — which plans to go public — is reaching out to internet influencers asking them to “reserve their spots” for when it launches in February or March.

Why it matters: The outreach doesn’t mention Trump’s name or affiliation. Some influencers suggest that could be a ploy to enlist their support without realizing the affiliation.