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Parking lot of a 7-Eleven convenience store. Photo: Kentaro Takahashi / Bloomberg via Getty Images

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents targeted 98 7-Eleven stores and made 21 arrests in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the largest operation targeting an employer since Trump’s been president, per the AP. During the visits the agents interviewed employees and delivered audit notifications.

Why it matters: Trump has indicated interest in increasing the number of deportations from current levels, and since Trump took office, ICE agents have made 40% more arrests.

  • Why: ICE described the operation as a way of ensuring 7-Eleven is complying with law, per WaPo. ICE also described to The Washington Post that the incident was intended to be a warning to other companies that may hire unauthorized workers.
  • What’s to come: “ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration,” Thomas Homan, a top official, said in a statement. The chief of ICE’s investigations, Derek Benner, said there will be more audits and investigations, although no numerical goal for how many, per the AP. Those investigations bring the possibility of criminal investigation as well.
  • Store managers and owners have three days to provide ICE with the immigration status of their employees, per WaPo.

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Ex-Theranos CEO describes alleged abuse by former boyfriend and company exec

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

On her fourth day of trial testimony, ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes described her 10-year romantic relationship with former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani as controlling, and said he would sometimes "force me to have sex with him when I didn’t want to."

Why it matters: While Balwani has also been similarly charged with fraud, the two are being tried separately, in part because some of Holmes' defense hinges on blaming him.

Amazon ordered to redo union vote in Alabama

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A U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official on Monday called for a re-vote in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

Why it matters: The move could set the stage for another organizing drive at the e-commerce giant, which has, so far, fought off unionizing efforts in the U.S.

Pentagon to probe 2019 Syria strike after reports of dozens of civilian casualties

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Nov. 20. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into a 2019 U.S. airstrike that killed around 80 people, including dozens of women and children in Syria, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The move comes after the Times reported this month that the Pentagon attempted to keep the strike and casualties under wraps, failing to investigate the decision behind it even after questions were raised internally.