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Sen. Kamala Harris secured the endorsement of Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) before kicking off her Black Women Action weekend in South Carolina, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: That makes 11 endorsements from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for Harris, which is more than any other presidential candidate has received so far.

  • Harris — polling around 2% with black voters, per the latest Quinnipiac poll — is using her swing through South Carolina to focus on black women, who are recognized by Democrats as their party's "backbone" and one of the most powerful political forces in the early-voting state.

What they're saying: "At a moment in time when forces have colluded to divide our country and expand the divisions between good Americans, there is no better person to bring the country together than Kamala Harris," Plaskett said in a statement.

  • "I look forward to working with Stacey and I am glad she is joining this campaign in our fight for justice," Harris said in a statement.

Harris' campaign is partnering with Higher Heights, the largest group working to elect black women to office, which will canvass and hold phone banking events for the senator while she's in South Carolina.

  • She's attending a Black Women Power breakfast with Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), entrepreneur Kim Blackwell that will be moderated by Tiffany Cross, co-founder of The Beat DC.
  • Higher Heights endorsed Harris earlier this month. She'll take part in a town hall with black women voters, hosted by the organization, on Saturday.

The big picture: Harris' other CBC endorsements include: Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Al Green (D-Texas), Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) and Fudge.

Go deeper ... Debate night: Harris and Tulsi Gabbard spar over heart of the Democratic Party

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Trump grants flurry of last-minute pardons

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President Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals early Wednesday, 11 hours from leaving office.

Why it matters: It's a last-minute gift to some of the president's loyalists and an evident use of executive power with only hours left of his presidency. Axios reported in December that Trump planned to grant pardons to "every person who ever talked to me."

Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

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Shortly after pardoning members of Congress and lobbyists convicted on corruption charges, President Trump revoked an executive order barring former officials from lobbying for five years after leaving his administration.

Why it matters: The order, which was signed eight days after he took office, was an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to "drain the swamp."

  • But with less than 12 hours left in office, Trump has now removed those limitations on his own aides.

Trump pardons former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy

President Trump has pardoned Elliott Broidy, a former top Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty late last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a campaign to sway the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

Why it matters: Broidy was a deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee early in Trump’s presidency, and attempted to leverage his influence in the Trump administration on behalf of his clients. The president's decision to pardon Broidy represents one last favor for a prominent political ally.