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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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Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance

Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton during a 2017 press conference in Salt Lake City. Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images

Gonzaga University suspended the season tickets of notable alumni John Stockton after the NBA Hall of Famer failed to comply with the school's basketball games mask mandate, the Spokesman-Review first reported.

Driving the news: "Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit," the former Utah Jazz point guard told the outlet in an interview Saturday.

Updated 4 hours ago - World

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, undersecretary for political affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. chargés d'affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and nonessential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory published Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten the embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

Data: Axios research; Table: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).