Feb 26, 2020 - Politics & Policy

House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

  • Independent Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) and three Republicans — Reps. Thomas Massie (Ky.), Ted Yoho (Fla.) and Louie Gohmert (Texas) — voted against the bill.
  • Yoho told CNN's Manu Raju that the bill was "an overreach of the federal government" that tramples on states' rights.

Catch up quick: The Emmett Till Antilynching Act follows a version of the bill that passed unanimously in the Senate last year. President Trump is expected to sign the act into law, per the New York Times.

  • 4,075 African Americans were lynched in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia between 1877 and 1950, according to the Equal Justice Initiative.

Go deeper: Lynching memorial forces America to reckon with its past

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Clyburn says Sanders didn't aggressively seek his endorsement

Biden with Rep. Jim Clyburn, Feb. 29. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking black member of Congress, told The Daily Beast Wednesday that Sen. Bernie Sanders did not make specific efforts to court his endorsement for the 2020 presidential race.

Why it matters: Clyburn's endorsement of Biden ahead of the South Carolina primary has been viewed as a major factor in reviving the former vice president's struggling campaign, propelling him to sweeping victories in South Carolina and across the South on Super Tuesday.

The most popular college basketball teams across the country

Courtesy: Vivid Seats

Texas Tech, Kentucky and Minnesota are the most popular college basketball teams when broken down by county, according to a map powered by Vivid Seats ticket sales data.

By the numbers: Texas has by far the most counties of any state, including a number of sparsely populated ones near Texas Tech, which tops the list in 119 counties, so that's a big reason why the Red Raiders are in the lead.

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Biden bets it all on South Carolina

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Most Joe Biden admirers Axios interviewed in South Carolina, where he's vowed to win today's primary, said they're unfazed by his embarrassing losses in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Why it matters: Biden has bet it all on South Carolina to position himself as the best alternative to Bernie Sanders — his "good buddy," he tells voters before skewering Sanders' record and ideas.