Jan 3, 2018

Pence: The U.S. will bring "full economic weight" against Iran

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Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Iranian protests Wednesday, telling the Voice of America that that he hopes the "people of Iran...understand that the USA and the people of this country are our natural ally — we want to see them achieve a free and democratic future." This follows President Trump tweeting on Monday that it's "TIME FOR CHANGE" in Iran.

  • Why it matters: Pence also said the U.S. is prepared to impose new sanctions on Iran, and that the administration will work with Congress to reach a "new set of conditions" to respond to Iran's nuclear program. This comes with the Obama-era Iranian nuclear deal in the balance, and as the administration seeks to use the protests to help undermine the Iranian regime.
  • Go deeper with Axios contributor Barak Ravid: U.S. and Israel reach joint plan to counter Iran.

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Trump gets "woke" in 15-city campaign to court black voters

The Trump campaign is leaning into its effort to woo African-American voters, opening "Black Voices for Trump" offices across six swing states, the campaign says.

Why it matters: "Woke" stickers, "Black Voices for Trump" T-shirts and other branded swag is part of this storefront approach as the campaign ramps up its efforts to erode Democrats' lock on this key demographic.

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.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.