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Pope revives lapsed sex abuse commission amid criticism

Pope Francis leads the Ash Wednesday procession and mass at Santa Sabina Church. Photo: Giuseppe Ciccia / Pacific Press / LightRocket via Getty Images

Pope Francis on Saturday revived a sex abuse advisory commission that had lapsed into dormancy, the AP reports, amid mounting criticism over his support for a Chilean bishop accused of witnessing sexual abuses and ignored them. The initial three-year mandate of the commission ended in December, per the AP.

Why it matters: The controversy in Chile is making life difficult for the first South American pope. The announcement of new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors came the same day when a Vatican sex-crimes expert was in New York at Francis' request to speak with one of the main whistleblowers in the Chilean cover-up scandal.

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Where Trump's steel and aluminum trade war will hit first

Note: Includes only products under the "Iron & Steel & Ferroalloy" and "Alumina & Aluminum & Processing" NAICS commodity classifications. Data: Census Bureau; Chart: Chris Canipe and Lazaro Gamio / Axios

The Trump administration has begun imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, but several countries are exempted temporarily until May 1, as shown in the chart above. The administration may still apply quotas on exempted countries to prevent a flood of foreign steel and aluminum in the U.S. market, per the White House.

Why it matters: After railroading past a number of his advisors, Trump announced the tariffs on imports of steel (at 25%) and aluminum (at 10%) earlier this month, citing national security concerns. But with the exemption noted above, the tariffs won't carry major bite, at least to start.

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China introduces "Xi Jinping Thought" in the classroom

Students in Huaibei waving national flags as they watch Xi give a speech. Photo: STR / AFP / Getty Images

The Communist Party is reworking its ideological education efforts to make them more palatable to the current generation, while introducing classes on “Xi Jinping Thought.”

The Wall Street Journal takes a look: