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Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: There were demonstrations in at least 22 cities for the "Day of Action" to raise awareness about moves to limit students' exposure to critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system, per Axios' Russell Contreras.

  • Organizers of the Zinn Education Project initiative say they want to send a message that they won't lie to students about past and present racism in the U.S.
  • Thousands of teachers have also signed a pledge declaring that the educators "refuse to lie to young people about U.S. history and current events — regardless of the law."

The big picture: Critical race theory is not taught in any public school system, but it has become a prime target for many Republican-led states, including Florida and Tennessee.

  • The aftermath of George Floyd's killing has brought to the fore the issue of systemic racism in the U.S., and many public schools have since tried to include the matter in lessons, WashPost notes.

What they're saying: National Teachers Association president Becky Pringle told USA Today the union was considering legal action over the restrictions, saying "we'll defend any teachers brought up on charge."

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Go deeper: New conservative PAC targets school board elections

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Biden: U.S. combat mission in Iraq will end this year

Biden returning to the White House on July 25. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The United States' combat mission against the Islamic State in Iraq will be completed "by the end of the year," President Biden said Monday prior to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Why it matters: Biden is close to shifting the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a fully advisory role more than 18 years after combat troops were sent to the country under the former President George W. Bush.

How extreme weather feeds inflation

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

This summer's extreme weather is having ripple effects that could raise food prices in the U.S. and disrupt diets around the world.

Why it matters: Climate scientists and food supply experts, like those at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, have long warned about the impact of human-caused global warming on prices, food shortages and hunger.

EA Sports is in expansion mode

EA Sports general manager Daryl Holt (left). Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Photos: EA Sports

The biggest player in sports video games has plans to get even bigger — on mobile, in football, maybe even with basketball again — EA Sports general manager Daryl Holt said in an exclusive interview with Axios.

Why it matters: Sports gaming doesn’t get much press, but it’s a surging market with increased competition and lots of players up for grabs.