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Suneel Gupta, a former Groupon exec who later founded mobile health app maker Rise Labs (sold to One Medical last year), has announced that he is running for Congress in Michigan's 11th district.

Why it matters: Gupta says he's the first tech entrepreneur to run for Congress in a Rust Belt state. He's also married to tech journalist Leena Rao, best known from her time at Fortune and TechCrunch, and is the younger brother of CNN doc Sanjay Gupta.

Ballot basics: He's a Democrat and will have to navigate a crowded primary field, but it's an open seat as current Rep. Dave Trott (R) has decided not to run for reelection.

Bio pitch: Gupta was born and raised in the district, before eventually leaving for Silicon Valley. He says his mother was a refugee from India who "walked into Ford Motor Company, asked for a job and was hired as its first-ever female engineer." Both of his parents, however, experienced being laid off from their auto sector jobs on the same day in 2001.

Political pull: Gupta and Rise Labs worked with Michelle Obama on her obesity and healthcare initiatives, ultimately forming a sort of public-private partnership between the startup and The White House. He later would be part of the Hillary Clinton transition team — charged with staffing the Office of Science and Technology — but obviously that was a short-lived post.

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Ex-Theranos CEO describes alleged abuse by former boyfriend and company exec

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On her fourth day of trial testimony, ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes described her 10-year romantic relationship with former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani as controlling, and said he would sometimes "force me to have sex with him when I didn’t want to."

Why it matters: While Balwani has also been similarly charged with fraud, the two are being tried separately, in part because some of Holmes' defense hinges on blaming him.

Amazon ordered to redo union vote in Alabama

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A U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official on Monday called for a re-vote in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

Why it matters: The move could set the stage for another organizing drive at the e-commerce giant, which has, so far, fought off unionizing efforts in the U.S.

Pentagon to probe 2019 Syria strike after reports of dozens of civilian casualties

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Nov. 20. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into a 2019 U.S. airstrike that killed around 80 people, including dozens of women and children in Syria, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The move comes after the Times reported this month that the Pentagon attempted to keep the strike and casualties under wraps, failing to investigate the decision behind it even after questions were raised internally.