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Tim Scott. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told an audience at a South Carolina Republican conference that he'd "of course" support former President Trump if he ran again in 2024, the Post and Courier reports.

Why it matters: Scott is the only Black Republican in the Senate, and is viewed as a rising star in the GOP, with the backing of both pro-Trump Republicans as well more moderate members. He's been seen by some as a potential 2024 candidate.

The big picture: Scott denied any plans for his own presidential campaign, stating that "at this point" is not running for president, per the Post and Courier.

  • He said he plans to run for reelection in 2024, before adding that "we may have a surprise return candidate.” 

Of note: Former RNC chairman Reince Priebus also spoke at the conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and addressed the prospect of a Trump 2024 campaign.

  • “I think the odds of President Trump running for president are somewhere near 100%,” Priebus said, per the Post and Courier. “I think he will be the nominee of the party.”

Go deeper: Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee

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Updated Nov 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democratic retirements spark worry over holding House majority

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Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) is the latest House lawmaker to announce he won't seek re-election next year, bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 15, compared to 10 Republicans.

Why it matters: The increasing number of Democratic retirements — put against the backdrop of President Biden's sagging approval ratings and uncertainty about redistricting — is adding to concerns the party may not be able to keep its slim majority in the House.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.