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People stand on line, spaced six apart due to COVID-19, in order to vote early at the Fairfax Government Center on Friday in Fairfax, Virginia. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Supporters of President Trump descended on a polling place in Fairfax, Virginia, Saturday, chanting "four more years," as early voting continued in the state for a second day, video from the scene shows.

Driving the news: While the group did not directly block the Fairfax County Government Center entrance, some voters and elections staff "did feel intimidated by the crowd and we did provide escorts past the group," an official said, per the New York Times.

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  • "Those voters who were in line outside of the building were moved inside and we continued operations," said Gary Scott, the general registrar of Fairfax County, in a statement.

Of note: Virginia law states it is "unlawful for any person ... to hinder or delay a qualified voter in entering or leaving a polling place."

  • Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney Steve Descano said in a statement, "I am instructing my office to pursue cases of voter intimidation that may occur."

What they're saying: Fairfax County Republican Committee Vice Chair Sean Rastatter, who was at the polling place, said he didn't think "there was any way to need or feel intimidated in any form" and that the group complied with officials requests to "back away from the curb," the New York Times notes.

  • Fairfax County Democrats Chair Bryan Graham tweeted, "The Republicans are straight-up attempting to intimidate voters at the Government Center. Circling the parking lots with their Trump flags and horns blaring."

The big picture: Virginia election officials have reported high turnouts during the first two days of early voting in the state.

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Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Jeremy Hogan (SOPA Image), Noam Galai (WireImage)/Getty Images

Laws restricting voting are less overt than in the days of segregation. But many impediments — some subtle, some blatant — remain for Americans of color.

The big picture: That's changing at this very moment — slowly, and very unevenly.

Dems race to address, preempt stimulus fraud claims

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Biden officials are working to root out the systematic fraud in unemployment and Paycheck Protection Program claims that plagued the Trump administration’s efforts to boost the economy with coronavirus relief money, Gene Sperling told House committee chairmen privately this week.

Why it matters: President Biden just signed another $1.9 trillion of aid into law, with Sperling tapped to oversee its implementation. And the administration is asking Congress to approve another $2.2 trillion for the first phase of an infrastructure package.

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Scoop: Biden close to picking Nick Burns as China ambassador

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Nicholas Burns, a career diplomat, is in the final stages of vetting to serve as President Biden’s ambassador to China, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Across the administration, there's a consensus the U.S. relationship with China will be the most critical — and consequential — of Biden's presidency. From trade to Taiwan, the stakes are high. Burns could be among the first batch of diplomatic nominees announced in the coming weeks.

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