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Steve Helber / AP

Sen. Dick Durbin noted this week that the U.S. Immigration Services department screens for affiliations with nazis or totalitarian parties for anyone trying to become a citizen or a permanent resident.

Why it matters: The U.S. already has citizens and residents who have those affiliations, which we saw during the "Unite the Right" rally. Aaron Hall, the Director of Removal, Litigation and Family Immigration at Joseph Law Firm, P.C., told Axios, "For Trump to say there were many fine people there affiliating with nazis is not only reprehensible and bizarre, but it also flies in the face of what we've written into our laws."

As The Atlantic's David A. Graham put it: "These questions are somewhat straightforward: They exclude people based on whether they are members of groups that seek the overthrow of the U.S. government and political system."

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Crypto meets the real world

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The two largest countries in the world seem intent on effectively banning their citizens from participating in crypto, which poses a serious threat to the crypto agenda.

Why it matters: The crypto world is global — but the real world is fragmented into nation-states, each of which claims control of what happens within its borders.

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Mark Meadows. Photo: Yuri Gripas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is cooperating with the House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the panel said Tuesday.

Driving the news: Meadows, who failed to appear before the panel earlier this month, is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

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  1. Health: Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Omicron variant lifts Moderna's stock price — CDC strengthens COVID booster recommendation.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: Federal court blocks Biden's vaccine mandate for health workers in 10 states — NYC urges masks indoors "at all times" regardless of vaccination status — New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
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