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Kleiner Perkins in Menlo Park, California. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Kleiner Perkins’ green tech investors are back in business, this time with a spin out fund named G2VP. According to a SEC filing, it has closed nearly $300 million, which it began raising last year.

The backstory: A decade ago, Kleiner Perkins made a lot of headlines for the disappointing results of its enthusiastic clean-tech investing.

  • Since then, its core funds have kept away from the sector, but in 2008 it raised a separate Green Growth fund to focus on later-stage investing in the area, which has done fairly well, as one green tech investor described to Axios.
  • Still, it’s not surprising that the firm is spinning out this second fund into a separate brand to truly distance itself from the sector.

Green trend: G2VP says it’s backing startups that are “digitizing industry” rather than focusing on cleantech like renewable energy, as it used to be trendy. Other veteran investors in the sector are also taking these alternative approaches to investing in green tech.

Update: The firm tells Axios that this isn't the final size of its fund, merely an update.

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A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.