Jan 4, 2018

White House to enforce personal cellphone ban

Social Media Director Dan Scavino Jr. shows a message on his iPhone to Chief of Staff John Kelly at the Service Training Center in Maryland. Photo: Ron Sachs / Pool / Getty Images

West Wing staffers have been told they will no longer be allowed to use personal cellphones at work as of next week, the NYT's Maggie Haberman reports. Per Haberman, "They were told this early in the term but it's now being enforced, with security concerns being cited."

Between the lines: Leaks were likely a motivating factor, particularly as the announcement comes after today's chaos over a forthcoming book.

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Trump gets "woke" in 15-city campaign to court black voters

The Trump campaign is leaning into its effort to woo African-American voters, opening "Black Voices for Trump" offices across six swing states, the campaign says.

Why it matters: "Woke" stickers, "Black Voices for Trump" T-shirts and other branded swag is part of this storefront approach as the campaign ramps up its efforts to erode Democrats' lock on this key demographic.

House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.