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White supremacist propaganda nearly doubled in 2020, reaching record highs, according to a report by the Anti-Defamation League.

The big picture: The ADL's Center on Extremism tracked 5,125 incidents in which "racist, antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ fliers, stickers, banners and posters" were distributed, averaging more than 14 per day. It tracked 2,724 incidents in 2019.

  • The spike in incidents was part of "an effort to normalize white supremacists’ message and bolster recruitment efforts while targeting minority groups," the ADL wrote.

At least thirty white supremacist groups distributed the materials, and three groups were responsible for 92% of incidents. The Texas-based "Patriot Front" alone was responsible for 80% of the propaganda that was tracked.

  • The ADL tracked the highest level of propaganda in Texas, Washington, California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Hawaii had none.
  • There was a 68% increase in antisemitic propaganda distribution from 2019.
  • Propaganda cases on college campuses dropped by more than a half, per the ADL, likely due to COVID-19 restrictions.

What they're saying: "Propaganda gives white supremacists the ability to maximize media and online attention, while limiting the risk of individual exposure, negative media coverage, arrests and public backlash that often accompanies more public events," the ADL wrote.

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"An embarrassment": Biden condemns Border Patrol for using horses to deter Haitian migrants

President Biden speaking from the White House on Sept. 24. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday condemned Border Patrol officers for using horses to deter Haitian immigrants from an encampment under the international bridge earlier this week but took responsibility for the actions and said an investigation is underway.

Why it matters: Photos of patrol officers charging their horses at immigrants prompted criticism of the Biden administration's handling of the crisis at the border.

Senate GOP pushes DOJ to roll back Trump oversight rule

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Senate Republicans want the Justice Department to roll back Trump-era restrictions on congressional oversight criticized at the time as an attempt to insulate the Trump administration from Democratic investigators, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: While some Republicans spoke out against the DOJ guidance at the time, it was mostly Democrats who attacked it as a constitutionally dubious effort to scuttle congressional oversight. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and the GOP is making similar arguments with Biden in the White House.

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The great venture capital resignation

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A growing number of top VCs are calling it quits, long before typical retirement age.

Between the lines: Generational turnover isn't new for venture capital, but in the past it's been born of lean times. What we're seeing now is the byproduct of unprecedented success.