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The Attorney General Jeff Sessions is following through on a threat to withhold federal funds from state and local jurisdictions for not complying with federal immigration laws, Jessica Taylor reports for NPR. Sessions also said that the Justice Department would “claw back” grants already disbursed to so-called sanctuary cities as well.

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“It’s hard not to get behind any plan that makes government more effective and tries to use data instead of, say, raw ideology to help craft better policy decisions. So let’s wish the White House success,” Timothy O’Brien, author of the Trump biography “TrumpNation,” opines for the Chicago Tribune. “In fact, let’s toast Trump and Kushner as fast as we can because they’re going to need all of the help they can get if this nod toward innovation is going to amount to anything more than a head fake.” O’Brien proceeds to skewer Trump and Kushner’s understanding of innovation, and of “ahead-of-schedule” and “under-budget.”

Over at Quartz, Heather Timmons has the full list of the issues in the hands of 36-year-old Jared Kushner.

Related: After the healthcare debacle last week, a sobering take by The Washington Post’s James Hohmann on how Trump is actually winning more than you think.

Democrats want to know who is coming and going from the “southern White House”—but they can’t, because nobody is keeping track. Darren Samuelsohn reports for Politico that “Mar-a-Lago…doesn’t keep tabs on the identity of guests who come and go on a routine basis, even while the president is in residence.”

A representative from the heart of Silicon Valley visited coal country, Nancy Scola reports for Politico. California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna told Scola, “There’s got to be greater empathy among those in Silicon Valley for some of the pain that has been caused.” But he also wanted to spread entrepreneurial spirit. “It’s just getting people to dream that they can go try to be like Elon Musk or Steve Jobs.” But the people he met with—some of them formerly unemployed workers who have gone through a training program to learn how to develop mobile apps—just want to be taken seriously as applicants for tech jobs.

Whoopsie: Election officials in Hong Kong have reported losing two laptop computers holding the personal information for all 3.7 million registered voters in the city, Ellie Ng reports for the Hong Kong Free Press.

The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity, ProPublica, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and New York University have received grants totaling $12 million from Democracy Fund and First Look Media to help continue their work supporting an independent, robust, and free press.

What Works Cities announced today the addition of 10 new cities to its roster, bringing the total to 77, and they launched a What Works Cities certification program.

Enter the Zebra: Entrepreneurs Jennifer Brandel, Mara Zepeda, and Astrid Scholz write in a Medium post that developing alternative business models is a central moral challenge of our time. They propose calling these restorative companies “Zebras” as a counterpoint to the destructive, “disrupting” nature of the “unicorn.” “These alternative models will balance profit and purpose, champion democracy, and put a premium on sharing power and resources,” they write. “Companies that create a more just and responsible society will hear, help, and heal the customers and communities they serve.”

The Fempowerment Fad: Earlier this month a trifecta of stories about the newly-minted-feminist SHE-E-O Miki Agrawal—of the period-embracing panty company Thinx—revealed that company practices and Agrawal’s behavior were destructive—at least one employee has said Agrawal sexually harassed her—and decidedly un-feminist. A hypocritical unicorn? Not so fast. Buzzfeed’s Doree Shafrir connects this particular feminist hypocrisy to a “new trend” in startup culture, pointing also to Thrive Global founder and staunch Uber-apologist Arianna Huffington, Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, and even the Other First Lady herself, Ivanka Trump.

Kerry Flynn writes on Mashable that Facebook’s new Town Hall feature, which allows you to contact your local representatives in a few clicks, is the best thing the platform has ever done.

Remember, as we previously shared in First Post, The Verge’s Natt Garun is skeptical because the feature relies on the information that officials have provided themselves.

Flynn also reports that Facebook announced that it will start putting out local election reminders to help get out the vote.

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