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 2021-02-26 15:11 

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UN says Paris carbon-cutting plans fall far short...

Nations' formal emissions-cutting pledges are collectively way too weak to put the world on track to meet the Paris climate deal's temperature-limiting target, a United Nations tally shows. Driving the news: This morning the UN released an analysi...

 2021-02-26 14:46 

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"Crimea is Ukraine": Biden condemns Russian aggression on 7th anniversary of annexation...

President Biden reaffirmed U.S. support for the people of Ukraine and vowed to hold Russia accountable for its aggression in a statement on Friday, the 7th anniversary of Russia's 2014 invasion of Crimea. Why it matters : The statement reflects the ag...

 2021-02-26 12:45 

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What's really going on with the labor market...

Source: YCharts The labor market is showing some signs of improvement: Jobless claims fell to 730,000 — a dramatic drop from 841,000 the previous week. And the latest jobs report showed a pandemic-era low unemployment rate of 6.3% But, but, but: Tha...

 2021-02-26 12:36 

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Breaking down the rare convergence of the 10-year Treasury yield and S&P 500 dividend...

Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals A milestone was reached in the markets Thursday: The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to match the dividend yield on the S&P 500 Why it matters: The two yields have been inverted since the beginning of last year,...

 2021-02-26 11:43 

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Top coalition of CEOs puts new muscle behind Biden with "Move the Needle" campaign...

Business Roundtable, the voice of America's top CEOs, today launched "Move the Needle," a campaign to support President Biden in rolling out COVID vaccines, increasing vaccine uptake and encouraging masks. What they're saying: "Masks a...

 2021-02-26 11:30 

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U.S. notified Israel in advance about strike on Iran-backed militia facilities in Syria...

The Biden administration notified Israel in advance about the airstrike against an Iranian-backed Shiite militia base on the Syrian-Iraqi border Thursday evening, Israeli officials told me. Why it matters: The airstrike was the first overt military action...

 2021-02-26 10:30 

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The sovereign state of Facebook vs. the world...

Facebook's 3 billion monthly active users, its mountain of money and its control over the flow of information all put the company on an equal footing with governments around the world — and, increasingly, it's getting into fights with them. ...

 2021-02-26 10:30 

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Democrats drubbing Trumpless GOP on social media...

Data: Twitter/CrowdTangle (Feb 24, 2021); Chart: Will Chase/Axios In a swift reversal from 90 days ago, Democrats are now the ones with overpowering social media muscle and the ability to drive news. The big picture: Former President Donald Trump's di...

 2021-02-26 10:30 

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Congress set to revive limited earmarks to let lawmakers direct funds to special projects...

The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to announce details of a plan to restore a limited version of earmarks, which give lawmakers power to direct spending to their districts to pay for special projects. Why it matters: A series of scandals invo...

 2021-02-26 10:00 

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New data reignites the debate over coronavirus vaccine strategy...

New research is bolstering the case for delaying second doses of coronavirus vaccines. Why it matters: Most vulnerable Americans remain unvaccinated heading into March, when experts predict the more infectious virus variant first found in the U.K. could b...

 2021-02-26 10:00 

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Rail's big moment is arriving...

Passenger rail could be the big winner if Congress moves ahead with President Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan. Why it matters: There's long been bipartisan support for rebuilding America's crumbling infrastructure, but under Biden, the f...

 2021-02-26 01:54 

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Schumer privately says he wants to freeze last-minute stimulus changes in order to pass bill...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is privately saying he can pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus package but wants to avoid any last-minute changes jeopardizing its trajectory, three sources familiar with the talks tell Axios. Why it m...

 2021-02-25 05:00 

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California surpasses 50,000 COVID-19 deaths, more than any other state...

California's death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 50,000 on Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data. The big picture: It's the first state to record more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Details: Johns Hopkins' records showing 50,890 have died...

 2021-02-25 04:14 

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Facebook bans Myanmar military following deadly violence...

Facebook said on Wednesday it would ban the rest of the Myanmar military from its platform. The big picture: It comes some three weeks after the military overthrew the civilian government in a coup and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi, causing massive pro...

 2021-02-25 01:48 

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It's getting harder for Cabinet picks to get confirmed, data analysis shows...

Data: Chamberlain, 2020, " United States of America Cabinet Appointments Dataset " Chart: Will Chase/Axios It's harder now for presidents to win Senate confirmation for their Cabinet picks, an Axios data analysis of votes for and against nomin...

 2021-02-25 01:48 

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More than 700 unaccompanied kids held in Border Patrol custody without their parents...

More than 700 children who crossed from Mexico into the United States without their parents were in Border Patrol custody as of Sunday, according to an internal Customs and Border Protection document obtained by Axios. Why it matters: The current backup i...

 2021-02-25 01:48 

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Mike Pompeo is speaking at CPAC amid rumors of a 2024 presidential bid...

Mike Pompeo has quickly reentered the political fray, raising money for Republicans, addressing key political gatherings and joining an advocacy group run by Donald Trump's former lawyer. Why it matters: The former secretary of state is widely conside...

 2021-02-25 01:48 

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Liz Cheney leads the GOP's anti-Trump charge as Republicans navigate a post-MAGA future...

Rep. Liz Cheney is staking her claim as a new thought leader for the GOP, seizing on her role as the Republicans' Trump critic-in-chief while the party navigates its post-MAGA future. Why it matters: Cheney is offering the party a more traditional bra...

 2021-02-24 23:32 

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A new book blames chemicals for growing problems in human reproduction...

A new book makes the case that sperm counts have been falling for decades — and a major reason is chemicals in the environment that disrupt the body's hormonal system. Why it matters: The ability to reproduce is fundamental to the viable future ...

 2021-02-24 22:04 

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Black churches become vaccine hubs...

Black pastors have a new job on their plates during COVID-19: encouraging skeptical congregants to get vaccinated. Why it matters: "There's distrust in our community. We can't ignore that," Rev. James Coleman of D.C.'s All Nations Bapt...

 2021-02-24 21:58 

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Biden names USPS board of governors nominees, as Democrats put pressure on DeJoy...

President Biden on Wednesday nominated a former postal union lawyer, a vote-by-mail advocate, and a former deputy postmaster general to sit on the Postal Services' Board of Governors. Why it matters: The nominations, which require Senate confirmation,...

 2021-02-24 21:18 

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Podcast: Corporate America pressures Congress to act on stimulus...

Big corporations and top CEOs are putting pressure on Congress and the White House to pass economic stimulus measures, as the political debate drags on. Axios Re:Cap goes deeper with Heather Higginbottom, a former Obama administration official and preside...

 2021-02-24 20:49 

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Capitol repairs, security top $30M since Jan. 6 attacks...

The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton on Wednesday said that repairs and security expenses related to the Jan. 6 insurrection have already cost more than $30 million. The state of play: Congressional appropriations committees have allocated the $30 m...

 2021-02-24 18:25 

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Acting Capitol Police chief says officers were unsure of lethal force rules on Jan. 6...

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Why it matters: Capitol Police d...

 2021-02-24 17:59 

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United CEO is confident people will feel safe traveling again by 2022...

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby believes that people will feel safe traveling again by this time next year, depending on the pace of vaccinations and the government's ongoing response to the pandemic, he said at an Axios virtual event. Why it matters:...

 2021-02-24 17:40 

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The risks and rewards of charging state-backed hackers...

Last week's stunning indictment of three North Korean hackers laid bare both the advantages and drawbacks of the U.S. government's evolving strategy of using high-profile prosecutions to publicize hostile nation-state cyber activities. Why it matt...

 2021-02-24 17:30 

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Netanyahu asked Biden to keep sanctions on International Criminal Court...

Netanyahu asked Biden in their first phone call last week to keep sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on the International Criminal Court (ICC) in place, Israeli officials tell me. Why it matters: Israeli officials are concerned that removing th...

 2021-02-24 15:51 

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LinkedIn co-founder's SPAC bets on flying taxis...

Reid Hoffman knows he isn't the first person who comes to mind when you hear "flying taxis." Yes, but: The LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist insists that his latest deal is more than SPAC silliness, and that its success will be heavil...

 2021-02-24 15:43 

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U.S. and Israel to reconvene Iran working group ahead of potential nuclear talks...

The United States and Israel have elected to reconvene a strategic working group on Iran, with the first round of talks on intelligence surrounding the Iranian nuclear program expected in the coming days, Axios has learned. Why it matters: President Biden...

 2021-02-24 14:55 

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How Biden's clean-energy jobs transition could work in fossil fuel hubs...

A new analysis shows lots of potential for regions with a high share of fossil fuel jobs to benefit from wind and solar development — with the right policies in place. Why it matters: The idea of a "just transition" in the energy sector is d...

 2021-02-24 13:28 

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FDA analysis finds Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine is safe and effective...

The Food and Drug Administration's staff released a briefing document on Wednesday endorsing Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine as safe and effective. What's next: An FDA advisory panel will meet Friday to review the briefing doc...

 2021-02-24 13:00 

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Senate committee postpones hearing for imperiled budget nominee Neera Tanden...

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Why it matters : Ta...

 2021-02-24 12:52 

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Tiger Woods crash: What we know...

Tiger Woods underwent emergency surgery to repair damage to his right leg and ankle, after he was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday in which his SUV ran off the road. What we know: The golf star "is currently awake, responsive and recov...

 2021-02-24 10:30 

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How corporate America leaves behind Black professionals...

Across cities, companies and industries, Black professionals are underrepresented in the top jobs. Why it matters: Fixing the broken pipeline for Black executives is not only the right thing to do, but improving boardroom diversity has also been proven to...

 2021-02-24 10:30 

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Josh Hawley to introduce minimum wage proposal tied to tax credits...

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is jumping on the minimum wage bandwagon and will introduce an alternative to Democrats' proposal on Wednesday that would use federal dollars to increase low-earning workers' income, Axios has learned. Why it matters: Hawl...

 2021-02-24 10:00 

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States see proposals to ban, or expand, lessons on slavery and Indigenous removal...

States are considering proposals and plans that would exclude, or bolster, lessons on slavery and Native American removal in public schools. Why it matters: Conservatives continue to attack The New York Times Magazine's " The 1619 Project " fo...

 2021-02-24 10:00 

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For children, the COVID surge isn't over...

Data: Department of Health & Human Services , University of Minnesota COVID-19 Hospitalization Tracking Project , and Zach Levin; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios Children's hospitals across the country say they're still seeing a surge of kids sufferi...

 2021-02-24 07:52 

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"Momentous occasion": First COVID-19 vaccines distributed by COVAX arrive in Ghana, West Africa...

The first COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed by the World Health Organization's global sharing scheme COVAX were dispatched to Ghana, West Africa, on Wednesday. Why it matters: The shipments represent the "beginning of what should be the largest v...

 2021-02-24 06:37 

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Tiger Woods "awake, responsive" after emergency surgery on leg following car crash...

Tiger Woods is "awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room" after being seriously injured in a rollover car crash in Los Angeles County, his team said in a statement early Wednesday. The latest: Per the statement, the 45-year-old golfin...

 2021-02-24 06:09 

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Illinois becomes first state to sign law eliminating cash bail...

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) has signed sweeping criminal justice reform legislation this week that would end cash bail statewide by 2023. Why it matters: Illinois is the first state to move to eliminate cash bail, which critics say is a " poor peo...

 2021-02-24 02:48 

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JPMorgan Chase to push for economic policy changes for first time...

The JPMorgan Chase Institute — the bank's internal think tank of sorts — and its new policy arm are pushing for policy changes for the first time, the company shared exclusively with Axios. Why it matters: The institute is sending its reco...

 2021-02-24 01:56 

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Matt Gaetz is training to promote a baseless fight against voting machines...

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) joined a group of conservatives last week at a training session for activists readying to combat the continued use of the voting technology that propelled Trumpworld's 2020 election-theft conspiracy theories. Why it matters: T...

 2021-02-24 01:49 

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It's the most diverse Congress yet, but no Native American or Asian GOP senators...

Data: Brookings Institution; Chart: Sara Wise and Andrew Witherspoon/Axios The 117th Congress is the most ethnically and racially diverse Congress yet, but there are no Native Americans nor Asian Republicans in the Senate. Why it matters: Representation h...

 2021-02-24 01:45 

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Progressives see New York AG Letitia James as a potential challenger to Cuomo...

New York Democratic strategists, operatives and progressives are viewing state Attorney General Letitia James as an appealing primary challenger to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, they tell Axios. Why it matters: The dynamics of New York politics are complex, especial...

 2021-02-24 01:45 

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Exclusive: Bernie Sanders vows to move on infrastructure bill "as soon as possible"...

Senate Democrats are readying to pass President Biden's infrastructure package through the budget reconciliation process, a recognition they're unlikely to get much Republican support for a potential $2 trillion package. Driving the news: Sen. Ber...

 2021-02-24 01:44 

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Biden set to call Saudi king ahead of damning Khashoggi report...

President Biden plans to call Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday, ahead of the public release of a potentially damning intelligence report about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a source briefed on the call told Axios. Why it matters : T...

 2021-02-24 00:49 

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In photos: Congress holds moment of silence for coronavirus victims...

Congress held a candlelight vigil on the steps on the U.S. Capitol Tuesday evening in honor of the Americans who have died from the coronavirus. Why it matters: The U.S. death toll from the virus passed 500,000 on Monday, just one year after the country&#...

 2021-02-24 00:39 

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Mitch McConnell backs Merrick Garland for attorney general...

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told Politico Tuesday that he plans to support Judge Merrick Garland's nomination for attorney general . Why it matters: McConnell blocked Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court following the death...

 2021-02-23 23:02 

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What Home Depot tells us about the country's housing boom...

Home Depot has been a proxy for the white-hot housing market. What's going on: The company rode the coattails of the pandemic building boom — and just gave us a hint that it hasn't slowed down. A fresh data point illuminates the boom: U.S. h...

 2021-02-23 23:00 

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Biden administration says states must resume standardized testing...

The Department of Education told states on Monday that they must resume standardized testing of students this spring after it was suspended a year ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Why it matters: The decision to resume testing means schools will h...

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