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 2020-01-19 12:00 

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Rising discontent about capitalism shapes 2020 election...

More voters than ever oppose capitalism. That fact has profound implications for the 2020 presidential election, but also for the future of the entire U.S. and global economy. By the numbers: A Harris poll for " Axios on HBO " finds that socialism...

 2020-01-19 06:14 

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Heavy rain lashes Australia's fire-ravaged states, but bushfires continue to burn...

Heavy rain has triggered flash floods in the fire-ravaged Australian state of Queensland, SBS News reports. New South Wales also got a soak and further rainfall and thunderstorms were expected. But bushfires continued to burn over the weekend. The state o...

 2020-01-19 02:30 

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"Sprawling winter storm" sweeps across Midwest toward the Northeast...

A " sprawling winter storm " that's creating hazardous travel conditions across the Midwest and Great Lakes region has caused at least one death, and it's set to spread the Northeast on Sunday, the National Weather Service warns. What'...

 2020-01-18 23:53 

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Draft of McConnell's rules for trial still allows motion to dismiss...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing a resolution that would leave room for President Trump's lawyers to move immediately to dismiss the impeachment charges if they so choose, according to Republican Sen. Josh Hawley. Yes, but: Republic...

 2020-01-18 23:06 

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Trump responds to articles of impeachment, calls process "a dangerous attack"...

Trump's defense team released their arguments on Saturday for President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate starting next week. What they're saying: The president's full response to House Democrat's case for impeachment argues the ...

 2020-01-18 22:38 

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National Security Council official on leave pending investigation...

Andrew Peek, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, has been placed on administrative leave pending a security-related investigation, people familiar with the situation tell Axios. Driving the news: Peek had...

 2020-01-18 19:31 

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Iran's network of proxies wields influence throughout the Middle East...

Iran has built up a vast network of proxies through which it wields influence across the Middle East, and which could take action to stoke tensions between the U.S. and Iran over the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Why it matters: The political parties a...

 2020-01-18 19:10 

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Harry and Meghan Markle to repay $3.1 million in taxpayer funds, forego titles...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have agreed to repay roughly 2.4 million pounds, or $3.1 million, of taxpayer money spent on Windsor Castle renovations, AP reports . The big picture: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also no longer use "royal highnes...

 2020-01-18 17:43 

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The global parental leave paradox...

Reproduced from World Policy Center ; Map: Axios Visuals Parental leave is steadily becoming ubiquitous around the world, but workplace cultures in many countries continue to prevent employees — especially fathers — from taking time off. Why i...

 2020-01-18 15:14 

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Trump's Fox-friendly Senate trial team...

Four of the team members — Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz, Pam Bondi and Robert Ray — have made at least 365 weekday Fox News appearances since January 2019, according to progressive research center Media Matters for America. Between the lines: Se...

 2020-01-18 14:00 

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The public doesn't trust anyone who could mediate a contested 2020 election...

Data: Fox News poll of 1,003 registered voters, Oct.68, 2019. Margin of error 3 percentage points; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios If the 2020 presidential election is close enough to trigger a fight over the results, the public's confidence is so low in key...

 2020-01-18 12:00 

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Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren battle upstaged by viral right-wing media...

The dispute between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren over whether he said a woman can't win may be the most explosive story of the Democratic primary so far — but it wasn't even the biggest story about Sanders on social media this week. T...

 2020-01-18 01:02 

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New Lev Parnas records detail Ukraine surveillance efforts, contact with Devin Nunes aide...

The House Intelligence Committee released materials Friday provided by Lev Parnas, who investigators say acted as a "direct channel" between President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani and individuals close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens...

 2020-01-18 00:26 

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America's oldest Confucius Institute to close...

Citing federal regulations, the University of Maryland said on Friday that it will close its Confucius Institute , the earliest of its kind in the United States. Why it matters: It is the latest in a string of U.S. universities to end their partnerships w...

 2020-01-17 23:21 

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Inside House managers' plans for next week's Senate impeachment trial...

The seven House managers representing Democrats' case for the impeachment of President Trump will work through the weekend in their home districts refining their case, then will return to Washington on Sunday, where they will meet as a team at the Cap...

 2020-01-17 23:01 

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Former GOP Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months in insider trading case...

Former Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) was sentenced on Friday to just over two years in prison for making false statements to the FBI and conspiracy to commit securities fraud, the Washington Post reports. Flashback: Federal prosecutors recommended this week...

 2020-01-17 22:25 

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The Supreme Court is taking another case about the ACA's contraception mandate...

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to take up yet another case involving the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, which requires most employers to cover birth control in their workers' health care plans. Where it stands: The court has alre...

 2020-01-17 21:56 

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Trump tells HHS secretary he regrets wading into "that f***ing vaping thing"...

President Trump told his health secretary yesterday that he regrets getting involved in the administration's policy on vaping, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. "I should never have done that f***ing vaping thing," Trump...

 2020-01-17 19:12 

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CDC: New "worrisome" virus calls for airport screenings of people coming from Wuhan, China...

The U.S. will begin screening Friday night for the novel coronavirus, originally found in Wuhan, China, for flights arriving directly or indirectly from there to three American airports — San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, public health offici...

 2020-01-17 17:31 

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High-tech cities become living laboratories to test automated vehicles...

In China and Japan, high-tech cities are being developed as living laboratories to test automated vehicles, robots and artificial intelligence. Why it matters: The real-world incubators could help accelerate the development of infrastructure and related e...

 2020-01-17 17:28 

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China's birth rate hits six-decade low...

China's birth rate is the lowest since 1961 with 14.6 million babies born in 2019, signaling struggles for families in a country with an underdeveloped social safety net, the National Bureau of Statistics said Friday, per the AP . The big picture: It&...

 2020-01-17 15:22 

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Trump impeachment team includes Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz...

Trump's impeachment team for the Senate trial will include Ken Starr, Robert Ray, Alan Dershowitz in addition to lawyers Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, per two sources familiar with the matter. The state of p...

 2020-01-17 14:32 

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MLB's Astros scandal claims third manager, Carlos Beltrn...

Carlos Beltrn, the only player named in MLB's investigation of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, is out as Mets manager , departing less than three months into his tenure and becoming the third manager in four days to lose his job. Why it matters...

 2020-01-17 12:56 

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Big banks saved billions thanks to the Trump tax cuts...

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act helped power the biggest U.S. banks to record profits for the second straight year. Why it matters: The tax cut was sold as a way to revitalize hiring and spending by American companies to boost the economy and help struggling wor...

 2020-01-17 11:12 

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New book: Steve Bannon called Nancy Pelosi "an assassin"...

A sneak peek for Axios readers at a passage from " A Very Stable Genius ," by the WashPost's Phil Rucker and Carol Leonnig, out Tuesday: The night of January 23 [2017], the first Monday of his presidency, Trump came facetoface with House and S...

 2020-01-17 11:00 

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Smaller tech firms lay out their complaints against tech giants for Congress...

The tech industry's stories about itself always start with nimble startups with great ideas — typically founded, from Hewlett-Packard to Apple to Google, by two people in a garage. But today, many small tech companies feel like they're fight...

 2020-01-17 11:00 

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Texas commuters are the top polluters...

Reproduced from StreetLight Data ; Chart: Axios Visuals Transportation is a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but the worst offenders aren't congested cities like New York and San Francisco. Instead, it's sprawling, car-dependent metros...

 2020-01-17 10:29 

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Even "moderates" Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg have taken positions to the left of Barack Obama...

Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are considered the leading 2020 Democratic moderates, but even they have taken positions to the left of Barack Obama — illuminating the liberal drift of the entire party. Why it matters: In earlier cycles, both men would...

 2020-01-17 10:00 

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Private insurance is the health industry's pot of gold...

Private health insurance is a conduit for exploding health care spending, and there's no end in sight. The big picture: Most politicians defend this status quo, even though prices are soaring. And as the industry's top executives and lobbyists gat...

 2020-01-17 02:18 

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CNN: Evelyn Yang discloses sexual assault, says campaign trail compelled her to go public...

Evelyn Yang, former L'Oral marketing executive and wife of 2020 Democratic candidate Andrew Yang , divulged in an interview released Thursday that she was sexually assaulted by her obstetrician-gynecologist in 2012 while seven months pregnant, per CNN...

 2020-01-16 23:24 

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GOP Sen. Susan Collins says she would "likely" vote to call impeachment witnesses...

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) wrote in a statement Thursday that there has been "a lot of mischaracterization" of her position on the Senate impeachment trial's procedures, and that it is "likely" she would vote to call additional witne...

 2020-01-16 22:10 

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NBCU's Peacock unveils launch date and pricing tiers...

NBCUniversal unveiled parts of its new streaming service, Peacock, to investors in New York Thursday, promising a consumer-friendly advertising experience that would set it apart from its many competitors. Why it matters: Unlike some of its entertainment ...

 2020-01-16 22:01 

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Trump impeachment trial opens with senators' oath to deliver "impartial justice"...

We're about to get our first impeachment trial in HD, but the rules and procedures are like entering a time capsule. Driving the news: Senators sat quietly in their seats while Rep. Adam Schiff read the articles aloud. They stood as a group while Chie...

 2020-01-16 21:01 

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Trump claims he didn't know about Giuliani letter to Ukraine's Zelensky...

President Trump denied knowing about a May 2019 letter from his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani requesting a private meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, despite Giuliani claiming that he was reaching out with Trump's "knowledge an...

 2020-01-16 19:51 

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China touts "phase one" trade deal as next step in its own development...

President Trump says the initial trade agreement between the U.S. and China is "righting the wrongs of the past," referring to what he views as China's exploitative economic and trade policies. But Beijing is side-stepping that narrative. The ...

 2020-01-16 19:29 

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Watch: Chief Justice John Roberts swears in senators for impeachment trial...

After being sworn in by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered an oath for all senators to deliver "impartial justice" in the impeachment trial of President Trump. Why it matters: The ceremo...

 2020-01-16 18:06 

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It's unlikely that BlackRock's climate strategy will save the planet...

The planet faces a collective action problem of existential proportions. No one country or company can prevent catastrophic global warming; all of them need to work in conjunction with one another. Why it matters: That kind of cooperation flies in the fac...

 2020-01-16 17:43 

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Microsoft vows to become "carbon negative" by 2030...

Microsoft vowed Thursday to be "carbon negative" by 2030 and announced new plans to fund emerging technologies and methods that pull CO2 directly from the atmosphere. Why it matters: Those plans and other climate efforts Microsoft rolled out are p...

 2020-01-16 16:53 

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Senate passes USMCA free trade deal as Trump's impeachment trial looms...

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Why it matters: The deal now heads to President Trump's desk for his signature, allowing the presid...

 2020-01-16 16:35 

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Pro Rata Podacast: Trump vs. Apple...

There is an escalating dispute between President Trump and Tim Cook over whether Apple should unlock iPhones used by "killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements." Dan digs in with New York Times tech reporter Jack Nicas. Go deeper: ...

 2020-01-16 15:57 

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U.S. private equity "plague" descends on Germany's elevator industry...

In 2005, a top German politician famously referred to private equity as a "plague of locusts," long predating U.S. political hostility toward the industry. Now, private equity is about to learn if German sentiment has softened. Driving the news: A...

 2020-01-16 15:31 

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Federal watchdog finds Trump administration violated law by withholding Ukraine aid...

The U.S. Government Accountability Office released Thursday a decision finding that the White House's Office of Management and Budget violated the law when it withheld military aid to Ukraine. The state of play: The decision from the GAO, an independe...

 2020-01-16 15:08 

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Blackberry CEO John Chen still has to remind people the company exists...

John Chen may be the CEO of BlackBerry, but even he has to sometimes remind people the company is still in business. Why it matters: BlackBerry no longer manufactures phones, but it makes more than $1 billion in revenue per year selling things like securi...

 2020-01-16 14:46 

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Despite aggressive policies, California may miss its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target...

Reproduced from California Energy Policy Simulator; Chart: Axios Visuals A new analysis finds that California is not on track to meet its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets absent new and toughened clean energy policies. Why it matters: California has ...

 2020-01-16 14:15 

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Only 12.5% of regular-season NFL games in 2019 were coached by people of color...

Data: Pro Football Reference ; Photos: Getty; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios In 2003, the NFL instituted the Rooney Rule in an effort to diversify its sidelines. Technically, the rule has done what it promised — requiring teams to interview at leas...

 2020-01-16 12:59 

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Trump and China's "phase one" deal leaves more questions than answers...

There was limited fanfare from the stock market after President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He signed the "phase one" trade deal yesterday. What happened: The 94-page document will roll back some U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods and see China ...

 2020-01-16 10:56 

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas: "Trump knew exactly what was going on" in Ukraine...

Lev Parnas, a close Rudy Giuliani associate and central figure in the pressure campaign on Ukraine, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last night: "President Trump knew exactly what was going on. He was aware of all my movements. ... I wouldn't do any...

 2020-01-16 10:47 

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Vladimir Putin eyes becoming Russia's leader for life...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, 67, has given the clearest signal yet of how he plans to navigate term limits and join China's Xi Jinping, 66, as a possible leader for life. Why it matters: Several of the world's most powerful leaders have recen...

 2020-01-16 10:00 

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How Putin won the fight to undermine trust in U.S. elections...

If Russia's goal in meddling in U.S. elections has been to undermine trust in the democratic process, it has already won — and the U.S. isn't even starting to take the sort of steps that might reverse that outcome. Why it matters: Free, fair...

 2020-01-16 09:05 

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The 2010s were officially the hottest decade on record...

It's official: Last year was the second hottest on record, and 2010-2019 was the hottest decade ever recorded. Why it matters: The findings, published in two separate reports by NOAA and the British weather service the Met Office Wednesday, are in lin...

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