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 2020-07-30 09:00 

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Coronavirus cases are starting to decline, but deaths are rising...

Data: The COVID Tracking Project , state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Danielle Alberti, Sara Wise/Axios Coronavirus infections in the U.S. are beginning to decline, after a summer of sharp increases, and some of the hardest-hit states are ...

 2020-07-30 03:22 

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U.S. reports highest number of single-day coronavirus deaths since May...

Almost 66,000 new COVID-19 cases and more than 1,400 deaths from the virus were reported in the U.S. on Wednesday, per the COVID Tracking Project . Why it matters: The toll marks the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in a single day since May 15, acc...

 2020-07-30 00:25 

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg recovering after non-surgical procedure...

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is resting in a New York City hospital Wednesday evening following a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure to replace a bile duct stent, the Supreme Court announced in a release. Why it matters: Ginsburg has ...

 2020-07-30 00:00 

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Podcast: Big Tech hearing chair on which companies should be broken up...

Chief executives of Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google testified in front of a House Judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday, ostensibly about antitrust issues. It was the highest-profile showdown to date in the increasingly fraught relationship between Washi...

 2020-07-29 23:49 

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Obama, Bush and Clinton to attend Rep. Lewis funeral...

Three ex-presidents plan to attend the Atlanta funeral of late Rep. John Lewis on Thursday, celebrating a man who fought against bigotry as the U.S. continues to reckon with racial injustice, according to two people familiar with the planning. Why it matt...

 2020-07-29 21:58 

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Pelosi says she will require masks on House floor after Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats on a call Wednesday evening that she will require masks to be worn on the floor of the House. Why it matters: The announcement comes after Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), who has rarely been seen wearing a mask in t...

 2020-07-29 21:33 

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Meadows: White House and Democrats are "nowhere close to a deal" on coronavirus stimulus...

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters after meeting with Democratic leaders on Wednesday that the two sides are "nowhere close to a deal" on a coronavirus stimulus bill, and acknowledged that extra unemployment benefits will expir...

 2020-07-29 20:12 

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Qualcomm sees Q3 smartphone sales 30% below prior estimate...

As part of its earnings report on Wednesday, Qualcomm said that it now expects smartphone sales this quarter to be 30% below its prior estimates due to the pandemic. The company said the move should dent earnings in the current quarter by more than 30 cen...

 2020-07-29 20:07 

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Tech's major powers face heat during House antitrust hearing...

Wednesday's House antitrust hearing with the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple went down some politically fraught rabbit holes, but also saw tech's most powerful figures face sharper questions than they've seen before from Washington....

 2020-07-29 20:04 

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"It's so fundamental": Fed chair says path of the economy depends on path of coronavirus...

The Federal Reserve sees a slowing pace of economic growth after the coronavirus outbreak began to worsen in June, chairman Jerome Powell told reporters on Wednesday. Why it matters: Powell's comments came as the Fed took its most forceful tone yet to...

 2020-07-29 19:30 

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Bezos: No guarantee Amazon didn't exploit third-party seller data...

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Wednesday he can't guarantee employees have never used sales data from third-party sellers to develop the company's own products, despite a policy against that practice and past denials that Amazon engages in it. Why it ...

 2020-07-29 17:39 

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House's tech antitrust hearing tumbles into political whirlpool...

Wednesday's House antitrust hearing with the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple got off to a rocky start, as Democrats and Republicans sought to steer it in wildly different directions. What's happening: Democrats raised concerns of compet...

 2020-07-29 17:12 

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How the U.S.-China consulate closures could impact espionage...

It is a universally accepted international convention that diplomatic facilities can be used as cover for espionage activities. But the system only works if states pretend not to acknowledge it. The state of play: A decision last week by the Trump adminis...

 2020-07-29 15:56 

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Oregon governor announces "phased withdrawal" of federal agents from Portland...

The Trump administration has agreed to a "phased withdrawal" of Customs and Border Protection and ICE agents from Portland, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced on Wednesday. Why it matters : The news comes after weeks of violent clashes between p...

 2020-07-29 15:18 

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Justice Department to send federal agents to Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee...

The Justice Department plans to divide nearly 100 federal agents between Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee in an expansion of "Operation Legend," launched last month to fight a "surge of violent crime" in U.S. cities, the agency announced W...

 2020-07-29 14:41 

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Pentagon chief says U.S. will pull nearly 12,000 troops from Germany...

The U.S. will bring about 6,400 troops home from Germany and move about 5,400 more to other countries in Europe, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Tuesday. Why it matters: President Trump has expressed a desire to remove the troops in the past, accus...

 2020-07-29 14:24 

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GOP Rep. Louis Gohmert tests positive for coronavirus...

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive for COVID-19 during a pre-screening at the White House on Wednesday, Politico reports. Why it matters: Gohmert, a fierce defender of President Trump and member of the House Freedom Caucus, has been walking arou...

 2020-07-29 13:55 

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Trump heads to Texas oil patch as "dominance" agenda teeters...

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals President Trump will tout his policy of "restoring energy dominance" in Texas oil country Wednesday, but market forces, OPEC and a raging pandemic are complicating his plans. Driving the news: Trump's swing ...

 2020-07-29 13:11 

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Biden campaign calls Trump's failure to raise Russian bounties with Putin "despicable"...

Joe Biden's campaign on Wednesday said it was "absolutely despicable" that President Trump failed to confront Vladimir Putin with intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Driving the news: The preside...

 2020-07-29 12:18 

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The labs handling coronavirus testing for pro sports leagues...

The NFL, NBA and MLS have all enlisted the same company, BioReference Laboratories, to handle coronavirus testing during their respective restarts. The big picture: Coronavirus testing in sports has become a hot-button issue, with some concerned that leag...

 2020-07-29 11:42 

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Congress' fight over the next coronavirus stimulus isn't ending soon...

The fight in Congress over the next round of coronavirus relief legislation is shaping up to be a long one, and that's bad news for the economy and the stock market. Why it matters: Assistance from the government and the Fed has been an integral part ...

 2020-07-29 10:00 

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Tech CEOs' task: Stay cool, wave flag...

When CEOs testify before Congress, as tech's leaders will Wednesday, they have one job: to demonstrate their firms are good corporate citizens by enduring questioning without offending or putting their feet in their mouths. The big picture: In recent ...

 2020-07-29 09:58 

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Exclusive: Trump never raised Russia's Taliban bounties with Putin...

President Trump has never confronted Vladimir Putin with intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops, he told "Axios on HBO" in an interview on Tuesday. Why it matters: Democrats have seized on the issue, and Trump's re...

 2020-07-29 09:00 

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Families of color face a lose-lose dilemma on reopening schools...

Reproduced from KFF Health Tracking Poll ; Note: Share includes responses for "very/somewhat worried", income is household income; Chart: Axios Visuals Children of color have the most to lose if schools remain physically closed in the fall. Their ...

 2020-07-29 02:33 

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Joe Biden's notes reveal his thinking on Kamala Harris: "Do not hold grudges"...

An AP photographer snapped a picture of former Vice President Joe Biden at a news conference clutching a collection of notes with references to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Tuesday. What it matters: The photo captures five talking points on Biden's p...

 2020-07-28 22:35 

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Podcast: Sen. Amy Klobuchar on saving live music venues...

Live music venues were among the first businesses to close during the COVID-19 pandemic and will be among the last to reopen. In the meantime, many are facing financial ruin. Axios Re:Cap digs in with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who alongside Sen. John ...

 2020-07-28 21:48 

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Companies navigate the increasingly difficult return to the workplace...

With an unending list of factors to consider — including the safety of air-conditioning systems , the risk of using public transportation , schools' reopening schedules and the needs of high-risk employees — the back-to-work puzzle is gett...

 2020-07-28 20:42 

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Highlights from Attorney General Barr's combative testimony before Congress...

Attorney General Bill Barr finally testified Tuesday before the raucous House Judiciary Committee, where grandstanding and bomb-throwing tactics by lawmakers have become a staple of oversight hearings in the Trump era. Why it matters: Less than 100 days o...

 2020-07-28 20:23 

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Biden says he'll name a running mate next week...

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he'll announce his running mate "the first week in August." The big picture: Last week, Biden seemed to back away from his timeline of early August, but he recommitted to it Tuesday at a speech...

 2020-07-28 20:08 

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"This is not going to be the bill": Senate Republicans criticize their own stimulus proposal...

Multiple Republicans made clear on Tuesday that they are not on board with several key provisions in the $1 trillion stimulus bill released by Senate GOP leadership Monday. Many said they find the process confusing, messy and not reflective of the Republi...

 2020-07-28 18:29 

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Trump administration to allow yearlong renewals for current DACA recipients...

The Trump administration is allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to renew their protections under the program for one year as officials begin a review of DACA and how the administration attempted to end it, a senior administra...

 2020-07-28 15:46 

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House Judiciary chairman accuses Attorney General Barr of undermining democratic norms...

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) painted the integrity of the Justice Department as "more at risk than at any time in modern history" in opening remarks at a hearing for Attorney General Bill Barr Tuesday, accusing him of shielding P...

 2020-07-28 15:08 

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Fed extends economic support programs through December...

The Federal Reserve is extending the emergency lending programs it launched in response to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus to the end of the year. Why it matters: The Fed's programs were originally set to expire in September, but the cen...

 2020-07-28 15:01 

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Biden plans $150 billion for communities of color...

Joe Biden plans to detail Tuesday how his "Build Back Better" economic program will help African American and Latino communities, explaining how he will leverage public funds to spur private investment for businesses that are grappling with COVID-...

 2020-07-28 14:14 

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Twitter temporarily bars Donald Trump Jr. from tweeting over coronavirus misinformation...

Twitter temporarily prevented Donald Trump Jr. from tweeting and retweeting on Tuesday after the president's son shared coronavirus-related misinformation. Why it matters: The 12-hour hold — set off by a video touting hydroxychloroquine — ...

 2020-07-28 13:23 

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The money case for offshore wind...

Rapidly falling offshore wind power prices in key European markets could also bode well for the emerging U.S. sector, according to findings from a peer-reviewed study in Nature Energy . Why it matters: This is a turning point in the economics of offshore ...

 2020-07-28 09:56 

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Rich and poor Americans are living in different coronavirus economies...

The coronavirus-driven recession is creating two parallel economic realities, which are growing further apart by the day. What's happening: Many people with financial assets and white-collar jobs have actually benefited from the economic downturn, whi...

 2020-07-28 09:52 

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China's consulates do a lot more than spy...

Every country spies. And many countries — including the U.S. — use their diplomatic outposts to do it. But for years, China has used its embassies and consulates to do far more than that. Why it matters: The Trump administration's recent h...

 2020-07-28 09:30 

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Judiciary Democrats to grill Barr on "politicization" of Justice Department...

House Judiciary Committee Democrats plan to press Attorney General Bill Barr at a hearing today on what they'll argue is his politicization of the Justice Department to serve President Trump's personal agenda. Why it matters: Democrats have a lot ...

 2020-07-28 09:30 

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The collision of hurricane season and the coronavirus has arrived...

The coronavirus continues to rage in the states most vulnerable to what is already an active hurricane season. Driving the news: Hurricane Hanna hit the Texas coast last weekend, testing the response effort in a state that hasn't been able to get its ...

 2020-07-28 09:00 

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Axios-Ipsos poll: The rise of coronavirus social bubbles...

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: 1,076 U.S. adults were surveyed with 3.1% margin of error; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios Nearly half of Americans say they've established social "bubbles" of people they can trust to follow the rules for minimizing the...

 2020-07-28 07:02 

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Remington Arms, America's oldest gun-maker, files for bankruptcy again...

Gun manufacturer Remington Arms Company filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday despite a recent surge in sales amid the coronavirus pandemic and anti-racism protests, per the Wall Street Journal . Why it matters: The 204-year-old firm is considered Ame...

 2020-07-28 05:12 

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Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak found guilty in 1MDB corruption trial...

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was found guilty of all seven corruption charges Tuesday, in the first of five trials connected to a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB. Why it matters: The case helped lead to his party's 2018 ...

 2020-07-28 02:47 

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Mayors urge Congress to ban militarized federal agents in cities amid reports more may arrive...

Democratic mayors in Portland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Kansas City and Albuquerque urged congressional leaders in a letter Monday to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents to cities against such moves. ...

 2020-07-28 02:47 

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Mayors seek ban on militarized federal agents...

Democratic mayors in Portland, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Kansas City and Albuquerque urged congressional leaders in a letter Monday to make it illegal for the federal government to deploy militarized federal agents to cities against such action....

 2020-07-28 01:31 

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Read: Bill Barr's opening statement attacking Dems and "bogus" Russia probe at House hearing...

Attorney General Bill Barr is set to accuse House Judiciary Committee Democrats of trying to discredit him over his investigations into the origins of the FBI's Russia probe when he appears before the panel Tuesday. Of note: In prepared remarks releas...

 2020-07-27 23:15 

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Black Lives Matter founder says DNC platform needs to be bolder...

The Black Lives Matter movement co-founder called on Democrats Monday to make "sea changes" to their party platform to more boldly address police brutality and racial injustice, just three weeks before the summer convention starts. Why it matters:...

 2020-07-27 22:24 

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Pandemic saps trust in many world leaders, but not Germany's Angela Merkel...

Data: Kekst CNC ; Chart: Axios Visuals German Chancellor Angela Merkel's response to the coronavirus pandemic has won widespread approval even as other high-profile leaders face growing frustrations, according to polling from Kekst CNC, shared with Ax...

 2020-07-27 22:11 

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Republican leaders release $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus proposal...

After days of intense debate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republican leaders rolled out a roughly $1 trillion proposal for the next round of coronavirus relief funding, which has the White House's seal of approval. Why it ...

 2020-07-27 21:34 

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The U.S. has an international image problem...

Data: Gallup; Map: Naema Ahmed/Axios America has an image problem. A Gallup poll of 135 countries finds virtually equivalent rates of approval for U.S. (median of 33%), Chinese (32%) and Russian (30%) global leadership. Breaking it down: The U.S. approval...

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