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 2020-01-07 10:45 

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The make-or-break moment for U.S. spaceflight...

This year Boeing and SpaceX will push to launch astronauts to orbit for NASA after years of delays, in an attempt to end U.S. reliance on Russian rockets for rides to the International Space Station. Why it matters: Up and coming space powers like India a...

 2020-01-07 10:35 

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How Iran's disinformation threat differs from what Russia did to the U.S....

America "needs to be prepared for retaliation in the hard cyber space and soft information space" after killing Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, says a top expert at the Atlantic Council. Why it matters: Iranian influence operations to-date have b...

 2020-01-07 10:30 

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Leonard Leo to shape new conservative network, step aside from the Federalist Society...

Conservative powerhouse Leonard Leo tells Axios that he'll step aside from the daily running of the Federalist Society to focus on a new venture — inspired by Arabella Advisers on the left — that will funnel big money and expertise across ...

 2020-01-07 10:15 

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Birthing complications can cause women's hospital bills to nearly double...

Reproduced from Premier ; Chart: Axios Visuals Complications can nearly double the cost of delivering a baby, according an analysis from health care alliance company Premier. Why it matters: More women are experiencing complications during labor — t...

 2020-01-07 07:02 

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U.S. and Canadian citizens of Iranian descent say they faced hours of questioning at border...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Monday called reports that dozens of Canadian and American citizens faced hours of questioning at the U.S.-Canada border because of their Iranian heritage over the weekend "deeply alarming." Customs and Border Pro...

 2020-01-07 04:17 

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Australia bushfire crisis: 180 people face legal action for fire-related offenses in NSW...

As firefighters battle wildfires across Australia, authorities in New South Wales say police have arrested dozens of people for offenses related to fires, including 24 for deliberately lighting fires and three for looting fire-ravaged communities. The big...

 2020-01-07 04:17 

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Australia bushfire crisis: 180 people face legal action for fire-related offenses in NSW...

As firefighters battle wildfires across Australia, authorities in New South Wales say police have arrested dozens of people for offenses related to fires, including 24 for deliberately lighting fires and three for looting fire-ravaged communities. The big...

 2020-01-07 01:56 

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The consequences of killing Qasem Soleimani even if we don't go to war...

The killing of Qasem Soleimani unleashed immediate fears of war — even of World War III — but if no further shots are fired, Thursday's airstrikes in Baghdad will nonetheless generate momentous consequences. The big picture: Iran has lost ...

 2020-01-07 01:06 

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Key GOP senators don't want to subpoena John Bolton...

Key Senate Republicans are refusing to give a clear answer on whether President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton should be subpoenaed to testify in an eventual impeachment trial , after he stated Monday that he would comply with a ...

 2020-01-06 23:46 

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Key GOP senators respond to Bolton's offer to testify in impeachment trial...

Responses rolled in Monday from top congressional leaders and key Republican senators on former national security adviser John Bolton's announcement that he would willingly testify in the Senate's impeachment trial if issued a subpoena. Driving th...

 2020-01-06 23:28 

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Pompeo tells associates he won't run for Kansas Senate seat...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told associates that he will not be running for Kansas' open Senate seat in 2020, the New York Times first reported and Axios confirmed from a source with direct knowledge. The big picture: Speculation had persisted ...

 2020-01-06 22:25 

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Pentagon chief on targeting cultural sites: "We will follow the laws of armed conflict"...

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday that "we will follow the laws of armed conflict" as they relate to the targeting of cultural sites, which is considered a war crime, CNN reports . Why it matters: The remark appears to contradict Preside...

 2020-01-06 21:33 

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Pentagon scrambles: "There's been no decision to leave Iraq"...

With multiple media outlets reporting on a letter appearing to reveal U.S. plans to withdraw from Iraq, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters Monday afternoon that no such decision has been made. Driving the news: AFP and Reuters set off a frenzy...

 2020-01-06 19:03 

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Harvey Weinstein indicted on sex crimes in Los Angeles...

Harvey Weinstein was indicted Monday on sex crimes charges by prosecutors in Los Angeles, per the AP . The state of play: The new indictment came just hours after the start of Weinstein's separate New York trial on similar charges. The Los Angeles Cou...

 2020-01-06 18:58 

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Netanyahu tells security cabinet Israel must not be dragged into Soleimani killing...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told security cabinet ministers Monday that the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was carried out solely by the U.S., and that Israel was not involved in any way and must not be dragged into the escal...

 2020-01-06 18:43 

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Trump administration will deport Mexican asylum-seekers to Guatemala...

The U.S. will begin sending Mexican asylum-seekers to Guatemala to wait out their cases instead of allowing them to remain in the U.S., according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News . Why it matters: The Trump administration had previously implemented ...

 2020-01-06 17:25 

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John Bolton says he will testify in impeachment trial if Senate issues subpoena...

Former national security adviser John Bolton said Monday that he would testify in President Trump's impeachment trial should the Senate issue a subpoena. Why it matters, via Axios' Jonathan Swan : Bolton was the most prolific note-taker at the top...

 2020-01-06 14:23 

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Julin Castro endorses Elizabeth Warren in 2020 presidential race...

Julin Castro, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race last week , endorsed Elizabeth Warren on Monday. "There's one candidate I see who's unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America's promise will be there for everyone, will mak...

 2020-01-06 13:48 

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Tom Brady enters free agency for the first time in his career...

Two decades of brilliance and unthinkable levels of success — for Tom Brady, for Bill Belichick, for the Patriots and for the city of Boston — may have come to an end on Saturday night . Why it matters: Brady will be a free agent this offseaso...

 2020-01-06 13:28 

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Scoop: SoftBank keeps walking away from startups...

SoftBank Vision Fund has walked away from investing in several startups , months after submitting term sheets worth hundreds of millions of dollars and promising that closing delays were only temporary, Axios has learned. Why it matters: This is highly un...

 2020-01-06 13:11 

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World markets seek safety after a weekend of threats...

The price of gold hit its highest in nearly seven years, oil hit a four-month peak and stocks were in the red across Asia and Europe, with Gulf stocks from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia down and S&P futures lower, as tensions between the U.S. and Iran ratcheted...

 2020-01-06 12:20 

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Trump repeats threat to Iranian cultural sites during Air Force One bombast...

President Trump came in hot during a half-hour conversation with the White House press pool on Air Force One — most of it off the record — as he returned from Mar-a-Lago to Washington on Sunday. What happened: He repeated his threat against Ir...

 2020-01-06 12:08 

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Impeachment sneak peek: Sen. Josh Hawley's plan for dismissal...

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a freshman and former state attorney general who's a 2024 presidential prospect, today will file his plan to allow dismissal of the articles of impeachment if House Democrats withhold them from the Senate . Hawley tweeted las...

 2020-01-06 11:00 

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Tech's big 2020 fights, from election security to screen time...

The most consequential stories for tech in 2020 pit the industry's corporate colossi against the U.S. government, foreign nations, and the human needs of their own customers. Why it matters: Today's tech giants own and operate the informational hu...

 2020-01-06 10:00 

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10 energy and climate issues to watch in 2020...

From presidential politics to China to oil prices, here's what I'm watching this year. The big picture : A few key decisive moments this year will help determine whether concerns over climate change — rising since my last two annual outlook ...

 2020-01-06 09:09 

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In photos: Huge crowds in Iran for Soleimani funeral...

Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined Tehran's streets Monday for the funeral of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a senior Iraqi-Iranian militia commander, who died n a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, AP reports. The big picture: S...

 2020-01-06 06:46 

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Iran crisis: What you need to know...

Iran's new top commander Esmail Ghaani, who replaced Gen. Qasem Soleimani after he died in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, pledged during a televised address Monday to avenge the general's killing, AP reports. The latest: Ghaani declaration that God ...

 2020-01-06 04:11 

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Pelosi announces War Powers Resolution vote in bid to limit Trump action on Iran...

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced in a letter that Sunday that the House "will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit" President Trump's "military actions regarding Iran." What she's saying: In the letter ad...

 2020-01-06 02:27 

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What's happened so far at CES 2020...

There will be a ton of tech news coming out of Las Vegas this week, but once again, Axios has you covered with all the big news in one place. The big picture: The biggest products of the year tend to be announced elsewhere, but in terms of sheer volume of...

 2020-01-06 01:00 

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Trump threatens Iraq with sanctions "like they've never seen before" if it asks U.S. to leave...

President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One Sunday the U.S. wouldn't leave the joint U.S. air base with Iraq "unless they pay us back," and he doubled down on his threat to target 52 Iranian sites. If they do ask us to leave, if we don...

 2020-01-05 23:06 

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"No decision made" by Pelosi on sending impeachment articles to Senate...

When the House of Representatives returns to work Tuesday, don't expect an immediate announcement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate. The latest: A leadership aide tells Axios no decision has been made and that i...

 2020-01-05 22:48 

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Trump officials tried to stop Iraqi parliament from voting to expel U.S. troops...

The Trump administration tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade top Iraqi officials to kill a parliamentary effort to force the U.S. military out of Iraq, according to two U.S. officials and an Iraqi government official familiar with the situation. Why it mat...

 2020-01-05 19:45 

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Maduro attempts to seize power of Venezuelan legislature, sidelining U.S.-backed Guaid...

Venezuela's government disrupted a National Assembly leadership election on Sunday, with security forces forcibly blocking opposition leader Juan Guaid — who is recognized by the U.S. and nearly 60 other countries as the legitimate president &md...

 2020-01-05 18:17 

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Iran vows to enrich uranium "without restrictions"...

Iran's government announced Sunday that it would no longer abide by any limits on its enrichment of uranium, according to Iranian state TV. Why it matters: This could be the final blow to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administrati...

 2020-01-05 17:06 

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Poll: Sanders surges in early states as Warren falters...

Sen. Bernie Sanders is starting 2020 in a three-way tie for first place in Iowa, joining former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 23% each, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll published Sunday. The big picture: Sanders...

 2020-01-05 15:56 

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Trump's "52 targets" tweet sparks Iranian outrage, accusations of war crimes...

The U.S. and Iran are trading stunningly specific threats, with President Trump tweeting Saturday night that the military could target 52 Iranian sites — including some "important" to Iranian culture — and an Iranian commander pointing...

 2020-01-05 15:31 

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Anti-ISIS coalition suspends operations due to Iran threat...

The U.S.-led military coalition created to combat the Islamic State announced Sunday that it is limiting operations against ISIS and instead is focusing on protecting Iraqi bases from potential attacks by Iran-backed militia groups in response to the kill...

 2020-01-05 15:07 

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Iraqi parliament votes to expel U.S. troops over killing of Iranian general...

The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution Sunday calling on the government to expel U.S. troops from the country in response to the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and the leader of an Iraqi militia on its soil. Why it matters: The legal basis for ...

 2020-01-05 14:45 

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Pompeo on Trump's threat to target Iranian cultural sites: "We'll behave lawfully"...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo downplayed President Trump's threat to target Iranian cultural sites, declining to disavow the president's tweet on the Sunday cable talk shows but stating repeatedly that the U.S. would behave within the rules of th...

 2020-01-05 12:27 

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Democrats see a diverse future in possible 2024 candidates...

Data: Online SurveyMonkey poll (Margin of error: 2.5 percentage points). Chart: Axios Visuals In a SurveyMonkey poll for Axios taking a very early look at a notional 2024 field, Pete Buttigieg tops a list of Democrats, with a slight advantage over Kamala ...

 2020-01-05 08:02 

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Al Qaeda branch Al-Shabab claims attack on military base used by U.S. and Kenyan forces...

A military base in Kenya's Lamu County where U.S. and Kenyan military personnel was attacked Sunday morning, Kenya Defence Forces confirmed in a statement. Details: The U.S. Africa Command tweeted that it's "monitoring the situation" follo...

 2020-01-05 04:03 

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Samsung sets Feb. 11 for next big phone launch...

Samsung has set Feb. 11 in San Francisco as the date and place for its next Unpacked event, where it is expected to launch the next high-end Galaxy smartphone as well as likely a new foldable device. Why it matters : The event is being held earlier than p...

 2020-01-05 00:32 

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Pelosi: Classified War Powers Act alert on Iran delivers more questions than answers...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement on Saturday evening that she's dissatisfied with President Trump's War Powers notification regarding Iran. What she's saying: " This classified War Powers Act notification delivered...

 2020-01-04 23:09 

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White House informs Congress of Soleimani strike, Trump warns U.S. will hit Iran if attacked...

The White House reportedly notifying Congress of the drone strike that killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, fulfilling its duties under the War Powers Act on Saturday, per the New York Times and Washington Post . Why it matters: Both Democrats an...

 2020-01-04 22:34 

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After Iran strike, Kaepernick blasts "American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people"...

NFL quarterback and political activist Colin Kaepernick denounced "America militarism" on Saturday, following a U.S. strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani . Between the lines: It's unclear if Kaepernick is directly den...

 2020-01-04 20:23 

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The latest: Iraqi officials say airstrike killed 5 following Soleimani's death...

Iraqi officials and Iranian-backed militias reported another deadly airstrike in Iraq 24 hours after the U.S. killed Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani, AP reports. The latest: The latest strike left five dead just as thousands gathered in Baghdad to ...

 2020-01-04 17:10 

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Australia's deadly fires: What you need to know...

There are roughly a dozen high threat-level fires raging in New South Wales, after weekend weather exacerbated one of Australia's worst wildfire seasons in recorded history. The impact: 23 people have been killed from Australia's fire season &mdas...

 2020-01-04 16:37 

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Thousands gather in Baghdad, mourn loss of Iran's Soleimani...

In Baghdad Saturday, thousands of Iraqi mourners held a funeral procession for Qasem Soleimani, chanting : "America is the Great Satan," AP reports. Context: Soleimani's body will be sent back to his hometown in Iran where he will be buried af...

 2020-01-04 16:11 

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U.S. drone strike signifies pivot to confrontation with Iran...

In authorizing the targeted killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, President Trump chose his lifetime instinct for projecting strength over his vocal aversion to foreign intervention. What he's saying: "Soleimani was plotting imminent and...

 2020-01-04 12:23 

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Trump children are 2 of the top 4 choices for Republicans in 2024...

Data: Online SurveyMonkey poll (Margin of error: 2.5 percentage points). Chart: Axios Visuals Ready to skip 2020 and go straight to 2024? In a new SurveyMonkey poll , Republican voters chose children of President Trump — Don Jr. and Ivanka — a...

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