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 2020-07-24 09:00 

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Exclusive poll: Coronavirus sinks GOP governors in hard-hit states...

Data: SurveyMonkey; Note: Polls conducted continuously from May 11-July 19; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios The governors in four of the states hit hardest by the coronavirus have taken a massive hit in public approval over their handling of the pandemic,...

 2020-07-24 00:14 

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Tech CEO hearing looks to be postponed...

A last-minute scheduling conflict with a planned memorial service for the late Rep. John Lewis has left the House Judiciary Committee likely to delay its long-planned hearing with the CEOs of Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon, according to sources famili...

 2020-07-23 23:28 

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Pompeo calls for "free world" to rise up against China...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo aimed directly for Xi Jinping in a speech Thursday night, calling the Chinese leader "a true believer in a bankrupt totalitarian ideology" and a would-be global hegemon. Background: Pompeo's was the last in a qua...

 2020-07-23 23:18 

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Showdown over Ethiopian dam enters new phase after filling begins...

Ethiopia has crossed a critical threshold after years of tensions with Egypt and Sudan, by completing the initial filling of its massive Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Why it matters: Egypt and Sudan warned Ethiopia not to proceed without a deal ensurin...

 2020-07-23 23:16 

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Hearst chief resigns after report alleging toxic culture, misconduct...

Hearst Magazines president Troy Young resigned Thursday following a report from The New York Times that alleged he fostered a toxic workplace environment, according to an internal memo obtained by Axios. The big picture: Young is the latest high-level med...

 2020-07-23 21:36 

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Trump cancels Jacksonville portion of GOP convention...

President Trump says he's canceled the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, citing health concerns over the coronavirus and a need to protect the public. What he's saying: Trump made the announcement from the White House briefi...

 2020-07-23 21:19 

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Trump bends Department of Homeland Security to his will...

It's been a record 472 days since a Senate-confirmed secretary sat atop the Department of Homeland Security, the agency founded after 9/11 to defend the U.S. against terrorism and other threats. Why it matters: Critics say President Trump's refusa...

 2020-07-23 19:42 

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IG launches probe on feds' "use of force" against protesters in Portland and D.C....

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Thursday his office will launch an investigation into federal agents' "use of force" in Portland and the clearing of peaceful protestors in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., includ...

 2020-07-23 19:36 

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U.S. coronavirus cases surpass 4 million...

The number of U.S. coronavirus cases exceeded 4 million on Thursday, Johns Hopkins data illustrates. Why it matters: President Trump is pushing to reopen schools and return the U.S. economy to pre-pandemic normalcy. But infection numbers are rising and co...

 2020-07-23 19:09 

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The wide range of coronavirus symptoms is making it difficult to stop the disease...

The wide-ranging symptoms and many manifestations of COVID-19 are complicating efforts to treat the disease and stop its spread. The big picture: There are very few diseases that everyone experiences the same. But the patterns of disease with COVID-19 are...

 2020-07-23 15:46 

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Judge orders Michael Cohen to be released to home confinement...

A federal judge on Thursday ordered President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen to be released from prison and into home confinement, ruling that the Justice Department retaliated against him over his planned tell-all book about the president. Cat...

 2020-07-23 14:14 

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Mnuchin says coronavirus relief bill will not include payroll tax cut...

Senate Republicans' upcoming coronavirus relief proposal will not include a payroll tax cut, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters Thursday. Between the lines: Trump had recently said he wouldn't sign a new stimulus bill without a payro...

 2020-07-23 13:28 

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More than 31 million Americans are still on unemployment as extra benefits set to expire...

More than 31 million Americans are collecting unemployment benefits of some form — a slight decline — while roughly 2.3 million filed new applications to receive them last week, a rise from last week's number, the Labor Department said Thu...

 2020-07-23 13:27 

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The weirdest baseball season ever is here...

The baseball season starts in a matter of hours, and we still don't know where the Blue Jays will play their home games, or how many teams will make the playoffs. Welcome to the 2020 MLB campaign — a masked, fanless adventure into the great unkn...

 2020-07-23 13:17 

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Elon Musk's chaos theory is paying off for Tesla — for now...

Data: FactSet; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios Tesla is enjoying arguably the best stretch of its 17-year history — despite a shambling economy, CEO Elon Musk's latest PR grenades , manufacturing quality concerns , and circling would-be competit...

 2020-07-23 11:47 

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Coronavirus pandemic allows firms to embrace the future of business...

Reproduced from PricewaterhouseCoopers; Chart: Axios Visuals The coronavirus-induced recession led to a decline in deals during the first half of the year, but global firms are quickly coming off of the sidelines and setting in motion major changes to the...

 2020-07-23 10:00 

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For tech's big four, big contrasts...

Four firms —Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple — now form the de facto roster of Big Tech, thanks to Congress' decision to interrogate their CEOs together at a landmark antitrust hearing Monday. (Sorry, Microsoft, but maybe it's for th...

 2020-07-23 09:40 

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Ten myths about the racial wealth gap...

For years, there's been a popular notion — even among some Black people — that the wealth difference between white and Black Americans could be closed if Black folks collectively "got it together." Reality check: The wealth gap &md...

 2020-07-23 09:30 

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Insurance companies battle their clients over the coronavirus...

The legal and legislative fight over how much insurance companies must pay for coronavirus-related losses is just starting, and it's likely to get uglier. Why it matters: COVID-19 is, as one insurance industry executive puts it, "the biggest insur...

 2020-07-23 09:15 

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Coronavirus may never be eradicated — but it might be controlled...

The unique characteristics of this pandemic may not allow people to completely eradicate it, but public health measures and good vaccines should bring "very good control," NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Wednesday. Driving the news: "We are ...

 2020-07-23 09:00 

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Coronavirus cases slowed down this week, but they're still rising...

Data: The COVID Tracking Project , state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Danielle Alberti, Sara Wise/Axios The pace of new coronavirus cases slowed over the past week, but things are still getting worse in most of the country. The big picture...

 2020-07-23 05:00 

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China launches ambitious mission on journey to Mars...

China's latest mission to Mars, which includes a lander, rover and orbiter, launched to the Red Planet Thursday. Why it matters: If the mission is successful, China will become only the second nation after the U.S. to operate a rover on the surface of...

 2020-07-23 03:16 

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Birx: CDC to issue school reopening advice this week as questions remain on virus risk to kids...

White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx told Fox News Wednesday the CDC will put out additional recommendations this week on reopening schools. Why it matters: The role children play in spreading the novel coronavirus is still not known ...

 2020-07-22 23:53 

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House votes to remove Confederate statues from Capitol...

The House voted 305-113 on Wednesday to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol building. Why it matters: The bipartisan vote comes amid a broader national movement to eliminate symbols of racism and oppression that has led to the removal of Conf...

 2020-07-22 22:46 

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Trump says coronavirus briefings without health experts are a "concise way of doing it"...

President Trump said Wednesday that the reason health experts like Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci no longer attend his coronavirus press briefings is because they brief him on "everything they know as of this point in time" and he passes the infor...

 2020-07-22 22:31 

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Meet the AI that can write...

A new general language machine learning model is pushing the boundaries of what AI can do. Why it matters: OpenAI's GPT-3 system can reasonably make sense of and write human language. It's still a long way from genuine artificial intelligence, but...

 2020-07-22 21:47 

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U.S. prosecutors say consulate is harboring Chinese military researcher wanted by FBI...

A researcher who lied about her affiliation with a Chinese military university entered the Chinese consulate in San Francisco after being interviewed by the FBI on June 20 about alleged visa fraud and has remained there, according to an FBI assessment in ...

 2020-07-22 21:42 

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Tesla announces new Austin factory after pulling in $104 million profit in Q2...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced on an earnings call Wednesday that the company would build a second U.S. factory on 2,000 acres near Austin, Texas, where it plans to employ more than 5,000 workers, according to AP. Why it matters: The company needs a second...

 2020-07-22 20:53 

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Podcast: Bill Ackman on the age of SPACs...

Hedge fund titan Bill Ackman on Wednesday raised $4 billion in an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. But it wasn't for a company, or even for the firm that controls his hedge funds. It was for something called a SPAC, and it was the largest SPAC IPO ...

 2020-07-22 20:33 

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Trump announces "surge" of federal law enforcement to Chicago and Albuquerque...

President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department will "immediately surge" federal law enforcement officers to Chicago and Albuquerque in an effort to combat violent crime. The big picture: The deplo...

 2020-07-22 19:34 

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California breaks record with over 12,000 new coronavirus cases...

California reported 12,807 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting a new record for daily infections and pulling the state past New York for most total confirmed cases in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The state of...

 2020-07-22 19:12 

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Liberal cities resist as Trump stakes his re-election hopes on "law and order"...

President Trump has promised to send federal law enforcement agents to Democratic-led cities around the country, moving his strategy beyond Portland, Oregon, and staking his re-election hopes on a law-and-order message even as the coronavirus pandemic sur...

 2020-07-22 18:18 

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SPACs take over Wall Street...

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman on Wednesday raised $4 billion via an IPO for a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), the largest such offering in history. Why it matters: SPACs, publicly traded shell companies designed to acquire other companies, ar...

 2020-07-22 17:28 

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"Five-alarm fire": Range of global warming scenarios is more severe than thought, study shows...

The Earth's average global temperature will likely warm anywhere from 4.1F to 8.1F (or 2.3C to 4.5C) if deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels continue at the current rate, the Washington Post reports , citing a major new study. Why it matters:...

 2020-07-22 17:03 

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Senate GOP, White House consider side deal to extend unemployment benefits...

Senate Republicans and negotiators from the Trump administration are considering a short-term extension of supplemental unemployment benefits, which are set to expire on July 31, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) confirmed to reporters Wednesday. Why it matt...

 2020-07-22 16:54 

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47 senators call on McConnell to allow vote on John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act...

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced a bill with the support of 46 co-sponsors on Wednesday that would fully restore the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the name of the late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Why it matters: The John Lewis ...

 2020-07-22 16:44 

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Why the U.S. needs better cyber deterrence...

The U.S. lacks a well-formulated policy of cyber deterrence, one that ensures adversarial states will anticipate the consequences of their own cyber operations and online influence campaigns against the U.S., according to a U.S. senator who is a prominent...

 2020-07-22 14:36 

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HHS buys $2 billion worth of Pfizer's vaccine candidate...

The Trump administration has agreed to pay Pfizer $1.95 billion for 100 million doses of the experimental coronavirus vaccine the company is developing along with German biotech company BioNTech. The deal also gives the government the right to buy another...

 2020-07-22 14:27 

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Breaking up TikTok's billion-dollar parent company could be the best way to save it...

The best way to save ByteDance, the world's most valuable tech "unicorn," may be to break up ByteDance. Driving the news: Some of the Chinese company's U.S. investors are discussing a carve-out of all or part of TikTok, which is under grow...

 2020-07-22 13:29 

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The shift to remote work puts a new focus on home energy use...

The pandemic and the presidential election are together putting a fresh spotlight onto the scope of residential energy demand and how to cut emissions from homes and buildings. The big picture: Lockdowns and remote work are moving energy demand from offic...

 2020-07-22 13:08 

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Washington Redskins to highlight the complicated process of changing an NFL team name...

Changing a team name is a complicated process and typically takes years, but the Washington Redskins are trying to do it in a matter of weeks, amid a pandemic, while concurrently conducting an internal sexual harassment investigation . The state of play: ...

 2020-07-22 11:59 

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The economic recovery is reversing — and another stimulus might not be enough to fix it...

Data: New York Fed; Chart: Axios Visuals The New York Fed's Weekly Economic Index (WEI) is reversing course, showing real-time, high-frequency economic data is again turning negative after climbing back from April and May's coronavirus-driven swoo...

 2020-07-22 11:30 

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"He can't relate in any way": Biden and Obama to talk Trump in new campaign video...

Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama sat down in-person to discuss systemic racism, the coronavirus pandemic and President Trump's handling of those issues for a new campaign video that will be released Thursday. Why it matters: You'll only...

 2020-07-22 10:18 

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James Comey to release new book in January...

In a new book 10 days before the inauguration, former FBI Director James Comey will take aim at politicization of the Justice Department under President Trump, who fired him. " Saving Justice : Truth, Transparency, and Trust," out Jan. 12, is a fo...

 2020-07-22 09:55 

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The one big thing each tech CEO will tell Congress...

The big four tech CEOs testifying at Monday's antitrust hearing will each offer up a key point to defend their firms and deflect lawmakers' wrath. Why it matters : No corporate leader wants to see their industry heavily regulated or their company ...

 2020-07-22 09:40 

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The states at the center of the 2020 voting crisis...

Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Georgia are the battlefronts for voting rights advocates and election lawyers in a year one national expert says could make Bush v. Gore look like "a walk in the park." The big picture: What these states...

 2020-07-22 09:05 

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U.S. orders China's Houston consulate to close...

The Trump administration told China to close its diplomatic consulate in Houston "in order to protect American intellectual property and American's private information," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed to Axios on Wednes...

 2020-07-22 09:00 

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Parents turn to "pods" as a coronavirus schooling solution...

Neighbors are banding together to hire private instructors as a way to secure child care and make up for some of the gaps online-only classes will leave in their kids' educations. Why it matters: Parents just want to be sure their children don't f...

 2020-07-22 03:21 

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In photos: Federal force prompts backlash from Portland protesters...

Protests persisted in Portland, Oregon Tuesday night as federal law enforcement officers in camouflage again discharged tear gas in response to ongoing civil unrest following the May 25 death of Minneapolis man George Floyd . Why it matters: While most of...

 2020-07-22 02:52 

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Mass shooting at funeral home on Chicago's South Side leaves at least 14 injured...

A mass shooting at a funeral home on Chicago's South Side left at least 14 people wounded on Tuesday night, police said at a news briefing. The big picture: The shooting happened one day after President Trump threatened to send federal law enforcement...

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