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 2021-05-11 09:35 

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The ransomware pandemic...

"We are on the cusp of a global pandemic," said Christopher Krebs, the first director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in Congressional testimony last week. The virus causing the pandemic isn't biological, however. It&#...

 2021-05-11 09:30 

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NBC's unprecedented Golden Globes decision caps year of turmoil for Hollywood...

Decades of failures around diversity and inclusion finally caught up with Hollywood Monday, when NBC made the unprecedented decision not to air the Golden Globes next year following backlash against the group that hosts the show. Why it matters: NBC has b...

 2021-05-11 09:15 

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There's a frenzy for summer school, but it may not be enough...

Kids across the country have fallen behind after more than a year of interrupted, unstable and inequitable virtual school. And they'll need to go to summer school to catch up. Yes, but: It's not that easy. Kids are demoralized, teachers are exhaus...

 2021-05-11 09:00 

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Americans are becoming less worried about returning to "normal"...

Data: Axios/Ipsos Poll; Note: 3.2% margin of error; Chart: Axios Visuals For the first time since the pandemic began, less than half of Americans (43%) say returning to their "normal" pre-coronavirus lives would pose a large or moderate risk, acco...

 2021-05-11 05:08 

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China's slowest population growth in decades raises labor force concerns...

China's population increased 72 million over the past 10 years to 1.41 billion in 2020, with an annual average growth rate of 0.53%, data published by the country's National Bureau of Statistics Tuesday shows. Why it matters: It's the slowest ...

 2021-05-11 02:49 

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom declares drought emergency for most of the state...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) extended a drought emergency declaration to cover 41 of the state's 58 counties on Monday. Why it matters: Most of California and the American West are experiencing an "extreme" or "exceptional"; drought...

 2021-05-11 01:53 

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In photos: Jerusalem crisis escalates after Hamas and Israel trade rocket fire...

Nine children were among 20 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes after Hamas fired dozens of rockets at Jerusalem for the first time since 2014 Monday, per AP and Reuters . The big picture: The rockets come after escalating violence in Jerusalem has ...

 2021-05-11 00:47 

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Pelosi shows off her playbook for handling Republicans...

As Republicans fight among themselves, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is showing the myriad ways she deals with the GOP herself. Between the lines: We've seen Pelosi cut opponents off at the knees, like she did with President Trump, or pretend ...

 2021-05-11 00:46 

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China increases foreign influence efforts on U.S. by 500%...

New foreign-agent filings are finally detailing a massive Beijing propaganda operation that's fueled a sixfold increase in disclosed Chinese foreign influence efforts in the United States in recent years. Why it matters: Propaganda is central to China...

 2021-05-10 22:38 

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to lead influential national Black mayors group...

The mayor of the city where George Floyd was raised is taking over a group that represents 500 Black mayors in the U.S. amid national pressure to revamp police departments. Why it matters: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will become the new president of th...

 2021-05-10 21:24 

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Delivery industry sees biggest monthly job losses in more than 20 years...

Data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ; Chart: Axios Visuals The pandemic's biggest job winner is losing steam. Driving the news: People who deliver packages to businesses and homes — classified as "couriers and messengers" by the Labor ...

 2021-05-10 21:15 

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FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds...

The Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-old adolescents, the agency announced on Monday. Why it matters: The emergency authorization marks a critical milestone in the push...

 2021-05-10 19:12 

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"It's clear that we need to make a change": GOP to vote on ousting Liz Cheney this week...

House Republicans will vote on recalling Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as conference chair this Wednesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced in a letter Monday , Punchbowl News reported. Why it matters: Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, has face...

 2021-05-10 18:14 

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Treasury begins dispersing $350 billion in COVID relief funding to states and localities...

The U.S. Treasury on Monday began giving state and local governments access to $350 billion in emergency funding from the American Rescue Plan, the department announced Monday . Why it matters: Though the money is aimed at helping state, local, territoria...

 2021-05-10 18:09 

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Game developers break silence around salaries...

Developers are sharing their salaries on Twitter under the hashtag #GameDevPaidMe to encourage pay transparency in their industry. The big picture: The hashtag started circulating last year, but has returned periodically as developers fight for better wor...

 2021-05-10 17:46 

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Jerusalem crisis: Hamas fires rockets, Israel begins military campaign...

Days of tensions in Jerusalem escalated into an exchange of fire on Monday, as Hamas fired dozens of rockets toward Israel and the Israeli military responded with strikes of its own and said it was preparing for a military operation that could last severa...

 2021-05-10 16:01 

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FBI confirms DarkSide ransomware was responsible for Colonial Pipeline hack...

The FBI confirmed in a statement Monday that a professional cybercriminal group called DarkSide was responsible for a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline network. Why it matters: Colonial is the largest refined products pipeline network in the coun...

 2021-05-10 14:27 

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Activist investor Starboard sets sights on cloud content company Box...

Activist investor Starboard Value has a message for Box, the cloud content management company in which it's the largest outside shareholder: We're still coming for you. Why it matters: Prolonged activist campaigns against Silicon Valley companies ...

 2021-05-10 14:01 

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What to know about the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack...

Colonial Pipeline, a huge network that supplies eastern states with gasoline, diesel and other products, is shut down thanks to a major ransomware attack disclosed over the weekend. Why it matters: Colonial is the largest refined products pipeline network...

 2021-05-10 13:12 

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What the Kentucky Derby doping scandal means for horse racing...

Medina Spirit, the 2021 Kentucky Derby winner, failed a drug test after the race, putting his victory — and horse racing's integrity — in jeopardy. Why it matters: Medina Spirit is Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's fifth horse known t...

 2021-05-10 13:05 

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Biden administration restores transgender health care protections rolled back under Trump...

The Biden administration will reinstate anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people, especially transgender people, that had been narrowed under the Trump administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra confirmed Monday. Why it mat...

 2021-05-10 10:49 

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Biden's chief of staff says infrastructure proposal isn't "big government"...

In an interview for "Axios on HBO," I challenged White House chief of staff Ron Klain on the contradiction between trying to go big on both big government and bipartisanship. Driving the news: "I don't think it's big government to fix ...

 2021-05-10 09:58 

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Israel calls on Biden administration to stay out of Jerusalem crisis...

The Biden administration and Israel clashed over the recent escalation in violence between security forces and Palestinians at a holy site in Jerusalem, with the Israelis asking the White House not to intervene, according to Israeli officials. Why it matt...

 2021-05-10 09:30 

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U.S. nursing home employment down in latest jobs report...

Health care employment in the U.S. remained sluggish last month with a drop of about 19,500 nursing and residential care facility jobs, according to the latest labor report . Why it matters: It's the latest sign of the lingering economic hardship the ...

 2021-05-10 09:30 

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Why the pandemic has fueled a sneaker boom...

What does a ticket scalper do when concerts dry up? Enter the sneaker market. Interest in rare sneakers as an investment has catapulted since pandemic lockdowns began. Why it matters : Similar to the Robinhood effect on stock trading, sneaker apps gamifie...

 2021-05-10 09:13 

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Miami, Houston and Philadelphia are taking over as America's hot new tech tubs...

Young engineers and recent college graduates see Miami, Houston and Philadelphia — not San Francisco, New York or Seattle — as the hot new places to jumpstart a technology or creative economy career. Why it matters: For some tech CEOs, it'...

 2021-05-10 04:49 

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Jake Sullivan tells Israeli counterpart U.S. has "serious concerns" about Jerusalem violence...

U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan expressed "serious concerns" Sunday to his Israeli counterpart about "violent confrontations" in Jerusalem and planned evictions of Palestinian families from their homes in the city's east, ...

 2021-05-10 01:13 

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Biden admin declares state of emergency to keep fuel supply lines open after cyberattack...

The Biden administration on Sunday declared a state of emergency in response to a ransomware attack that forced operator Colonial Pipeline to shut down a key U.S. pipeline. Why it matters: Friday night's cyberattack is "the most significant, succe...

 2021-05-09 22:31 

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GLAAD finds top social media sites "categorically unsafe" for LGBTQ people...

The leading social media sites — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube — are all "categorically unsafe" for LGBTQ people, according to a new study from GLAAD, the results of which were revealed Sunday on "Axios on HBO.&#...

 2021-05-09 22:27 

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Shell CEO: The world needs our help on climate change...

Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden wants a seat at the table to fight climate change, and wants the public and policy makers to believe the oil and gas company is serious about shifting its massive business. Why it matters: The problem is, "in many...

 2021-05-09 22:16 

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Sanders calls for weakened police union power when shielding officers from accountability...

Sen. Bernie Sanders told "Axios on HBO" he'd support legislation to prevent police unions from negotiating benefits and disciplinary procedures that shield law enforcement officers from accountability. Why it matters: Sanders is one of the mos...

 2021-05-09 22:14 

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"Sends a terrible message": Sanders opposes reinstating SALT deduction...

Senator Bernie Sanders told "Axios on HBO" he opposes the efforts by Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to bring back SALT, the State and Local Tax deduction that benefits wealthier residents of blue states. Why it matters: There...

 2021-05-09 22:14 

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Bernie Sanders impatient with Biden's quest for GOP support on infrastructure...

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) indicated to "Axios on HBO" he's already impatient with the White House's quest for Republican support for President Biden's infrastructure package, saying. "The American people want results" and don...

 2021-05-09 22:10 

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Former Trump official using Florida-focused redistricting group to try to flip House...

A former Trump administration official is aiming to win the House back for Republicans with a new redistricting group focused on Florida that he's launching Monday. Why it matters: With multiple competitive seats, an extra seat the state is receiving ...

 2021-05-09 20:09 

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A smaller PPP safety net for Latino businesses...

Adapted from an SLEI report through Stanford University ; Chart: Axios Visuals An analysis of more than 5 million loans given out through the Paycheck Protection Program has found stark inequalities for Latino, Black and Asian people in how the critical f...

 2021-05-09 17:50 

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House GOP leader McCarthy officially endorses Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) officially endorsed Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) to become the GOP's next House Republican conference chair during a Fox News appearance Sunday. Why it matters: The GOP has been feuding internally over t...

 2021-05-09 17:07 

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Fauci: Fall and winter COVID surge "unlikely" if people get vaccinated...

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "Meet the Press" Sunday that if more Americans get vaccinated in accordance with the Biden administration's goals, COVID-19 surges may be replaced by "blips." State of play: Last week the President Joe...

 2021-05-09 16:33 

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Audio app Clubhouse comes to Android, expanding beyond iOS...

Clubhouse on Sunday announced that it will begin rolling out its beta version for Android. Why it matters: Downloads for the app have plummeted as the pandemic begins to regress. Expanding the app to the second-largest operating system in the U.S. —...

 2021-05-09 15:41 

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Maryland governor: GOP is a "circular firing squad" in trying to appease "dear leader" Trump...

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) criticized his party leadership's loyalty to former President Trump on "Meet the Press" Sunday, saying the GOP has becoming a "circular firing squad." Why it matters: Hogan, a Trump critic , and said many ...

 2021-05-09 15:27 

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Facebook oversight board co-chair: Trump egged on Jan. 6 Capitol riot...

Former President Trump's comments during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack egged on the rioters, said Michael McConnell, co-chair of Facebook's independent Oversight Board, to Fox News Sunday. Why it matters: McConnell said Trump's comments posted to ...

 2021-05-09 11:00 

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The next political battleground: school boards...

The debate over coronavirus precautions and school reopening has fueled a surge of new candidates for school boards across the country. Why it matters: What was traditionally a nonpartisan, hyper-local role is now at center of a swirling national politica...

 2021-05-09 11:00 

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The wild ride of pandemic consumer prices...

Data: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics ; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios Consumer prices have been more volatile over the past year than at any point in decades — for good reason. Why it matters: Congress has tasked the Federal Reserve with ensuring pric...

 2021-05-09 04:08 

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Debris from Chinese rocket splashes back to Earth over Indian Ocean...

Remnants of the massive Long March-5B Y2 rocket re-entered Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean near the Maldives, space officials in China announced late Saturday, per the Washington Post . The big picture: Most of the debris from the rocket that...

 2021-05-09 01:44 

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Trio of Saturday mass shootings rock U.S....

The U.S. was hit by mass shootings in New York City's Times Square, a shopping mall in Florida and at a townhome near Baltimore that left four people dead, including the suspected shooter. The big picture: Since President Biden took office in January,...

 2021-05-09 00:37 

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"Will of the country": Scottish first minister vows independence referendum after election win...

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans Saturday for a second independence referendum once the pandemic has abated following the country's parliamentary elections. The big picture: Sturgeon's Scottish National Party won 64 se...

 2021-05-08 21:48 

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India records its deadliest day of pandemic with over 4,000 COVID deaths reported Saturday...

India saw its deadliest day of the pandemic yet with more than 4,180 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported Saturday . Why it matters: The country has recorded more than 21.8 million coronavirus cases and 238,270 deaths since the pandemic began. The true deat...

 2021-05-08 20:08 

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Vehicle bombing near Afghan school in Kabul kills at least 30, injures more than 50...

A vehicle bombing outside of a school in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured more than 50, including multiple high school girls, according to Reuters . Why it matters: It is at least the second bombing to strike s...

 2021-05-08 19:41 

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Experts still don't know exactly when, where debris from a Chinese rocket will fall...

A massive booster rocket from a Chinese Long March 5B launch vehicle is expected to fall back to Earth in an "uncontrolled reentry" this weekend, though experts don't really know where debris from the rocket will land. The state of play: China...

 2021-05-08 18:00 

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The states where high-income Americans are moving to and from during the pandemic...

Pandemic-induced remote work is chipping away at a recent trend of Americans staying put — but only for the well-off. Why it matters: Telework has been lauded as a geographic equalizer, allowing talented people from all over the country to go for jo...

 2021-05-08 15:38 

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States request fewer coronavirus vaccines as demand plummets...

States are requesting fewer doses of the coronavirus vaccine as demand for the shots plummets, according to AP . Why it matters: Over half of all American adults have now gotten at least one shot of a vaccine, and 42% of adults are fully vaccinated. But a...

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