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Chauvin verdicts reduce pressure for police reform

Chauvin verdicts reduce pressure for police reform

Vice President Kamala Harris listens as President Biden addresses the nation. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesThe unanimous guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin are a huge relief for Washington’s political establishment but seem unlikely to rush in the systemic overhauls George Floyd’s family and civil rights and progressive leaders seek.The big picture: An acquittal or mistrial involving the former police officer would have unleashed violence and days more of protests — and added bipartisan pressure to act on criminal and police reform.Yes, but: Several Democrats still hope...

April 21, 2021
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Caitlyn Jenner files paperwork to run for governor of California

Caitlyn Jenner files paperwork to run for governor of California

Caitlyn Jenner. Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty ImagesFormer Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has filed her initial paperwork to run for governor of California and will officially announce her bid later today, her campaign tells Axios.The big picture: Jenner, a longtime Republican, is seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, hoping her celebrity status and name recognition can yield an upset in the nation's most populous state. She's assembled a team of prominent GOP operatives including Tony Fabrizio, the top pollster on Donald Trump's 2016 and...

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April 23, 2021
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Senate Democrats plan to push for national marijuana legalization

Senate Democrats plan to push for national marijuana legalization

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosAdvocates and lawmakers favoring marijuana reform are trying to capitalize on the social justice movement and COVID-19 economic rebound to legalize and normalize the use of pot.Why it matters: The supporters are also trying to take advantage of polls showing broad public support — and get ahead of the reality Democrats could lose their control of Congress after the midterm elections next year.The big picture: Cannabis is big business. U.S. sales last year. Revenue for was $12 billion, by comparison.Driving the news: The (USCC) was launched in February to...

April 14, 2021
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Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor as Newsom faces recall

Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor as Newsom faces recall

Caitlyn Jenner. Photo: Greg Doherty/Getty ImagesFormer reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California, three sources with direct knowledge of her deliberations tell Axios.Why it matters: Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, . A challenge from Jenner, a high-profile Republican and Trump supporter, would draw heightened attention to the race to lead the nation's most populous state.Jenner burst onto the national stage when she won the 1976 Olympic decathlon. She transitioned to a woman in 2015 and adopted her new...

April 6, 2021
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Rep. Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement from Congress to take job at Newsmax

Rep. Matt Gaetz eyes early retirement from Congress to take job at Newsmax

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesRep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has privately told confidants he's seriously considering not seeking re-election and possibly leaving Congress early for a job at Newsmax, three sources with direct knowledge of the talks tell Axios.Why it matters: Gaetz is a provocative figure on the right who's attracted attention by being a fierce defender of former President Trump. The Republican also represents a politically potent district on the Florida panhandle.What we’re hearing: Gaetz has told some of his allies he’s interested in becoming a media personality, and floated...

March 30, 2021
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Biden’s next big moves require two things Republicans hate: New taxes and filibuster limits

Biden’s next big moves require two things Republicans hate: New taxes and filibuster limits

President Biden speaks yesterday on the Atlanta killings. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Biden’s next big moves require two things Republicans hate — new taxes and new filibuster limits. Both will make the $1.9 trillion spending bill look easy and calm.Why it matters: Biden wants to reform voting laws and dramatically increase infrastructure spending. It's doubtful Republicans will rush to truly help on either front.Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has threatened to blow up the Senate to preserve the legislative filibuster rule, and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is...

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March 18, 2021
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Retiring Republicans could clear the path for GOP troublemakers to join the Senate ranks

Retiring Republicans could clear the path for GOP troublemakers to join the Senate ranks

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesSen. Roy Blunt's retirement highlights the twin challenge facing Senate Republicans: finding good replacement candidates and avoiding a pathway for potential troublemakers to join their ranks.Why it matters: While the midterm elections are supposed to be a boon to the party out of power, the recent run of retirements — which may not be over — is upending that assumption for the GOP in 2022.Between the lines: As last weekend's drawn-out fight over President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package showed,...

March 9, 2021
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Trump received COVID vaccine at White House in January

Trump received COVID vaccine at White House in January

Photo: Noam Galai/Getty ImagesFormer President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump were both vaccinated at the White House in January, a Trump adviser tells Axios. Why it matters: Trump declared at CPAC on Sunday that "everybody" should get the coronavirus vaccine — the first time he's encouraged his supporters, who have been more skeptical of getting vaccinated, to do so.What he's saying: "We took care of a lot of people — including, I guess, on Dec. 21, we took care of Joe Biden, because he got his shot, he got his vaccine," Trump said at CPAC on Sunday. "So everybody, go get your...

March 1, 2021
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John Boehner tells Ted Cruz to “go f**k yourself,” goes off-script in audio version of memoir

John Boehner tells Ted Cruz to “go f**k yourself,” goes off-script in audio version of memoir

John Boehner in 2010. Photo: Tom Williams/Roll Call PhotosJohn Boehner has been going off script while recording the audio version of his new memoir, using expletives and asides not in the book — such as the former Republican House speaker saying, “Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f**k yourself."Why it matters: The book is appropriately titled, “." It promises to share “colorful tales from the halls of power, the smoke-filled rooms around the halls of power and his fabled tour bus.” Two sources familiar with the tapings told Axios about the asides.Boehner, 71, was one of 12 children and worked in his...

February 26, 2021
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Biden using jobs to justify bold, progressive action at every turn

Biden using jobs to justify bold, progressive action at every turn

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosPresident Biden has found a key tool for selling the most progressive parts of his agenda during his first 100 days: make them all about jobs.Why it matters: Long considered a centrist Democrat, Biden has had to court and cater to his party's progressive wing to maintain support in a narrowly divided Congress. Talking jobs also has the benefit of resonating with the moderates and conservatives he needs in 2022 and beyond.The big picture: From coronavirus relief and infrastructure to climate change and immigration, the president has continually argued each...

April 25, 2021
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