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Right-wing media defanged as anti-Biden storylines disintegrate

Right-wing media defanged as anti-Biden storylines disintegrate

The three biggest anti-Joe Biden storylines in right-wing media over the last year have either fizzled or are getting less online traction than they used to, according to data from provided exclusively to Axios. Why it matters: This dynamic has rendered a formidable media ecosystem less effective in boosting President Trump as we move into the heart of the 2020 campaign.By the numbers: The data shows that for articles published about Biden since last fall by Fox News, Breitbart, Daily Wire, Daily Caller and Western Journal, articles about Biden's mental acuity, Hunter Biden and Burisma, and...

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Rand Paul: Republicans should apologize to Obama for complaining about spending

Rand Paul: Republicans should apologize to Obama for complaining about spending

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tore into his fellow Republicans on Fox News Wednesday for considering a coronavirus relief package that could cost more than $1 trillion, calling on them to apologize to President Obama "for complaining that he was spending and borrowing too much" during his time in office.Why it matters: Paul's comments, while tongue-in-cheek, underscore the divisions within the Senate Republican conference, where as many as are likely to vote against any coronavirus relief bill — even if a deal is reached between Democrats and Trump administration.The state of play: House Speaker...

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Pelosi rips GOP over COVID talks: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn"

Pelosi rips GOP over COVID talks: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore into her Republican colleagues on Thursday for their approach to negotiating the next coronavirus stimulus package, telling CNBC's Jim Cramer: "Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn."Why it matters: Democrats and the Trump administration have not agreed to any "top-line numbers" and remain "trillions of dollars apart," White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Thursday. The exchange: CRAMER: "Why can't you go across the aisle and say, Rep. Lewis, civil rights legend, would have loved it if we could do something for the totally...

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Facebook, Twitter take down Trump post saying kids are immune to coronavirus

Facebook, Twitter take down Trump post saying kids are immune to coronavirus

Photo: NurPhoto/Getty ImagesFacebook removed a video post from President Trump Wednesday in which he claimed in an interview with Fox News that children are "almost immune" to COVID-19.Why it matters: It’s the first time that Facebook has removed content from Trump's account for violating policies on coronavirus-related misinformation.The latest: Twitter took down the same Trump video post later on Wednesday evening. Be smart: In the last couple of weeks, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shown a greater willingness to disagree with Trump. Facebook is often criticized for kowtowing to...

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Trump campaign out-raises Biden's by $20 million in July

Trump campaign out-raises Biden's by $20 million in July

Combination images of President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images/Mark Makela/Getty ImagesPresident Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee announced on Wednesday they collectively raised $165 million in July.Why it matters: With 90 days until the election, Trump and the RNC outpaced the Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee and their joint fundraising committees, who announced earlier Wednesday that they raised $140 million last month.The big picture: The Trump campaign said in a statement it had surpassed the...

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Biden responds to Trump cognitive test challenge: "Why the hell would I?"

Biden responds to Trump cognitive test challenge: "Why the hell would I?"

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty ImagesJoe Biden pushed back against a challenge from President Trump to take a cognitive test during an interview that will air Thursday, .Why it matters: The Trump campaign has been attempting to against the former vice president, arguing that his mental faculties are diminished.During a recent interview with e, Trump issued a challenge: "Let’s take a test right now. Let’s go down, Joe, and I will take a test. Let him take the same test that I took."The backdrop: Trump has repeatedly boasted about scoring highly on the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is...

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How climate and business woes are sinking an Oregon natural-gas project

How climate and business woes are sinking an Oregon natural-gas project

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/AxiosThe Trump administration recently touted its approval of America’s first terminal on the West Coast to export liquefied natural gas. There’s just one problem: It probably won’t be built.Why it matters: The project in southern Oregon faces political and business hurdles serious enough that those who are following it say it will be shelved. Its problems embody facing a once-promising sector that's now struggling under the weight of the pandemic and more.What they’re saying: “It’s not going to be built,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) told Axios in a recent...

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Trump's Treasury demand poses another threat to a potential TikTok sale

Trump's Treasury demand poses another threat to a potential TikTok sale

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Trump said twice Monday that the U.S. Treasury would need to get a portion of the sale price of TikTok, as a condition of regulatory approval.Why it matters: This is akin to extortion — the sort of thing you'd expect to hear on a wiretap, not from the White House in front of reporters.Between the lines: That's because Microsoft isn't the only party kicking TikTok's tires, as Trump also said. Multiple sources tell Axios that Apple has expressed interest, albeit no sources inside of Apple, and that at least...

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Twitter faces FTC fine of up to $250 million over alleged privacy violations

Twitter faces FTC fine of up to $250 million over alleged privacy violations

Photo: Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocketThe Federal Trade Commission has accused Twitter of using phone numbers and emails from its users to make targeted ads between 2013 and 2019, Twitter said in an published Monday.Why it matters: Twitter estimates that the FTC's draft complaint, which was sent a few days after its , could cost the company between $150 million and $250 million. The complaint is unrelated to the recent Twitter hack involving a .The backdrop: The FTC is alleging that Twitter violated its to stop misleading consumers about how it protects user privacy.Go deeper:...

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Watch the full “Axios on HBO” interview with President Trump

Watch the full “Axios on HBO” interview with President Trump

In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan. The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: — Total deaths: — Total recoveries — — .U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 a.m. ET: — Total deaths: — Total recoveries: — Total tests: — .Education — Fauci: Schools can reopen with safeguards, Politics: White House testing — Pelosi says Birx on misinformation.Sports: test...

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"Tenet" may be the first major film to get a worldwide theatrical release during the pandemic

"Tenet" may be the first major film to get a worldwide theatrical release during the pandemic

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/AxiosIf all goes to plan, Christopher Nolan's thrice-delayed "Tenet" will be the first blockbuster to receive a proper worldwide theatrical release amid the coronavirus pandemic at the end of this month.Why it matters: It'll be playing a $200 million game of chicken, hoping to prove that people across the globe are still willing to trek to theaters to see a splashy new movie.The state of play: Warner Bros. will open "Tenet" in , including China, the U.K., Canada and South Korea, on Aug. 26. But it won't see a U.S. release until a week later.The big picture:...

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What a President Biden would mean for tech

What a President Biden would mean for tech

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/AxiosA Biden presidency would put the tech industry on stabler ground than it's had with President Trump. Although Biden is unlikely to rein in those Democrats who are itching to regulate the big platforms, he'll almost certainly have other, bigger priorities. The big picture: Liberal Silicon Valley remains one of Democrats' most reliable sources for big-money donations. But a Biden win offers no guarantee that tech will be able to renew the cozy relationship it had with the Obama White House.Where it stands: Democrats familiar with the Biden campaign's work on...

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Pelosi: Birx "enabled" Trump on coronavirus misinformation

Pelosi: Birx "enabled" Trump on coronavirus misinformation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told CNN on Monday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx because "she has enabled" President Trump to spread coronavirus misinformation.What she's saying: "I don't have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says, 'Swallow Lysol and it's going to cure your virus,'" Pelosi told host Jim Sciutto.The big picture: Trump issued his first public criticism of Birx earlier Monday, that her response to Pelosi's criticism — which was — was "pathetic."Google on Monday launched its long-expected Pixel...

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More athletes opt out as U.S. struggles with coronavirus

More athletes opt out as U.S. struggles with coronavirus

The Los Angeles Dodgers play against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 31 in Phoenix. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesA growing number of pro athletes in the U.S. are of the 2020 season, or league restarts, citing concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. Why it matters: The pandemic continues to disrupt the world of sports, despite many fans hoping that a return for the major leagues would spell some semblance of normalcy for other aspects of life. Driving the news: What's new: This has extended to college sports. A group of Pac-12 Conference football players has...

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Why Biden's pick for a vice president matters to Trump's re-election

Why Biden's pick for a vice president matters to Trump's re-election

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Mark Ralston/AFP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesAfter pausing their multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to review their strategy, the Trump campaign plans to launch new ads on Monday depicting Joe Biden as a puppet "controlled by the radical left," according to two senior campaign officials.Why it matters: The Trump campaign's most recent internal polls show the "puppet of the left" attack on Biden is beginning to resonate with voters, per two sources briefed on the polling. And it sets the campaign up to attack Biden's vice...

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Trump demands death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

Trump demands death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

President Trump talks to the press on July 31 in Washington, D.C. Photo Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesPresident Trump on Sunday called for the federal government to seek the death penalty against , the man convicted for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, after a federal appeals court this week.The big picture: The Trump administration has federal executions after a nearly two-decade lapse. The Justice Department on Friday.What he's saying: "Rarely has anybody deserved the death penalty more than the Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The court agreed that this 'was one of...

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Rep. Clyburn: Trump won't leave White House if he loses the election

Rep. Clyburn: Trump won't leave White House if he loses the election

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday he believes Trump is "trying to put a cloud over the election" because he doesn't plan to leave office if he loses.The big picture: Clyburn told "CNN's State of the Union" that "the American people had better wake up" to Trump, who he said has taken on strongman tactics. Clyburn compared Trump to Mussolini and said Russian President Vladimir Putin is akin to Hitler.Driving the news: Clyburn's comments come after Trump suggested delaying the election in a claiming without evidence that will lead to widespread voter fraud. The power to select Election...

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Inside Joe Biden's painstaking path to picking a VP candidate

Inside Joe Biden's painstaking path to picking a VP candidate

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/AxiosJoe Biden's process for selecting a running mate highlights a fundamental difference between his campaign and the president's re-election effort: Biden is deliberative, while President Trump goes with his gut. Why it matters: The way Biden is searching for a vice president suggests a careful and methodical approach, the opposite of Trump's style. But it also reveals a strong fear of the consequences of making the wrong choice.The big picture: Biden's methodical approach to picking a running mate is driven by caution, governed by a top campaign priority:...

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Josh Hawley to squeeze corporate America on forced labor

Josh Hawley to squeeze corporate America on forced labor

Photo: Tom Williams/Pool/Getty ImagesSen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tells Axios he'll introduce legislation this week requiring companies with business overseas to certify that their supply chains are free of forced labor — and he's especially concerned about China. The state of play: "If these reports from anti-trafficking advocates, anti-slavery advocates are wrong, then the companies will have a chance to set the record straight," Hawley said in an interview. "But they will be held accountable."Hawley said multinational corporations "shift our jobs overseas, or they move their supply chains...

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Trump renomination vote to be held in private, with no media present

Trump renomination vote to be held in private, with no media present

President Trump at the White House on Friday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesThe vote on renominating President Donald Trump will be held in private this month with no media present because of coronavirus "restrictions and limitations" in place , a Republican National Convention spokesperson Saturday.The big picture: The vote is at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Aug. 24. Trump said on July 23 that he'd canceled plans to hold the convention in Jacksonville, Florida, over COVID-19 concerns that he'd give an acceptance speech "in a different form." As Tropical Storm Isaias...

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John Lewis's death inspires push to restore Voting Rights Act provisions

John Lewis's death inspires push to restore Voting Rights Act provisions

Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), James Clyburn (D-S.C.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2016. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll CallDemocratic lawmakers and have escalated calls for voting rights protections since , who made the issue his life's work.Driving the news: House Democrats aimed at restoring a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act after Lewis. The , which passed in the House in December, has little chance of clearing the GOP-led Senate.Why it matters: The renewed push comes seven years after the a key provision...

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Alexander Vindman: "Coming forward ended my career"

Alexander Vindman: "Coming forward ended my career"

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesLt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key national security official who testified during the House impeachment inquiry and amid fears of ongoing political backlash, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday that he is "not alone in this ignominious fate."What he's saying: "The circumstances of my departure might have been more public, yet they are little different from those of dozens of other lifelong public servants who have left this administration with their integrity intact but their careers irreparably harmed," Vindman wrote.The...

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Biden campaign vows virus focus

Biden campaign vows virus focus

Joe Biden puts on a mask after a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty ImagesJoe Biden's campaign contends that President Trump's talk of delaying November's election is an effort to distract, and vows to be what a Biden aide called "laser-focused" on Trump's pandemic response.Why it matters: After aides convinced the president that the issue was hurting him badly in the polls, Trump has tried for the past two weeks to show renewed focus on the coronavirus, including the restoration of his briefings.A new , "Trump Broken Promises on...

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after non-surgical procedure

Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital after non-surgical procedure

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaking in February 2020. Photo: Shannon Finney/Getty ImagesSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg left the hospital on Friday following a minimally invasive, , according to reports from and .Why it matters: This was Ginsburg's second hospitalization within the past month. The 87-year-old was hospitalized earlier in July for a and announced that she is in the midst of treating a recurrence of , but remains "fully able" to fulfill her duties on the court.Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 p.m. ET: — Total deaths: — Total recoveries — — .U.S.:...

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Google cracks down on deceptive ads ahead of election

Google cracks down on deceptive ads ahead of election

Photo: NurPhoto / ContributorGoogle is updating its ads policies to prohibit domestic advertisers that use spammy tactics to conceal their identities and to ban international advertisers that use ads to promote illegally hacked or obtained political material — like stolen campaign emails. Why it matters: Google alludes to the crackdowns in its existing ads policy, but the company is stating them more explicitly in an effort to rein in political and election misinformation ahead of the election. Details: There are two updates being introduced and they apply to ads on both Google properties...

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