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The secret behind Biden's strength with seniors

The secret behind Biden's strength with seniors

Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosPresident Trump's declining support among older voters since the coronavirus took hold is well documented, but new data offers a clearer understanding of why that's happening — and how it could impact the November election.The big picture: Among the 65+ crowd, it's women driving the exodus. Joe Biden's appeal with senior men climbed during his surprise comeback to be the presumed Democratic nominee, but not necessarily at Trump's expense — and new polling suggests it may be ebbing in any case.By the numbers: A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows...

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U.S. seeks to revive domestic rare earth industry dominated by China

U.S. seeks to revive domestic rare earth industry dominated by China

Samples of rare earth metals and minerals taken from the Mountain Pass Mine in California. Photo: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesSeveral businesses are attempting to restore the United States' rare earth minerals and metals industry, as the federal government seeks to reduce its dependence on China, the world's leading miner, processor and exporter of the materials.Why it matters: Rare earth minerals and metals are used in commercial electronics and military equipment, and the industry's revival comes amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and China over the , the and...

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Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since February

Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since February

Italy’s aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori fly over Milan in Duomo Square on May 25. Photo: Francesco Prandoni/Getty ImagesThe Italian government 300 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the lowest daily increase since Feb. 29.Why it matters: Italy, the first country in Europe to implement a after emerging as a hotspot in March, appears to have finally weathered its coronavirus outbreak. Italy has reported nearly 33,000 total deaths, the third-highest total behind the U.S. and U.K.By the numbers:The big picture: Like several other countries in Europe, Italy has begun to ease its coronavirus...

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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in .The big picture: The coalition deal that allowed Netanyahu to form...

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Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

President Trump on stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty ImagesPresident Trump threatened in to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, .What...

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Inside the secret talks to overhaul the Republican Party platform

Inside the secret talks to overhaul the Republican Party platform

Jared Kushner. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesFor the past six months, top Trump campaign officials, reporting to Jared Kushner, have been working on a radical overhaul of the Republican Party platform.Driving the news: The Trump campaign's Bill Stepien has been leading the process, working with campaign colleagues and the Republican National Committee. As with all significant campaign matters, they've been reporting back to Kushner.Behind the scenes: At noon on Dec. 19, 2019, Kushner shared some of his thinking with colleagues in the Secretary of War Suite in the Eisenhower...

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Trump accuses Dems of trying to "rig" election as GOP sues California over mail-in ballots

Trump accuses Dems of trying to "rig" election as GOP sues California over mail-in ballots

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a February news conference in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesPresident of trying to Rig" November's elections as Republican groups filed a lawsuit against California Sunday in an attempt to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from mailing ballots to all registered voters.Driving the news: Newsom signed this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic to make sure all registered voters in the state receive a mail-in ballot. The big picture: Many states have placed an increased emphasis on access to as part of efforts to combat the...

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Most states are slowly making progress against the coronavirus

Most states are slowly making progress against the coronavirus

Most states are showing advances on two of the key criteria for being able to safely reopen parts of their economies: They’re testing more people and finding fewer infections.Why it matters: The U.S. has to get the existing outbreak under control before we can even think about easing up on social distancing and managing the ensuing risk of new outbreaks. At this moment, most of the country seems to be moving in the right direction.This analysis compares states’ performance on two important metrics from the Trump administration’s : their total caseloads, and the percentage of all coronavirus...

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Trump tweets baseless conspiracy theory accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder

Trump tweets baseless conspiracy theory accusing MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murder

Photos: Right: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Left: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AmericaresPresident Trump again baselessly accused MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of murdering his intern in 2001 in a , calling on his followers to "keep digging" and to "use forensic geniuses" to find out more about a death that occurred at Scarborough’s Florida office when he was a member of Congress.Why it matters: Trump has had a lengthy feud with Scarborough and his wife Mika Brzezinski, who host "Morning Joe" and are often critical of the president and his administration. Brzezinski last week that...

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HHS watchdog to audit $50 billion in health care bailout funds

HHS watchdog to audit $50 billion in health care bailout funds

Nurses care for a coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit at Regional Medical Center on May 21 in San Jose, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThe Health and Human Services inspector general will begin examining how effectively the agency distributed to weather the coronavirus pandemic, the watchdog said on Friday.The big picture: This oversight only captures a portion of one piece of the federal aid that hospitals and health care providers are eligible to receive.Details: Hospitals can collect coronavirus funds through two primary sources, :Between the lines: Critics —...

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There is "little evidence" coronavirus is under control in most states, report says

There is "little evidence" coronavirus is under control in most states, report says

Dolores Park in San Francisco, California on May 22. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty ImagesThe spread of the novel coronavirus has not slowed in 24 states, according to a new model by that forecasts infection spikes as more people travel and leave their homes in the coming weeks.Why it matters: Nearly every state across the U.S. has taken steps to reopen their economies partially or completely, including some regions and industries that are deemed "low-risk" for spreading the virus, per a .What they found: Texas, Arizona, Illinois, Colorado and Ohio are at the highest risk in the...

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Trump goes golfing for the first time since early March

Trump goes golfing for the first time since early March

President Trump heads to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia from the White House in Sept. 2018. Photo: Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump on Saturday for his first golfing trip since early March, when the coronavirus pandemic first began to steamroll across the U.S.Driving the news: White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx advised at a news briefing on Friday that outdoor activities that allow for social distancing, such as golfing, can safely be enjoyed over Memorial Day weekend.Yes, but: Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. are experiencing high...

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Biden boots reporters from Wall Street donor call

Biden boots reporters from Wall Street donor call

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesFormer Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign kicked reporters off the question-and-answer portion a Thursday evening fundraising call after five minutes of opening remarks.Why it matters: It's an unusual move for Biden's campaign, which has typically been transparent and allowed reporters to cover its fundraising events in their entirety. The campaign indicated that press restrictions would be implemented looking ahead.What they're saying: NBC's Marianna Sotomayor wrote in a dispatch that she was ejected "when Biden said he was ready to take...

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U.S., Russia, EU and UN to discuss possible summit on Israel-Palestine

U.S., Russia, EU and UN to discuss possible summit on Israel-Palestine

Mahmoud Abbas (L) with Vladimir Putin in 2018. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty ImagesOfficials from the U.S., Russia, EU and UN will hold a video-conference today to discuss the possibility of an international meeting to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Western diplomats tell me. Why it matters: The meeting comes amid escalating tensions, with Israel threatening to move forward with annexations in the West Bank and Palestinian leaders announcing the , including on security coordination.The backstory: Russia of the UN and the EU, to facilitate an international meeting that...

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Biden: "You ain't black" if still deciding between me or Trump

Biden: "You ain't black" if still deciding between me or Trump

Joe Biden defended on Friday his ties to the African American community during an interview with Charlamagne tha God on saying that "you ain't black" if "you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or [President] Trump."Why it matters: The show has become for Democratic candidates to sell their message to black voters during this election cycle, given its young, diverse audience and wide syndication.The exchange:Worth noting: As Charlamagne hinted during their exchange, Biden owes his status as the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee to , which was largely driven...

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Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the South

Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the South

Several Southern states are seeing a rise in new coronavirus cases, moving them further away from an important target for safely reopening parts of their economies.Why it matters: The Trump administration's reopening guidelines call for a consistent decline in new cases before proceeding with the process — and some states are proceeding even without clearing that threshold.Between the lines: The total number of cases is an important piece of the puzzle — but it's only one piece.Yes, but: Some of the states whose new cases are increasing in this analysis — including Arkansas, North Carolina...

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Trump: "we're not closing our country" for second coronavirus wave

Trump: "we're not closing our country" for second coronavirus wave

President Trump speaks to the press at the White House on May 21. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump told reporters on Thursday that while a second wave of the novel coronavirus is "a very distinct possibility," the U.S. should not issue widespread lockdowns or stay-at-home orders to fight the next outbreak. Why it matters: This strategy would be a reversal of the for stay-at-home orders, most notably by . Trump has frequently hedged on how long the country should remain closed.Flashback: "I’ll tell you what — I did something that the experts thought I shouldn’t have done: I...

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McConnell to Trump: Next coronavirus bill must be under $1 trillion

McConnell to Trump: Next coronavirus bill must be under $1 trillion

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesDuring a meeting at the White House on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stressed to President Trump that the next coronavirus relief package cannot exceed $1 trillion, and should be narrowly focused on getting money in people's hands immediately, sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios.The big picture: Senate Republicans' backlash against House Democrats' $3 trillion bill has been so severe that it has eased pressure on McConnell to act instantly on a "phase 4" bill, and McConnell is focused on ensuring that the next bill is much...

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The Atlantic lays off almost 20% of staff

The Atlantic lays off almost 20% of staff

Photo: Robert Alexander/Getty ImagesThe Atlantic is laying off nearly 20% of staff, according to an internal note from David Bradley, the publication's chairman, that was obtained by Axios.Why it matters: It's the latest media company that's been been forced to take drastic measures to survive the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.The state of play: The 68 staff cuts are mostly attributable to the collapse of the company's events business, which was one of its strongest pillars for many years. Between the lines: The Atlantic's new majority ownership stake from Emerson...

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Russia offers to facilitate summit to restart dialogue between U.S. and Palestinians

Russia offers to facilitate summit to restart dialogue between U.S. and Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with Russian President Putin. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesRussia has offered to facilitate a meeting in the next few weeks between the U.S. and the Palestinian Authority, Western diplomats briefed on the Russian initiative tell me.Why it matters: Dialogue was severed between the U.S. and the Palestinians two and a half years ago, and the Palestinians aren't taking part in negotiations on President Trump's peace plan. New talks could also offer a way to prevent escalation on the ground as Israel considers annexing parts of the West Bank.According to...

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Trump says he plans to stop taking hydroxychloroquine "in a day or two"

Trump says he plans to stop taking hydroxychloroquine "in a day or two"

Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty ImagesPresident Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to stop taking hydroxychloroquine as a defense against the novel coronavirus when his regimen finishes "in a day or two."Why it matters: The that the antimalarial drug appears to cause some serious and potentially life-threatening side effects in coronavirus patients.Flashback: On Tuesday, when pressed on the FDA's warning, Trump responded by attacking a that found an increased risk of death associated with patients who were only treated with the antimalarial drug — calling it a "false study."Go...

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks release of Mueller grand jury material

Supreme Court temporarily blocks release of Mueller grand jury material

Robert Mueller. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court issued a stay on Wednesday denying House Democrats immediate access to secret grand jury materials from the Mueller report in order to give the Trump administration time to appeal a lower court decision.Why it matters: Democrats say the material could help them determine whether President Trump obstructed the Mueller investigation, possibly requiring new articles of impeachment.The big picture: The Trump administration earlier this month to temporarily block an appellate ruling that would force the Justice Department to...

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Pompeo's lavish government-funded dinners at State Department draw scrutiny

Pompeo's lavish government-funded dinners at State Department draw scrutiny

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSecretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan, have held about two dozen "Madison Dinners" in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms — on the government's dime — for CEOs, Supreme Court justices, political heavyweights and ambassadors, .Why it matters: The events are yet another target for scrutiny from congressional Democrats after .The state of play: NBC obtained a master invitation list of nearly 500 invitees (not necessarily attendees). The response: State's Morgan Ortagus told NBC that the dinners are "a world-class opportunity to discuss the mission...

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Report: GOP recruiting pro-Trump doctors to promote America reopening

Report: GOP recruiting pro-Trump doctors to promote America reopening

President Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesRepublicans are recruiting "pro-Trump" doctors to promote America's speedy reopening in media appearances, according to an audio recording .Why it matters: President Trump has repeatedly used doctors to legitimize his credentials and policies. The president's physician Sean Conley on Monday released a letter backing Trump's decision to begin , but did not explicitly say whether he actually prescribed Trump the drug.The state of play: The recruitment plan was discussed on a May 11 conference call with a senior Trump reelection campaign staff...

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Lindsey Graham says his investigation into FBI's Russia probe will be done before election

Lindsey Graham says his investigation into FBI's Russia probe will be done before election

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesSenate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday that he plans to finish his committee's investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia probe by October and release a public report before the election, reports. Driving the news: Graham to Attorney General Bill Barr and acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell on Tuesday asking them to name the Obama administration officials who requested the identities of members of the Trump campaign or transition team caught up in foreign surveillance reports.Why...

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