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Axios (stylized as AXIOS) is an American news website founded in 2016 by former Politico executives Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, and Roy Schwartz. It officially launched in 2017. The site's name is based on the Greek: ἄξιος (áxios), meaning “worthy".Source
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Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

Photo: Spencer Platt via GettyShortly after and lobbyists convicted on corruption charges, President Trump revoked an executive order barring former officials from lobbying for five years after leaving his administration.Why it matters: The order, which was signed eight days after he took office, was an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to "drain the swamp."President Trump and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals early Wednesday, 11 hours from leaving office.Why it matters: It's a last-minute gift to some of the president's loyalists and an evident use of executive power with only...

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Schumer plans to pick Gary Peters to run DSCC

Schumer plans to pick Gary Peters to run DSCC

Sen. Gary Peters. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesIncoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is poised to name Sen. Gary Peters to head their party's Senate fundraising arm for the pivotal midterm elections, a move he hopes will allow him to retain his title, according to four people familiar with the matter.Why it matters: As chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Peters will be tasked with raising the enormous amounts of money Democrats will need to preserve their razor-thin majority. The appointment is something of a surprise, given the Michigander is viewed as a...

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Speaker Pelosi: Trump could be "accessory" to murder over deadly insurrection

Speaker Pelosi: Trump could be "accessory" to murder over deadly insurrection

Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty ImagesPresident Trump could be an "accessory" to murder in regards to the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday night.Why it matters: Trump faced intense criticism after a crowd of his supporters breached the Capitol and broke into chambers, . Five people died as a result of the insurrection.What she’s saying: "Presidents' words are important. They weigh a ton," Pelosi said. "And they used his words to come here."The big picture: Trump said a week after the riots that the violence. But Senate Majority Leader...

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The average NBA team is now worth $2.4 billion

The average NBA team is now worth $2.4 billion

The value of NBA teams has been rising at such an incredible pace that even the league's least valuable franchise is now worth well over $1 billion.What's happening: A new report from sports business publication found that the average NBA team is now worth $2.4 billion.Details: "Collectively, the fair-market value of the NBA’s 30 teams, including ownership’s stakes in real estate, regional sports networks and additional team-related holdings, is more than $71 billion," Sportico's Peter J. Schwartz .Flashback: In July 2010, the Warriors were purchased for a then-record $450 million.How it...

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Trump pardons former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy

Trump pardons former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy

President Trump has pardoned Elliott Broidy, a former top Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty late last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a campaign to sway the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.Why it matters: Broidy was a deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee early in Trump’s presidency, and attempted to leverage his influence in the Trump administration on behalf of his clients. The president's decision to pardon Broidy represents one last favor for a prominent political ally.Background: Broidy's guilty plea...

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GOP leaders skip Trump send-off in favor of church with Biden

GOP leaders skip Trump send-off in favor of church with Biden

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in July. Photo: Erin Scott-Pool/Getty ImagesCongressional leaders, including House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will skip President Trump's in Maryland tomorrow morning in favor of attending mass with incoming President Joe Biden ahead of his inauguration, congressional sources familiar with their plans tell Axios.Why it matters: Their decision is a clear sign of unity before Biden takes the oath of...

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U.S. declares China's actions against Uighurs "genocide"

U.S. declares China's actions against Uighurs "genocide"

A protester in London. Photo Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via GettyWith just one day left in President Trump's term, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has officially determined that China's campaign of mass internment, forced labor and forced sterilization of over 1 million Muslim minorities in Xinjiang constitutes "genocide" and "crimes against humanity."Why it matters: The U.S. has become the first country to adopt these terms to describe the Chinese Communist Party's gross human rights abuses in its far northwest.What they're saying: "After careful examination of the available facts, I have...

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"It's extraordinary how frightened Putin is" of Navalny, Tony Blinken says

"It's extraordinary how frightened Putin is" of Navalny, Tony Blinken says

Tony Blinken during his confirmation hearing. Photo: Alex Edelman/pool/AFP via GettySecretary of State nominee Tony Blinken said at a confirmation hearing on Tuesday that it was “extraordinary how frightened Vladimir Putin seems to be of one man” — Alexey Navalny.Why it matters: Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, Navalny, returned to Russia on Sunday and . He spent the previous five months recovering in Germany after being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. His detention poses an early foreign policy challenge for the Biden administration.What he’s saying: Blinken told the...

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Global investments into clean-energy technology reach record high

Global investments into clean-energy technology reach record high

Investments into clean-energy technologies totaled more than $500 billion for the first time ever, according to a BloombergNEF report released Tuesday. Why it matters: Technologies making energy and other material cleaner needs to expand rapidly if the world is to adequately address climate change in the coming decades. Where it stands: If this sounds familiar, that's because it is. By the numbers: Global investment in the low-carbon energy transition was $501.3 billion in 2020, up 9% from 2019 despite the pandemic driving the world into a recession.Yes, but: The report also reflects...

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Off the rails: Inside Trump’s aborted plan to control the CIA

Off the rails: Inside Trump’s aborted plan to control the CIA

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer, Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty ImagesBeginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command. In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald...

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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Photo: Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty ImagesRussian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.Why it matters: The detention of Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and the most prominent domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already set off a chorus of condemnations from leaders in Europe and the U.S.Driving the news: Navalny, who has been arrested several times on...

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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty ImagesDominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax. Lindell told Axios, "I want Dominion to put up their lawsuit because we have 100% evidence that China and other countries used their machines to steal the election."The...

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Off the rails: Inside the disintegration of Trump’s relationship with Bill Barr

Off the rails: Inside the disintegration of Trump’s relationship with Bill Barr

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Drew Angerer, Pool/Getty ImagesBeginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a .Episode 4: Trump torches what is arguably the most consequential relationship in his Cabinet.Attorney General Bill Barr stood behind a chair in the private dining room next to the Oval Office, looming over Donald Trump. The...

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Kevin McCarthy warned members to not call out colleagues by name, citing potential political violence

Kevin McCarthy warned members to not call out colleagues by name, citing potential political violence

Rep. Liz Cheney speaks as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy watches. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc via Getty ImagesMembers of the House Republican Conference ignored leader Kevin McCarthy last week when he warned them against criticizing colleagues by name based on intelligence that doing so could trigger more political violence. Why it matters: McCarthy made clear that name-dropping opponents, instead of spelling out complaints in more general terms, can put a literal target on a politician, especially with tensions so high following the events of Jan. 6.That's what happened to...

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Members of House and Senate fear for their safety away from a hardened Capitol

Members of House and Senate fear for their safety away from a hardened Capitol

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesThis is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:Lawmakers aren't alone — congressional reporters were sharing tips over the weekend about the best place to buy helmets, body armor and gas masks, so they could cover the inauguration.The Capitol is more secure, but lawmakers are on edge and harbor concerns about their personal safety outside the newly fortified building.Why it matters: Senate and House members and their staffs have...

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Trump to leave office with the lowest approval ratings of his presidency

Trump to leave office with the lowest approval ratings of his presidency

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/AxiosPresident Trump is heading into his final days in office with the lowest approval ratings of his term, according to a set of new polls. Why it matters: The polls indicate Trump has seen diminished support, even from his own party, in the wake of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, with a majority of Americans favoring efforts in Congress to bar him from holding elected office again.Driving the news: Trump's final approval rating in a out Sunday is 34%, the lowest CNN's polling has recorded during his presidency.Zoom in: The Pew poll indicates President Trump...

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Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

Far-right figure "Baked Alaska" arrested for involvement in Capitol siege

Photo: Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty ImagesThe FBI arrested far-right media figure Tim Gionet, known as "Baked Alaska," on Saturday for his involvement in last week's Capitol riot, according to a filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.The state of play: Gionet was arrested in Houston on charges related to disorderly or disruptive conduct on the Capitol grounds or in any of the Capitol buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session, per .The big picture: Multiple people across the U.S. have been for their participation in the...

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Communications director for gun-toting congresswoman quits

Communications director for gun-toting congresswoman quits

Rep. Lauren Boebert during the Electoral College debate. Photo: Congress.gov via Getty ImagesThe communications director for Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, a firebrand Republican freshman who boasts about carrying a gun to work, has quit after less than two weeks on the job.Why it matters: Ben Goldey’s resignation cited last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which came amid efforts by Boebert and other Republican lawmakers to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Her rhetoric on the issue mirrored President Trump's, which has fueled baseless...

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Off the rails: Trump's premeditated election lie lit the fire

Off the rails: Trump's premeditated election lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesBeginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to...

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Armin Laschet elected as leader of Merkel's CDU party in Germany

Armin Laschet elected as leader of Merkel's CDU party in Germany

Armin Laschet. Photo: Christian Marquar - Pool/Getty ImagesArmin Laschet, the centrist governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, was elected on Saturday as the new leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), defeating the more conservative Friedrich Merz by a 521-466 margin.Why it matters: Laschet is now the most likely successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel as the standard bearer of the German center-right heading into September's elections. With Merkel preparing to step down after 16 years in power, Laschet is seen as a continuity candidate.The big picture: Laschet will replace...

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Biden to elevate top White House science post to Cabinet level

Biden to elevate top White House science post to Cabinet level

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident-elect Joe Biden that he will make the top White House science post a Cabinet-level position for the first time in U.S. history. The big picture: Biden said he has picked Eric Lander to be his presidential science adviser and he will nominate the geneticist as the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Biden also announced other key members of his science team, including Francis Collins, who will stay on as director of the National Institutes of Health. The White House science team includes: What he's saying: “Science...

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Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Trump loyalist Kash Patel as CIA deputy

Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Trump loyalist Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesCIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House...

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National Guard asks public to halt donations for Capitol troops

National Guard asks public to halt donations for Capitol troops

Reps. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) feed members of the Delaware National Guard on Wednesday. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty ImagesShocking images of members of the National Guard sleeping in the Capitol have prompted donations to make them more comfortable, but authorities are asking the public to curb their generosity.What they’re saying: “While we appreciate the many offers and people who care about our soldiers and airmen, we are not logistically able to accept donations of any kind," a National Guard spokesperson told Axios.Photographers entering the...

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America has tuned out the coronavirus at the peak of its destruction

America has tuned out the coronavirus at the peak of its destruction

The U.S. is now averaging nearly 250,000 new coronavirus cases per day — a crisis of staggering proportions, even though many Americans have tuned it out.The big picture: It's not even sufficient to say the pandemic is “still going on,” as if it’s a fire that hasn’t finished burning out. The pandemic is raging. Its deadliest and most dangerous days are happening right now. And it keeps getting worse.Everywhere you look, day-to-day vigilance is fading.But at the same time Americans are taking the virus less seriously, it is becoming more serious.What’s next: This will keep getting worse...

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GOP Sen. Lankford apologizes to Black Oklahomans for electoral challenge

GOP Sen. Lankford apologizes to Black Oklahomans for electoral challenge

Photo: Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty ImagesSen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has to Black Oklahomans for challenging Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, saying he did not realize his actions would be seen as "casting doubt on the validity of votes" in predominantly Black cities like Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit.The big picture: Lankford was part of a group of 11 senators, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who planned to object to the Electoral College certification unless Congress launched a commission to audit the election results. He later withdrew his objection after the pro-Trump siege...

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