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 2020-10-17 16:47 

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How racial politics still suppress the vote...

Laws restricting voting are less overt than in the days of segregation. But many impediments — some subtle, some blatant — remain for Americans of color. The big picture: That's changing at this very moment — slowly, and very unevenl...

 2020-10-17 16:46 

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Biden changes channel on "Trump Show"...

Joe Biden not only crushed President Trump in ratings for their head-to-head town halls, Biden was a bigger draw for an earlier pairing of network town halls. By the numbers: Biden had a bigger combined audience for town halls on ABC + NBC than Trump did ...

 2020-10-17 16:16 

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Axios Today podcast: The Hard Truth of voter suppression...

In this special Saturday episode, Axios kicks off Hard Truths, a project examining systemic racism in our country. This will be a yearlong series covering a new topic each month — education, housing, technology and health care. With a bitter electio...

 2020-10-17 13:00 

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The industries that won't recover without a vaccine...

Industries that were once expected to recover after the initial coronavirus lockdowns lifted are now unlikely to bounce back until a vaccine arrives. Why it matters: In the absence of a widely-adopted vaccine, businesses in the entertainment, travel, rest...

 2020-10-17 12:00 

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The new way to control the coronavirus: targeted lockdowns...

As a new wave of coronavirus cases hits the U.S. and Europe, governments are shifting away from total shutdowns toward more geographically targeted lockdowns to stifle the virus' spread. Why it matters: Precision shutdowns can slow emerging outbreaks ...

 2020-10-17 11:00 

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Voters of color worry about militias, arrests...

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: 2.6% margin of error; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios Fears that armed militia, police or COVID-19 await them at the polls are disproportionately shaping how Americans of color think about in-person voting, according to an Ipsos pol...

 2020-10-17 09:25 

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Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party on course to win New Zealand election...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's ruling Labour Party looked set to win the country's general election on Saturday. Driving the news: NZ Electoral Commission results show that with 83% of votes counted, Labour has 49%, or 64 seats, compa...

 2020-10-16 22:03 

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Kushner brings back Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice...

In recent days, Jared Kushner has brought back 2016 Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice to the Trump campaign, according to two senior administration officials and a senior campaign official briefed o...

 2020-10-16 21:38 

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Town hall ratings: More people watched Biden on ABC than Trump on NBC, CNBC and MSNBC...

ABC's live town hall event with Joe Biden Thursday night drew 14.1 million viewers, surpassing the final Nielsen ratings for NBC's town hall with President Trump, which was aired across NBC, MSNBC and CNBC and drew 13.5 million viewers in the same...

 2020-10-16 21:06 

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Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine timeline aims "to ensure public trust"...

Pfizer says people might start getting COVID-19 vaccines before the end of the year, according to a timeline it laid out Friday. The state of play: By the end of October, the company said it hopes to know whether the vaccine is effective, the Wall Street ...

 2020-10-16 20:12 

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U.S. federal deficit soars to record $3.1 trillion in 2020...

The U.S. budget deficit hit a record $3.1 trillion in the 2020 fiscal year, according to data released Friday by the Treasury Departmen t. Why it matters: The deficit — which measures the gap between what the government spends and what it brings in ...

 2020-10-16 20:07 

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Trump's hopes of pre-election nuclear deal with Russia fade...

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien said in a statemen t on Friday that Vladimir Putin's position for the extension the New START treaty was a "non-starter"; — effectively confirming that hopes of a pre-election nuclear deal had ...

 2020-10-16 17:19 

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Podcast: Operation Warp Speed's Moncef Slaoui on the new vaccine timeline...

Pfizer today said it won't apply for an emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine until late November, all but guaranteeing that the FDA won't be asked to consider approval until after the election. Axios Re:Cap goes deeper with Moncef ...

 2020-10-16 15:12 

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Trump's advisers brace for loss, point fingers...

Three senior Trump advisers who recently talked to campaign manager Bill Stepien walked away believing he thinks they will lose. The big picture: The Trump campaign is filled with internal blaming and pre-spinning of a potential loss, accelerating a dire ...

 2020-10-16 14:58 

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Billionaire philanthropist Robert Smith's tax fraud roils Vista Equity...

Robert Smith's admission to tax fraud has done more than just cost him a whopping $140 million. It's also roiled Vista Equity Partners, the private equity firm he founded and leads, with some insiders and limited partners feeling they were misled ...

 2020-10-16 13:03 

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What investors think about the future of fossil fuels...

Data: BCG Center for Energy Impact; Chart: Axios Visuals Investors in the oil-and-gas industry want companies to get greener, and they're losing faith that the sector, which is underperforming broader market indices, is a good long-term bet, per a new...

 2020-10-16 12:01 

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Employment gains are reversing course...

Data: U.S. Department of Labor; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios Nearly 900,000 Americans applied for first-time unemployment benefits last week, the Labor Department announced , the highest number since mid-August and the second weekly increase in a row. ...

 2020-10-16 11:56 

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Boris Johnson says U.K. must prepare for no-deal Brexit...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that the U.K. must prepare for a no-deal split from the European Union, unless the bloc offers a "fundamental"; change in its negotiations, AP reports . What he's saying: "As far as I can see...

 2020-10-16 09:40 

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Facebook and Twitter, the reluctant gatekeepers...

Deciding who gets to say what online is a complex business in the best of times, and the 2020 election is showing social media platforms just how messy it can get. The big picture: Balancing concerns over misinformation, hacking and foreign meddling again...

 2020-10-16 09:30 

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How colleges have learned to combat the coronavirus...

Some colleges are creating a blueprint for how to safely remain open during the coronavirus pandemic, relying heavily on regular testing and doing what they can to curb parties and other large gatherings. Why it matters: College reopenings were tied to se...

 2020-10-16 09:30 

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Media outrages become the story ahead of Election Day...

With just weeks to go until Nov. 3, controversies surrounding the media seem to be gobbling up most of country's attention. Why it matters: In a healthy democracy, the media shouldn't be the story. Driving the news: Twitter and Facebook became the...

 2020-10-16 09:00 

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College Reaction poll: More college students would protest Trump win...

Data: College Reaction/Axios Poll; Note: 3.3% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios Six in 10 college students say they'll shame friends who can vote but don't — and four in 10 plan to engage in protests if President Trump wins re...

 2020-10-16 02:57 

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Tonight's dueling town halls were like a choose-your-own-ending book...

Tonight's dueling town halls were like a choose-your-own-ending book, letting us peer into the future and see what the two election outcomes would be like. The big picture: The contrast reflects one of the big questions about Trump that's before A...

 2020-10-16 02:29 

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Twitter changes hacked materials rules after banning N.Y. Post story...

Twitter will be changing its hacked materials policy in response to the feedback it received for limiting the circulation of a New York Post story about Hunter Biden. Why it matters: The tech giant faced swift backlash from conservatives that its actions ...

 2020-10-16 02:19 

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Biden campaign out-raised Trump by over $135 million in September...

President Trump's reelection campaign and its joint fundraising committees raised $247.8 million in September, communications director Tim Murtaugh tweeted Thursday. Why it matters: Joe Biden's fundraising efforts brought in $383 million for the s...

 2020-10-16 01:31 

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Biden on court-packing: It "depends" on how the Barrett confirmation is "handled"...

Joe Biden said at an ABC town hall on Thursday night that he will come out with a clear position on court-packing by Election Day, but that his answer on the issue will depend on how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is "handl...

 2020-10-16 01:31 

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Biden on court packing: It "depends" how the Barrett confirmation is "handled"...

Joe Biden said at an ABC town hall on Thursday night that he will come out with a clear position on court packing by Election Day, but that his answer on the issue will depend on how the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is "handl...

 2020-10-16 00:59 

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Trump does not condemn fringe conspiracy theory QAnon...

President Trump said during NBC's town hall event on Thursday that he does not know much about QAnon, the sprawling, far-right conspiracy theory , and refused to condemn the baseless theory. Why it matters: The FBI identified fringe online conspiracy ...

 2020-10-16 00:29 

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Trump says he doesn't remember being tested for COVID-19 before first debate...

President Trump said during a town hall event aired on NBC News Thursday that he does not recall being tested for the coronavirus before the first presidential debate on Sept. 29. Why it matters: The president tested positive for the virus on Oct. 2 , jus...

 2020-10-15 22:26 

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Twitter experiences a widespread outage...

Nope, it's not just you. Twitter confirmed Thursday that its service is down for many, preventing new messages from being sent and the service from loading. What they're saying : "We have no evidence of a security breach or hack, and we're...

 2020-10-15 22:12 

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Chris Christie says he was in ICU, admits he was "wrong not to wear mask" at White House...

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told the New York Times on Thursday that he spent several days in the intensive care unit after checking into the hospital with COVID-19, and that he was "wrong not to wear a mask" at the White House. Driv...

 2020-10-15 21:44 

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"Flirted with white supremacists": GOP Sen. Ben Sasse unloads on Trump in private call...

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said in a call with constituents this week that President Trump mishandled the pandemic, "kisses dictator's butts," "sells out allies," "mocks evangelicals," and has "flirted with white supremacists,...

 2020-10-15 21:19 

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Special report: Europe braces for monster 2nd coronavirus wave...

Data: Our World in Data ; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios The pandemic has come storming back to Europe, and hope of a return to normality is being replaced by a much more ominous prospect: the return to lockdown. The big picture: Case counts in countries like F...

 2020-10-15 21:09 

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Dianne Feinstein draws progressive fury after praising Graham at close of Barrett hearings...

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, was widely criticized by liberal groups on Thursday after she gave Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a hug and called Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confir...

 2020-10-15 20:07 

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Podcast: Sen. Ted Cruz on Big Tech and the NY Post's Hunter Biden story...

Twitter today is alight with conversations about a New York Post story on Hunter Biden. But you can't find a link to the story on Twitter, and you'll be temporarily blocked if you try to share it — due to concerns that the story is based on ...

 2020-10-15 20:03 

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C-SPAN suspends political editor Steve Scully for lying about Twitter hack...

C-SPAN placed political editor Steve Scully on administrative leave Thursday after he lied about his Twitter account being hacked. Why it matters: Scully was set to moderate the second presidential debate on Thursday before it was canceled . Context: Scul...

 2020-10-15 19:04 

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Counting Chinese STEM students in the U.S....

Reproduced from a CSET report ; Chart: Axios Visuals Chinese students make up 16% of all graduate STEM students in the U.S. and 2% of undergraduate STEM students, per a new report from Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technolog...

 2020-10-15 17:58 

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NBC under fire for scheduling Trump town hall at the same time as ABC's Biden town hall...

NBC News is facing backlash, including from some of its own talent and employees, for agreeing to air a town hall with President Trump on Thursday night at the same time that former Vice President Joe Biden will appear at an ABC town hall. Why it matters:...

 2020-10-15 17:57 

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How to build forests to combat climate change...

Trees can help to combat climate change, but determining what to plant and where is complex — and whether to plant them at all is a growing debate. The big picture: Protecting, planting and restoring forests can help offset global warming, but exper...

 2020-10-15 17:13 

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Where a potential Biden administration's stimulus money would go...

The Biden administration's top priority, after virus control, will be "building a fiscal bridge to the other side of the crisis." That's what Jared Bernstein, a senior Biden economic adviser, told an IIF conference this week. Why it matter...

 2020-10-15 15:29 

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YouTube cracks down on QAnon, citing real-world violence...

YouTube announced Thursday that it is expanding its hate and harassment policies to prohibit content that targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories, like QAnon, that have been used to justify real-world violence. Why it matters: It is the la...

 2020-10-15 15:22 

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Democratic challengers in close Senate races report record-setting Q3 fundraising...

Democratic Senate candidates are reporting record-setting fundraising numbers for the third quarter, a sign of a potential blowout for Senate Republicans this November. Why it matters: Democrats need just four seats in order to win back the Senate. Of the...

 2020-10-15 14:56 

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Trump, Senate Republicans at odds over stalled stimulus talks...

The stimulus negotiations are beginning to remind me of running on a treadmill — lots of effort, no forward motion. Why it matters: The economy and American workers need help. Democrats say so. President Trump says so. Fed chair Jay Powell says so, ...

 2020-10-15 13:48 

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Harris pauses campaign travel after aide tests positive for coronavirus...

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will pause her travel through Sunday after her communications director tested positive for the coronavirus, the Biden campaign announced Thursday. The state of play: The campaign said that the vice presidential nominee, who t...

 2020-10-15 11:44 

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Top CEOs admit racial divide, promise to work for "real change"...

In a striking new sign of the broader role corporations are shouldering in society, Business Roundtable — the CEOs of America's biggest companies — today announced a raft of initiatives "to advance racial equity and justice." Why i...

 2020-10-15 11:42 

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IMF sees turmoil as pandemic rages on...

The world is in desperate need of cooperation and unity to pull out of the coronavirus pandemic and begin what the IMF has termed the "long, difficult ascent" right as its leaders are increasingly focused on nationalism and decoupling. Driving the...

 2020-10-15 11:41 

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Why Democrats remain nervous about Biden's chances...

In private, some top Democrats remain nervous about the presidential race, despite Joe Biden's lead in swing state after swing state — and strength in states that had looked out of reach (including Georgia, Ohio and Iowa). Why it matters: The gh...

 2020-10-15 11:40 

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NCAA grants D-I winter athletes additional year of eligibility...

In an attempt to provid e as much flexibility as possible amid a time of great uncertainty, the NCAA has granted all D-I winter athletes an additional year of eligibility — something that was already granted to all fall and spring athletes. What the...

 2020-10-15 09:40 

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Joe Biden's diverse Cabinet...

If Joe Biden wins the presidency, his advisers plan to assemble the most diverse Cabinet in U.S. history as he works to fulfill a pledge to build the Democratic Party on a new generation of leaders. The big picture : Many of Biden's longtime aides, mo...

 2020-10-15 09:30 

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How a conservative Supreme Court could save the ACA...

Even a solidly conservative Supreme Court could find a pretty easy path to preserve most of the Affordable Care Act — if it wants to. The big picture: It's too early to make any predictions about what the court will do, and no ACA lawsuit is eve...

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