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 2021-07-30 10:05 

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Nearly 100 members of Congress call for probe into DOJ's alleged racial profiling of Asians...

Nearly 100 members of Congress members urged Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the Justice Department's alleged racial profiling of Asians, according to a letter shared with Axios. Why it matters: The case of Anming Hu, a scientist who w...

 2021-07-30 09:30 

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Japan tests teleporting games and "remote cheering"...

Japanese telecom giant NTT is using the Olympics to show off a new generation of technologies that can transport the sporting experience to wherever fans are, instead of making them come to games. Why it matters : Technology like this would have solved to...

 2021-07-30 09:02 

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The great mask debate is back. The answer depends on where you live....

In grocery stores and pizza joints, main streets and downtowns across the country, pandemic precautions range wildly — from nonexistent to 2020 deja vu. The big picture: As COVID-19 cases surge, especially in states with low vaccination rates, the c...

 2021-07-30 09:00 

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Advocates turn attention on bugs, birds, fish, and plants with racist names...

Bugs, birds, fish and plants with names linked to white supremacists may be renamed, as science confronts its own ties to systemic racism. Why it matters: The national reckoning was inevitably going to pass this way. The sciences have long underrepresente...

 2021-07-30 09:00 

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First Afghans who served alongside American troops arrive in the U.S. for resettlement...

The first plane with more than 200 Afghans who served as interpreters, contractors or other ally roles for the U.S. military has arrived in the U.S. — the first of many such flights as troops are withdrawn from the region. Why it matters: More than ...

 2021-07-30 02:09 

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Michigan's Carl Levin, 36-year veteran of U.S. Senate, dies at 87...

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) died Thursday, his family and the Levin Center at Wayne Law — which bore his name — confirmed . He was 87. Why it matters: The Detroit native served for 36 years in the U.S. Senate, serving twice as chairm...

 2021-07-30 01:49 

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Military members will be included in Biden's new COVID guidance...

Members of the military will be required to get vaccinations or face regular testing, social distancing, mask mandates and restrictions on travel for work, the the Pentagon said on Thursday evening. Why it matters: The policy was announced for federal wor...

 2021-07-30 00:55 

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Republican Trump critics rake in campaign funds...

Republican critics of Donald Trump have raked in campaign cash this year as their votes to impeach the former president and investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have put them in the crosshairs of Trump and his allies. Why it matters: The 2022 midterms wo...

 2021-07-30 00:49 

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Republicans sending mixed messages on COVID mandates...

Republicans have expressed selective rage amid the rise of the Delta variant: They rail against the return of indoor masking but are far less vocal about vaccine requirements. Why it matters: Masking may help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but the ...

 2021-07-30 00:48 

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McConnell urges public support for Sinema in private conversations...

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is urging his fellow Republicans to buck up Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona — a Democrat, sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios. Why it matters: Republicans view Sinema and her moderate Demo...

 2021-07-30 00:48 

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Sinema's spending warning forces Democrats back to the drawing board...

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's (D-Ariz.) warning that she's opposed to a budget reconciliation bill costing $3.5 trillion will force Senate Democrats and the White House to either trim the proposals in it or tinker with how many years they'll run. Why ...

 2021-07-29 23:04 

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Rich countries' pandemic selfishness won't be forgotten...

The failure of rich countries to share vaccines and financial assistance with poorer ones during the pandemic will exacerbate the rise in global poverty and could come back to bite them, Nobel Prize-winning economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee tel...

 2021-07-29 20:00 

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Biden to mandate federal workers declare vaccination status as part of aggressive plan...

President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant. Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the ...

 2021-07-29 18:29 

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Senate passes $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill...

The Senate passed a $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill Thursday by a 98-0 vote. Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 Capitol ri...

 2021-07-29 17:17 

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Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen in 1970s...

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s, AP reports . Why it matters: McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to "ever be criminally charged with a sexual ...

 2021-07-29 16:54 

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FEMA chief aims to address climate change's role in disasters like wildfires...

FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell's first trip out West since being confirmed in April reinforced her view that the agency must tackle climate change's influence on disasters, such as wildfires and droughts. Why it matters: FEMA is the lead agenc...

 2021-07-29 16:14 

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Women are leading the new Latin American literature boom...

Gone are the whimsical elements, and in come the suspense, the gothic and the noir. The new Latin American Boom is here, and it is being led by women. What's happening : Writers like Argentines Samanta Schweblin and Mariana Enrquez, Mexican Fernanda M...

 2021-07-29 15:44 

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Sprawling heat dome sends temperatures soaring from Oregon to Louisiana...

The Pacific Northwest is once again in the midst of a heat wave after already seeing its worst such event on record this summer. Temperatures are soaring into the low 100s in some areas, while dangerous heat is also affecting the South Central states and ...

 2021-07-29 15:17 

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Biden calls on Congress to extend eviction moratorium as deadline looms...

President Biden called on Congress on Thursday to extend the CDC's national eviction moratorium due to the threat of the Delta variant, after the Supreme Court ruled that the administration couldn't extend it past July 31 without specific legislat...

 2021-07-29 13:42 

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Venture capital investment in mental health boomed in the past year...

The positive social media response to Simone Biles withdrawing from Olympic competition highlights how the artificial line between health care and mental health care is finally beginning to dissolve. And startup investors have taken notice. By the numbers...

 2021-07-29 13:35 

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Israel to offer third COVID vaccine dose to people over 60...

Israel will begin offering a third shot of the coronavirus vaccine to people over the age of 60 starting Sunday, Haaretz reports . Why it matters: Israel will become the first country to begin giving booster shots, per Haaretz. The country will offer dose...

 2021-07-29 13:12 

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U.S. economy grew at a 6.5% rate last quarter, missing expectations...

The U.S. economy grew at an annualized 6.5% rate last quarter, the government said Thursday — slower than the 8.4% economists expected. Why it matters : It came as the economy made strides toward further reopening, vaccinations rolled out and govern...

 2021-07-29 13:06 

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American gymnast Suni Lee wins Olympic gold in individual all-around...

U.S. gymnast Sunisa "Suni" Lee won Olympic gold on Thursday in the individual all-around event. The big picture: Simone Biles, who withdrew from the event to focus on her mental health, cheered from the stands with the rest of the women's gymn...

 2021-07-29 11:20 

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Minnesota schools "all over the board" with mask-wearing guidance...

Minnesota and federal health officials are urging universal masking in schools this fall, but not all local districts are following suit so far. Driving the news: The Minnesota Department of Health issued new back-to-school guidance Wednesday, encouraging...

 2021-07-29 10:47 

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The world's largest tech companies are on a historic run of astonishing earnings growth...

Never in the history of capitalism have the world's biggest companies grown as fast as the tech giants in recent years. Why it matters: A series of stunning earnings reports this week — with another one likely to arrive Thursday afternoon, from ...

 2021-07-29 10:01 

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Biden administration unveils strategy to slow migration from Central America...

Vice President Kamala Harris has big goals for improving conditions in Central America to help slow migration from the region toward the United States. Driving the news: Senior administration officials unveiled five sweeping goals during a call on Wednesd...

 2021-07-29 10:00 

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Testing our way out of the COVID-19 Delta surge...

The recent surge of COVID-19 cases is strengthening the case for more frequent testing. Why it matters: The more contagious Delta variant threatens the fuller reopening of offices and schools in the fall. But regular testing — especially with cheap ...

 2021-07-29 09:45 

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Ad boom rains billions on Big Tech...

Data: Company filings; Chart: Axios Visuals Advertising growth was the chief driver of tech's blowout quarter, as the economy snapped back from the pandemic and a long-term shift to digital went into overdrive. By the numbers: Facebook, Snapchat, Twit...

 2021-07-29 09:30 

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Get ready for more debt ceiling drama...

It was bliss while it lasted — which was exactly two years. Right now, the U.S. has no limit on the amount of debt it can issue. But that ends on Saturday. Why it matters: Brace yourself for another round of unedifying posturing and brinkmanship, al...

 2021-07-29 09:30 

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Tokyo Olympics offer new sponsorship opportunities for athletes...

Tokyo 2020 athletes are cashing in on more personal sponsorship opportunities compared with past Games. Why it matters: Marketing deals are an important income stream for competitors, nearly 60% of whom say they are not financially stable. What they'r...

 2021-07-29 09:30 

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Touting bipartisan infrastructure deal, top Biden aide argues swing voters want compromise...

One of President Biden's closest advisers, Mike Donilon, believes swing voters want Congress to pass the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, and embrace solutions where the two parties "meet in the middle," according to a memo first ...

 2021-07-29 09:30 

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The billion-dollar COVID booster discussion...

Pfizer said yesterday that it expects to sell nearly $34 billion worth of coronavirus vaccines this year — and there could be billions more behind that, if people who have gotten the shot ultimately need boosters. Why it matters: It's unclear wh...

 2021-07-29 09:15 

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Robinhood IPO brings meme stock icon into the Wall Street fold...

Today is the day everyone can begin buying and selling shares in Robinhood, which goes public on the New York Stock Exchange after raising $1.89 billion in its IPO. Why it matters: Robinhood is considered a proxy for the rise of retail investing, particul...

 2021-07-29 09:00 

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Study shows high cost of carbon emissions measured in lives lost...

Adding projected heat-related deaths into cost-benefit analysis of federal rules would tilt policymaking in favor of more aggressive carbon emissions cuts, a new study finds. Why it matters: The social cost of carbon helps determine the outcome of cost-be...

 2021-07-29 06:36 

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In photos: Olympic Games highlights from day 6 in Tokyo...

There's been plenty of Olympics drama on day six of the Tokyo Games Thursday — notably China's women's swimming team beating the U.S. and Australia in the record-setting 4x200m freestyle relay. The big picture: Katie Ledecky helped the U...

 2021-07-29 05:02 

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China wins Olympic gold in women's 4x200m freestyle relay, sets world record...

China grabbed Olympic gold in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, in a surprise record win in Tokyo Thursday. The big picture: Katie Ledecky made up time as Team USA's final swimmer to help the U.S. take silver. Australia, which was the heavy favo...

 2021-07-29 03:03 

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Simone Biles reacts to "love and support" over Olympics decision...

Simone Biles tweeted her thanks Wednesday for the support she received after pulling out of two Olympic gymnastics events to focus on her mental health. What she's saying: "the outpouring love & support I've received has made me realize I'...

 2021-07-29 02:44 

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Caeleb Dressel wins gold in men's 100m freestyle, sets new Olympic record...

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel snagged his second gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics Thursday, winning the men's 100-meter freestyle race and setting a new Olympic record. The big picture: It's his first individual Olympic gold of his career. He wo...

 2021-07-29 02:12 

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American Bobby Finke wins gold in first-ever men's Olympic 800m freestyle...

American swimmer Bobby Finke won gold in the first-ever men's Olympic 800-meter freestyle final on Thursday. The big picture: The 21-year-old came from behind in the last 50 meters to win the race, beating Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri, who won sil...

 2021-07-29 01:44 

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Biden to meet with Democratic lawmakers on DACA...

President Biden will meet with 11 Democratic members of Congress at the White House Thursday to discuss the next steps for providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented migrants brought to the U.S. as children, a White House official told Axios. Why...

 2021-07-29 00:51 

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Gold sells on conservative media as doomsday economic forecasts pull in viewers...

With inflation rising and Congress pumping out massive spending bills, conservative media have focused renewed attention on financial issues — and lent significant airtime to some of the very companies underwriting their shows. Why it matters: Polit...

 2021-07-29 00:51 

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Infrastructure bills face House chaos...

The infrastructure agreement cinched Wednesday by senators faces several changes in the House before it — and a companion reconciliation bill — have any chance of becoming law. Why it matters: The myopic focus on the bipartisan group of Senate...

 2021-07-29 00:49 

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Senators spending more days, but fewer hours per day in session...

Data: Brookings Institution , U.S. Senate ; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios Senators are spending more days in session than past congresses — but fewer hours per day on average, according to data from the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Senate. Wh...

 2021-07-29 00:47 

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Lawmakers form bipartisan caucus to confront China on Uyghur treatment...

House lawmakers are forming a bipartisan caucus to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its human rights violations against Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, Axios is first to report. Why it matters: While the United States economy relies heavil...

 2021-07-28 23:15 

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$1.2 trillion "hard" infrastructure bill clears major procedural vote in the Senate...

The Senate voted 67-32 on Wednesday to advance the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. Why it matters: After weeks of negotiating, portions of the bill remain unwritten, but the Senate can now start debating the legislation to resolve outstandin...

 2021-07-28 21:54 

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Federal Reserve Chairman says he isn't concerned by Delta surge...

One of the country's most influential economic officials doesn't anticipate that surging coronavirus cases will knock the reopening recovery off course. What he's saying: "There has tended to be less economic implications from each [corona...

 2021-07-28 20:20 

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Companies deploy tech to prevent retail crime...

Retailers have a new edge for fighting theft: They're using technology to disable stolen goods — from iPhones to Black & Decker drills — and render them useless. Why it matters: Organized retail crime has a considerable affect on retailers...

 2021-07-28 20:00 

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek does a podcast on the future of podcasts...

Spotify on Wednesday reported significant ad revenue growth from its podcast business, as part of its quarterly earnings disclosure. Take a listen: Company founder and CEO Daniel Ek appeared on the Axios Re:Cap podcast to discuss how the podcast business ...

 2021-07-28 18:56 

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After walkout, Activision Blizzard employees vow to keep fighting...

Organizers of a Wednesday walkout at Activision Blizzard , the gaming company behind "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft," are saying the demonstration "is not a one-time event that our leaders can ignore." Why it matters : Withi...

 2021-07-28 18:28 

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Trump allies blame conservative leader for failed Texas endorsement...

Donald Trump's advisers are angry at David McIntosh, president of the conservative Club for Growth, for persuading the former president to endorse a losing candidate in the special election for Texas' 6th District . Why it matters: Susan Wright...

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