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 2021-10-27 12:46 

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Senate Democrats unveil new income tax for billionaires...

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a billionaires' tax proposal , designed to help support President Biden's social spending and climate change legislation. Why it matters: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, sai...

 2021-10-27 10:00 

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The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers...

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country. Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be...

 2021-10-27 09:53 

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"...

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during ...

 2021-10-27 09:30 

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Oil and gas CEO congressional hearing Thursday has echoes of Big Tobacco in 1994...

Top executives from ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell will face a reckoning on Capitol Hill Thursday, as they're grilled on evidence that their companies knew for years that their products were driving climate change but chose to downplay or deny it. ...

 2021-10-27 09:30 

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Democrats, Republicans make Trump central figure in dozens of 2021 ads...

Donald Trump is a TV star again — in political ads being run by both parties. Why it matters: Records show millions of dollars have been spent on ads invoking Trump's name nearly a year after he lost his re-election campaign. It's more evide...

 2021-10-27 06:47 

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Blinken speaks with Sudan prime minister after his release...

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody. Why it matters: Hamdok's release was a result of pressure on Sudan's military leader...

 2021-10-27 05:34 

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Nor'easter slams East Coast with flooding rain and powerful winds...

A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close. Threat level: All of southern New ...

 2021-10-27 01:01 

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Brazil senators vote to recommend charges for President Jair Bolsonaro over pandemic handling...

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP . Why it matters: Bol...

 2021-10-26 23:55 

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Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes...

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants. Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of t...

 2021-10-26 21:30 

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CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot. Details: People over 18 who are "...

 2021-10-26 20:32 

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Biden plan expected to include at least $500 billion for climate...

The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden's roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is "mostly settled" and will likely cost more than $500 billion, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios. W...

 2021-10-26 20:25 

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U.S. presses Gulf countries to help resolve Sudan coup crisis...

The Biden administration has asked its partners in the Gulf and elsewhere to press the Sudanese generals who carried out a coup on Monday to release captives including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and to reinstate the civilian government, White House Na...

 2021-10-26 20:23 

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Higher prices are the new norm, with no end in sight...

Companies are making money at record rates thanks in part to customers who are willing to pay higher prices. Why it matters: In order to keeping that corporate profitability streak going, shoppers should expect sticker prices to stay high or become more e...

 2021-10-26 20:20 

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FDA panel endorses Pfizer vaccines for 5-11 year olds...

Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Tuesday endorsed a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5- to 11-years-old. The final vote was 17 members in favor, with one member abstaining...

 2021-10-26 18:14 

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Election "distracted" Trump White House from COVID response, Birx tells Congress...

Deborah Birx, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator under former President Trump, told a House subcommittee earlier this month that the Trump administration could have prevented tens of thousands of deaths during the early stages of the pandemic. ...

 2021-10-26 16:37 

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Fear of debt keeps Latinos out of college, study finds...

Fear of never being able to pay off school loans is keeping many young Latinos in the U.S. from going to college or completing a degree, according to a report published in September. State of play : Latinos tend to have more difficulty repaying school deb...

 2021-10-26 16:18 

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Biden officials privately protest Israeli settlements plan for West Bank...

The Biden administration has privately protested to the Israeli government over its plan to approve the planning and construction of more than 3,000 new housing units in the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, sources briefed on the issue tell ...

 2021-10-26 14:40 

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Pentagon official: ISIS-K may be able to attack outside Afghanistan in 6-12 months...

U.S. intelligence believes ISIS-K has the "intent" to eventually launch attacks outside of Afghanistan and could be capable of doing so "somewhere between six or 12 months," a top Pentagon official told senators Tuesday. Why it matters: Th...

 2021-10-26 13:58 

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Emissions gap report a "thundering wake-up call," UN chief says...

The sprint to secure more stringent emissions reduction commitments ahead of the COP26 summit has petered out well short of the finish line, a new United Nations report out this morning concludes. Driving the news: The "Emissions Gap" report offer...

 2021-10-26 13:52 

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Reid Hoffman and George Soros back new media firm to combat disinformation...

A new public benefit corporation backed by billionaires Reid Hoffman, George Soros, and others is launching Tuesday to fund new media companies and efforts that tackle disinformation. Why it matters: Good Information Inc. aims to fund and scale businesses...

 2021-10-26 13:48 

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Sequoia Capital just blew up the VC fund model...

Sequoia Capital, one of the world's oldest and most successful venture capital firms, is forming a single fund to hold all of its U.S. and European investments, including stakes in publicly-traded companies, Axios has learned. Why it matters: Venture ...

 2021-10-26 13:34 

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Exclusive: Company says it will put Trump back online...

RightForge, an internet infrastructure company that courts conservatives, will host former President Trump's new social media platform, CEO Martn Avila told Axios on Monday. Why it matters: By relying on a web hosting service that won't cut ties o...

 2021-10-26 11:37 

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Facebook's scandals have been great for shareholders...

Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Facebook has been embroiled in scandal for the past five years, and while the specific allegations change over time, a central theme is constant . Given the choice between commercial and moral imperatives, Facebook always seems...

 2021-10-26 10:00 

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Biden to tap telecom trio for NTIA, FCC posts...

President Joe Biden on Tuesday is expected to name Alan Davidson as head of the telecom arm of the Commerce Department, Jessica Rosenworcel as chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission and Gigi Sohn as a commissioner at the FCC, according to a p...

 2021-10-26 09:45 

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Facebook seeks fountain of youth...

Data: Piper Sandler Taking Stock With Teens Study; Chart: Axios Visuals Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said that the company is pivoting its strategy to focus on young adults, following reports that teens have fled its apps. Why it matters: A seri...

 2021-10-26 09:30 

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Too big to cover alone: Newsrooms team up...

News outlets are increasingly willing to work together on big, multifaceted stories — including this week's reporting on leaked documents from a Facebook whistleblower. Why it matters: Collaborative efforts help bring more resources to bear on c...

 2021-10-26 09:00 

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden to rescue economy from COVID-19 slides...

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, accordin...

 2021-10-26 09:00 

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Houses of worship see vandalism, violence as hate crimes in U.S....

Houses of worship — across a variety of faiths, including Jewish synagogues to Buddhist temples and Catholic churches — are experiencing high amounts of vandalism, arson and other property damage. The big picture: 2021 is on track to be a reco...

 2021-10-26 09:00 

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Crunch time for Democrats' competing health priorities...

As Democrats try to reach a deal on a massive social policy bill, the legislation's health care measures are emerging as key sticking points. Between the lines: Moderate members have successfully reduced the amount of new spending that the party is ai...

 2021-10-26 05:38 

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PM Ardern reveals COVID vaccine mandate for New Zealand businesses, affecting 40% of workforce...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday a new COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses as the government pushes to reach a 90% vaccination target for the country. Why it matters: Under the new COVID-19 Protection Framework , businesses ...

 2021-10-26 04:08 

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State Department to set up new cyber bureau to combat hack attack surge...

Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced Monday plans for the State Department to create a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy. Why it matters: The establishment of the bureau and plans for a new envoy to oversee critical and emerging technology ...

 2021-10-26 01:59 

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Biden rejects Trump's latest claims of executive privilege over documents...

The White House on Monday rejected two more of former President Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot requested, CNN first reported . Why it matters: Trump's lega...

 2021-10-26 01:10 

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Amazon warehouse workers in New York City file for union election...

Amazon warehouse workers in New York City filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a vote on unionization. Why it matters: The move comes six months after an organizing effort was defeated at Amazon's distribut...

 2021-10-26 00:26 

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Democrat retirements spark worry over holding House majority...

Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) is the latest House lawmaker to announce he won't seek re-election next year , bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 13, compared to nine Republicans....

 2021-10-26 00:26 

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Democratic retirements spark worry over holding House majority...

Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) is the latest House lawmaker to announce he won't seek re-election next year , bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 13, compared to nine Republicans....

 2021-10-25 23:22 

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Ohio files lawsuit against Biden over reversal of Trump-era abortion referral ban...

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration Monday over a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals that President Biden overturned earlier this month. The big picture: The lawsuit aims to reinstate two measures included in ...

 2021-10-25 22:12 

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Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions...

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1. Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board ce...

 2021-10-25 21:50 

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U.S. freezes aid to Sudan over military coup...

The Biden administration has frozen a $700 million aid package to Sudan after a military coup on Monday threatened to end the country's transition toward democracy. Driving the news: At least three protesters have been killed and dozens wounded in the...

 2021-10-25 21:26 

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Blue Origin announces plan to develop commercial space station...

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin on Monday unveiled plans to develop a commercial space station called "Orbital Reef." Why it matters: The private space station, which will be nearly as large as the International Space Station, would be the first of it...

 2021-10-25 20:18 

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Gaming CEO calls on industry to help fight climate change...

Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer. Why it matters: Gaming's pandemic-fueled boom creates an opportunity, and maybe e...

 2021-10-25 18:00 

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U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers...

Foreign travelers will be allowed entry to the U.S. beginning Nov. 8 if they can provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a shot authorized by the World Health Organization and a negative test within three days of departure, the White House announc...

 2021-10-25 16:51 

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IOC to require 21-day quarantine for unvaccinated athletes at the Beijing Winter Olympics...

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its ...

 2021-10-25 14:42 

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Crypto-dragon predicts more U.S. crypto flight...

FTX doesn't look much like a company valued at $25 billion . Its new headquarters, located in a sleepy part of The Bahamas, is so nondescript as to not even have a sign. But it does expect to soon have neighbors. Driving the news: Founder and CEO Sam ...

 2021-10-25 14:26 

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Developed countries unveil long-awaited $100 billion climate finance deal...

After 12 years of fits and starts, industrialized nations on Monday put forward a detailed plan to provide at least $100 billion annually in climate aid to developing countries starting by 2023. Why it matters: The plan, presented by representatives of Ca...

 2021-10-25 14:11 

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Moderna says COVID vaccine shows strong immune response in younger kids...

Moderna on Monday released trial results for its coronavirus vaccine for children aged 6 to 11, saying it provides a "robust" immune response after two doses. Why it matters: Moderna said it will officially submit the results to the Food and Drug ...

 2021-10-25 13:40 

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Live list: The Facebook revelations from today's deluge of headlines...

Reports based on leaked whistleblower documents from Facebook, known as the Facebook Papers, appeared in a broad range of news outlets Monday, shedding light on what company knew about harms caused on its platform and how it handled that information. Why ...

 2021-10-25 13:34 

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U.S. will now allow private citizens to sponsor Afghan refugees...

Americans wanting to help vulnerable Afghan refugees now have a new way to get involved through a new U.S. private refugee sponsorship program announced Monday. Groups of at least 5 adults can apply, complete background checks and start fundraising the $2...

 2021-10-25 12:59 

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Final countdown to COP26 could see a flurry of climate policy movement...

This is shaping up as a critical week for climate policy in the U.S. and worldwide. Driving the news: Democrats are in the final stages of trying to craft the big social spending and climate package they're trying to move on a thread-the-needle party-...

 2021-10-25 10:00 

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Facebook's pivotal week...

They're battening down the hatches at Facebook headquarters this week as the company faces a trifecta of tumult: a continuing wave of negative press coverage fueled by document leaks, a critical earnings report Monday and a reported name change loomin...

 2021-10-25 09:30 

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3D-printed houses seem poised to go mainstream...

3D-printed cement houses are about to take off, offering a cheaper, more efficient way to provide homes for those who need them — as long as they can be built in ways that don't worsen climate change. Why it matters: Developers of 3D-printed hom...

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