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 2021-09-24 02:23 

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House passes $768 billion defense spending bill...

The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday. Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department,...

 2021-09-24 00:36 

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Senate Republicans secretly lobbying for infrastructure spending...

The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House. Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging th...

 2021-09-24 00:36 

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Black caucus members opt for White House meeting over trip to border...

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus weighed visiting the U.S.-Mexico border this week to investigate the conditions faced by Haitian migrants and protest allegations of inhumane treatment by U.S. agents. Why it matters: It's a thorny pro...

 2021-09-23 23:46 

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Jan. 6 select committee subpoenas four Trump aides...

The Jan 6. select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed four aides to former President Trump for testimony and documents. Why it matters: Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows , former communications official Dan Scavino ...

 2021-09-23 23:29 

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U.S. friends in Latin America are turning to China...

The U.S. is losing Latin America to China without putting up a fight, Ecuador's ambassador to Washington told Axios, laying bare her frustrations with early inattention from the Biden administration. Why it matters: Ecuador isn't alone. China has ...

 2021-09-23 22:48 

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1 dead, 14 injured in shooting at Kroger grocery store near Memphis...

One person was killed and 14 others were injured Thursday in a shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tenn., near Memphis, the town's spokesperson Jennifer Casey said, per CNN . What they're saying: " I've been involved in [po...

 2021-09-23 20:25 

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CDC panel recommends Pfizer boosters for high-risk individuals, people 65 and up...

A key panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus booster shots for people 65 years old and older, as well as those at high risk of severe COVID-19. Why it matters: The approval is the ne...

 2021-09-23 19:46 

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DHS temporarily suspends use of horse patrol in Del Rio...

The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday temporarily suspended the use of horse patrol in Del Rio, Texas a DHS spokesperson confirmed. Why it matters: The suspension comes after images showing border patrol agents whipping at and charging their hor...

 2021-09-23 19:09 

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Southwest drought is worst on record, NOAA finds...

Data: Andrew Hoell and Justin Mankin, NOAA Drought Task Force Report on the 2020-2021 SW U.S. Drought ; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios In a stark new report, a team of NOAA and independent researchers found the 2020-2021 drought across the Southwest is the wors...

 2021-09-23 18:27 

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Taliban: Executions and strict punishments will return...

Strict punishments such as hand amputations and executions will return in Afghanistan, one of the Taliban's founders said in an interview with the Associated Press . Why it matters: Despite attempting to project a new image, the Taliban remain committ...

 2021-09-23 16:38 

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Investors pour millions into immersive, interactive art experiences...

How much would you pay for "a sleek, if pleasantly confusing, package of moods " or "a confusing tangle of disjointed installations" or even "the total erosion of meaning itself"? The answer, according to the current market-clearin...

 2021-09-23 12:48 

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Special Envoy for Haiti says he's resigning over deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers...

The Special Envoy for Haiti on Wednesday resigned from his position, writing in his resignation letter obtained by PBS that he "will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees....

 2021-09-23 12:07 

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First-time homebuyers shrink as prices spike...

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals Home sales cooled as prices continued to heat up in August. Driving the news: The share of first-time existing homebuyers (29%) last month was the smallest in two years, according to new data fr...

 2021-09-23 11:24 

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Airbnb doubles number of Afghan refugees it will house to 40,000...

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Joe Gebbia said during a visit to Washington on Wednesday that they're offering temporary housing to 40,000 Afghan refugees worldwide, doubling a previous commitment . The big picture: The housing typically lasts...

 2021-09-23 11:14 

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Abortion ban modeled after Texas' sweeping law introduced in Florida legislature...

A Florida lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday modeled after Texas' new law prohibiting abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, or roughly six weeks — before many people know they are pregnant. Why it matters: Similar bills introduced to ...

 2021-09-23 09:45 

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Tech firms' nightmare: Vanishing green cards...

Thousands of green cards are about to go to waste, leaving Google, Microsoft and other tech companies fuming — and pushing the Biden administration to ensure it doesn't happen again. Why it matters: Tech workers have waited years for green cards...

 2021-09-23 09:32 

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White House moves against "super-pollutant" in climate fight...

The EPA is finalizing rules today that cut powerful greenhouse gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration, part of a wider new White House strategy to deter these "super-pollutants" and boost manufacturing of substitutes. Why it matters: The...

 2021-09-23 09:00 

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Rising rates of violent crime anticipated in annual FBI report set for release...

If the FBI data released next week shows what's expected — that 2020 saw the highest single-year spike in U.S. murders in at least six decades — experts say the sudden job losses, fears and other jolts to society at the start of COVID-19 w...

 2021-09-23 09:00 

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Some experts see signs of hope as COVID cases fall...

Data: N.Y. Times ; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios New coronavirus cases are continuing to decline, and some experts are cautiously optimistic that the virus will continue to wane even into the fall and winter. The big picture: The next few months are highly u...

 2021-09-23 05:32 

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Twin wildfires threaten more giant sequoias as air quality alerts issued in Central California...

Two wildfires were threatening California's sequoia trees over overnight, hours after authorities issued fresh evacuation orders and warnings, along with air quality alerts on Wednesday. The big picture: Officials in the Bay Area and the San Joaquin V...

 2021-09-23 03:24 

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Florida students exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine if asymptomatic...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Wednesday an emergency order allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they're exposed to COVID-19, provided they're asymptomatic. Why it matters: People infect...

 2021-09-23 01:55 

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Federal judge says Florida ban on "sanctuary cities" racially motivated...

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down parts of a Florida law aimed at banning local governments from establishing "sanctuary city" policies, arguing in part that the law is racially motivated and that it has the support of hate groups. Why it mat...

 2021-09-23 00:56 

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Biden ramps up pressure on key Democrats to pass reconciliation package...

President Biden ramped up the pressure on his fellow Democrats Wednesday, calling a series of lawmakers to the White House in the hope of ending infighting and getting them in line. Why it matters: Divisions within the party are threatening to derail Bide...

 2021-09-23 00:54 

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Democrats seek green reconciliation solution...

House Democrats discussed with President Biden on Wednesday a plan to exempt billions of dollars of new climate spending from his requirement that his $3.5 trillion "soft" infrastructure plan be offset with additional revenue. Why it matters: The ...

 2021-09-22 23:39 

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FDA approves Pfizer boosters for high-risk individuals and people 65 and older...

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus booster shots for people at high risk of severe COVID-19 and people 65 years and older. Driving the news: The approval comes just days after an FDA advisory panel recommend...

 2021-09-22 23:20 

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Biden admin seeks operator for Guantnamo Bay migrant detention facility amid Del Rio surge...

The Biden administration is looking for a private contractor to oversee a migrant detention facility at the U.S. naval base at Guantnamo Bay, according to a recent government listing . Why it matters: The move comes as the administration struggles to mana...

 2021-09-22 18:47 

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Federal Reserve scales back expectations for economic recovery...

The Fed downgraded near-term expectations for the economy and the labor market, alongside hotter-than-expected inflation, in new estimates out on Wednesday. Why it matters : It's the first time those closely-watched estimates reflect impact from the d...

 2021-09-22 18:14 

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Bipartisan police reform negotiations end without deal...

Bipartisan talks on reforming police tactics and accountability, prompted by George Floyd's murder in May 2020 , have ended without a compromise, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a key negotiator, said Wednesday. Why it matters: Lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen...

 2021-09-22 16:55 

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Biden speaks with Macron for first time since diplomatic crisis...

President Biden on Wednesday spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time since a diplomatic row erupted over a scrapped submarine order , per the White House . Driving the news: Macron said that the French ambassador will return to Wash...

 2021-09-22 16:29 

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U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran "plan B"...

The U.S. and Israel held secret talks on Iran last week to discuss a possible "plan B" if nuclear talks are not resumed, two senior Israeli officials tell me. Why it matters: This is the first time a top-secret U.S.-Israel strategic working group ...

 2021-09-22 15:58 

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Jake Sullivan poised to become most senior Biden official to visit Saudi Arabia...

White House National Security adviser Jake Sullivan is planning to travel to the Middle East next week, including a stop in Saudi Arabia. He would be the most senior Biden administration official to visit the kingdom. Why it matters: Sullivan's first ...

 2021-09-22 14:57 

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WHO revises air quality guidelines to reduce deaths from pollution...

The World Health Organization on Wednesday updated air quality guidelines it set roughly 15 years ago, saying that negative health effects from air pollutants can begin at lower levels than it previously thought. Why it matters: The changes are meant to r...

 2021-09-22 13:31 

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The road to COP26 gets slightly easier...

The bad diplomatic vibes heading into the critical United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, might be improving slightly. Catch up fast: Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday pledged to end overseas finance for building new coal-fired power pla...

 2021-09-22 11:50 

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Companies are narrowing the blue- and white-collar experience in today's worker-led market...

Companies are narrowing the blue- and white-collar experience as they're forced to adapt to a worker-led market . Driving the news: Basic office tools and concepts like corporate communications and schedule flexibility are migrating to frontline opera...

 2021-09-22 11:41 

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U.S. to buy 500 million more Pfizer doses to share with the world...

The Biden administration is planning to purchase 500 million more Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine doses to donate to the world, officials said in an op-ed Wednesday. Why it matters: The move represents a big step toward making the U.S. a major global ...

 2021-09-22 09:52 

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The decades-long building boom that remade Washington D.C. is screeching to a halt...

The decades-long building boom that remade Washington D.C. is screeching to a halt, undone by broader construction trends and the legacy of the post-pandemic workplace. Why it matters: Dizzying construction has reshaped the city, reinvigorated downtown an...

 2021-09-22 09:24 

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Facebook fights for its image...

Facebook is ditching apologies and taking a more combative stance against its critics as it faces a new barrage of negative coverage and leaked internal reports. Driving the news: As part of the new posture, Facebook started testing placing positive messa...

 2021-09-22 09:00 

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Charter school enrollment has boomed during the pandemic...

Data: National Alliance for Public Charter Schools ; Map: Sara Wise/Axios Charter schools picked off hundreds of thousands of public school students across the U.S. during the pandemic, according to a new analysis from the National Alliance for Public Cha...

 2021-09-22 04:34 

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Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID while in New York City for UN gathering...

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queirog has tested positive for COVID-19 while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he confirmed Tuesday night. Why it matters: Hours earlier, Queirog had accompanied Brazilian President Jai...

 2021-09-22 03:08 

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Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax report, alleging "insidious plot"...

Former President Trump filed a lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported. Details: The lawsuit, filed in New York's Dutchess County , ...

 2021-09-22 00:47 

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House passes government funding, debt ceiling bill...

The House passed a bill on Tuesday to fund the government through early December, along with a measure to raise the debt ceiling through December 2022. Why it matters: The stopgap measure, which needs to be passed to avoid a government shutdown when fundi...

 2021-09-22 00:24 

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Democrats struggling as Republicans deny request to raise debt ceiling...

Democrats find themselves in a political and potentially catastrophic economic quagmire as Republicans stand firm on denying them any help in raising the federal debt ceiling. Why it matters: The Democrats are technically right — the debt comes, in ...

 2021-09-22 00:24 

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Pelosi enters endgame on $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) began her infrastructure endgame Tuesday, pressuring centrists to ultimately support as much social spending as possible while pleading with progressives to pass the roads-and-bridges package preceding it. Why it matt...

 2021-09-22 00:23 

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Scoop: Feds buy Chinese drones flagged as possible national security threat...

Federal law enforcement agencies are purchasing surveillance drones from a Chinese company the Pentagon has deemed a potential national security threat, Axios has learned. Why it matters: Efforts to purge military and law enforcement agencies of potential...

 2021-09-22 00:11 

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The FBI reports that domestic terrorism cases have surged since 2020...

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before a Senate committee Tuesday that the agency's domestic terrorism caseload has "exploded" in size since spring of 2020. Why it matters: The Jan. 6 Capitol riot refocused attention on the issue of do...

 2021-09-21 23:55 

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Taliban nominates new envoy and asks to speak at General Assembly meeting, UN says...

The United Nations said Tuesday that the Taliban has asked to speak at the United Nations General Assembly's meeting this week, AP reports . Why it matters: The move marks a direct challenge to Afghanistan's currently accredited UN ambassador, Ghu...

 2021-09-21 22:16 

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DOJ sues American Airlines and JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance...

The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City. Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint...

 2021-09-21 21:50 

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A body found in Wyoming is identified as Gabby Petito...

A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito , the FBI announced Tuesday. Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI sa...

 2021-09-21 20:00 

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China vows end to building coal-fired power plants abroad...

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday that his country "will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad" and plans to boost support for clean energy in developing nations. Why it matters: The pledge, if ...

 2021-09-21 19:34 

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House Democrats strip Iron Dome money from government funding bill...

House Democrats on Tuesday stripped $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from its short-term government funding bill after backlash from progressives, people familiar with the decision tell Axios. Why it matters: There has never a situatio...

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