Jul 29, 2017

This week's Axios Sourced: Zuckerberg, WH intrigue, Russia

Our video series Axios Sourced is an inside look at the reality of politics. Axios takes you behind the scenes of the week's biggest news stories, and last week's videos covered everything from Russia to Mark Zuckerberg. Here's what you missed:

  1. The Mooch vs. Reince: When deputy press secretary Michael Short suddenly resigned, he texted Jonathan Swan.
  2. Russia compounds: The U.S. isn't giving them back, despite Russia's pleas. Deputy news editor Dave Lawler went to Maryland to check them out.
  3. Mark Zuckerberg's money: Tech reporter Dave McCabe investigates where Zuck's billions are going.
  4. Mooch on the loose: Trump is happy with the "colorful, bombastic New Yorker," Swan explains.

The Mooch vs. Reince

Anthony Scaramucci assumed his role as communications director and quickly became the face of the admin's aggressive push to stop White House leaks. More on that here. In this episode, Swan explains the power struggle between The Mooch and Reince Priebus, just days before Priebus was abruptly replaced as chief of staff.

Russia compounds

Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian government will seize two U.S. diplomatic sites in Russia, in retaliation for looming U.S. sanctions. This came seven months after Barack Obama seized two Russian compounds in the U.S., accusing the Kremlin of using them as spy bases. In the interim, President Trump had been considering returning those Russian compounds, including a beautiful 45-acre estate in Maryland, after Russia warned relations couldn't improve until Trump did so.

Axios went to Maryland to look at the summer retreat at the heart of U.S.-Russia relations.

Mark Zuckerberg's money

In this episode of Axios Sourced, Tech Reporter Dave McCabe takes you behind the scenes on how Mark Zuckerberg is spending his billions via his philanthropic Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Go deeper: Read McCabe's article that breaks down exactly where the money is going and how the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative works.

The Mooch is loose

Scaramucci didn't waste any time becoming the public face of Trump's aggressive anti-leaks campaign. His

expletive-laden interview with the New Yorker

could have damaged any other official's career,

but Trump wasn't mad about it.

Swan explains how Trump views the newest member of his comms team.

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