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Rep. Ben Ray Lujan. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

At a Bloomberg roundtable, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Ben Ray Luján told reporters that eight Democratic House candidates have raised over $3 million since the end of June.

Why it matters: That is "unprecedented" for House races, Luján said — and it shows the enthusiasm among grassroots activists and donors who have been fueling Democratic campaigns across the country all cycle.

By the numbers: In the 3rd quarter (which spans from July 1 to Sept. 30), 82 Democratic candidates for the House raised over $500,000.

  • One level deeper: 74 raised over $750,000; 60 raised over $1 million; and 30 raised over $2 million.

This follows a trend we've seen throughout the 2018 midterm elections.

  • In the third quarter, there were over $385 million in small-dollar donations to Democratic candidates and progressive organizations through ActBlue, the online fundraising platform.
  • For comparison, donors gave $335 million through ActBlue in the entire 2014 midterms cycle.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.