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President Trump; Jeff Flake. Photo: Mark Wilson, Alex Wong/Getty Images

President Trump boasted today about driving Sen. Jeff Flake into retirement, saying that he did the country a "great service" by doing so. "I'm very proud of it."

Why it matters: Flake, a longtime Trump critic, announced his retirement in an emotional speech last year during which he targeted Trump as being responsible for the "flagrant disregard of truth and decency" in modern politics. Trump has also repeatedly attacked Flake as being "weak" and "toxic." Earlier today, Flake outlined his disappointment with Trump in a Washington Post op-ed where he urged the Republican Party to move beyond "the current cult of the president's personality."

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Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

Jack Dorsey stepping down as Twitter CEO

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Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of Twitter, the company announced Monday. He will be succeeded by CTO Parag Agrawal, effective immediately.

The big picture: Dorsey is also the CEO of financial payments company Square, which he co-founded in 2009, and has become a crypto evangelist in recent years.

Tracking the pandemic's unequal impact

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The pandemic was bound to hit the most economically vulnerable among us the hardest. New polling data from Morning Consult, out this morning, shows the degree to which those difficulties were more concentrated among people of color.

Catch up quick: The Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index has tracked the economic experience of adults in three wage groups since May 2020. We began publishing the findings in May of this year, and six months in, we’re slicing the data a little differently — and looking at inequality between ethnicities.