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Axios' Mike Allen interviewing Sen. Mark Warner. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the chief Democratic lawmaker on the Senate Intelligence Committee, sketched out his concerns Thursday over efforts by President Trump's supporters to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe in an interview with Axios' Mike Allen.

The big quote: "Mike, I'm not suggesting anything other than the fact that the tone and tenor of the comments coming out of the president's allies both elected and otherwise should send a chill through all of us," said Warner to Allen.

Warner also warned of the problems with the just-passed GOP tax bill as well as Silicon Valley's failure to rid their platforms of hackers.

  • He predicts a "fix it" tax bill will be needed within 6 months to revise all of the mistakes with the tax code, and said the push to get it done before the arbitrary Christmas deadline was largely responsible for its problems. He added that the bill "is probably the single most disappointing piece of legislation" in his time in the Senate.
  • He thinks tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Youtube were too slow in recognizing the interference of Russian hackers during the elections, and expects that Silicon Valley will need to create new companies that solely deal with cyber warfare.
  • He said there needs to be an "independent third-party, almost academic analysis" of the vast trove of content posted by Russian accounts in an alleged attempt to sow chaos during the 2016 election.

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Retail stock traders power stunning comeback after deep selloff

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Stocks staged a Patrick Mahomes-esque comeback Monday, after plunging for the first few hours of trading.

Why it matters: The remarkable recovery suggests that retail traders who upended markets over the last year — most notably during the GameStop bonanza that occurred almost exactly a year ago — continue to be powerful influence in the markets.

America can't quit polarizing politicians

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Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

New data finds that the nation's most polarizing politicians are often the ones that garner the most attention online.

Why it matters: Online engagement helps politicians build a bigger national profile and more fundraising power, incentivizing them be more outrageous, more polarizing and more divisive.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
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It's time to take reproduction in space seriously

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Before humans can settle off-Earth, scientists need to figure out how — or even whether — people can reproduce in space.

Why it matters: Powerful figures in the space industry like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have dreams of a future where millions of people live in space, which would naturally require a self-sustaining population of humans somewhere other than Earth.