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Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida is demolished following Hurricane Michael in Oct. 2018. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Following historic extreme weather in Florida and Nebraska, the U.S. Air Force is asking for $5 billion to repair two major bases in each state, reports Defense One.

Details: Officials said they will have to cut projects at the Offutt Air Base in Nebraska and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida if they don't receive $1.2 billion for repairs by June, which could affect 18,000 pilot training hours.

Background: Offutt Air Force Base, a strategic command center in Nebraska, is essentially submerged after melting snow and heavy rain caused historic flooding. Hurricane Michael hit Florida in early October 2018. The storm devastated the Tyndall Air Force Base, one of the largest F-22 bases in the country, and damaged numerous aircrafts.

Our thought bubble, per Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman: The military has long viewed climate change as a national security threat, both at home and abroad. Now it's becoming clear that, through extreme weather events, climate change is already damaging military readiness and costing the Defense Department billions, as both Hurricane Michael and the spring floods have ties to a warming planet.

Go deeper: Flooding's national security risk

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Updated 6 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden to attempt "emergency economic relief" by executive order

President Biden. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Biden will continue his executive action blitz on Friday, issuing two more orders in an attempt to provide immediate relief to struggling families without waiting for Congress.

Why it matters: In his second full day in office, Biden is again resorting to executive actions as he tries to increase payments for nutritional assistance and protect workers' rights during the pandemic.

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What we know about the Apple car

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Apple's moves toward breaking into the market for self-driving cars have come in fits and starts, but it has big ambitions for the space and is moving forward both with its own efforts and with potential partnerships with automakers.

Why it matters: Apple has great businesses in phones and computers, but its long-term growth potential will depend on conquering an entirely new market. Improving health care and playing a role in autonomous vehicles appear to be its two biggest bets on that front.

Banks cash in as Wall Street blows out Main Street

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

America’s big banks capped off a winning year, led by soaring Wall Street-facing business lines.

Why it matters: Banks cashed in on the white-hot IPO market, record debt issuance, and sky-high trading volume — all of which played out as economic peril softened the consumer side of their businesses.