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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) used a series of jokes at the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington, D.C., Saturday night to address reports that she's a demanding boss who yells at staff, the Associated Press reports.

Details: The 2020 presidential candidate issued a serious statement to her local paper, the Star Tribune, before the dinner admitting she could be tough and pledging to "do better." But the annual gathering of journalists, politicians and political officials is a lighthearted, satirical affair, so Klobuchar wasted no time in poking fun at herself.

  • On Gridiron Club president Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of the Wall Street Journal, asking her to address the dinner: "So when Jerry called me about tonight, he asked, 'Do you need a microphone or do you just prefer to yell at everyone?' I said microphone."
  • On the New York Times' February report that she once ate a salad with a comb after being stuck on a flight with no fork: "How did everyone like the salad? I thought it was OK, but it needed just a bit of scalp oil and a pinch of dandruff, would be a little better."
  • On her bid to be elected president in 2020: "I will win this election because I’m a woman and all the powerful people in the room told me it’s a sure thing. What could possibly go wrong?"

Go deeper: Amy Klobuchar: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

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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

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

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.