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The Apple store on Fifth avenue. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Apple and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are preparing to launch a new joint credit card under the Apple Pay brand, replacing its reward partnership it is currently in with Barclays, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The big picture: Apple is right on the cusp of becoming a trillion-dollar company, and this move will push it closer to that threshold. The partnership will make Apple product easier to purchase with in-store loans available through Goldman Sachs. [Go deeper with Apple's march to $1 trillion.]

The first sentence, second paragraph corrected to say Apple is on the cusp of becoming a trillion-dollar company, not the world's first.

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Biden gets mixed grades on revolving door

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Biden is getting mixed marks for his reliance on industry insiders to staff his administration during its first 100 days.

Why it matters: Progressives have leaned on the new president to limit the revolving door between industry and government. A new report from the Revolving Door Project praises him on that front but highlights key hires it deems ethically questionable.

Exclusive: Sen. Coons sees new era of bipartisanship on China

Sen. Chris Coons. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 insurrection was a "shock to the system," propelling members of Congress toward the goal of shoring up America's ability to compete with China, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told Axios during an interview Thursday.

Why it matters: Competition between China's authoritarian model and the West's liberal democratic one is likely to define the 21st century. A bipartisan response would help the U.S. present a united front.

By the numbers: States weighing voting changes

Data: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law; Cartogram: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Georgia is not alone in passing a law adding voting restrictions, but other states are seeing a surge in provisions and proposals that would expand access to the polls, according to data from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Driving the news: Just Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill to restore voting rights to convicted felons who have been released from prison.