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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) told CNN on Tuesday that he believes former President Trump is dividing the Republican Party.

Why it matters: Hutchinson, who is barred from seeking a third term as governor in 2022, is one of the few prominent Republicans to push against the growing consensus that Trump must play a dominant role in the party going forward.

  • Hutchinson told CNN he does not believe House Republicans should oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as the party's conference chair, as they plan to do Wednesday.
  • Cheney has faced strong backlash from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other Republicans in Congress for criticizing Trump over his baseless claims of election fraud and for voting to impeach him for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

What he's saying: "Whenever we do not have the president in power from our party, you have divided leadership — you have many different voices," Hutchinson said.

  • "And former President Trump is dividing our party, and so it's important that we not unite with someone who is dividing our party," he continued.
  • "And so I don't believe Liz Cheney should be ousted for a vote of conscience. I believe that we need to concentrate on more things that bring us together than to separate us, and going down and seeing former President Trump, to me, causes more division than anything else."

Go deeper ... The evidence is piling up: The GOP has institutionalized Trumpism

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Scoop: Pelosi, White House officials plot infrastructure path

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and senior White House officials met for 90 minutes on Tuesday to strategize how to ensure passage of major infrastructure spending, people familiar with the discussions tell Axios.

Why it matters: With the president's top legislative priority facing resistance among a Democratic caucus that's divided about how to proceed, top Biden aides and Pelosi (D-Calif.) are seeking to present a unified front.

School principals are not OK

Principal Alice Hom (purple jacket) of New York's Yung Wing School P.S. 124 near a vaccination van in November. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The overwhelming majority of secondary school principals experienced frequent stress last school year, according to a RAND Corporation report out Wednesday.

The big picture: The stress levels among female principals and principals of color were especially stark, with nearly 40% in these groups reporting constant job-related stress, compared to about 24% of male principals and 26% of white principals.

It's official: Stock market having worst start to year ever

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

It's been a decidedly ugly start to the year for the stock market, with particular pain in the tech trade.

State of play: As of the end of trading Tuesday — the 16th session of the year — 2022 is now, officially, the worst-ever start in the history of the S&P 500, according to data from Ned Davis Research, a stock market research shop.