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Alex Brandon / AP

On his boss' first day as President, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer assailed the media for allegedly misreporting inauguration turnout numbers

He said: "Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the national mall.

Reality: The New York Times shows images captured 45 minutes prior to the 2009 and 2017 Inaugurations.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

Reality: According to the Associated Press, "special mats to protect the lawn on the National Mall" were used in Obama's second inauguration in 2013.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

He said: "We know that 420,000 people used DC Metro public transit yesterday, which actually compares it to 317,000 yesterday that used it for President Obama last inaugural. This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe."

Reality: From WMATA via The Washington Post:

  • Metro Ridership 4 a .m. – midnight inauguration day 2009: 1.100,000
  • Metro Ridership 4 a .m. – midnight inauguration day 2013: 782,000
  • Metro Ridership 4 a .m. – midnight inauguration day 2017: 570,557

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Drought, record heat wave in West tied to climate change

People on Folsom Lake in Granite Bay, California, U.S., June 16, 2021. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The prolonged and widespread heat wave in the West, along with the region's increasingly severe drought, is a sign of how climate change has already tilted the odds in favor of such extremes, studies show.

Why it matters: The rapidly growing Southwest, in particular, is also the nation's fastest-warming region. The combination of heat and drought could lead to a repeat, or even eclipse, the severity of 2020's wildfire season in California and other states.

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A mix of Beltway action and extreme weather events have brought the fault lines in infrastructure talks and their planetary stakes into sharper focus.

Catch up fast: Senate Democratic leaders pledged to seek big climate measures in a multitrillion-dollar, Democrats-only package that faces a very narrow political path.

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Note: Michael Jordan's card is for baseball; Data: Alt; Table: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Shohei Ohtani's trading card value has risen 781% since the start of 2021, the highest year-to-date return of any athlete on Alt, a sports card exchange that aims to bring more liquidity to alternative assets.

Why it matters: The trading card market is the closest thing we have to a stock market for sports.

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