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On the next episode of “Axios on HBO,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer confirms to Axios national political reporter Alexi McCammond that she feels she has to censor herself when talking about President Trump in order to continue receiving federal assistance.

Catch the full interview on Monday, May 25, at 11pm ET/PT on all HBO platforms.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, Quibi CEO Meg Whitman and former New York Rep. Susan Molinari are joining former Ohio Gov. John Kasich in speaking at opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday.

Why it matters: The four Republicans will deliver speeches under the theme, "We the People Putting Country Over Party," according to the DNC's announcement.

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The Biden administration will waive sanctions on the corporate entity and CEO overseeing the construction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline into Germany, according to two sources briefed on the decision.

Why it matters: The decision indicates the Biden administration is not willing to compromise its relationship with Germany over this pipeline, and underscores the difficulties President Biden faces in matching actions to rhetoric on a tougher approach to Russia.