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On the most recent episode of "Axios on HBO," Axios co-founder Mike Allen and Vice President Mike Pence discussed whether people should be wearing masks in the White House after two staffers tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • The West Wing mandated face masks on Monday, with exceptions for President Trump and Pence.

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The Trump campaign announced it had started selling face masks on Monday, saying President Trump "urges all patriotic Americans to wear a face cover when they are unable to socially distance."

Why it matters: Trump initially refused to wear face masks and called them a "double-edged sword." He also appeared to mock presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for wearing a face mask in public in May.

Aug 18, 2020 - Podcasts

California's energy emergency

The West Coast is experiencing intense heatwaves right now. This week, temperatures in Death Valley, California hit a record 130 degrees Fahrenheit. In the middle of a pandemic, this is highlighting a new set of problems — including how to store newer, greener forms of energy.

  • Plus, Mike Allen's inside look at political conventions of the past.
  • And, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women's right to vote.

Guests: Axios' Amy Harder and Mike Allen.

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