“Axios on HBO” is returning early with plans to ramp up production and air episodes biweekly on Mondays for the rest of 2020. Season 3 continues Monday, April 27 at 11 p.m. ET/ PT, exclusively on all HBO platforms.

Why it matters: The series will resume with an extended commitment by HBO to bring viewers exclusive documentary-style reporting and news-making interviews with leaders and key decision makers who are defining our future in a range of industries, including politics, technology, and business. 

“While the way we report has changed in recent weeks due to the ongoing pandemic, the stories we are telling have only grown in importance and we look forward to bringing even more of them to the forefront in these new episodes on HBO. It is more important than ever that we provide viewers access to top leaders and decision makers and help them cut through the noise of the 24-hour news cycle with our Smart Brevity format.
— Axios CEO and Co-founder, Jim VandeHei

The backdrop: Directed and produced by Emmy winners Matthew O’Neill (HBO’s "Baghdad ER") and Perri Peltz (HBO’s "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr."), the first part of Season 3 demonstrated the show’s ability to quickly produce a must-watch documentary news series remotely without sacrificing the quality or newsworthiness of reporting.

  • Recent seasons of “Axios on HBO” have featured breaking news and blunt, fearless interviews with former Vice President Joe Bider, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, China’s Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and many more.

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In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

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The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.

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A luxe election-night watch party at the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue is being planned for President Trump's donors, friends and advisers — but Trump's hand in it is minimal because he's "very superstitious" — people familiar with the plans tell Axios.

The big picture: This "mecca for all things MAGA," as one adviser described it, is one of three hubs where they say Trumpworld will watch returns. The others are the war room at campaign HQ in Rosslyn, Virginia, and the White House residence, where Trump and the first lady will gather close family and advisers before heading to the hotel later that night, the sources said.