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The travel and tourism industry has been hit hard this week. On Tuesday, Disney announced its decision to lay off 28,000 workers. Today, the federal stimulus plan that provided payroll support to the airlines is set to expire.

  • Plus, COVID patients are entering Wisconsin hospitals at record rates.
  • And, America’s other oncoming election nightmare.

Guests: Axios' Joann Muller, Sam Baker and Mike Allen.

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Erica Pandey, author of @Work
Jan 6, 2021 - Economy & Business

Why the decline of business travel matters

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Gone are the days of jet-setting for work. Even as we return to offices, the pandemic's effect on business travel will likely last.

Why it matters: The fate of business travel has big ramifications for the economy at large. Its decline could cost millions of jobs, shutter even more small businesses and make your next vacation more expensive.

Updated 38 mins ago - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Dave Lawler, author of World
52 mins ago - World

Biden holds first phone call with Putin, raises Navalny arrest

Putin takes a call in 2017. Photo: Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty

President Biden on Tuesday held his first call since taking office with Vladimir Putin, pressing the Russian president on the arrest of opposition leader Alexey Navalny and the Russia-linked hack on U.S. government agencies, AP reports.

The state of play: Biden also planned to raise arms control, bounties allegedly placed on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the war in Ukraine, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who said the call took place while she was delivering a press briefing. Psaki added that a full readout will be provided later Tuesday.

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