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Lauren Olinger

Axios' Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei launched the Smarter Faster Revolution college tour this afternoon at UNC Chapel Hill at an event presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jeff Immelt, Former Chairman and CEO, General ElectricT.H. Anthony Foxx, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation Ali Marano, Head of Technology for Social Good, Diversity & Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Tyler Fleming, the Editor in Chief of The Daily Tar Heel, introduces Mike Allen. The two co-wrote an article earlier this week about today's media climate. Lauren Olinger
"You can be scared about changes to the workforce or you can look for opportunities," Jim says as he and Mike kick off the event. Lauren Olinger
Immelt tells students not to be intimidated by technology. "You need to know the art of the possible."Lauren Olinger
Marano speaks about JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s efforts to have "diversity of thought" among its employees. Lauren Olinger

Foxx says that America's future is a driverless one. "It's inevitable."

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Axios Editor in Chief Nick Johnston speaks with Professor Tamara Rice's interactive media class after the event.Lauren Olinger

Some Tar Heels who just got Smarter Faster.

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Next stop, the University of Michigan.

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Stanley McChrystal. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Stanley McChrystal, a top retired general and Biden adviser, tells Axios that "China's military capacity has risen much faster than people appreciate," and the U.S. is running out of time to counterbalance that in Asia and prevent a scenario such as it seizing Taiwan.

Why it matters: McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, recently briefed the president-elect as part of his cabinet of diplomatic and national security advisers. President-elect Joe Biden is considering which Trump- or Obama-era approaches to keep or discard, and what new strategies to pursue.

Progressives shift focus from Biden's Cabinet to his policy agenda

Joe Biden giving remarks in Wilmington, Del., last month. Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images

Some progressives tell Axios they believe the window for influencing President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet selections has closed, and they’re shifting focus to policy — hoping to shape Biden's agenda even before he’s sworn in.

Why it matters: The left wing of the party often draws attention for its protests, petitions and tweets, but this deliberate move reflects a determination to move beyond some fights they won't win to engage with Biden strategically, and over the long term.

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The watchful eyes of Hugo Chávez on an election poster in Caracas. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty

Venezuelans will go to the polls on Sunday, Nicolás Maduro will complete his takeover of the last opposition-held body, and much of the world will refuse to recognize the results.

The big picture: The U.S. and dozens of other countries have backed an opposition boycott of the National Assembly elections on the grounds that — given Maduro's tactics (like tying jobs and welfare benefits to voting), track record, and control of the National Electoral Council — they will be neither free nor fair.