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Axios360 & the United States Conference of Mayors: Driving Cities of the Future

Shane Karns

How will technology and innovation impact city infrastructure? Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen discussed with:

  • The Honorable Mitch Landrieu, President, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor, New Orleans
  • The Honorable Eric Garcetti, Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors Infrastructure Task Force, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
  • Dr. Mory Gharib, Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, California Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Dan Katz, Director of Global Public Policy and North American Projects, Hyperloop One

Thank you Postmates for sponsoring this event.

Mayor Garcetti introduces Mike Allen and welcomes him to Los Angeles. Shane Karns
Dr. Gharib discusses how autonomous systems (i.e. flying ambulances) will improve public safety. Shane Karns
Katz explains how Hyperloop One could transform transportation. Shane Karns
In LA's historic Union Station, Mike speaks with Mayor Garcetti and Mayor Landrieu about the importance of investing in infrastructure. Shane Karns
Mike asks the two mayors the chances they'd face each other in a primary. Garcetti responds: "I was hoping you'd say 'ticket.'"Shane Karns
The future tastes good.Shane Karns
Mike Allen 13 hours ago
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A huge clue about Mueller's endgame

Robert Mueller testifies before Congress in 2013. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

Axios has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller has focused on events since the election — not during the campaign — in his conversations with President Trump's lawyers. The top two topics that Mueller has expressed interest in so far: the firings of FBI director James Comey and national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Why it matters: That suggests a focus on obstruction of justice while in office, rather than collusion with Russia during the campaign. But both sagas are interwoven with Russia: Trump himself has linked Comey's firing to Russia, and Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition.

Amy Harder 14 hours ago
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The swamp’s tug-o-war over America’s ethanol mandate

American eagle with corn in its claws
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

A biofuels standard Congress passed more than a decade ago in the name of rural development, energy security and climate change has devolved into an arcane fight over market share that has nothing to do with those initial three goals.

Why it matters: The law — called the renewable fuel standard that requires refineries to blend biofuels into gasoline — is a textbook example of how regulations create winners, losers and unintended consequences.