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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke with locals in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Photo: Beto O’Rourke/Facebook

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Sunday toured Tulsa communities on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma that have been devastated by severe weather and historic flooding.

Details: O'Rourke vowed if he were elected in 2020, he'd direct federal grants to invest in communities before natural disasters strike as climate change is due to worsen the situation, the Oklahoman reports.

The big picture: President Trump declared a major disaster in Oklahoma Saturday, making federal funding available to Tulsa, Muskogee and Wagoner counties. Waters are now receding in the area. But as Oklahoma clears up, the high waters are traveling southeast along the Arkansas River.

The latest: Downriver Arkansas communities were preparing Sunday for record-breaking crests, per AP. Flooding caused police to close multiple roads in North Little Rock Sunday night, according to KATV.

Go deeper: Beto O'Rourke on the issues, in under 500 words

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58 mins ago - Economy & Business

America on borrowed time

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economic recovery will not be linear as the world continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Despite being propped up by an extraordinary amount of fiscal stimulus and support from central banks, the state of the global economy remains fragile.

Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

Updated 13 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.