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President Trump likes China's immigration policies a lot better than Germany's. That was clear in a post-Putin meeting interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, where Trump gave a nod to China's isolationist immigration policies and slammed Germany, which has welcomed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Why it matters: Yet again, Trump is praising authoritarian governments over U.S. allies to justify his own actions — in this case, restrictive policies toward both legal and illegal immigrants.

Trump's good list
  • China: When Carlson asked how many refugees and immigrants China takes in, Trump replied, "I'd say probably none."  
  • South Korea: When asked why that was, Trump said, "How about asking me about South Korea?  How about asking me about a lot of other countries that are very successful?"
  • Japan: "Check out Japan, ask them, how many have you taken in the last 20 years?  You can count them on your fingers." 

The other side: All three of these countries have extremely low shares of foreign-born citizens, but they are also facing a demographic future of aging populations, dropping fertility rates and slow economic growth.

While immigration is still fairly unpopular in these nations, there have been some policy efforts by all three governments in the past several years to allow more immigration. China, for example, had a 163% increase in green cards in 2016 compared to the year before, according to the New York Times.

  • Hungary: Trump contrasted the Eastern European country with Germany's generous acceptance of Syrians, saying "Hungary would not take any." Hungary's far-right government has taken an increasingly anti-migrant stance. Last month, the White House released a statement saying Trump had congratulated Hungary’s Viktor Orbán on his new government, noting that “both leaders agreed on the need for strong national borders.”
  • Mexico: "Mexico has very strong immigration laws," Trump told Carlson. In a tweet in April, Trump praised Mexico for having “very strong border laws — ours are pathetic.”
Trump's bad list
  • Germany: Referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump told Carlson, "Angela was a superstar until she allowed millions of people to come into Germany." And this isn't the first time Trump has publicly criticized Merkel for her immigration platform.
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  • Sweden: Immigration has boomed in Sweden over the past several years, but there has been no accompanying crime wave, according to the Telegraph. Last year at a rally, Trump wrongly claimed that there had been an immigrant-related incident in Sweden. After the blowback, he tweeted:
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  • Europe in general: "I said the immigration policies in Europe are a disaster.  You're destroying Europe. You're destroying the culture of Europe. The crime is up in those areas and you better do something," Trump told Carlson.
    • Reality check: There was one study earlier this year that linked some of the rise in violent crime in Germany to migrants, according to the BBC. But there's no consensus that immigration leads to higher crime rates in all cases. The Marshall Project even found that most areas in the U.S. whose immigrant population has increased have seen fewer violent crimes.
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Fintech's record year

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Massive venture rounds into fintech companies have ballooned this year, pushing up total dollars invested — in just the first three quarters of 2021 — to nearly double the amount in all of 2020, per new PitchBook data.

Why it matters: The maturing of fintech startups means a growing number of companies are able to raise huge later-stage funding rounds as investors look to lock-in their bets.

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Democrats' clean power outlook is very muddy

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Here are two big questions as a key Democratic proposal to slash emissions from power generation flounders: how much its demise would sap climate protections, and what might replace it.

Catch up fast: New financial carrots and sticks for utilities to deploy zero-carbon power — the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) — look unlikely to stay in Democrats' big social spending and climate bill.

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CDC: Unvaccinated are over 11 times more likely to die from COVID

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Reproduced from CDC; Note: Data represents 30% of Americans across 16 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle/King County, Wash., Utah and Wisconsin; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The CDC recently published data evaluating Americans' rate of coronavirus cases and deaths by vaccine status, providing more data on which vaccines are working best and how much protection they offer relative to being unvaccinated.

What they found: As of August, unvaccinated people had a more than six times higher risk of testing positive for the coronavirus, and were more than 11 times more likely to die from the virus.