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One force thwarting Donald Trump's plan to roll back financial regulations is the regulators themselves. The Wall Street Journal points out that Dodd Frank was written in such a way as to give broad powers to the SEC and the Federal Reserve to implement the law. Even in the case of the SEC—which is more likely to toe the President's line—the regulatory reform process is overseen by the judiciary, now brimming with Obama appointees.

Wall Street is hopeful: Even so, investors are hopeful that the new administration will be able to roll back financial regulations. After Donald Trump ordered an executive review of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law—with the aim of rolling it back, financial sector stocks rose more than 3%. One theory is that eased regulations might allow banks to return more capital to investors.

Greece will need another bailout: According to the International Monetary Fund—its fifth since the start of the debt crisis in 2010. There's no more potent symbol of the failure of the euro than this protracted slump, from which there are few signs of relief.

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GOP plans "nightly surprise" for revamped convention

President Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images

The reworked Republican National Convention will be a four-night spectacle including still-under-wraps venues, a 10 p.m. "nightly surprise" and guests and themes playing to "the forgotten men and women of America," two senior Trump campaign officials involved tell Axios.

Driving the news: The messaging will focus heavily on "very granular details" of what a second term for President Trump would look like — answering a question Trump left hanging in a Fox News event earlier this summer — and attack cancel culture, "radical elements" of society and threats to public safety.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Fear of voting

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±3.0% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to worry about in-person voting — with nearly two in three seeing it as a large or moderate risk to their health — according to this week's installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: This could pose a significant disadvantage for Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates in November if the pattern holds — especially in states where high infection rates persist, or where there are significant hurdles to mail-in, absentee or early voting.

Trump: Coronavirus is "under control"

President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the course of the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths.

  • “They are dying, that's true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. It's under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague,” he told Axios' Jonathan Swan.