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Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg at the Economic Club of New York on Oct. 2. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg will no longer serve as chairman of the board of directors as he focuses on returning "the 737 MAX safely to service," the company announced in a Friday press release.

Where it stands: Boeing is separating the roles of chairman and CEO. David Calhoun, Boeing's current independent lead director, will take on the role of elected non-executive chairman, as Muilenburg stays on as president and director.

The big picture: Muilenburg is scheduled to testify in front of Congress on Oct. 30 to address the two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people over the past year.

  • A panel convened by the Federal Aviation Administration found on Friday that the Boeing 737 flight control system — suspected of causing both crashes — was not evaluated in concert with other systems.

Go deeper: What we've learned from the Boeing 737 MAX crashes

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Supreme Court rejects second GOP effort to cut absentee ballot deadline in N.C.

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The Supreme Court, for the second time in two days, rejected a GOP request to shorten the deadline mail-in ballots must be received by North Carolina officials to be counted.

The state of play: The state's deadline had been extended from 3 days to 9 days post-Election Day.

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The vaccine race turns toward nationalism

The coronavirus pandemic is worsening, both in the U.S. and abroad, with cases, hospitalizations and deaths all rising.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the state of global vaccine development — including why the U.S. and China seem to going at it alone — with medicinal chemist and biotech blogger Derek Lowe.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Large coronavirus outbreaks leading to high death rates — Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high ahead of Election Day.
  2. Politics: Top HHS spokesperson pitched coronavirus ad campaign as "helping the president" — Space Force's No. 2 general tests positive for coronavirus.
  3. World: Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases — Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" wave.
  4. Sports: Boston Marathon delayed MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.