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As conservative voters head to the polls in November to elect anti-abortion lawmakers, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock tells Axios that the pro-abortion rights platform will help Democrats to pick up seats in the Senate and take back the House.

Why it matters: Abortion shouldn’t be a taboo topic for Democrats, but few are talking about it on the campaign trail. Part of that, Schriock says, is strategic: she thinks conservative Republican candidates will scare away critical voters — like millennials, the largest voting bloc this year — with their hard-line anti-abortion stances.

Driving the news: President Trump wants to cut Title X federal funding from organizations like Planned Parenthood that promote or provide abortions.

The big picture: Health care is a top issue across the country, meaning some voters will want to hear about reproductive rights, especially from the record number of women running for office at every level.

The other side: See our interview with anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser here.

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European soccer is at war

Liverpool celebrating its 2019 Champions League victory. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Europe's biggest soccer clubs have established The Super League, a new midweek tournament that would compete with — and threaten the very existence of — the Champions League.

Why it matters: This new league, set to start in 2023, "would bring about the most significant restructuring of elite European soccer since the 1950s, and could herald the largest transfer of wealth to a small set of teams in modern sports history," writes NYT's Tariq Panja.

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2021's expected earnings blowout begins

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

First-quarter earnings so far have been very strong, outpacing even the rosy expectations from Wall Street and that's a trend that's expected to continue for all of 2021. S&P 500 companies are on pace for one of the best quarters of positive earnings surprises on record, according to FactSet.

Why it matters: The results show that not only has the earnings recession ended for U.S. companies, but firms are performing better than expected and the economy may be justifying all the hype.

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NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight as first aircraft piloted on another planet

Ingenuity on the surface of Mars, filmed by NASA's Perseverance rover. Photo: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA successfully piloted the Ingenuity Mars helicopter for its first experimental flight on Monday, briefly hovering the aircraft as NASA's Perseverance rover collected data.

Why it matters: Ingenuity's short flight marks the first time a human-built aircraft has flown on a world other than Earth, opening the door to new means of exploring planets far from our own.