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Forward Majority, a Democratic group focused on winning back state legislatures, is targeting at least four Republican-controlled states to uphold women's reproductive right in case the Supreme Court votes to overrule Roe v. Wade.

Why it matters: 2018 is not just about the national races — the group is pushing Democrats to focus their efforts at the state level, arguing that if Dems can break any of the states' GOP trifectas then they'll be able to avoid efforts to criminalize abortion.

  • Yes, but: There were 14 states that passed stricter abortion laws in 2016 alone. Republicans control both chambers of the state legislature and the Governor's office in a majority of the states.
  • The state of play: Forward Majority is targeting Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Florida. The group identified anywhere between three and 19 state assembly seats Democrats need to flip in order to win at least one chamber of the state legislature.
  • The bottom line: Democrats are thinking ahead and working to "transform the landscape for women's reproductive rights in a post-Roe world," the group's report says.

Go deeper: How both sides view abortion as an election issue in 2018.

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COVID cases and deaths keep falling

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
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How the pandemic caused a corporate rebound

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WeWork becomes a public company today worth more than $9 billion — a vindication of the expensive turnaround strategy employed after it spectacularly imploded in 2019. Like many companies that find themselves at death's door, that which didn't kill them made them stronger.

Why it matters: Hertz, Alamo Drafthouse, Airbnb, and Toast are among the currently-thriving companies that were shaken to the core in the early days of the pandemic — providing further evidence for the theory that, in the words of former Fast Company editor Bill Taylor, "companies can't be great unless they've almost failed."

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Facebook is a news media magnet

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New data finds that Facebook has been mentioned in more online stories in the U.S. in the past year than all of its major tech competitors combined.

Why it matters: Press scrutiny of Facebook has become so intense and negative that the tech giant is reportedly planning to rename itself as soon as next week to signal that it's more than just a social media company.

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