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Pat Sullivan and Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Massachusetts Rep. Mike Capuano is digging in on California Rep. Brad Sherman for drawing up impeachment articles for Trump, which began circulating Monday, per Politico. Sherman has requested feedback by the middle of this week.

Sherman and Texas Rep. Al Green, who is also drafting articles, both say Trump has engaged in obstruction of justice in the Russia probe, and Sherman notes impeachment "is a long road. But we ought to begin" since it will take a while.

Breaking party lines:

  1. Capuano reportedly said there should be a discussion in the caucus before moving forward.
  2. Some Dems are hesitant to push swing-state voters away from going blue.
  3. Democratic leadership is urging reserved actions about using the impeachment word just yet since the investigations haven't revealed enough yet.

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Former FDA commissioner: "Reliable drug supply is absolutely critical"

Axios' Caitlin Owens and former FDA commissioner Mark McClellan. Photo courtesy of Axios Events

Having a reliable supply of pharmaceutical drugs throughout America will be "absolutely critical" to boosting affordability in health care during the Biden administration, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Mark McClellan said at a virtual Axios Event on Friday.

The big picture: McClellan, who served under President George W. Bush, says drugs having limited supply and limited competition leads to elevated pricing. He considers drug supply to be a national security and public health issue.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Americans are still spending money

Source: Census Bureau; Chart: Axios Visuals

Americans spent more money at stores and restaurants in 2020 than they did in 2019 — even in the face of a devastating global pandemic that shut down broad sectors of the economy.

Why it matters: The monthly retail sales report this morning came in well below expectations, and showed consumer spending falling on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Total expenditures were still higher in December 2020 than they were a year previously, however.

The deplatforming fight shifts to the courts

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Capitol riot and tech firms' sweeping attempt in its wake to dislodge the online far right are kicking up efforts to have the courts settle knotty questions about online speech and power.

Why it matters: Legal battles could force the people angry at Big Tech to bring more rigor to arguments that have often devolved into messy sideshows.