Jan 19, 2018

Justice Department to re-try Bob Menendez in corruption case

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

The Department of Justice on Friday said it will re-try Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez in a bribery and corruption case, which ended two months ago after a jury failed to reach a verdict, POLITICO reports.

The backdrop: The senator, who's up for re-election this year, has pleaded not guilty in a bribery scheme. He allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars and gifts from co-defendant Dr. Salomen Melgen.

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The polarized pandemic election

A Trump supporter protests Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order, during a May 15 rally outside the Capitol in Harrisburg. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

President Trump is going all-in on pushing for a rapid, robust return to normal life, creating a visual, visceral contrast with Joe Biden and other Democrats who are more reticent to rip the masks off.

The state of play: Business friends have been urging Trump from the beginning to keep the lockdowns short. He's listening more and more.

Tech's long hot summer of antitrust

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Google, Facebook and other tech giants face a summer of regulatory grilling as long-running investigations into potential anticompetitive practices likely come to a head.

The big picture: Probes into the power of Big Tech launched by federal and state authorities are turning a year old, and observers expect action in the form of formal lawsuits and potentially damning reports — even as the companies have become a lifeline for Americans during the pandemic lockdown.

Palantir CEO hits Silicon Valley "monoculture," may leave California

Palantir is "getting close" to a decision on whether to move the company out of California, CEO Alex Karp said in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

The state of play: "We haven't picked a place yet, but it's going to be closer to the East Coast than the West Coast. ... If I had to guess, I would guess something like Colorado."