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Joe Biden in New Hampshire on Tuesday. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Watch for Trump allies to begin framing Joe Biden as a free-trading globalist who would undo the president's trade agenda.

Why it matters: Trump will try to direct the conversation with his megaphone, and invite attacks on Biden from the left.

  • Trump allies say that when 2020 candidates to Biden’s left inevitably start hitting him on his free-trade past, Republicans will piggyback to try to undermine him ahead of a potential general election fight in the Rust Belt.
  • Expect them to begin asking questions like: What specifically will Biden do with China? Will he lift President Trump's tariffs? How does Biden defend his past advocacy for NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership?
  • This could be months away, but it's already a hot topic in Trumpworld.

The backdrop: Team Trump is worried about the former vice president.

  • Internal Trump polls have Biden substantially ahead in the Rust Belt.

The other side: "Trump’s trade war could hit his base of voters most," via CNBC.

Go deeper: Trump’s Biden obsession

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Facebook: Metaverse won't "move fast and break things"

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Facebook on Monday said it will invest $50 million over two years in global research and program partners to ensure its metaverse products "are developed responsibly."

Why it matters: "It's almost the opposite of that now long-abandoned slogan of 'move fast and break things,'" Facebook's VP of global affairs Nick Clegg told Axios in an interview at The Atlantic Festival Monday.

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Facebook presses "pause" on Instagram Kids

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Facebook's announcement Monday that it was "pausing development" on Instagram Kids did little to slow a wave of criticism of the project ahead of a Senate hearing Thursday.

Yes, but: There's an argument to be made for building kids' versions of popular apps, even if their adult versions are causing real-world harms.

Ford's big plans to turbocharge the electric car industry in the U.S.

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Ford Motor Company’s new $11 billion manufacturing plan, the biggest component of which will sit just outside Memphis, is part of a much bigger effort to put the U.S. at the center of the electric vehicle revolution, executive chairman Bill Ford says.

The big picture: Ford’s plans — for enormous facilities in both Tennessee and Kentucky, employing a combined 11,000 workers — are ambitious manufacturing efforts designed to minimize their environmental impact.