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President Trump said during a press conference Monday that he does not think Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lied about his drinking habits during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, adding that he felt Kavanaugh was candid about his alcohol use.

"I watched him and I was surprised at how vocal he was about the fact that he likes beer and he's had a little bit of difficulty. ... I really believe he was very strong on the fact that he drank a lot."

Why it matters: Kavanaugh's drinking during high school and college — and his discussion of it during the hearing — has become a focal point of the opposition to his confirmation. But, despite Trump's comments, Kavanaugh simply admitted to drinking in high school and college, claiming he never drank to the point of blacking out or passing out.

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How the tech stock selloff is hurting average Americans

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Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Investors holding the ultra-popular Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 index funds have been hard hit over the last two weeks as tech shares have been roiled by rising U.S. Treasury yields.

Why it matters: Even though the economy is growing and many U.S. stocks are performing well, most investors are seeing their wealth decline because major indexes no longer reflect the overall economy or even a broad swath of public companies — they reflect the performance of a few of the country's biggest companies.

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UN rights chief: At least 54 killed, 1,700 detained since Myanmar coup

A Feb. 7 protest in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images

Police and military officers in Myanmar have killed at least 54 people during anti-coup protests, while "arbitrarily" detaining over 1,700 people, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.

Why it matters: Protesters have demonstrating across Myanmar for nearly a month, demanding the restoration of democracy after the country's military leaders overthrew its democratically elected government on Feb. 1.

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The danger of a fourth wave

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Anomalous Arkansas case data from Feb. 28 was not included in the calculated change; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.

The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled. And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.

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