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Here's how busy the Trump news cycle has been in just the first half of 2018, as seen in Google News Lab's data on the googling trends of the public. It shows when and how much people searched about 30 of the biggest news events.

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Data: Google News Lab; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Between the lines: This doesn't even account for all of the policy changes, media attacks and tweets coming from President Trump and his administration. It's clear we've been jumping from one four-alarm news fire to the next, with China, Russia and Robert Mueller receiving steady interest all year. If anyone thought the pace would slow after Trump's first year, they were wrong.

The topics that received the greatest spikes of interest from Google users were:

  1. The government shutdown, which came in January.
  2. The National Anthem saga, as Trump berated professional athletes who protested racial injustice by refusing to stand during the anthem.
  3. Russia-related news.

Go deeper: The insane Trump news cycle of 2017.

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Maxine Waters offers right-wing alternative universe for Chauvin trial

Data: Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer; Chart: Axios Visuals

While Fox News has largely ignored the Derek Chauvin trial compared to competitors, conservative media seized on comments from Rep. Maxine Waters over the weekend, making it the single biggest trial storyline on social media since it began on March 29, according to NewsWhip data provided to Axios.

Why it matters: The data shows that for conservative America, the story in Minneapolis is being used as a way to highlight the aggression of protesters rather than the police killing of a Black man.

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China leads the world with new state-backed digital currency

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

In a push to dominate global financial technology, the Chinese government is aiming to roll out the world's first state-backed digital currency.

Why it matters: China's new currency could set global standards for the use of national digital currencies — and give Beijing unprecedented visibility and control over domestic financial transactions.

Record number of journalists unionize during COVID pandemic

Data: Axios research; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The COVID-19 crisis has triggered a massive uptick in news media unionization efforts, union leaders tell Axios.

Why it matters: The trend is only going to grow bigger once people head back to work in-person, says Jon Schleuss, president of the NewsGuild.