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A pier near Antalya, Turkey, almost covered by the sea due to high water levels. Photo: Mustafa Ciftci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The Doomsday Clock will remain at 2 minutes to midnight — its closest to the symbolic destruction of humanity since its creation in 1953 at the height of the Cold War— because of a lack of progress on nuclear and climate issues, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board.

What they're saying: The board said that the decision to keep the clock unchanged was due to "the increased use of information warfare to undermine democracy around the world, amplifying risk from [nuclear, climate] and other threats and putting the future of civilization in extraordinary danger."

Go deeper: Climate scientists refute 12-year deadline to curb global warming

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Updated 6 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: CDC director defends agency's response to coronavirus pandemic — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Azar says deadly Capitol siege could "tarnish" Trump administration's legacy — Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.
Bryan Walsh, author of Future
14 mins ago - Politics & Policy

America is anxious, angry and heavily armed

Data: FBI; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Firearms background checks in the U.S. hit a record high in 2020.

The big picture: This past year took our collective arsenal to new heights, with millions of Americans buying guns for the first time. That trend coincides with a moment of peak political and social tension.

Mike Allen, author of AM
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

America on borrowed time

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economic recovery will not be linear as the world continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Despite being propped up by an extraordinary amount of fiscal stimulus and support from central banks, the state of the global economy remains fragile.

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