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Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign has largely been overshadowed in recent weeks, but she's steadily unveiling a policy platform that would unravel years, if not decades, of corporate mega-mergers.

Driving the news: Today, her campaign put the target on Big Agriculture.

  1. Warren said she would appoint trustbusters to reverse competitive and vertical mergers, including the Bayer-Monsanto merger of 2018 and in specific livestock industries such as chickens.
  2. She would push for a right-to-repair that would end restrictions on where equipment could receive maintenance. This has ramifications (Apple) that go far beyond agriculture.
  3. She would also support national restrictions on foreign ownership of farmland and agriculture companies.

The big picture: Warren is the most prominent elected booster of the idea that rising corporate concentration contributes to broader economic inequality and erodes innovation.

  • Activists, officials and academics who share this view place a lot of the blame squarely on the current legal standard for deciding antitrust cases, which is based on whether a company or merger is harming consumers specifically.
  • In court, whether consumers are being harmed often hinges on whether they'll see a price increase.
  • That makes it hard for regulators to bring cases against many deals or "free" services like Facebook or Google.

The bottom line: This school of thought has caught fire in the last couple of years in progressive circles in D.C., attracting its share of criticism in the process. Warren is the first presidential candidate to bet big that voters will care, too, and want a sea change here.

  • If she's right, it will substantially elevate the issue — and could leave some of America's most prominent companies scrambling to play defense.

What's next: We already know some industries Warren might target, thanks to a 2016 speech listing industries she said were suffering from consolidation.

  • ✔️ Big Tech (earlier this month, she said she'd break up Google, Facebook and Amazon)
  • ✔️Agriculture (her announcement today)
  • Banking
  • Airlines
  • Telecom
  • Health care
  • Big retail (she singled out Walmart)

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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sydney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

Off the Rails

Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer, Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

  1. Health: CDC director defends agency's response to pandemic — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Empire State Building among hundreds to light up in Biden inauguration coronavirus tribute.
  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode again.
  5. Tech: Kids' screen time sees a big increase.