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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Photo: by Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk disclosed the law firms and financial advisers, including Goldman Sachs, that will work with him on his newly-announced plan to take his electric automaker Tesla private.

Why it matters: Naming the team enables Musk to claim a tangible step in what remains a vague and uncertain proposal to buy out Tesla at $420-per-share.

  • It could also help undermine the suspicion that he had invented the existence of financiers.

The intrigue: Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter, reports that Silver Lake — a technology investment firm — is working with Musk for free and hasn't been hired in an "official capacity."

  • A Tesla spokesman tells Bloomberg that Musk's tweet refers to his own advisers and attorneys.

The Monday night Twitter announcement follows Musk's blog post earlier in the day confirming discussions with Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, which recently acquired a nearly five percent stake in the company, about financing the deal.

  • However, the post describing the Saudi interest and discussions last week did little to show that Musk has "secured funding" for the transaction, which he claimed last week.

Editor's note: This story has been edited include Tesla's assertion that the firms are working with Musk personally.

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Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

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Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

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Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

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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. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”