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What you need to know from the Senate Intel world threats hearing

Intelligence directors testify on Capitol Hill.
Intelligence directors testify on Capitol Hill. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images

The big takeaway: The intelligence officials all conceded that the Russians will continue to interfere with U.S. elections through the 2018 mid terms and likely beyond.

Who testified: DNI Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, DIA Director Robert Ashley, NSA Director Mike Rogers, NGA Director Robert Cardillo.

On Russia:


  • Coats: ISIS remains a threat and will likely focus on regrouping in Iraq and Syria and in ungoverned” regions.

On cybersecurity:

  • Coats: “The United States is threatened by cyberattacks every day…Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China post the greatest threats.”

On Rob Porter:

  • Wray contradicted the White House timeline on Porter's security clearance.
  • On security clearances: Coats told the AP the government's system for granting security clearances is "broken" and needs to be overhauled. Sen. Warner told the intelligence directors the security clearances system needs reforms since it is "hampering your recruitment and retention and costing us millions of dollars in inefficiency."
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D.C.'s March for our Lives: "The voters are coming"

Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives.
Protestor at D.C.'s March for our Lives. Photo: Axios' Stef Kight.

D.C.'s March for our Lives event is expected to see more than half a million participants.

Why it matters: While D.C. is the primary march, there are hundreds of others around the world and across the country. Led by students, the march is "to demand that a comprehensive and effective bill be immediately brought before Congress to address" gun issues, per the organization's mission statement.

Mike Allen 11 hours ago
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How Trump created a new era of high risk

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

On Jan. 26, just over a year into his presidency, President Trump had a president's dream: peace and prosperity. The Dow Jones industrial average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq all hit record highs.

Where it stands: Since then, Trump has injected multiple new risks into the system.