Former Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx (on right) briefs reporters in May 2014. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Anthony Foxx, who served as secretary of the Transportation Department in the Obama administration from 2013 to 2017, has joined venture capital firm Autotech Ventures' advisory board, the company announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: The firm's portfolio companies will surely benefit from access to Foxx's expertise in transportation policy, especially for those working on highly-regulated technologies like autonomous driving.

  • Autotech Ventures raised $120 million for its inaugural fund last year.
  • Its portfolio includes ride-hailing company Lyft, parking app SpotHero, used car marketplace Frontier Car Group, and autonomous driving tech company DeepScale.

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Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a vote on Republicans' $500 billion targeted COVID-19 relief bill, a far less comprehensive package than the $1.8 trillion+ deal currently being negotiated between the Trump administration and House Democrats.

Why it matters: There's little appetite in the Senate for a stimulus bill with a price tag as large as what President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been calling for. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) "skinny" proposal was mostly seen as a political maneuver, as it had little chance of making it out of the Senate.

The hazy line between politics and influence campaigns

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The recent firestorm over the New York Post’s publication of stories relying on data from a hard drive allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden shows the increasingly hazy line between domestic political “dirty tricks” and a foreign-sponsored disinformation operation.

Why it matters: This haziness could give determined actors cover to conduct influence operations aimed at undermining U.S. democracy through channels that just look like old-fashioned hard-nosed politics.