Jan 10, 2019

FBI agents say government shutdown could threaten national security

President Trump travels to the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The FBI Agents Association sent a petition to the White House and congressional leaders Thursday urging them to come to an agreement to fund the FBI immediately.

Why it matters: The association said that "FBI leadership is doing all it can to fund FBI operations with increasingly limited resources," but that the situation is "not sustainable." Pay freezes stemming from the shutdown could make it harder for the agency to recruit and retain agents, ultimately posing a threat to national security.

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Medicaid will be a coronavirus lifeline

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Medicaid will be a lifeline for droves of Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: Medicaid has long been the safety net that catches people during hard times, but a crisis of this magnitude will call upon the program — and strain states' budgets — like never before.

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Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: Rich sheltered, poor shafted amid virus

Data: Axios/Ipsos survey. Margin of error ±2.8 points for full sample. Margin for subgroups ranges from ±5 to ±9 points. Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The coronavirus is spreading a dangerous strain of inequality.

  • Better-off Americans are still getting paid and are free to work from home, while the poor are either forced to risk going out to work or lose their jobs.

Driving the news: This sobering reality emerges from Week 3 of our Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

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How the pandemic will reshape cities

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The coronavirus pandemic will leave its mark on urban centers long after the outbreak itself recedes.

Why it matters: The most densely populated cities are ground zero for the virus' rapid spread and highest death tolls — and they're also likely to be pioneers in making lasting changes to help prevent the same level of devastation in the future.

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