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Photo: Joe Raedle

Federal authorities arrested a South Florida man on Friday after he allegedly made multiple death threats to several Democratic lawmakers.

Details: According to a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, John Kless left threatening voice messages on the office lines of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). Police have indicated that Kless has also been investigated for “profane/harassing calls” to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in which he spoke of “Congress taking away his guns, abortion, illegal immigration and Muslims in Congress."

Driving the news:

  • According to the affidavit, on Tuesday, Kless called Swalwell — a 2020 presidential candidate — cautioning him that taking Americans' guns would put him on his "death bed." Swalwell has made gun violence a focal point of his platform, calling for universal background checks and forced buy-backs of assault weapons.
  • Transcripts of the message Kless allegedly left for Booker, include racial slurs, and support for the white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of protestors in Charlottesville in 2017.
  • In his message to Tlaib, police say Kless referred to the Muslim congresswoman from Michigan as a member of the Taliban.
  • Kless also reportedly referenced Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) comments about September 11.

Kless made his first appearance in court on Friday and has been released on bond, per the U.S. Attorneys Office.

Go deeper: Death threats target freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar

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12 mins ago - Sports

U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins 50-meter freestyle final, sets new Olympic record

Caeleb Dressel during the men's 100m butterfly final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

American swimmer Caeleb Dressel won gold and set an Olympic record in the men's 50-meter freestyle on Saturday, beating his own world record that he set in 2020.

The big picture: Dressel won the race in 21.07 seconds.

  • He previously won gold in the men's 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley relay in Tokyo. He also broke the world record in the men's 100-meter butterfly final on Friday.
  • Dressel had two gold medals going into the Tokyo Olympics.

Go deeper: Full Axios Olympics coverage

2 hours ago - Health

Florida records most new daily COVID cases in state since pandemic began

Nurses bring a portable x-ray machine to a treatment tent outside the emergency department at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, set up to serve as an overflow area as the number of COVID-19 infections surges throughout Brevard County. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida reported 21,683 new COVID-19 cases — the most in the state in a single day since the pandemic began, per data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday.

The big picture: Florida is now the U.S. coronavirus epicenter, with the Delta variant driving a surge, Axios Tampa Bay's Ben Montgomery notes.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

Chart: Less than 0.1% of vaccinated Americans tested positive for COVID-19

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Data: CDC and state Covid dashboards. Dani Alberti/Axios

Of the 164 million vaccinated Americans, around 125,000 people have tested positive for breakthrough infections and 0.001% have died, according to state data compiled from state dashboards by NBC and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: While "breakthrough cases" have been getting media attention, the low numbers show that the pandemic is mostly a threat for the unvaccinated population.

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