Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen speaks at the 2017 CPAC conference. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen pushed back Tuesday on the idea that regulators should change the standards they use to address the growing power and influence of large tech companies:

"Given the clear consumer benefits of technology-driven innovation, I am concerned about the push to adopt an approach that will disregard consumer benefits in the pursuit of other perhaps even conflicting goals."

The gritty details: Ohlhausen is resisting calls to change the standards around antitrust enforcement, which a growing cadre of scholars and activists say is necessary to take on mammoth tech firms like Google and Facebook. Ohlhausen says they have all the tools they need.

Why you'll hear about this again: The five biggest tech companies — Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon — are only getting more powerful, and skepticism of their size is getting louder.

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Confidants of Joe Biden believe his choices for vice president have narrowed to Sen. Kamala Harris and Susan Rice — and would be surprised if he picks anyone else.

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The coronavirus will make the 2020 presidential election different from any in modern history: Voting that begins earlier, results that take longer, mail carriers as virtual poll workers and October Surprises that pop in September.

The big picture: Perhaps 80 million Americans will vote early, by mail or in person, Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a Democratic political data firm, tells Axios. That's going to set up more of an Election Season than an Election Day — and increase the odds of national turmoil over the vote count.