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Gowdy splits with GOP Intel Committee, says Russia worked against Clinton

Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Rep. Trey Gowdy. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Rep. Trey Gowdy said on Tuesday that Russia had clearly worked against Hillary Clinton, and planned to continue doing so if she was elected president, Politico reports.

Quote[Russia was] motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed."
— Rep. Gowdy

Why it matters: This breaks with what Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee said on Monday, which disputed intelligence community's findings that said Russia was working against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and preferred Donald Trump.

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Trump's two-front war

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President Trump is ending the week with a flop — nowhere close to the border wall funding he wanted in the DACA-less spending bill that congressional leaders released last evening. But he's fulfilling one of his most aggressive campaign promises with his anti-China trade action.

The big picture: Trump's expected announcement today of tariffs on Chinese imports is a big deal, and analysts fear it could provoke a trade war — and it comes as Trump has been battling his own party here at home over the government spending bill.

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The worst flu season in eight years

Note: Activity levels are based on outpatient visits in a state compared to the average number of visits that occur during weeks with little or no flu virus circulation; Data: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

This year's flu season caught many experts off guard with both its sustained prevalence and its virulence. At its peak, there was a higher level of flu-like illnesses reported than any other year during the past eight years. Watch in the visual as it hits its peak around Week 18.

Why it matters: Public health officials try to capture this data when developing the next year's vaccines. And, of course, they want to find better ways to prevent severe flu seasons. There's a "Strategic Plan" to develop a universal vaccine to protect against a wider range of influenza viruses, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells Axios.