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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced Monday that he will retire at the end of his current term, according to Politico.

The big picture: Walden is the 22nd House Republican to announce that they will not seek re-election this cycle.

What they're saying: Walden said in a statement that he believes "that a path exists for Republicans to recapture a majority in the House," per Politico.

  • However, he said he is retiring "to pursue new challenges and opportunities."

The state of play: Walden broke with President Trump on several key pieces of legislation, including voting with Democrats to end the 35-day government shutdown over the president's proposed border wall and voting for sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Walden has recently defended the president throughout the Ukraine investigation.
  • During his time as House Energy chair before the 2018 midterms, Walden was tough on Big Tech, repeatedly asking Silicon Valley CEOs to testify before the committee.

Go deeper: The full list of Republicans leaving the House in 2020

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20 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.