Lime electric scooters. Photo: Lime

Lime, a San Francisco-based bike and scooter-sharing startup, is raising around $250 million in new funding led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), Axios has learned.

Why it matters: E-scooter competition keeps heating up, with rivals like Lime and Bird believing that cash-grabs will translate into land-grabs.

  • The deal is not yet closed, which means the final size could change a bit. Existing backers like Coatue Management and Andreessen Horowitz are expected to participate.
  • Lime has told investors that its users have taken a total of 4.2 million rides, one million of which were between May 5 and May 27. One source says each Lime scooter is used, on average, between 8 and 12 times per day.
  • Axios previously reported that Lime was seeking to raise up to $500 million in a combination of equity and debt, but the latter is currently on hold. Expect it to come at some point later, likely in the form of equipment financing.
  • Rival Bird reportedly is raising $150 million in new funding to be led by Sequoia Capital, with a Delaware filing (provided by Axios by Lagniappe Labs) showing that it has authorized up to $200 million in Series C shares. If all sold, its valuation would top $1 billion.

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20 Republican former U.S. attorneys endorse Biden, call Trump "a threat to the rule of law"

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.