Uber's self-driving cars are back — sort of

The ride-hailing company has obtained the California DMV's permission to test a few of its special Ford cars in San Francisco, as the SF Examiner reported and Axios later confirmed with Uber. The cars have to be driven by humans (not self-driving systems) and be used for the purpose of training its mapping software.

Backstory: Uber was forced to pull the plug on its first round of self-driving Volvo cars after the DMV revoked the registrations of Uber's cars. The company argued it didn't need a permit because its cars didn't fit the state's definition of autonomous vehicles.

Tension within Uber over Trump

Uber CTO Thuan Pham reportedly sent an email to a few employees decrying the election of Trump, according to Business Insider. Moreover, many employees are frustrated with their employer's association with Trump's administration. With that said, some interpret Kalanick's relationship with the administration as purely in the interest of Uber and not a form of endorsement for Trump.

One current employee tells Axios that Kalanick has expressed "dissatisfaction" with Trump during multiple employee meetings and does not appear to be fan of the president at all.

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Media prepares to fact check debates in real time

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

From live blogs to video chyrons and tweets, media companies are introducing new ways to fact check the presidential debates in real time this year.

Between the lines: The debates themselves are likely to leave less room for live fact-checking from moderators than a traditional news interview would.

Life after Roe v. Wade

The future seems clear to both parties: The Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade in the next few years, either gradually or in one fell swoop, and the abortion wars will move to a state-by-state battle over freedom and restrictions. 

What's new: Two of the leading activists on opposite sides of the abortion debate outlined for “Axios on HBO” the next frontiers in a post-Roe v. Wade world as the balance on the Supreme Court prepares to shift.

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Jerome Powell, Trump's re-election MVP

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios. Getty Images photos: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP and Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket

President Trump trails Joe Biden in most polls, has generally lower approval ratings and is behind in trust on most issues. Yet polls consistently give him an edge on the economy, which remains a top priority among voters.

Why it matters: If Trump wins re-election, it will largely be because Americans see him as the force rallying a still-strong U.S. economy, a narrative girded by skyrocketing stock prices and consistently climbing U.S. home values — but the man behind booming U.S. asset prices is really Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell.