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Lyft's newest pitch: carpooling

Company co-founder and president John Zimmer penned a blog post arguing for infrastructure that would encourage carpooling as a way of solving traffic in the U.S.

Between the lines: It's not too hard to see that Zimmer's pitch is a direct ad for Lyft Line, his company's carpooling service.

  • Case in point: He suggests that smart carpool lanes be free for cars with three or more passengers—exactly the minimum of people in a car when two riders are matched.

Our take: While advocating for modern infrastructure is a great idea, Zimmer's blog post seems to imply that the U.S. has never attempted to incentivize carpooling. Carpool lanes have existed in the U.S. for more than four decades. What's more, mass transit, such as buses, is often applauded for helping take cars off the road and make transportation more efficient.

Theranos fails yet another inspection

The Silicon Valley blood-testing company reportedly failed a regulatory inspection of its Arizona lab in September, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was the second major lab inspection the company has failed.

In hindsight: CMS concluded on Sept. 29 that Theranos' lab was deficient, just days before the company announced it would be getting out of the lab business altogether to focus on building and selling testing equipment to other clinics. Of course, Theranos made no mention of the failed inspection when it announced its new business direction.

Now what? Since the first report from the Journal in Oct. 2015, Theranos has unraveled—voiding test results, federal investigations, a ban on its CEO from running a lab for two years. While the company could potentially find success with its new business model, its reputation might be too tarnished. Today, Theranos has become the Silicon Valley poster child for fraud.

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at February's Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Twitter on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), saying that his office launched an investigation into the social media giant because it banned former President Trump from its platform.

Driving the news: Twitter is seeking to halt an investigation launched by Paxton into moderation practices by Big Tech firms including Twitter for what he called "the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President," days after they banned him following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

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Sen. Roy Blunt's retirement highlights the twin challenge facing Senate Republicans: finding good replacement candidates and avoiding a pathway for potential troublemakers to join their ranks.

Why it matters: While the midterm elections are supposed to be a boon to the party out of power, the recent run of retirements — which may not be over — is upending that assumption for the GOP in 2022.

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Data: Brookings Institution and Pew Research Center; Note: No data on Native Americans in Congress before the 107th Congress; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The number of non-white senators and House members in the 535-seat Congress has been growing steadily in the past several decades — but representation largely lags behind the overall U.S. population.

Why it matters: Non-whites find it harder to break into the power system because of structural barriers such as the need to quit a job to campaign full time for office, as Axios reported in its latest Hard Truths Deep Dive.