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House Republicans have a tough campaign cycle in 2018, so they need a larger political war chest than usual. They're off to a good start, having raised $20.5 million so far this year.

The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $10.5 million in February, the second month in a row the group says it's broken a fundraising record (they raised $5m at the same time in the last cycle in Feb. 2015).

Speaker Paul Ryan — who's proven to be a consistently prolific fundraiser since taking over from John Boehner — raised almost half of the NRCC's monthly total.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.