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Yes voters celebrate as the result of the Irish referendum on the 8th amendment. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

More than 66% of voters in Ireland chose to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which has banned abortion for the past 35 years, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Ireland is a traditionally Catholic country, and its overturn is indicative of "a quiet revolution that has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades," said Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The abortion rights campaign started in Ireland after an Indian dentist, Savita Halappanavar, died in 2012 following "complications from a natural miscarriage after abortion was denied to her," CNN reports after doctors ruled an abortion was not necessary for her health.

  • Abortion was not allowed, under the amendment, in cases of incest, rape, or fetal abnormalities.
  • Just three years ago, Ireland was the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage, and only in 1995 was divorce legalized, NBC adds.

What's next: Varadkar said he expects legislation to be passed by the end of this year.

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There's an ETF for everything, except bitcoin

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Happiness. Weed. Robots. Water. Whatever the theme, there's probably an ETF promoting a basket of stocks related to it.

Why it matters: Thematic ETFs are an investment mania side effect. There's newfound retail investor interest in narrow exposure to hot corners of the stock market. More are launching to meet the moment.

A divided nation flocks to partisan brands

Data: Harris Poll; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Americans are leaning into companies that have strong political positions, in the wake of one of the country's most divisive election years.

Driving the news: New rankings from the Axios/Harris 100 poll — an annual survey to gauge the reputation of the most visible brands in the country — show that brands with clear partisan identifications are becoming more popular.

America is finally winning its fight against the coronavirus

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

America’s battle against the coronavirus is going great.

The big picture: For the first time in a long time, nobody needs to cherry-pick some misleading data to make it seem like things are going well, and the good news doesn’t need an endless list of caveats, either. It’s just really good news. We’re winning. Be happy.

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