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Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson. Photo: Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Jan. 6 select committee, said Monday that the committee will ask telecommunications companies to turn over the phone records of several hundred people, including members of Congress.

Why it matters: Preserving these records is a first step to procuring witnesses to testify before the select committee, per CNN, which first reported Thompson's comments.

The big picture: The committee will seek records from telecom companies and social media platforms as part of their investigation into the events of Jan. 6.

  • "We have quite an exhaustive list of people," Thompson said when asked whether any family member or former Trump associates were on the list of people whose records are being sought.
  • “I won’t tell you who they are, but it’s several hundred people that make up the list of individuals we plan to contact," he added.
  • Issuing subpoenas "is not the first thing we have to do," Thompson said, adding that "we’ll do what’s required to get the information."

State of play: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) has previously voiced support for issuing subpoenas to Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

  • Jordan has admitted to speaking to former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 but maintains that he has "nothing to hide," according to CNN.

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Biden: DOJ should prosecute those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

President Biden speaks with reporters at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that the Justice Department should prosecute those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee.

Why it matters: The president's remarks come one day after Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon failed to show up for a deposition before the committee.

Oct 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congress begins yearend sprint

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The House and Senate face an onslaught of deadlines key to fulfilling members' campaign promises and keeping the government afloat as they return from recess this week.

Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections.

"No-code" miracle for startups

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Data: Interactive Advertising Bureau; Table: Axios Visuals

The U.S. has reached a tipping point in its shift from the industrial economy — one that relied on the buildout of hardware — to an information economy that relies on the transfer, storage and implementation of data, according to a new report.

Why it matters: This shift towards a data and information-based economy has allowed more businesses to establish themselves and scale quickly and at a very low cost. As such, the number of jobs created by the commercial internet has more than tripled since 2012.