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Jason Miller, an aide and close advisor to Donald Trump, is launching a new social app called “Gettr” in coming days, sources tell Axios.

Details: The app, which is in beta testing, appears in the Apple App Store and is described as “a non-bias social network for people all over the world.” News of the app was first broken by Politico Thursday.

State of play: Gettr, which is still in its infancy, appears to have a few thousand users, according to follower counts of some of the more prominent, suggested accounts.

  • Many users, however, appear anonymous, lacking much profile information.
  • The app looks like Twitter, with a scrolling news feed with a small pencil at the bottom for users to compose a message.
  • It has a search function and like Twitter, a trending topics function. While a quick scroll through the accounts suggests patterns pro-conservatism, there’s no obvious suggestion that the app is built by Trump allies.
  • Many of the more prominent suggested accounts, including a general news account called “Daily News” appear to have been created in May of this year.
  • Miller did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

The big picture: Conservatives have been looking to build an alternative social media app for months, following the de-platforming of President Trump and far-right figures in the aftermath of the Capital insurrection.

  • Earlier this year, Axios reported that Trump’s team was in touch with a relatively unknown platform called FreeSpace to build its own social network.
  • Gettr appears to be developed by a company listed as Chainnov Inc., formed last summer. Data from Apptopia suggests that the group has also registered an app called “Getome” with the same social descriptions as the Gettr app.
  • Data shows that almost every major conservative social network has seen a dramatic decrease in downloads since the Capitol insurrection.
  • Donald Trump launched his own blog in May, but Miller confirmed weeks later that he shut it down.

Be smart: Politico reported earlier this month that Miller took over as the chief executive of a tech startup company “that could be used by the former president.”

  • In doing so, he left his role as Trump’s spokesperson, per The Hill.

It’s unclear how Miller plans to debut the app, but sources tell Axios that other former Trump aides will help aide the rollout.

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Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's 2018 reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."

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The House approved a $768 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 2022 fiscal year in a bipartisan 316-113 vote on Thursday.

Why it matters: The annual bill, which authorizes Pentagon spending levels and guides policy for the department, would require women to register for the military draft, among other provisions.

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The five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have been privately courting their Republican colleagues to pass the measure in the House.

Why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. The senators are working to undercut that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.