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Republican Reps. Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

GOP Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, two of President Trump’s staunchest supporters, asked the Justice Department Thursday to launch an investigation into the president’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen for perjury, claiming that he made false statements to Congress during his public testimony on Wednesday.

Details: Jordan, Meadows and other Republicans are using the hearing to taint Cohen’s credibility, referring to his previous guilty plea for lying to Congress. In the letter to DOJ, they wrote that Cohen lied when he said he "never defrauded any bank,” denied any foreign government ties and that he didn’t want to work in the White House. In a statement, Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis accused Meadows and Jordan of misusing "the criminal justice system with the aura of pure partisanship."

Go deeper: Recap of Michael Cohen’s explosive public testimony

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China and Russia vaccinate the world — for now

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

While the U.S. and Europe focus on vaccinating their own populations, China and Russia are sending millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

Why it matters: China's double success in controlling its domestic outbreak and producing several viable vaccines has allowed it to focus on providing doses abroad — an effort that could help to save lives across several continents.

Ina Fried, author of Login
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Report: China will dominate AI unless U.S. invests more

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S., which once had a dominant head start in artificial intelligence, now has just a few year's lead on China and risks being overtaken unless government steps in, according to a new report to Congress and the White House.

Why it matters: Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who chaired the committee that issued the report, tells Axios that the U.S. risks dire consequences if it fails to both invest in key technologies and fully integrate AI into the military.

Americans agree about more issues than they realize

Data: Populace Inc.; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Many Americans assume the rest of the country doesn't share their political and policy priorities — but they're often wrong, according to new polling by Populace, first seen by Axios.

Why it matters: The polling reveals that despite growing political polarization, Americans share similar long-term goals and priorities for the country.