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Democratic contender Julián Castro dropped out of the the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, reports the New York Times.

The big picture: Castro's popularity fluctuated throughout the contest. Following his first debate appearance, many saw him as a winner on stage, resulting in significant talk-time and a few standout moments — but as the campaign rolled on, his polling remained low, locking him out from later debates.

  • Castro was the first Texas Democrat to run for president since 1976, later joined by former Rep. Beto O'Rourke. He was also mayor of San Antonio and the youngest Cabinet secretary in the Obama administration.
  • He had failed to qualify for the presidential debates in November and December.

What he's saying:

"I’m not done fighting. I’ll keep working towards a nation where everyone counts, a nation where everyone can get a good job, good health care and a decent place to live."

What's next: In the video announcing the suspension of his campaign, Castro gave no indication of what he might immediately do next.

  • He's considered a possible vice presidential pick for the eventual Democratic nominee, especially as the party begins to consider flipping Texas in the years ahead.

Go deeper: 2020 presidential election: Track which candidates are running

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Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.