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2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that President Trump's "racist" attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and other politicians of color are core to his strategy as the "biggest identity politician that we have seen in the last 50 years."

"There's a pattern here. This guy is the biggest identity politician that we have seen in the last 50 years. He engages in what's known as 'racial priming.' Basically, using this language and taking actions to try and get people to move into their camps by racial and ethnic identity. That's how he thinks he won in 2016, and that's how he thinks he's going to win in 2020. I don't think it's a coincidence that just a few weeks ago he kicked off his 2020 campaign, and here we are with the same playbook that he used in 2016."

Why it matters: Liberals' reliance on "identity politics," or the tendency for people of particular racial, ethnic or social backgrounds to "form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics," is frequently attacked by conservatives, especially through the lens of "political correctness." But as Axios has previously reported, those close to Trump say his race-baiting is premeditated and central to his 2020 strategy.

Go deeper: More on Trump's race-baiting calculations

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Poll: U.S. leadership approval rebounds from Trump low

A Gallup report published Tuesday found approval of United States leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% — up from 30% at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, and matching former President Obama's first year (2009).

Why it matters: Biden's efforts to reengage with the international community following the Trump administration appear to be improving the global approval ratings for U.S. leadership, though this poll does not take into account the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

"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.

Amazon's small business shield

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Amazon is touting the success of small sellers on its platform through the pandemic — and warning that antitrust legislation could jeopardize that success and blow up its open-marketplace model.

Why it matters: As online shopping became a lifeline for both businesses and consumers during the pandemic, Amazon reaped big benefits, but also saw its regulatory risk grow.