Jul 4, 2019

Kamala Harris: "We have a predator living in the White House"

Kamala Harris speaks with MSNBC host Chris Matthews on June 27. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Sen. Kamala Harris told an Iowa crowd on Wednesday that "we have a predator living in the White House," Politico reports.

The big picture: Fresh off her poised confrontation against former Vice President Joe Biden on debate night and a subsequent bump in the polls, Harris is falling back on her prosecutorial experience to make a unique attack against President Trump. There are varying reports of the exact number of women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

The latest: Author E. Jean Carroll accused Trump of raping her in a dressing room in New York's Bergdorf Goodman department store in the mid-1990s, per a New York Magazine cover story.

Flashback: Harris told NPR's Politics Podcast in June that her potential administration's Justice Department "would have no choice" but to prosecute Trump after his term in office.

Go deeper: Kamala Harris sees polling bump after taking on Joe Biden

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Inside hackers' pivot to medical espionage

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A wave of cyber-spying around COVID-19 medical research is once more demonstrating the perils of treating cybersecurity as a separate, walled-off realm.

Driving the news: U.S. officials recently announced an uptick in Chinese-government affiliated hackers targeting medical research and other facilities in the United States for data on a potential COVID-19 cure or effective treatments to combat the virus. Additionally, “more than a dozen countries have redeployed military and intelligence hackers to glean whatever they can about other nations’ virus responses,” reports the New York Times.

The downsides of remote work

Data: Reproduced from Prudential/Morning Consult "Pulse of the American Worker Survey"; Chart: Axios Visuals

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a large-scale experiment in working from home. It has gone well enough that many companies are expanding their remote work expectations for the foreseeable future, and remote employees want to continue to work that way.

Yes, but: The downsides of remote work — less casual interaction with colleagues, an over-reliance on Zoom, lack of in-person collaboration and longer hours — could over time diminish the short-term gains.

Hong Kong's economic future hangs in the balance

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As Beijing forces a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the once semi-autonomous city's status as one of Asia's largest financial hubs is at risk.

Why it matters: Political freedoms and strong rule of law helped make Hong Kong a thriving center for international banking and finance. But China's leaders may be betting that top firms in Hong Kong will trade some political freedoms for the economic prosperity Beijing can offer.