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Cheney speaking to reporters after being removed as GOP conference chair yesterday. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) plans to make her purge the beginning of a new movement, with campaign travel, fundraising and speeches to challenge Donald Trump for ideological dominance of the GOP.

Driving the news: Sources in Cheney's camp tell me her message will be the importance of the truth, the need to move past Trump, and a push to articulate conservative policy and substance to combat Democrats.

  • She'll argue to conservatives: If we’re ever going to be trusted again to uphold the Constitution, and win again politically, we have to be honest.
  • We can't embrace Trump: We know what he’s capable of — and we have to be a party of ideas and vision, not a cult of personality.

Cheney is leaving open the possibility of challenging Trump if he runs again in 2024, although she would be the longest of shots.

  • Some longtime Republicans, including a few in House leadership, fear her "new mission will only prod Mr. Trump to run again in 2024 to prove his hold on the party," the N.Y. Times' Jonathan Martin reports.

Reality check: It'd be difficult for Cheney to mount a credible campaign as an anti-Trump neocon in a populist, quasi-isolationist party with a large evangelical segment of primary voters.

Go deeper: Read Axios' full breakdown of Cheney's ouster

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Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Aug 17, 2021 - Science

NASA's delayed lunar dreams

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

NASA's plans to land people on the surface of the Moon by 2024 are now essentially out of reach.

Why it matters: As the International Space Station comes to an end, geopolitical attention will start turning to the Moon, with the U.S., China, Russia and other nations engaged in various programs to get people to the lunar surface.

Former Sen. David Perdue to launch bid for Georgia governor

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Former Senator David Perdue (R) plans to announce a campaign against Georgia's incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp Monday, according to a source familiar with Perdue's thinking.

Why it matters: Perdue's challenge to his former ally Kemp sets up an unprecedented "scorched earth" battle between Georgia Republicans fueled by former President Donald Trump, in the battleground state. The news was first reported by Politico.

Updated 1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Bipartisan tributes flood in for "giant of the Senate" Bob Dole

Then-Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Bob Dole at an event put on by the World Food Program where he was awarded the first “McGovern-Dole Leadership Award” in December 2013. Photo: Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Senate colleagues, are sharing condolences and memories commemorating the life of Bob Dole, who passed away at 98 on Sunday morning.

The big picture: Dole, the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, was the longest serving Republican leader in the Senate until 2018, when current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surpassed his record.