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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

A majority of Americans on both sides of the aisle are not only unhappy with the current tax system, but they feel that a major tax reform plan needs to pass, according to a new poll from America First Policies given exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: The survey results suggest that tax reform is "truly a bipartisan concern," said Brian Walsh, president of America First Policies, in the press release. However, the administration hasn't made any bipartisan efforts on their tax reform plan thus far. Instead, Republicans are committed to passing their tax plan via reconciliation, which means it would only need Republican votes in the Senate. And the admin hasn't reached out to any of the 10 red-state Democratic Senators to discuss tax reform, which some veteran Republican operatives have told Axios is political malpractice not to consult with these Senators on the issue.

America First Policies is one of the largest and arguably most influential pro-Trump outside groups. Six of Trump's former campaign aides who helped him get elected started the nonprofit in January as a way to support and advocate for his administration's policies at the grassroots level.

Study higlights:

  • 82% of people polled think tax reform needs to pass
  • A majority of those from each party are unhappy with the current tax system (61% of Democrats, 66% of Independents, and 75% of Republicans)
  • 83% of those polled want a "simpler and fairer" tax system and one that provides relief for families with child and dependent care expenses
  • American manufacturing and job creation were an important issue to an overwhelming majority of the 1,202 registered voters polled in this survey: 84% want the tax code to be modernized "to encourage corporations to stay in America" and 76% want a system that will increase wages and "create nearly 2 million full-time jobs" in the U.S.

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Researchers like David Holland, an atmospheric scientist at New York University, are in a race to understand the fate of a massive glacier in West Antarctica that has earned a disquieting nickname: "The Doomsday Glacier."

Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.

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Omicron's blitz around the world has underscored the need for a new arsenal of COVID vaccines and therapeutics, experts say — and that may require an effort akin to Operation Warp Speed 2.0.

Why it matters: The virus will continue to evolve, potentially in a way that further escapes vaccine protection, and the best way to prevent more global disruptions to everyday life is to have tools ready to combat whatever comes next.

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Microsoft's metaverse maneuvering

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Microsoft is pitching investors and regulators that its $68 billion Activision Blizzard deal is all about the metaverse, that nebulous buzzword taking the tech world by storm.

What they're saying: By my colleague Stephen Totilo's count, Nadella used the word "metaverse" at least five times in his conference call discussing the deal. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick mentioned the metaverse four times, while Microsoft gaming chief Phil Spencer used the term twice.