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At the debut of Axios Events, Shark Tank's Mark Cuban shared his thoughts on a few hot topics with Mike Allen:

  • Whether he'll run in 2020: "I don't have an aspiration to be a government politician." But when asked if he was "clearly thinking about it," Cuban enthusiastically replied, "yea" and added, "there's no rush."
  • What he thought of Trump as a business man: "I thought he was an idiot."
  • Replying to Trump tweets: "I like to tweak the shit out of him that's all...I went through 5 different things and I finally settled on LOL which I thought was brief and to the point."
  • Cuban thinks healthcare should be a right: "I think healthcare should be a right...If there was a legitimate way to modify the constitution."
  • Automation: "We're going through the process where automation will automate automation." Cuban added that in 10 years, a philosophy degree will be more useful than degrees in accounting or law. If you're in software, he said, "you're probably gonna need to start looking for a job."

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Maximum pressure campaign escalates with Fakhrizadeh killing

Photo: Fars News Agency via AP

The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the architect of Iran’s military nuclear program, is a new height in the maximum pressure campaign led by the Trump administration and the Netanyahu government against Iran.

Why it matters: It exceeds the capture of the Iranian nuclear archives by the Mossad, and the sabotage in the advanced centrifuge facility in Natanz.

Scoop: Biden weighs retired General Lloyd Austin for Pentagon chief

Lloyd Austin testifying before Congress in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Joe Biden is considering retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary, adding him to a shortlist that includes Jeh Johnson, Tammy Duckworth and Michele Flournoy, two sources with direct knowledge of the decision-making tell Axios.

Why it matters: A nominee for Pentagon chief was noticeably absent when the president-elect rolled out his national security team Tuesday. Flournoy had been widely seen as the likely pick, but Axios is told other factors — race, experience, Biden's comfort level — have come into play.

Updated 11 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. World: Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.
  4. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in December Black Friday shopping across the U.S., in photosAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.