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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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President Biden is constructing and deepening new alliances to strengthen the U.S. position in its showdown with China, but he risks alienating longstanding allies in the process.

Why it matters: Biden heralded a new agreement to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines as part of a trilateral security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. as an "historic step" to update U.S. alliances to face new challenges. The message from French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was quite different.

Trump voices support for Saturday's pro-Capitol riots rally

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Former President Trump on Thursday expressed solidarity with people facing prosecution in connection to the Capitol insurrection.

Why it matters: The statement was issued ahead of Saturday's rally to protest the treatment of Capitol rioters. Over 600 known federal defendants face charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Clinton-linked lawyer indicted in investigation of FBI's Russia probe

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A grand jury has returned an indictment against Michael Sussmann, a lawyer whose firm represented the 2016 Clinton campaign, for lying to the FBI about not representing "any client" when he presented them with allegations about a secret Trump Organization back-channel to a Russian bank.

Why it matters: It's the second criminal charge stemming from special counsel John Durham's review of possible misconduct by the intelligence community and prosecutors who investigated the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russia.