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Photo: Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Story Syndicate, a new production company founded by veteran filmmakers Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan, is creating a documentary on Mayor Pete Buttigieg, according to sources with knowledge of the film.

Why it matters: Buttigieg becomes the latest millennial politician to turn to docs to define his legacy as an unlikely political challenger. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has both gotten involved with documentaries about their rise to political stardom.

The details: The independently backed documentary details Buttigieg's rise to national attention, chronicling his stops on the campaign trail.

  • Crews have already begun filming at several of Buttigieg's campaign events, and attended the first Democratic debate in Miami to gather footage.
  • The film at this point has not landed at any one streaming or entertainment company.
  • Sources say its future is contingent on the outcome of Buttigieg's campaign.

Be smart: For younger politicians looking to challenge incumbents, documentaries create an easy way to establish their narratives, before an incumbent does it for them.

  • It also allows them to cement their story within the library of a streaming service, where most young voters are spending increasingly large portions of their media diets.

The big picture: Film has become a hot tool for politicians to establish influence, even once leaving office. Incumbent politicians like former President Obama, and reportedly Hillary Clinton, are racing to produce films as an outlet to extend their influence after their Washington careers have expired.

Go deeper: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in talks to do Green New Deal doc

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Sarah Palin tests positive for COVID, delaying defamation trial

Sarah Palin. Photo: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, delaying the start of her defamation trial against the New York Times.

Why it matters: The trial will be closely watched, as it's a rare instance of a major media company defending its editorial practices before an American jury.

S&P 500 slides into correction territory

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Stocks suffered their worst drop of the year, pushing the S&P 500 on track to fall into a "correction."

Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Fauci: "Confident" Omicron cases will peak in February — FDA OKs antiviral drug remdesivir for non-hospitalized patients — Walensky: CDC language "pivoting" on "fully vaccinated."
  2. Vaccines: The shifting definition of fully vaccinated — Annual vaccine preferable to boosters, says Pfizer CEO — Team USA 100% vaccinated ahead of Beijing Olympics.
  3. Politics: Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate — Gonzaga University revokes NBA great John Stockton's tickets over mask stance — Arizona governor sues Biden administration over funds tied to mandates.
  4. World: Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games — Beijing officials urge "emergency mode" before Winter Olympics — Austria approves vaccine mandate for adults.
  5. Variant tracker

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