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Screen-grab of Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria from the USAF video.

A video of Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, went viral after he spoke to 4,000 cadets in response to racial slurs found written at the AFA preparatory school. Silveria, a 1985 graduate of the academy, was announced to be superintendent of the academy by Defense Secretary James Mattis on May 17.

What you need to know about Silveria:

  • He grew up in an Air Force family, per his Air Force bio.
  • He was Vice Commander at Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base.
  • He has logged more than 3,900 flight hours in the T-37, T-38, F-15C/E, HH-60 and F-35A aircraft, as stated in his bio.
  • He was previously the Deputy Commander of USAF Central Command, and Deputy Commander of Combined Air Force Air Component, Southwest Asia.
  • Silveria received "the Pentagon's highest award for service outside combat, the Distinguished Service Medal," according to the Colorado Springs Gazette. He also received the Bronze Star.
  • He was named a senior executive fellow at Harvard in 2009.

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Biden to sign 15 executive actions on Day One

President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 15 executive actions upon taking office Wednesday, immediately reversing key Trump administration policies.

Why it matters: The 15 actions — aimed at issues like climate change and immigration — mark more drastic immediate steps compared with the two day-one actions from Biden's four predecessors combined, according to incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photos: Elijah Nouvelage, Alex Wong/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."

Big Tech's post-riot reckoning

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Capitol insurrection means the anti-tech talk in Washington is more likely to lead to action, since it's ever clearer that the attack was planned, at least in part, on social media.

Why it matters: The big platforms may have hoped they'd move to D.C.'s back burner, with the Hill focused on the Biden agenda and the pandemic out of control. But now, there'll be no escaping harsh scrutiny.