Welcome to Axios World. The venerable Dave Lawler has given me the keys to his kingdom while he takes a deserved couple of weeks off. This is my first shot at this whole newsletter thing, so here goes nothing.

And while I've got your attention, let me tell you about some new Axios newsletters heading your way soon.

  • Axios Edge, Felix Salmon's newsletter covering the big stories that will drive the business world, launches Sunday. Sign up here
  • Axios Autonomous Vehicles, Joann Muller's weekly analysis of autonomous tech and its impact on cities, policy and the economy kicks off September 21. Sign up here

Hope you enjoyed today's edition — and that I made Dave proud. See you again on Thursday!