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Nikki Haley addresses the opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo:Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is starting a new political action committee and, so far, she's conspicuously avoiding any mention of President Trump.

Why it matters: Haley is widely considered a contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, potentially pitting her against a Trump comeback bid. Her new group, Stand for America PAC, comes as the president’s political brand sags under the weight of a second impeachment and the Capitol violence preceding it.

What’s new: Stand for America PAC, a political iteration of Haley’s nonprofit of the same name, says it’s currently focused on the 2022 midterms, and will “recruit, advise, train and financially support strong conservatives to run in key House and Senate races to take back control of both chambers.”

  • The PAC’s online donation page rails against Democrats, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
  • Its website says Haley “campaigned for numerous great conservative candidates for the U.S. Senate and House.”
  • Neither the website nor the donation page mention Trump, Haley’s former boss, or feature a photo with him.
  • “There’s nothing to read into that," Haley spokesperson Chaney Denton told Axios. "Amb. Haley frequently and proudly mentions her work alongside President Trump in speeches and writings. The purpose of SFA PAC is to support Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections.”

Between the lines: Trump’s image has taken a major hit following the insurrection at the Capitol last week.

  • He retains strong support among his core voters, according to a new Axios/Ipsos poll, but Republicans generally are starting to waver.
  • According to that poll, independents largely reject Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Be smart: Haley's PAC work isn't a one-off; she explicitly criticized Trump's election challenges during a speech last week at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting.

  • “He was badly wrong with his words,” she said. “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”
  • But she has also recently encouraged Republicans not to "shy away" from the president.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include comments from Haley's spokesperson.

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Lewandowski group raising money to challenge Cheney

Corey Lewandowski joins President Trump at a campaign rally in April 2018. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A new political group founded by former Trump aide Corey Lewandowski is raising money to run a candidate against the third-ranking Republican in the House, Rep. Liz Cheney.

Why it matters: Cheney's vote to impeach Trump this month enraged his most committed supporters. Lewandowski's group appears to be the first national GOP organization to target Wyoming's lone House representative.

Collins helps contractor before pro-Susan PAC gets donation

Sen. Susan Collins during her reelection campaign. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

A PAC backing Sen. Susan Collins in her high-stakes reelection campaign received $150,000 from an entity linked to the wife of a defense contractor whose firm Collins helped land a federal contract, new public records show.

Why it matters: The executive, Martin Kao of Honolulu, leaned heavily on his political connections to boost his business, federal prosecutors say in an ongoing criminal case against him. The donation linked to Kao was veiled until last week.

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Myanmar military fires UN ambassador after anti-coup speech

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Myanmar's military regime on Saturday fired the country's ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a day after he gave a pro-democracy speech asking UN member nations to publicly condemn the Feb. 1 coup, The New York Times reports.

The latest: Kyaw Moe Tun told Reuters later on Saturday, "I decided to fight back as long as I can."