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Chris Cox. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A top National Rifle Association executive accused of extortion has resigned, NRA managing director for public affairs Andrew Arulanandum, told ABC News and AP Wednesday.

Why it matters: Confirmation of the resignation of Chris Cox as the NRA’s chief lobbyist and principal political strategist for the Institute for Legislative Action came as infighting at the gun rights group again exploded into the public arena. The NRA issued a statement confirming it's shut down production at NRATV and cut ties with advertising firm Ackerman McQueen.

The big picture: The New York Times reported last week Cox, who was the NRA's second-in-command, had been placed on administrative leave. He's been accused of complicity in a failed coup against its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre. Infighting over that led to Oliver North stepping down as president in April.

What he's saying: Cox told the Times the allegations against him were "offensive and patently false."

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Rideshare companies say driver shortage is pushing prices up

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's not just you: Uber and Lyft rides are more expensive, company executives said this week.

Why it matters: Demand for rideshare is roaring back as the economy starts to reopen, but the same can't be said for drivers on the apps. That means fewer cars on the road, causing a supply gap that's pushing up prices.

Pelosi slams GOP leadership's moves against Liz Cheney

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week condemned Republican efforts to oust Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as House GOP conference chair.

Why it matters: A number of Democrats have spoken out against attempts to punish Cheney for her criticism of former President Trump, framing the discussion as one essential to the maintenance of American democracy.

What to watch in AMLO's meeting with Harris

Three Mexico national guardsmen stand in front of the metro overpass that collapsed onto a busy highway. Photo: Julián Lopez/ Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Joint efforts to stem the increased number of migrants heading to the U.S. will likely be at the top of discussions when Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador hold their virtual meeting on Friday.

The big picture: The U.S. government has consistently asked its southern neighbor to prevent immigrants from reaching the border, mostly through threats like former President Trump’s talk of tariffs.

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