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Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) stands behind Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) at a press conference last month. Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers walked back his criticism of Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Ryan Costello today, saying: “It was a mistake of me to say. Ryan is a friend and we're sad to see him leave. I'm sure he made the right decision for his family and his district and I respect it.”

The background: Stivers criticized Costello over the weekend, saying he lacked the “intestinal fortitude” to continue in Congress after Costello decided not to run for reelection last month. His comments about a fellow Republican showed the GOP’s growing worry about the party’s chances to maintain control of the House as more Republicans are retiring or not seeking reelection.

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The week the Trump show ended

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

Pay TV's bleak post-pandemic outlook

Data: eMarketer; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the Pay-TV industry, and with the near-term future of live sports in question, there are no signs of it getting better in 2021.

Why it matters: The fraught Pay-TV landscape is forcing some smaller, niche cable channels out of business altogether.

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Biden sets his sights on China

Photo illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images  

The new administration's first few moves and statements on China suggest that President Biden may continue some of the Trump era's most assertive policies.

Why it matters: China's severe domestic repression, its dramatic rise as a technological superpower, and its increasingly aggressive actions around the globe mean that the world expects the American president to take action.

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