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Former U.S. President Barack Obama address the participants at a summit on climate change. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Former President Barack Obama warned a crowd at the Economic Club in Chicago this week that Nazi Germany provides an example of what happens if citizens fail to “tend to this garden of democracy," per the Associated Press. “Things can fall apart fairly quickly," he said.

He also spoke on the importace of the media, saying the press often irritated him but is "vital to democracy," the AP reports. President Trump expressed starkly different views in his rally in Florida Friday night.

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Exclusive: Sen. Coons sees new era of bipartisanship on China

Sen. Chris Coons. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 insurrection was a "shock to the system," propelling members of Congress toward the goal of shoring up America's ability to compete with China, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) told Axios during an interview Thursday.

Why it matters: Competition between China's authoritarian model and the West's liberal democratic one is likely to define the 21st century. A bipartisan response would help the U.S. present a united front.

By the numbers: States weighing voting changes

Data: Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law; Cartogram: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Georgia is not alone in passing a law adding voting restrictions, but other states are seeing a surge in provisions and proposals that would expand access to the polls, according to data from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Driving the news: Just Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill to restore voting rights to convicted felons who have been released from prison.

GOP senators open to corporate tax increase

Sens. Lindsey Graham (left) and Mike Braun. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Some key Republican senators won't rule out raising additional revenue from corporations, and told Axios they may be willing to close loopholes that allow big businesses to eliminate their overall tax bill.

Why it matters: While President Biden’s proposal to raise the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% to pay for his infrastructure plan has been met with near-uniform GOP opposition, there’s some appetite to ensure corporations pay more.