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The Obama administration reports that the latest enrollment figure -- 8.8 million, which covers all signups through Dec. 31 -- prove that interest in 2017 coverage is still high even as the Trump administration and Congress get ready to repeal Obamacare. But the administration was vague: It claimed the current total beat last year's, but didn't give any specifics on how much.

The highlights:

  • 2.2 million new customers
  • 6.6 million returning

What it means: The administration will have a powerful talking point if it hits its goal of 13.8 million signups by the time open enrollment ends Jan. 31, but it still has a long way to go. It's notable that the administration didn't say how much enrollment improved over last year, as it has in past reports.

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2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

10 months ago, the Tokyo Olympics were postponed. Now, less than six months ahead of their new start date, the dreaded word is being murmured: "canceled."

Driving the news: The Japanese government has privately concluded that the Games will have to be called off, The Times reports (subscription), citing an unnamed senior government source.

Biden's centrist words, liberal actions

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Biden talks like a soothing centrist. He promises to govern like a soothing centrist. But early moves show that he is keeping his promise to advance a liberal agenda.

Why it matters: Never before has a president done more by executive fiat in such a short period of time than Biden. And those specific actions, coupled with a push for a more progressive slate of regulators and advisers, look more like the Biden of the Democratic primary than the unity-and-restraint Biden of the general election.

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Review of Trump ban marks major turning point for Facebook

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Facebook's decision to ask its new independent Oversight Board to review the company's indefinite suspension of former President Trump is likely to set a critical precedent for how the social media giant handles political speech from world leaders.

What they're saying: "I very much hope and can expect … that they will uphold our decision," Facebook's VP of global affairs Nick Clegg tells Axios.

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