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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

As Omarosa dominates the news cycle with her bombshell claims and recordings from the heart of the Trump administration, some of the most salacious stories from her new book "Unhinged" have been challenged by those who allegedly witnessed them happen.

Why it matters: Similar to the backlash to the potentially unethical reporting contained in Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" earlier this year, the lines between fiction and fact may be similarly blurred in Omarosa's tome.

  • Pollster Frank Luntz said that Omarosa's hearsay claim that he had heard Trump say the N-word "is...flat-out false" and wasn't verified.
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  • Trumpworld foe Michael Cohen said Trump did not take a note from him and eat it while talking in the Oval Office, as Omarosa claims.
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  • Omarosa alleged that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that students at a historically black college that booed her last year didn't have the "capacity to understand" what the administration is trying to accomplish, per Politico. A source that was in the room told Axios' Jonathan Swan that Omarosa's claim is false.
  • There is no tanning bed in the White House, aides told the Washington Post, despite Omarosa's statement that it was installed at Trump's request.

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U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

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CNN fires Chris Cuomo

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CNN

CNN said Saturday evening it has fired one of its star anchors, Chris Cuomo, following new revelations from a legal review made by the company into Cuomo's involvement in the management of his brother's sexual harassment scandal.

Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

Updated 11 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.