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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

One America News network (OAN) filed a $10 million lawsuit in the Southern District of California Monday alleging MSNBC host Rachel Maddow defamed the conservative company by saying it "really literally is paid Russian propaganda."

Details: The lawsuit claims that Maddow knew the statement was false and that it was made in order to damage OAN because of its support of President Trump, and that counsel for NBC Universal said Maddow was using "literally" in a figurative sense when the conservative company asked for a retraction.

  • Maddow's July 22 segment was based on the Daily Beast article, titled "Trump’s New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist," which reports that an OAN correspondent has "been simultaneously writing for Sputnik, a Kremlin-owned news wire that played a role in Russia’s 2016 election-interference operation."

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Big Tech fed politics. Then it bled politics. Now it wants to be dead to politics. 

Why it matters: The social platforms that profited massively on politics and free speech suddenly want a way out — or at least a way to hide until the heat cools. 

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A half-forgotten and unprofitable videogame retailer is, bizarrely and incredibly, on the lips of the nation. That's because the GameStop story touches on economic and cultural forces that affect everyone, whether they own a single share of stock or not.

Why it matters: In most Wall Street fights, the broader public doesn't have a rooting interest. This one — where a group of small traders won a multi-billion-dollar bet against giant hedge funds by buying stock in GameStop — is different.

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Data: Macrotrends; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

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Why it matters: The benefits of megacities — which include opportunities for upward mobility and higher wages — can be offset by their negatives, like the fact that they're breeding grounds for COVID-19.