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AP

Mike Pence's press secretary Marc Lotter is leaving the administration, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision. He plans to become a prominent surrogate for Trump and Pence's political activity on the outside.

I haven't confirmed which outside group he'll be working with. He'll stay on for the next few weeks to help Chief of Staff Nick Ayers and Deputy Chief of Staff Jarrod Agen transition his role, as the Pence team has narrowed its replacement search to a couple of finalists.

Lotter has known Pence for more than 20 years, first meeting in 1996, when Lotter was the executive producer of the 1996 election coverage for ABC's Indianapolis affiliate. The station hired then-conservative radio commentator Mike Pence, and the two hit it off. Lotter worked with Pence in state government in Indiana, serving as his deputy campaign manager for his gubernatorial re-elect, then becoming his traveling press secretary when Pence was nominated for Vice President.

Lotter has had a prominent TV role as the VP's press secretary, but the role is limited by nature given the low profile of the vice presidency.

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The biggest headline from Biden's town hall

President Biden greets attendees during a commercial break in Baltimore last night. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

What matters from President Biden's town hall with CNN's Anderson Cooper at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday, via Axios night owl Hans Nichols:

The biggest headline: Biden is jettisoning the corporate tax increases that White House officials have insisted, for the past 10 months, are wildly popular across the country. He admitted he doesn't have the votes.

Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him. 

Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader of the Republican Party and will easily win the nomination if he wants it, the polls make unmistakably clear.

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For years, the smartphone has been the most convenient camera, and in recent years it has also become the easiest and most versatile camera. But this year's high-end smartphones have taken things to a new level — capturing images that would be either tough or impossible even with a high-end digital camera.

Between the lines: Traditional cameras have the advantage of bigger sensors and better lenses, but smartphone cameras are rivaling and even surpassing them by tapping computational power.