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Pete Buttigieg leaves a Las Vegas meet-and-greet on April 8, 2019. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Two new polls issued this week — an Iowa poll from Monmouth University and a New Hampshire poll from St. Anselm College — found that Mayor Pete Buttigieg is polling 3rd in favorability behind 2 other 2020 candidates: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Why it matters: Iowa and New Hampshire will be the first two states to hold Democratic primaries, giving early insight into how the country will respond to candidates.

Details:

  • St. Anselm College found that Buttigieg has shown more growth than any other 2020 candidate since its February poll. He’s 3rd on the ballot test among New Hampshire voters at 11% and his name recognition has grown to 33%.
  • Monmouth University found that Buttigieg "has one of the best positive to negative ratios in the field." His favorability rating falls at 9% after Biden's rate of 27% and Sanders, who stands at 16%.

The big picture: It’s only April, a full year before the election and nothing is set in stone. But even still, it's a surprise that a small town mayor is polling 3rd in 2 key states behind candidates with more star power and name recognition.

Go deeper: Everything else you need to know about Pete Buttigieg

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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.

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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.