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In an interview with the Washington Post, 2020 presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg took stances on a string of key 2020 issues, and readily attacked President Trump on his foreign policy decisions as commander-in-chief.

On Iran: Buttigieg said he would rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. "I'm extremely rattled by the sabre-rattling. ... It’s mystifying to me that John Bolton, one of the architects of the Iraq war, probably the greatest American policy disaster of my lifetime, is allowed anyone near the situation room.”

Climate change: He wants to rejoin Paris climate agreement with a focus on combatting climate change through multilateral foreign policy. He also wants to restore the EPA's carbon emissions rule for new coal plants.

On his husband Chasten’s role: Buttigieg said he doesn’t plan on putting Chasten in the West Wing if elected. "He'd make an amazing First Gentleman. I've never hired family. .. He helps me govern right now."

Trade war with China: Buttigieg said he would remove the tariffs and launch a new conversation with China. "We need to be on the front foot standing up to China."

U.S.-Mexico border wall: He would not tear down what has been built by the Trump administration. "Building them was a waste of money. Tearing them down would be another waste of money."

Breaking up Big Tech: Buttigieg dodged whether he would regulate Big Tech like Facebook. He said it’s clear that the U.S. needs a different type of regulation.

On Israel: "Being supportive of Israel doesn’t have to mean you’re supportive of the Israeli political right wing. I’m not.”

Go deeper: Pete Buttigieg on the issues, in under 500 words

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Fauci: Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S.

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Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned on Sunday that the COVID-19 Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in the United States.

Driving the news: Fauci, Biden's chief medical adviser, told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that U.S. officials will meet with colleagues from South Africa later on Sunday to try to determine the severity of the cases, as countries scramble to learn more about the variant.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Dems fear supply-chain blame

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As supply-chain kinks drive up prices and disrupt holiday shopping, Democrats are scrambling to show action and deflect blame.

Why it matters: With their party controlling both the White House and Capitol, vulnerable Democrats worry supply-chain snafus will hurt them in next year's midterms.

8 hours ago - World

Scoop: Germany urges Congress not to sanction Putin’s pipeline

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The German government has urged members of Congress not to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, arguing that doing so will "weaken" U.S. credibility and "ultimately damage transatlantic unity," according to documents obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: At a time when roughly 100,000 Russian troops are massing at its border, Ukraine views Nord Stream 2 as an existential threat to its security. The pipeline would circumvent Ukrainian transit infrastructure and deliver Russian gas directly to Germany, eliminating one of the last deterrents Ukraine has against an invasion.