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Political analyst David Axelrod. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

David Axelrod is making his popular podcast, "The Axe Files," exclusive to Luminary, which has raised $100 million and plans to launch a paid platform with ad-free podcasts, starting with 25 shows the week of April 23.

Details: Some of Axelrod's expected upcoming guests include Aaron Sorkin, Bryan Cranston, Jason Rezaian, Meghan McCain and Kal Penn.

  • "The Axe Files" will continue to air once a month on CNN in a televised version.

Axelrod told me, as he headed to El Paso to interview Beto O'Rourke, that the podcast is a return to his roots as a political reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

  • "I realized when I was writing my memoir that my whole life has been about storytelling, as a journalist or as a strategist," he said.
  • "Now I get to explore people's stories and try and convey to the listener a better sense of who it is I'm talking to. ... So I'm loving it."
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Scoop: 50,000 migrants released; few report to ICE

A law enforcement officer walks to meet migrants crossed the Rio Grande River illegally last month. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

About 50,000 migrants who crossed the southern border illegally have now been released in the United States without a court date. Although they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have shown up so far, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The sizable numbers are a sign of just how overwhelmed some sectors of the U.S.-Mexico border continue to be: A single stretch covering the Rio Grande Valley had 20,000 apprehensions in a week. The figures also show the shortcomings of recent emergency decisions to release migrants.

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Scoop: Israel launches maximum pressure campaign against Ben & Jerry's

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The Israeli government has formed a special task force to pressure Ben & Jerry's ice cream and its parent company Unilever to reverse their decision to boycott Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli officials tell me.

Why it matters: The Israeli government is concerned the move by Ben & Jerry's will encourage other international companies to take similar steps to differentiate between Israel and the West Bank settlements. A classified Foreign Ministry cable, seen by Axios, makes clear the government wants to send a message.

Video game developers at Activision Blizzard say they'll walk out Wednesday

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Employees at Activision Blizzard will hold a walkout Wednesday in protest of widespread harassment allegations across the company, a spokesperson on behalf of the group told Axios.

Why it matters: Walkouts are a drastic measure for developers in a largely non-unionized field, a testament to just how angry employees currently are.