Thursday's politics & policy stories


First look: Pelosi PAC pours $20M into midterms

Scoop: Republicans' last-minute Cheney lifeline

Liz Cheney
Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

N.Y. special election offers testing ground for midterm messaging

Illustration of election ballots filling a New York state shape
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Alex Jones ordered to pay $4 million to Sandy Hook parents

Photo of Alex Jones wiping his face with his right hand
Alex Jones in 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

16 states sue to block Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law

DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former VP Dick Cheney calls Trump "coward" in campaign ad for Liz Cheney

Dick Cheney is seen in a campaign ad shared on Aug. 4, 2022, for daughter Liz Cheney. Video via Liz Cheney Campaign YouTube

VP Harris, Mass. Gov. Baker make bipartisan pitch for abortion rights

A close shot of Vice President Kamala Harris resting her head on her hands, which are interwoven.
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Boston to talk reproductive health with Massachusetts political leaders. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Georgia prosecutor insists Lindsey Graham must testify in 2020 election probe

Lindsey Graham
Photo: Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Trump fundraises off of civil service purge

Trump surrounded by money
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Jan. 6 committee requests Alex Jones’ phone records, Sandy Hook attorney says

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks on a megaphone to pro-Trump protestors after they stormed the grounds of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Infowars founder Alex Jones addresses a crowd of pro-Trump protesters after they storm the grounds of the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Jon Cherry via Getty Images

Air Force charges airman over Syrian base explosion

The Pentagon.
Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
Oriana Gonzalez
Updated Aug 4, 2022 - Health

Biden still COVID positive but "feels very well," doctor says

Picture of Joe Biden's side profile
Photo: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images
Ivana Saric
Updated Aug 4, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian drug trial

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner is escorted by police before a hearing during her trial in Khimki, outside Moscow on Aug. 2. Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images

HUD’s new plan to bridge the homeownership gap

DOJ charges 4 Louisville officers over Breonna Taylor shooting

A person holding a portrait of Breonna Taylor at a demonstration In New York City in April 2021.
A person holding a portrait of Breonna Taylor at a demonstration In New York City in April 2021. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Democrats complicate the private equity tax loophole

Illustration of a coin made up of different coin denominations.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The most pro-business Supreme Court ever

Kansas referendum boosts Democrats' midterm focus on abortion

A campaign sign in Kansas urges a no-vote on an anti-abortion ballot measure
Photo: Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

China fires missiles into sea near Taiwan during drills around island

Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4.
Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on Thursday. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Jake Sullivan vows U.S. will protect activist from Iran threats

 Masih Alinejad is pictured in Brooklyn, New York City on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Journalist and activist Masih Alinejad. Photo: Gardiner Anderson/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Australia passes landmark climate bill to cut emissions by 43% by 2030

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during the Garma Festival at Gulkula on July 30, 2022 in East Arnhem, Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in northeast Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory last week. Photo: Tamati Smith/Getty Images

DOJ sues Peter Navarro over Trump White House emails

Former White House adviser Peter Navarro
Former White House adviser Peter Navarro. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Report: DHS inspector general previously accused of misleading investigators

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The Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Transportation Department proposes airline traveler protections

A traveler sits at San Francisco International Airport in California on June 13, 2022. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

West Virginia Medicaid must cover gender-affirming surgeries, judge rules

Photo of a transgender flag on a fence
A trans pride flag in New York City on June 26, 2022. Photo: Noam Galai via Getty Images

In New York free-for-all, progressive insurgents vie to be next AOC

House Dems' social media insurgents

RNC zeroes in on Milwaukee for 2024 convention

Trump and family at 2016 RNC
Then-candidate Trump with his family at the 2016 RNC in Cleveland. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Trump's pandora's box

Illustration of President Trump looking through a torn piece of paper.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios