Friday's politics & policy stories


Jury orders Alex Jones to pay $45 million in punitive damages

Alex Jones during a protest at the Texas State Capitol in Austin in April 2020.
Alex Jones during a protest at the Texas State Capitol in Austin in April 2020. Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images
Andrew Solender
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Jackie Walorski killed in car crash

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.). Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.

Police change account of car crash that killed Rep. Walorski

Photo of Jackie Walorski holding a phone to her ear outside a building entrance
Rep. Jackie Walorski leaves a House Republican conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2018. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Man who threatened to kill Fauci sentenced to 3 years in prison

Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies during a Senate hearing.
Dr. Anthony Fauci. Photo: Shawn Thew/AFP via Getty Images

RNC officially approves Milwaukee as site of 2024 convention

Balloons and confetti drop from the ceiling of Quicken Loans Arena to celebrate the end of the 2016 Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016. Photo: Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Sikhs say hate that drove Oak Creek shooting is now mainstream

Photo of a sign that says "Sikh Temple of Wisconsin" and memorial sites showing pictures of victims
A memorial to the victims of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on the one-year anniversary of the shooting rampage on Aug. 5, 2013, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images

"96% of the time": New GOP attack ad ties Warnock to Biden

Raphael Warnock
Sen. Raphael Warnock (center) at the Capitol. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Biden to visit Kentucky after deadly floods

President Joe Biden wears a protective face mask.
President Biden wears a mask before boarding Air Force One. Photo: Kerem YucelAFP via Getty Images

Fetterman to hold first rally since stroke

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman speaks with guests at a rally in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., on April 16. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, via Getty Images

America's labor market is on fire

Illustration of a pattern of "we're hiring" signs, in different colors.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

U.S. adds whopping 528,000 jobs in July as labor market booms

Jacob Knutson
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

China sanctions Pelosi and halts U.S. talks over Taiwan trip

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disembarking a plane in Fussa, Japan, on Aug. 4.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disembarking from a plane in Fussa, Japan, on Aug. 4. Photo: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dems dodge on Biden '24

Rebecca Falconer
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - World

Pelosi says China "will not isolate Taiwan" as drills ramp up near island

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on August 5.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Friday morning local time. Photo: STR/Japan Pool/Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images
Rebecca Falconer
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - World

In photos: China's military drills encircle Taiwan

A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 5.
A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on Aug. 5. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

FBI chief expresses alarm at rise in politically driven violence in U.S.

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2023 budget for the FBI at the U.S. Capitol on May 25.
FBI Director Christopher Wray during a May Senate hearing. Photo: Ting Shen/Pool/Getty Images
Axios
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - World
Axios Explains: Ukraine

Dashboard: Russian invasion of Ukraine

An elderly woman makes her way through rubble near a market in Bakhmut in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on Aug. 4. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Meta shuts down Russian troll farm linked to sanctioned Putin ally

Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin shows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin his school lunch factory outside Saint Petersburg on September 20, 2010.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Democrats secure Sinema's support for Inflation Reduction Act

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Capitol Hill in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Trump-backed Kari Lake wins GOP nomination for Arizona governor

Kari Lake holds her arms out to her sides
Kari Lake reacts to the crowd as she comes out to speak prior to former President Donald Trump's speech at a Save America Rally on Friday, July 22, 2022, in Prescott Valley, Ariz. Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP