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Chinese astronauts reach new space station for 3-month mission

It marks China's longest crewed space mission ever and the first in almost five years.

Updated Jun 17, 2021 - Science
Cameo CEO says he would let Trump join platform

"Trump has done nothing on our platform to violate our terms of service."

May 16, 2021 - Axios on HBO
Gun-waving St. Louis couple indicted on weapons and evidence-tampering charges

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said he will pardon the McCloskeys if they're convicted.

Oct 6, 2020 - Politics & Policy
CDC to issue order temporarily halting some evictions for public health reasons

It's unclear how effective the moratorium will be without any extra funding.

Sep 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Team Trump's era of good feelings

Some early data suggests the RNC was a success.

Aug 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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Wolf says he did not know naturalization ceremony would be shown at RNC

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf claimed on Sunday that he did not know that a prerecorded naturalization ceremony with President Trump would be aired during the Republican National Convention.

Why it matters: The ceremony has prompted House Democrats to demand an investigation into Wolf for potentially violating the Hatch Act, which restricts federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity.

Axios-SurveyMonkey poll: Trump trades bounce for a hit to Biden

Trump with his family after giving his convention speech on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump didn’t make himself more appealing to voters during the Republican National Convention, but he did hurt Joe Biden, a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll finds.

Why it matters: Trump dedicated much of his convention messaging to trying to try scare voters about Biden, charging that he'd allow leftist radicals to drive Democrats' agenda and urban protesters to unravel the suburbs.

How the national conventions have changed forever

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Many of this year's on-the-fly convention innovations — including Democrats' virtual roll-call road trip and Republicans' use of the White House for political pageantry — may well outlast the pandemic.

Why it matters: Conventions have entered a new era where the TV show will push aside many of the parties' charming but archaic traditions.

The most viral 2020 national convention stories

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

The most viral stories about the Republican convention were largely about non-political speakers, while the Democratic convention stories focused on the political leaders who were the official stars of the convention, according to exclusive data from NewsWhip.

Why it matters: The GOP convention in particular highlighted how speakers from outside of the political arena who haven't been bloodied and bruised by political fights were most effective at setting social media on fire.

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