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

"It was an official event at the White House. It was uploaded to a public YouTube channel."

Aug 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy
Axios-SurveyMonkey poll: Trump trades bounce for a hit to Biden

Biden's standing with independents got worse, but so did Trump's.

Aug 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy
How the national conventions have changed forever

Conventions have entered a new era where the TV show will push aside traditions.

Aug 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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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.

Aug 29, 2020 - Politics & Policy

2020 elections: TV ratings were down for both the RNC and DNC

Data: Nielsen; Note: Night one of the 2008 and 2012 conventions were pushed due to hurricanes; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Increasing partisanship, competing streaming options and the mostly virtual nature of this year's programming may help explain why TV ratings for both conventions were way down compared with 2016.

Why it matters: Ratings are not a proxy for popularity or voter enthusiasm, but they do provide a loose sense of which party and figures are capturing the attention of the country.

NYC public housing tenants say they didn't know they'd be used in RNC video

Three New York City public housing tenants, interviewed for a video bashing Mayor Bill de Blasio that aired Thursday during the Republican convention, told the New York Times they didn't know how it would be used.

What they're saying: "I am not a Trump supporter," one of the tenants, Claudia Perez, told The Times. "I am a first-generation Honduran."

Aug 28, 2020 - Economy & Business

Biden narrowly beats Trump in convention speech ratings

Data: Nielsen; Note: Night one of the 2008 and 2012 conventions were pushed due to hurricanes; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

About 23.8 million people watched President Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday, according to early figures from Nielsen. That's about 3% fewer viewers than the 24.6 million who tuned into Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention last week.

The big picture: TV ratings for the RNC were down about 21% on average this year across all four nights compared to 2016. They were also down 10% compared to the 2020 DNC.

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