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Trump's failing culture wars

The president's quest for a viral attack line against Biden may be driving him to diverge even more politically.

Jul 5, 2020
Tech finally begins a crackdown on Trump

Social media platforms are beginning to turn down the volume on the president's megaphone.

Jun 30, 2020
The cracks in Trump’s GOP shield

It’s a sign of how brazen his latest statements have gotten.

May 31, 2020
10 times Trump and his administration were warned about coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted that more lives could have been saved if earlier action was taken.

Apr 12, 2020
Trump’s playbook for planting suspicion

Trump's Ukraine campaign against Biden fits a similar pattern of attacks.

Sep 29, 2019
Trump’s threat rollercoaster: He’s bluffing, until he’s not

His track record shows he carries out enough threats that they can't be dismissed.

Jun 13, 2019

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A wild weekend for Microsoft's play for TikTok

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

While its Big Tech rivals were testifying in front of a congressional antitrust committee last week, Microsoft was negotiating what could be the largest — and most politically perilous — tech acquisition of 2020.

The state of play: The hullabaloo surrounding Microsoft picking up TikTok has undergone a flurry of twists and turns over the weekend, as both the White House and the tech giant reacted in real time.

Why Biden's VP pick matters to Team Trump

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Mark Ralston/AFP and Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

After pausing their multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to review their strategy, the Trump campaign plans to launch new ads on Monday depicting Joe Biden as a puppet "controlled by the radical left," according to two senior campaign officials.

Why it matters: The Trump campaign's most recent internal polls show the "puppet of the left" attack on Biden is beginning to resonate with voters, per two sources briefed on the polling. And it sets the campaign up to attack Biden's vice presidential selection.

Trump demands death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber

President Trump talks to the press on July 31 in Washington, D.C. Photo Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump on Sunday called for the federal government to seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, after a federal appeals court tossed his sentence this week.

The big picture: The Trump administration has rebooted federal executions after a nearly two-decade lapse. The Justice Department scheduled two more executions on Friday.

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Preview: “Axios on HBO” interviews President Trump

In the next episode of “Axios on HBO,” President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with national political correspondent Jonathan Swan.

Catch the full interview on Monday, Aug. 3, at 11pm ET/PT on all HBO platforms.

Rep. Clyburn: Trump won't leave White House if he loses the election

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday he believes Trump is "trying to put a cloud over the election" because he doesn't plan to leave office if he loses.

The big picture: Clyburn told "CNN's State of the Union" that "the American people had better wake up" to Trump, who he said has taken on strongman tactics. Clyburn compared Trump to Mussolini and said Russian President Vladimir Putin is akin to Hitler.

Trump releases 2019 financial records

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President Trump issued a required release of his 2019 financial records after receiving two 45-day extensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What we know: Trump's minimum income was at least $446 million last year, but it was not specified whether the company took home a profit or a loss.

Biden campaign vows virus focus

Joe Biden puts on a mask after a campaign event in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Joe Biden's campaign contends that President Trump's talk of delaying November's election is an effort to distract, and vows to be what a Biden aide called "laser-focused" on Trump's pandemic response.

Why it matters: After aides convinced the president that the issue was hurting him badly in the polls, Trump has tried for the past two weeks to show renewed focus on the coronavirus, including the restoration of his briefings.

Jul 31, 2020 - Health

Fauci responds to Trump's testing tweet at House coronavirus hearing

Anthony Fauci on Friday told the House's select coronavirus committee that surging infections in the U.S. were caused by several factors, including states reopening without following social-distancing guidelines.

Why it matters: He was responding directly to a tweet from President Trump, who took to the platform during the hearing to repeat his claim that the U.S. has reported the most cases in the world due to increased testing.

Jul 31, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Congress' approval plunges amid coronavirus stimulus impasse

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As lawmakers dither on a new rescue package, Gallup finds that America's approval of Congress has fallen back to its normal abysmal level — 18% — after hitting 20-year highs in April and May.

By the numbers: Congressional approval in July was down at least 10 points across the board since May.

Federalist Society co-founder calls Trump's tweet about delaying election "fascistic"

President Trump during a roundtable discussion at the American Red Cross National Headquarters on July 30. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Steven Calabresi, co-founder of the Federalist Society, called President Trump's suggestion to delay the November election "fascistic" and grounds for the president’s impeachment, in a New York Times op-ed on Thursday.

Why it matters: The Federalist Society is an extremely influential conservative and libertarian organization that advocates for a text-based and originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Calabresi said he voted for Trump in 2016 and defended the president during the Mueller investigation and impeachment trials.

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