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Data: Port of Los Angeles; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Consumer demand continues to push U.S. ports to new limits.

Why it matters: The Port of Los Angeles is on track to process a record number of containers this year, based on estimates of about 812,000 units handled in November.

What they're saying: "What we're seeing is a push before an early Lunar New Year," Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, said Wednesday.

Context: Many factories and companies in Asia shut down for weeks to celebrate the holiday, which starts Feb. 1.

With record demand comes record docking and processing times.

  • About 101 ships are waiting to come into Southern California ports as of Tuesday, per the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

The big picture: "This holiday shopping season is longer than many we can remember in the past, and we'll still see a very strong end to 2021," said Seroka.

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Jan 13, 2022 - World

Biden administration criticizes China's move to cancel more flights

United Airlines flights are among the latests to be suspended. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The White House criticized China's decision to cancel more flights from the U.S. on Wednesday, saying it was "inconsistent with its obligations under the U.S.-China Air Transport Agreement."

Driving the news: China announced it suspended six flights over the course of the next week due to passengers testing positive for COVID-19, per Reuters.

Scoop: Stephanie Ruhle to replace Brian Williams on MSNBC

Photo: Nathan Congleton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

MSNBC will soon announce plans to move morning anchor Stephanie Ruhle to the 11 pm ET hour that Brian Williams turned into an elite destination, two sources familiar with the move tell Axios.

Details: The 9 am ET hour, currently hosted by Ruhle, will become part of MSNBC's flagship morning show, "Morning Joe," which currently runs from 6 am to 9 am ET.

Oath Keepers leader denied bail on Capitol riot sedition charge

Oath Keepers co-founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

A federal judge ordered Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes to remain jailed Wednesday until trial on charges stemming from the Capitol riot.

Why it matters: The judge said the most prominent far-right figure charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection had access to weapons and his alleged "continued advocacy for violence against the federal government" gave credence to prosecutors' view that, if released, Rhodes could endanger others.