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Rep. Joe Barton of Texas. Photo: Haraz N. Ghanbari / AP

Congressman Joe Barton of Texas said Thursday that he will not run for re-election after a nude photo he shared with a romantic partner was made public on social media last week, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Barton said, "I've always listened to people in Texas and worked for them in Washington, and I've been listening to a lot of people the last week in Texas ... There are enough people who lost faith in me that it's time to step aside and let there be a new voice for the 6th district in Washington, so I am not going to run for re-election."

The backdrop: Barton announced his intention to run for re-election earlier in November, but said he would reconsider that decision after the photos surfaced. His relationship with the woman who shared the photo was consensual, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Barton also suggested in 2015 that he would go to the police if a woman shared the explicit photos and messages he sent her.

Go deeper: House Republicans keep announcing 2018 departures

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said that the company is pivoting its strategy to focus on young adults, following reports that teens have fled its apps.

Why it matters: A series of stories based on leaked whistleblower documents suggest the company sees the aging of its user base as an existential threat to its business.

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

News outlets are increasingly willing to work together on big, multifaceted stories — including this week's reporting on leaked documents from a Facebook whistleblower.

Why it matters: Collaborative efforts help bring more resources to bear on complex stories, some of which require a global reporting effort. But they require high degrees of coordination, and competition can sometimes get in the way.

Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: It's Democrats and independents driving the declining economic confidence, from 52% of all U.S. adults at the start of his presidency to 44% now. Their softening faith could hinder Biden's ability to lead and hurt Democrats' position heading into the 2022 midterms.