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Rep. Jackie Speier walking through the Capitol in June 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in 2022.

Why it matters: Speier's retirement comes amid a series of House Democrat retirements, though Republicans are unlikely to flip her seat.

  • Speier, who was an aide to the late Rep. Leo Ryan (D-Calif.), survived multiple gunshot wounds during the Jonestown massacre in Guyana in 1978.

What they're saying: "It's time for me to come home," The Bay Area Democrat said in a video. "Time for me to be more than a weekend wife, mother and friend."

Go deeper: Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy announces retirement

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Updated Nov 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democratic retirements spark worry over holding House majority

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Data: House Press Gallery; Table: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) is the latest House lawmaker to announce he won't seek re-election next year, bringing the total number of Democratic retirements to 15, compared to 10 Republicans.

Why it matters: The increasing number of Democratic retirements — put against the backdrop of President Biden's sagging approval ratings and uncertainty about redistricting — is adding to concerns the party may not be able to keep its slim majority in the House.

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Massage, facial, pedicure... intravenous drip?

A salon on the Upper East Side of New York that offers IV drip therapies. Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios

IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.