Jul 7, 2018

Rep. Jim Jordan doubles down on denying knowledge of sexual abuse

Rep. Jim Jordan. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Jim Jordan continued to deny that he knew of any sexual assault allegations at Ohio State University on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier, saying "[w]e would've dealt with it if we knew of anything that happened."

The details: Four former OSU wrestlers have come forward saying that Jordan knew of abuse from the team doctor. Jordan told Baier that the people who have come forward "know what they're saying is not accurate," and that "[w]e're going to get the truth out." Jordan also speculated that his political prominence was behind the allegations, saying that "the timing is suspect when you think about how this whole story came together after the Rosenstein hearing and the speakers race."

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced a large-scale experiment in working from home. It has gone well enough that many companies are expanding their remote work expectations for the foreseeable future, and remote employees want to continue to work that way.

Yes, but: The downsides of remote work — less casual interaction with colleagues, an over-reliance on Zoom, lack of in-person collaboration and longer hours — could over time diminish the short-term gains.

Hong Kong's economic future hangs in the balance

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As Beijing forces a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the once semi-autonomous city's status as one of Asia's largest financial hubs is at risk.

Why it matters: Political freedoms and strong rule of law helped make Hong Kong a thriving center for international banking and finance. But China's leaders may be betting that top firms in Hong Kong will trade some political freedoms for the economic prosperity Beijing can offer.

Why space is good politics for Trump

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's exuberance around today's scheduled SpaceX launch — including his decision to travel to Florida to watch — goes beyond a personal fascination with astronauts, rockets, and how to make money and wield power in the next frontier.

The bottom line: There's a presidential election in November, and the U.S. space program enjoys wide support across party lines. It's good politics for Trump, at least for now.