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Get caught up on the stories that mattered this week...
TECH: Uber's no-good, very-bad week:

The scandal that rocked Silicon Valley this week started with an essay by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti documenting a widespread culture of sexism at the high-flying ride-sharing company. The week spiraled downhill from there, with investors calling for an independent investigation (which the company hired Eric Holder to conduct), a scathing NYT story detailing the company's toxic work environment for women and a confrontational meeting between CEO Travis Kalanick and frustrated female employees. Oh, and to top off the week for Uber, Google has accused it of stealing some of its technology (via proprietary files) with the purchase of self-driving truck startup Otto.

HEALTH: Obamacare replacement plan

The best piece on the politics of Obamacare repeal was this Bloomberg story Friday about Republicans acknowledging their replacement plan won't cover as many people. The story didn't reveal new details that weren't already known (that happened later when Politico got a leaked draft). But the Bloomberg story is valuable because it has candid quotes from congressional Republicans admitting that they're not really trying to cover as many people. As Rep. Michael Burgess put it: "We're not going to send an IRS agent out to chase you down and make you buy health insurance."

POLITICS: 3 things
  1. The Department of Homeland Security gave out more detailed guidance for dealing with undocumented immigrants, erasing all prior guidance except for Obama's DACA policy.
  2. Town halls across the country erupted with Obamacare supporters who worry about the repeal and replacement plan.
  3. And Trump rescinded Obama's guidance to allow transgender students to decide which bathroom they want to use.

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Armin Laschet elected as leader of Merkel's CDU party in Germany

Armin Laschet. Photo: Christian Marquar - Pool/Getty Images

Armin Laschet, the centrist governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, was elected on Saturday as the new leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), defeating the more conservative Friedrich Merz by a 521-466 margin.

Why it matters: Laschet is now the most likely successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel as the standard bearer of the German center-right heading into September's elections. With Merkel preparing to step down after 16 years in power, Laschet is seen as a continuity candidate.

Updated 11 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: CDC director defends agency's response to coronavirus pandemic — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Azar says deadly Capitol siege could "tarnish" Trump administration's legacy — Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.
Bryan Walsh, author of Future
18 mins ago - Politics & Policy

America is anxious, angry and heavily armed

Data: FBI; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Firearms background checks in the U.S. hit a record high in 2020.

The big picture: This past year took our collective arsenal to new heights, with millions of Americans buying guns for the first time. That trend coincides with a moment of peak political and social tension.