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Ride-hailing and delivery companies Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Postmates suspended service in some cities at the request of local officials during this weekend's curfews amid protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people.

Why it matters: Curfews are stricter than shelter-in-place orders, which remain effective in several cities, and could be enforced more rigorously.

What they're saying: "Some cities have requested that we suspend operations completely while others want to ensure Uber is available for essential services," Uber said in a statement, adding that it has suspended service in Minneapolis, San Francisco, and downtown Los Angeles.

  • DoorDash, Lyft, and Postmates also confirmed to Axios that they suspended their services in compliance with local orders. Grubhub also said it's "pausing operations when needed."

The big picture: These curfews are coming on top of ongoing shelter-in-place orders in much of the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Editor's note: The story has been updated to note that GrubHub is also suspending operations where required.

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Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
Sep 1, 2020 - Economy & Business

DoorDash CEO Tony Xu on the employee vs. independent contractor debate

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant delivery company DoorDash is expected to be part of the post-Labor Day IPO rush, having filed confidential registration documents back in February. But it's also facing an existential threat to its business model and needs to quickly come up with some better rhetorical defenses.

Driving the news: My interview with DoorDash co-founder and CEO Tony Xu was shown Monday night on "Axios on HBO," with a heavy focus on the employee vs. independent contractor debate. At best, he held his cards close to his chest. At worst, he whistled past the graveyard.

Updated Sep 3, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump issues memo to cut funding from "anarchist" Democratic cities

President Trump during a speech in Wilmington, N.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump issued a memorandum on Wednesday titled "Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities."

Why it matters: The review threatens to withdraw federal funding for any "anarchist jurisdiction" it finds "disempowers or defunds police departments." The memo specifically mentions the Democratic-controlled cities of Portland, Seattle, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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.