Roger Stone. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

In a new court filing, special counsel Robert Mueller said he supports a gag order on longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone to prevent him from speaking publicly about the case, claiming there's "a substantial likelihood that extrajudicial comments by trial participants will undermine a fair trial."

Why it matters: Stone, who filed a response opposing the gag order, is a notoriously brash and theatrical political operative who frequently posts on social media about his view that the Mueller investigation is a partisan "witch hunt." Stone has pleaded not guilty on charges of lying and witness tampering, and has asked for a new judge to be assigned to his case after Judge Amy Berman Jackson warned him about inappropriately using the case as a "public relations campaign."

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Ford names James Farley as new CEO amid ongoing turnaround effort

James Hackett, left, is retiring as Ford CEO. Jim Farley, right, takes over Oct. 1. Photo: Ford

Ford announced Tuesday that James Farley will take over as its next CEO, replacing James Hackett, 65, who is retiring after three years in the job.

Why it matters: It leaves Farley to complete the company's ongoing turnaround effort. The transition will be that much harder as the industry tries to navigate the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown which shuttered Ford plants for two months on the eve of some of its most important vehicle launches.

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Watch the full "Axios on HBO" interview with President Trump

In this episode of “Axios on HBO”, President Trump discusses his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the upcoming election and much more with National Political Correspondent Jonathan Swan.

The interview was filmed on Tuesday, July 28 and aired Monday, Aug. 3 on HBO.

Mergers and acquisitions make a comeback

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A slew of high-profile headlines led by Microsoft's expected acquisition of social media video app TikTok helped bring the Nasdaq to another record high on Monday.

Why it matters: The mergers-and-acquisitions market looks like it's bouncing back, joining the revived credit and equity markets as well as the market for new public companies through IPOs and special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs).