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Photo: Axios on HBO

In an interview with Mike Allen for "Axios on HBO," Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said he agrees with "most" of President Trump's actions, specifically as it relates to tax and regulatory policy.

The big picture: Romney has been one of few Republicans to consistently critique the president. In recent weeks, Romney condemned Trump's ask of China and Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over unsubstantiated corruption allegations, calling the move "wrong and appalling."

  • Romney has also joined a slew of Republicans in condemning the president's actions in northern Syria. In a Senate floor speech last week, Romney said the decision to abandon the Kurds "will stand as a blood stain in the annals of American history."

What they're saying:

"Well, the president has led the Republican Party. And as the captain of the team, the team has gotten behind the president. I have a different approach, but, you know, most of what the president has done in his first couple of years with regards to tax policy, regulatory policy, most of that I agree with."
— Romney to "Axios on HBO"
  • Romney also noted: "I vote with the president about — 80% of the time, but I think in some of the things that he has said or done that he has detracted from the mission of a leader in shaping the character of the country in a positive way."

Between the lines: Romney has a unique advantage in going against Trump, as Trump only won Utah with 45.5% of the vote in 2016 — and he's not up for re-election until 2024.

  • Republican lawmakers don't often have the same constituency, leaving many to face the president's popularity, which is often higher than their own.

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Europe's biggest soccer clubs have established The Super League, a new midweek tournament that would compete with — and threaten the very existence of — the Champions League.

Why it matters: This new league, set to start in 2023, "would bring about the most significant restructuring of elite European soccer since the 1950s, and could herald the largest transfer of wealth to a small set of teams in modern sports history," writes NYT's Tariq Panja.

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2021's expected earnings blowout begins

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

First-quarter earnings so far have been very strong, outpacing even the rosy expectations from Wall Street and that's a trend that's expected to continue for all of 2021. S&P 500 companies are on pace for one of the best quarters of positive earnings surprises on record, according to FactSet.

Why it matters: The results show that not only has the earnings recession ended for U.S. companies, but firms are performing better than expected and the economy may be justifying all the hype.

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NASA's Mars helicopter takes flight as first aircraft piloted on another planet

Ingenuity on the surface of Mars, filmed by NASA's Perseverance rover. Photo: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA successfully piloted the Ingenuity Mars helicopter for its first experimental flight on Monday, briefly hovering the aircraft as NASA's Perseverance rover collected data.

Why it matters: Ingenuity's short flight marks the first time a human-built aircraft has flown on a world other than Earth, opening the door to new means of exploring planets far from our own.