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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a campaign rally in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images

John McCain's 2008 presidential running mate, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), was not invited to attend the late Arizona senator’s funeral services this week, per NBC News.

A source close to the Palin family told NBC’s Kelly O'Donnell "out of respect to Senator McCain and his family we have nothing to add at this point." Following McCain’s death, Palin wrote in a tweet "John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family."

The big picture: Palin joins President Trump on the list of those excluded from the funeral. McCain said back in May he did not want Trump in attendance.

Flashback: The New York Times reported earlier this year that McCain said he regretted choosing Palin as his running mate over then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT). In response, Palin told the Daily Mail it’s a “perpetual gut punch” to hear reports of McCain’s regret.

Go deeper: The list of speakers, pallbearers for John McCain's funeral

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Tech scrambles to derail inauguration threats

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Tech companies are sharing more information with law enforcement in a frantic effort to prevent violence around the inauguration, after the government was caught flat-footed by the Capitol siege.

Between the lines: Tech knows it will be held accountable for any further violence that turns out to have been planned online if it doesn't act to stop it.

Dave Lawler, author of World
1 hour ago - World

Uganda's election: Museveni declared winner, Wine claims fraud

Wine rejected the official results of the election. Photo: Sumy Sadruni/AFP via Getty

Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of a sixth presidential term on Saturday, with official results giving him 59% to 35% for Bobi Wine, the singer-turned-opposition leader.

Why it matters: This announcement was predictable, as the election was neither free nor fair and Museveni had no intention of surrendering power after 35 years. But Wine — who posed a strong challenged to Museveni, particularly in urban areas, and was beaten and arrested during the campaign — has said he will present evidence of fraud. The big question is whether he will mobilize mass resistance in the streets.

Off the Rails

Episode 1: A premeditated lie lit the fire

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 1: Trump’s refusal to believe the election results was premeditated. He had heard about the “red mirage” — the likelihood that early vote counts would tip more Republican than the final tallies — and he decided to exploit it.

"Jared, you call the Murdochs! Jason, you call Sammon and Hemmer!”

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