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Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calf. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat of the House intelligence committee, told the AP that while the U.S. is facing external threats like Russia's interference in the 2016 election, in some respects "the threat from within is more serious."

"We have a president who takes issue with the first amendment, and describes the free press as an enemy of the people, and people in very top levels of Republican leadership who are unwilling to challenge that. You have a president saying our justice system is a joke and a laughing stock...we are tearing down our government from within. That is a serious problem."

More highlights from Schiff:

  • "I think part of what the President is trying to do is disparage the Congressional investigations, disparage Bob Mueller, disparage all of you in the free press, so no matter what is produced, he can say it's a fake."
  • "We need the White House to get the message now that there will be a dramatic pushback should he try to fire Bob Mueller."
  • "GOP members will tell you privately their misgivings about the President and what a difficult position it puts them in, frankly I have no sympathy. I don't want to hear people's private misgivings, people need to talk publicly and show some courage."
  • On Republicans investigating the Clinton uranium deal: "The Speaker -- ultimately the buck stops with him...in this case what he is blessing is an effort, which I think was orchestrated by the White House and its external allies, to distract from the Russia probe...this is disturbing at many levels."
  • "I think we're all going to be held to account one day for what we did when our democracy is under threat."

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Facebook seeks fountain of youth

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said that the company is pivoting its strategy to focus on young adults, following reports that teens have fled its apps.

Why it matters: A series of stories based on leaked whistleblower documents suggest the company sees the aging of its user base as an existential threat to its business.

Too big to cover alone: Newsrooms team up

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

News outlets are increasingly willing to work together on big, multifaceted stories — including this week's reporting on leaked documents from a Facebook whistleblower.

Why it matters: Collaborative efforts help bring more resources to bear on complex stories, some of which require a global reporting effort. But they require high degrees of coordination, and competition can sometimes get in the way.

Axios-Ipsos poll: Confidence in Biden COVID recovery tumbles

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Confidence in President Biden's ability to rescue the economy from COVID-19 has dropped since January, even as Americans' faith rises in his ability to make the vaccine widely accessible, according to the latest installment of the Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: It's Democrats and independents driving the declining economic confidence, from 52% of all U.S. adults at the start of his presidency to 44% now. Their softening faith could hinder Biden's ability to lead and hurt Democrats' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

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