Mike Allen 3 hours ago
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Trump's torch-it-all strategy

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

We might be numb to so many attacks on so many groups so often that it obscures how President Trump has torched virtually every institution that could one day hold him accountable.

The big picture: Trump's language is getting darker and more ominous, suggesting the FBI's activities during the 2016 elections were "bigger than Watergate," and yesterday claiming a “criminal deep state” conspiracy to get him. It’s like a gigantic, presidential whack-a-mole, with Trump pounding any new threat as it pops up, leaving nothing to chance.

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The wildly uneven recovery from the Great Recession

Reproduced from EIG's "Diverging Fates: Which Communities Are Claiming the New Jobs and Businesses of the 21st Century?" report; Chart: Axios Visuals

Only the most affluent zip codes have fully recovered from the Great Recession, while the economies of the country's most distressed communities continue to struggle, according to a new report released today.

Why it matters: The report by the Economic Innovation Group, a research and advocacy organization, shows how the spectacular performance of a relatively small number of communities at the top has allowed the overall national story to obscure the decay at the bottom.

Andrew Freedman 5 hours ago
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Mapped: Where lightning strikes the most

Adapted from Vaisala data; Map: Harry Stevens/Axios

Every second on Earth, 100 lightning bolts strike the planet. That's about 8 million strikes per day, and 3 billion a year, on average. But as this map of nearly 9 billion lightning strikes shows, lightning is not evenly distributed around the world.

The bottom line: Each continent, except for the frozen reaches of Antarctica, has lightning hotspots — usually the parts that have clashing air masses or mountains. Spin the map and see where you're at the greatest risk of getting zapped.