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Evan Vucci / AP

David Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff with a penchant for controversial statements and a history of inmate deaths in his jail, says he's joining the Trump administration as an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security. Clarke is a frequent Fox News guest and a favorite with many of Trump's grassroots supporters.

Juliette Kayyem, who served as the DHS Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration, wrote on Twitter that Clarke would be taking her old job, adding: "I am floored. And feel for my career staff."

As the Daily Beast has reported, he traveled to Moscow in 2015 to meet with a Russian official who had been sanctioned by the U.S. government.The position doesn't require Senate confirmation.

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Intel CEO calls for "moonshot" to boost U.S. role in chipmaking

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger called Monday for the U.S. to spend billions of dollars over the next few years as part of a "moonshot" designed to regain lost ground in semiconductor manufacturing. The goal, he said, is to see the U.S. again account for a third of global output, up from about 12% today.

Why it matters: Investments made now will take several years to bear fruit, so they won't do much to ease the current semiconductor shortage, but they're vital to America's long-term economic future and national security, Gelsinger told Axios on Monday.

Live events industry eyes pandemic comeback

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The "live economy" — broadway shows, concerts, music festivals and more — is in pandemic purgatory.

What's going on: Some events are getting the green light to restart as vaccinations roll out. But operators in states with audience caps are holding back as they contemplate whether it makes financial sense for the show to go on.

Ant Group gets new marching orders from regulators in China

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Uncertainty surrounding the future of China’s giant fintech company Ant Group cleared up on Monday after years of friction with its domestic regulators.

Driving the news: Ant is shedding its cool tech image and stepping into a new identity as a financial holding company — the result of forced changes by several banking and securities agencies in China.

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